The Audobon Society has posted a story about peregrine falcons nesting on the 28th floor of a high-rise in Chicago. Dacey Arashiba, an IT consultant, wanted to give a pair of falcons a chance to raise their offspring. He invited Luke Massey, a photographer and writer from England, to crash in his apartment for a month to photograph the birds. The resulting images and story are stunning. And heart-warming.
A delegation of Buddhists and Catholics from the US, including our neighbor, Hozan Alan Senauke, from the Berkeley Zen Center, met recently with Pope Francis. The Holy Father was pleased apparently, as he concluded the meeting with smiles all around.
Two film-makers in China, Tom Fearon and Abel Blanco, every month profile an ordinary Beijinger with an extraordinary story. This month their offering is "Call of Duty", the story of Mr. Yang Guojing, who has kept alive an otherwise forgotten story of a battlefield near the Great Wall. His simple humanity and compassion tells the story of how 21,000 men died in combat yet for various reasons, have been ignored by history. Their video narrates the potential for peace by the descendants of the combatants. Thanks to the Anthill, an online blogging community from China, for bringing this work to light. To watch the video, click here.
(*Satire Alert!*) The Onion, two years ago spoofed terrorist organisations who issue press releases and videos threatening to unleash destructive attacks on Western civilisation. Only this time the fierce language is hilarious Buddhist rhetoric. The press release warns of "the group's plans to inflict a wave of peace and tranqulllity on an unprecedented scale will be visited on Western cities." Reads the satire here.
"The state of emergency in Baltimore began long before today's protest," said a Baltimore clergy-person. In this video clip we hear two news reporters describing the scene in the streets of Baltimore. One reporter is deeply touched by the courage and commitment of the clergy marching on the streets in Baltimore, "in harm's way." The other reporter stirs the pot as usual, unimpressed by the extraordinary demonstration of solidarity between the churches and the issues of the poor, instead she focuses on property damage. News media has the potential to enlighten and the power to confuse. This clip comes from WBALTV, Baltimore.