Newsletter 12/12/20

 

“All the news that fits we print…

…You decide which is real and which is an illusion.”

--Moody News

 

EVENTS SUMMARY (details below)

 

12/12/20 Online Men’s gathering (and 2nd Sat. each month)

12/15/20 Online Rising Appalachia concert ($15)

12/18/20 Online Twilight Zone Christmas library movie showing & discussion (FREE)

12/18/20 Online Story Time: Stories of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanza (FREE)

12/18/20-12/20/20 Online Winter Solstice Fest 2020 - music & more (FREE)

 

NEW BLOG POSTS (SINCE PREVIOUS 8/27/20 NEWSLETTER)

 

Festivals of Light – Greetings to All Who Celebrate Light in Various Traditions (12/12/20)

-An image & song-filled look at light-themed festivals from 5 traditions

Plus - Songs about being the change you want to see in the world

 

First Take-out Thanksgiving -Tom Talkin’ Turkey with Wildlife: Robin, Fox, Peacock, Jack & 5 Alice’s (12/6/20)

Thanksgiving-Pt 1 The lighter side (white meat) of the holiday - humor, music, movie & TV scenes...more Plz see Pt 2: The "dark meat" side (coming soon).

 

CHANGE THAT HEALS: An Ongoing Cycle of Order…..Disorder…..Reorder….. (10/10/20)

As we grow older, we are also invited to grow wiser. This calls for an openness to change. Trusted friends can help.

 

Poor People's Campaign (10/08/20)

Confronting the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, & the war economy

 

Pace e Bene/Campaign Nonviolence (10/08/20)

Resources for practicing nonviolence of thoughts, words & actions. Includes music from Nonviolent Austin.

 

VOTE: No One Left Behind: No voter, no child, no woman, no man… left behind enemy lines...

Let's look at victims of systemic injustices as casualties of war & work together to leave no one behind. (10/08/20)

 

STAR DATE: 9/27/47-9/27/20 – A Day to Be Grateful for another yearly trip around the sun…

Gratefulness for 73 trips around the sun with my friends & favorite band...that's still following me... (10/04/20)

 

LET US GUARD OUR HEARTS (09/26/20)

Pastoral wisdom from my spiritual father-Some simple but urgent guidance to get us through these next months.

 

Cosmic Song for Autumnal Equinox: Day/Night...Yin/Yang (09/22/20)

As day & night balance for but a moment, reflections on balance from various traditions-ending w/cosmic song

 

Seasons Change and So Do We (09/22/20)

A song-filled follow up to my earlier Autumn post: Folk & rockin' reflections: Judy, Joni, Pete, Bowie, Dead

 

Autumn…Falling Leaves…Rising Hopes (09/22/20)

Post on passage of time + intro to courageous Joan Chittister, who’s not afraid to speak TRUTH to power.

 

VOTE: Let our voices be heard (09/22/20)

HeadCount.org does voter registration by combining music, democracy & action. So vote&together we'll fix the system.

 

Rosh Hashanah 5781 – a Celebration of Beginnings…Endings…& All the Life in Between (09/19/20)

This gentile discovers truth & beauty in this moving celebration of life - just as it is unfolding...

 

New Marvel Movie: Hulk vs. Grim Reaper (8/31/20)

Darth Vader to Mitch McConnell-evil empires have risen and fallen. Hulk has joined the Poor People's Campaign...

 

EVENTS DETAILS

 

12/12/20 Online Men2Men gathering (and 2nd Sat. each month)

 

For the past 5 years I’ve been meeting in council with other brothers who’ve chosen to walk the trails of life together. These gatherings were begun by my spiritual father Richard Rohr, who subsequently gave them to the care of a group called Illuman. You can read more about this transformative process on the “Men’s Journey” page on my website and in the “CHANGE THAT HEALS” 10/10/20 blog post listed above. Also, check out the second part of the Festivals of Light post for an example of songs that form part of our monthly council gatherings.

 

For more info or to sample one of our council meetings, please call or text me: 516-850-2493.

 

12/15/20 Online Rising Appalachia concert – Dec. 15 8 pm ET (cost: $15 US)

 

Rising Appalachia online concert Dec. 15 8 pm ET

 

Below’s a sample. For more, check out their “Video” link on their site and their YouTube page.

 

Resilient: A hope-filled song for our current times...a philosophy of life for all times...

 

12/18/20 Online Twilight Zone Christmas library movie showing & discussion (FREE)

 

Where: East Meadow Public Library (Zoom)  

Host: Pop Culture with Keith Crocker

Program: Twilight Zone Episode: Night of the Meek

Friday, December 18 at 1 p.m.

 

I’ve seen Keith before – He’s a movie lover and animated presenter.

 

Register at www.eastmeadow.info or call us at 516-794-2570 ask for Programming. We will then email the ZOOM link to you on the morning of the program.

 

The incorrigible Keith Crocker continues to introduce us to pop CULTure films as only he can do it. After a derelict Santa Claus (Art Carney) is fired on Christmas Eve, he finds a mysterious bag that gives out presents. With this bag he sets out to fulfill his one wish - to see the less fortunate inherit the bounties of Christmas.

 

See below for more Christmases in the Twilight zone.

 

12/18/20 Online Story Time: Stories of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanza (FREE)

 

Where: East Meadow Public Library (Zoom)

Program: Story Time: Stories of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanza

Saturday, December 19 at 11 a.m.

 

Register at www.eastmeadow.info or call us at 516-794-2570 ask for Programming. We will then email the ZOOM link to you on the morning of the program.

 

3 storytellers come together to tell stories of their cultures and to wish everyone the happiest holiday season.

 

More Christmases in The Twilight Zone

 

The Star

A priest and a scientist on an interstellar mission discuss the meaning of Christmas…

 

But Can She Type?

Closing Narration: What do you get the woman who has everything, but respect? Ask Karen Billings, recipient of a very unusual and definitely non-returnable present. Because this year, for Christmas, Karen Billings received...the Twilight Zone.

 

12/18/20-12/20/20 Online Winter Solstice Fest 2020 (FREE)

 

Register: plus schedule of musicians and other events

--Some of my favorite mindful musicians will be performing…

 

Check out my “Music as Medicine” page to hear samples of some of these performers.

 

Shalom, Peace, Paz, Pais, As-salamu alaikum...

tOM