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An Uncertain Landfall—It Is In Everyday Things That We Best See Life

I’ve got a creative project I’m working on, and I take a lot of pictures when I go out and about in the Houston-Galveston area as part of this project.

I’ll have more to say about this project in the days and weeks ahead.

Above you see a picture I took last week in Galveston.

In this picture you see the ocean shoreline, and, also, a shoreline of seaweed.

This reminded me of something I recently read in a book called The Americans–A Social History of the United States, 1587-1914 by J.C. Furnas.

Discussing the Mayflower arriving in Plymouth in 1620, Furnas said that this was an “uncertain landfall.”

Furnas was referring to the prospects faced by the new settlers.

I thought of the “uncertain landfall” line when seeing these competing shorelines.

While we conventionally think of the shoreline as being oceanfront, here is a rival shoreline just a few feet from the ocean.

There are many ways to look at everyday things.  It is in everyday things that we will best see life.

We will see these things with hard work and imagination.

April 2, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Groups Opposing Cruel Proposed Anti-Food Sharing Ordinance In Houston—Two Protests On Tuesday, 4/3

Many groups in Houston oppose Annise Parker’s proposed mean-spirited anti-food sharing ordinance.

Here is the list of groups so far that oppose this proposed ordinance—

American Rights Association • A Simple Thread • Canvas Church Houston • Casa Juan Diego • Casa de la Fuente • Center for Student Missions Houston • The Central American Resource Center • Central Canaan Christian Church • Christ the Servant Lutheran Church • Clear Lake Tea Party • Dominican Sisters of Houston • Ecclesia Church • Emmaus Ministries Houston • The Executive Council • Feed My Sheep Ministries • Free Radicals • Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church • Harris County Democratic Socialists • Harris County Green Party • Harris County Libertarian Party • The Harris County Republican Party (Local Government Committee) • House of Amos • Houston Area Pastor Council • Houston Food Not Bombs • Houston Interfaith Worker Justice Center • Houston Property Rights Association • Houston Tea Party Society • Houston United • Houston Young Republicans • Immaculate Concepcion Catholic Church • IMPACT: I am the Movement • ISKCON Houston (Hare Krishna Temple) • Japhet Civic Association • Joe Williams Ministries • KHA-Atheists • Last Chance Recovery Center • Last Organic Outpost • Love Out Loud Homeless Ministry • Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers • Mosque #45, Nation of Islam • Muslims Against Hunger, Disease and Injustice • Light the Way Home, Inc. • National Lawyers Guild, Houston Chapter • NHPO Leadership Institute • Noah’s Kitchen • Occupy Houston • Occupy Wall Street, Houston • Pat Greer’s Kitchen • Pax Christi • Ryon Civic Association • The Progressive Action Alliance • Shape Community Center • Sinfull Bakery • Stand Up for Kids • St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church Outreach Program • Texas Public Policy Foundation • Taxpayers  For  Equal  Appraisal • UH Fair Labor Action Committee • UH Students for a Democratic Society • UH Students Against Sexual Harassment and Assault • Sonic Visions • Voice of the Homeless Awareness Project • West Houston Assistance Ministries • Young Americans for Liberty, HCC • Community Leaders: Deloyd Parker • Minister Robert Muhammad • Reverend Fana, Women’s Resource Center • Duane Bradley, KPFT General manager • Houston City Council Member Helena Brown • Ray Hill • Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, Editor and Publisher, Faith That Inspires Action • Dave Atwood, Houston Peace and Justice Center • Rhonda Omberg, Harris County GOP Pct. 839 Pct chair

How is it that Mayor Parker and many Democratic members of Houston City Council are on the wrong side of this issue? My view is that Mayor Parker should face a challager from the left in 2013.

While the ordinance  is not on the Houston City Council calendar for the week ahead, it is still alive.

This being so, there will be two protests this Tuesday against the ordinance.

Here are details of these protests—-

Those wanting to share food with one another can gather in anticipation of the Free To Give public rally which meets @ 1:00 PM outside Houston City Hall.

Starting at 11am, feel free to come to the people’s park: Hermann Square Park around the reflection pool at City Hall. Bring homemade snacks, treats from some of our great local businesses, a blanket, and your 1st amendment right to gather with edibles. Continue reading

April 2, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment