May 2014 bring peace, joy and hope to all!

Please enjoy this collage of my favorite images of hope from the past year.

best of hopeThanks and credit to (from upper left, clockwise) 1. Facebook page for the Dalai Lama 2. www.fearbuster.com 3. blog.richmond.edu/heroes 4. Facebook page for the Dalai Lama 5. Inspire21 6. Alternate Economy 7. iHope

For a look at my favorite images of peace from 2013, please visit my x0 blog here.

For a look at my favorite images of joy from 2013, please visit my y1 blog here.

Wings

Thank you Dalai Lama

Thank you Dalai Lama

My daughter just graduated from college, and for weeks I have been searching all over for some small meaningful gift to give her.  I’ve always liked the quote that the two greatest things that you can give your child is roots and wings. Imagine my delight when I found the perfect gift on the Dalai Lama’s Facebook page. (You didn’t know that he also helps with shopping?) I printed out this quote he displayed, put it in a frame that said “believe” and was pretty pleased with myself.

Because I was afraid that I might mess up trimming the display, I printed two copies. When one copy sufficed, I stuck the other on on my wall at work, not wanting to waste it.

Let me clarify. I think that inspirational quotes are good for a fast read,  but I’m not such a fan of looking at them over and over. I Butterflyfigure I’m a fairly quick study, and I don’t need to keep seeing a message. However, it looks like that isn’t always true. This past week I’ve smiled every time I read this, and started my morning determined to spend my day as a butterfly. It seems to improve both my behavior and my outlook. Whee. Look at me. I can fly. I can’t say why, and I’ve certainly got nothing against a sweet fuzzy caterpillar, either. All I know is that I haven’t taken it down yet, and don’t intend to anytime soon.

It’s great to give a gift that seems perfect, but it looks like in this case the person who got the best gift was me.

Physics for thought

Click to like George Takei

Click to like George Takei

The hero of z2 is a high school physics teacher, and a man so fascinated by light and energy that he has dreams about talking photons. As he struggles to make his material relevant and even amusing to his largely bored students, he stumbles on truths that will eventually shape his own life.

Can physics be funny? Of course it can, if you let it. And as many recent authors have shown, it can also be inspirational, challenging us to question our basic beliefs as we reach for a fuller understanding of our universe.

click to like Sun Gazing

click to like Sun Gazing

You are light and energy. You are stardust and five billion year old carbon. You are also almost entirely nothing, pure empty space broken up by miniscule flickers of something in all that nothingness; tiny specs that come together in a phenomenal way to create the illusion of being you. You are a miracle.

Thank a physics teacher for conveying that information.