Saturday, July 08, 2006

Next step, Feeds from Space becomes two instead of just one.

Today is July 8th, 2006. As part of moving to the next step, "Feeds from Space" is now a 50-50 proposition. As the Richard Show has its new editor, Feeds from Space has a new source of inspiration.

Today, I present a modified version of the "Blessings of the Apaches" that I read to my best friend today.

"Now we will feel no rain, for each of us will be shelter for the other.

Now we will feel no cold, for each of us will be warmth to the other.

Now there will be no loneliness, for each of us will be companion to the other.

Now we are two persons, but there is only one life before us.

May beauty surround us both in the journey ahead and through all the years, may happiness be our companion and our days together be good and long upon this earth.

We will treat ourselves and each other with respect, and remind ourselves often of what brought us together.

We will give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that our connection deserves.

When frustration, difficulty and fear assail our relationship – as they threaten all relationships at one time or another – we will remember to focus on what is right between us, not only the part which seems wrong.

In this way, we can ride out the storms when clouds hide the face of the sun in our lives – remembering that even if we lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is still there.

And if each of us takes responsibility for the quality of our life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight."

Over these past years, I have known a friend like none I have ever known. Today, my best friend became my partner for life. She has brought to my life a love I have never known. Hopefully, I can return this love with enough care and tenderness to demonstrate how much she means to me.

Thank you for being Arlene. I love you.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Documenting everyday life in video. Why?

Is it narcissistic to make a video and publish it on the Internet?
Why do we capture every day happenings and share them?
Do we like to see ourselves?
Is it for family, friends, neighbors?
Is it controversial, political, or propaganda?

Funny, silly, serious, emotional, down right boring!
Short, long, blurry, silent, overwhelming!

No matter the reasons, the quality, or purpose, each video shows something about life. Yep, everyday life.

What if?

What if everyone in the world had access to the Internet?
What if everyone in the world could make a video and show what it is like for them each day?
What if everyone in the world could see what other people are like everywhere else?

Would they see enemies?
Would they see friends?
Would they be shocked?
Would they be bored?
Would they be touched?

Yep, and probably dozens of other emotions and experiences.

I hold the thought that if the people of the world saw the daily struggles, happiness and emotions of everyone else, they might understand more about each other.

Each person has needs - survival, family, love, safety, music, art, and a feeling of belonging.

We aren't that different. Maybe if we saw that fact, everyday, we would understand. If just the "everyday" happenings, challenges and joys were shared, perhaps it would be a little more difficult to hurt and to hate one another.

Okay, I admit that a hundred different versions of the Numa-Numa dance may not bring about world peace, but it sure enough isn't causing anyone to go to war! This little ditty has been performed in oh so many places around the world. Could it be that we all have the same stupid sense of humor? Ah, common ground!

If a video makes you feel something, happy, sad, angry, frustrated, sympathy or love, what a way to communicate. If it calls to action or discloses truth or exposes, should not this capability be shared with all.

Well, I got a bit off track. All I am saying is no matter what your motivation is for making and sharing a video with the world, you are documenting something of life. The sharing may mean that someone else understands more about you. Who knows where that could lead.

For now, I will continue to make my feeble attempts at making videos that someone may watch some day. My hope is that everyone can do the same. Perhaps then we will all be a little closer.

With a wink and a smile, enjoy!