"Zen teaches nothing; it merely enables us to wake up and become aware. It does not teach, it points." ~D.T. Suzuki

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Today I Rise


I Rise

"Where are you?
Where are you, little girl
with broken wings but full of hope?
Where are you,
wise women covered in wounds?
Where are you?"
Today is International Women's Day

Women have a right to be treated with
decency, fairness and RESPECT!

"The world is missing what I am ready to give: 
My Wisdom, My Sweetness, My Love and My hunger for Peace."
Today I Rise from Blaze of Grace on Vimeo.
Celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.
International Women's Day (March 8)
is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.


Make a Pledge For Parity
"Honor your daughters. They are honorable."

“I tell my story, not because it is unique,
but because it is not. It is the story of many girls.”

Malala Yousafzai

“Life is not easy for any of us.
But what of that?
We must have perseverance
and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted
for something and
that this thing must be attained.”

Marie Curie

And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, "Speak to us of Children." And he said: 
      Your children are not your children. 
      They are the sons and daughters 
of Life's longing for itself. 
      They come through you but not from you, 
      And though they are with you, 
yet they belong not to you. 
      You may give them your love but not your thoughts. 
      For they have their own thoughts. 
      You may house their bodies but not their souls, 
      For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, 
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. 
      You may strive to be like them, 
but seek not to make them like you. 
      For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. 
      You are the bows from which your children
 as living arrows are sent forth. 
      The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might 
that His arrows may go swift and far. 
      Let your bending in the archer's hand 
be for gladness; 
      For even as he loves the arrow that flies, 
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

Khalil Gibran
I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.

There is no greater agony
than bearing an untold story inside you.

If you don't like something, change it.
If you can't change it, change your attitude

Maya Angelou
A woman should be like a single flower,
not a whole bouquet.

Anna Held
Hold your head up, woman by Argent
© 2016 MU-Peter Shimon

Saturday, March 5, 2016



Wayne Lytle

David Crognale
"Animusic, LLC is a computer animation company with the singular focus of animating music.

Both music and visuals are entirely digitally synthesized. 

We "invent" imaginary Virtual Instruments by building computer graphics models of objects that appear to create the sound of the corresponding synthesized music track."
About 10 years ago I came across Animusic and fell in love. I thought it was about time I paid a small tribute to them. Their art, style and music was mesmerizing to me. 

So enjoy these samples from Animusic 1.

Watch other amazing videos from these masterful guys on the
Animusic YouTube Channel

and be sure to visit their website Animusic.com
for more!
Pipe Dream
Acoustic Curves
Wayne Lytle is the founder of Animusic, an American musical computer animation company.
He created the piece
More Bells & Whistles
at Cornell University in 1990
and composed
Beyond The Walls in 1996.

Lytle founded Animusic
(originally under the name Visual Music) in 1995 with his associate David Crognale.
Together, they released Animusic 1
originally in 2001 (and re-released in 2004)
and Animusic 2 in 2005.
Lytle performed in and composed most of the music for progressive rock bands throughout high school, and later studied classical piano. He first envisioned his idea of animated music in 1982, while an undergraduate student in music and computer science. In 1988, he joined the Cornell Theory Center, where he could experiment with his idea as a scientific visualization producer. As a long time musician, he specialized in composing and later created all the music for Animusic.
Pogo Sticks
Once while lying on the floor, listening to the track Harmonic Voltage, my dog Josh curled up next to me and it was clear he heard and sensed the music. It was just hypnotic. 

A delicious moment we shared together. :)
Harmonic Voltage 
© 2016 MU-Peter Shimon

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A Rock and A Hard Place

A Rock 
A Hard Place

There was once a stone cutter

who was dissatisfied with himself

and with his position in life.
One day he passed a wealthy merchant's house. Through the open gateway, he saw many fine possessions and important visitors. "How powerful that merchant must be!" thought the stone cutter. He became very envious and wished that he could be like the merchant.
To his great surprise, he suddenly became the merchant, enjoying more luxuries and power than he had ever imagined, but envied and detested by those less wealthy than himself. Soon a high official passed by, carried in a sedan chair, accompanied by attendants and escorted by soldiers beating gongs. Everyone, no matter how wealthy, had to bow low before the procession. "How powerful that official is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be a high official!"
Then he became the high official, carried everywhere in his embroidered sedan chair, feared and hated by the people all around. It was a hot summer day, so the official felt very uncomfortable in the sticky sedan chair. He looked up at the sun. It shone proudly in the sky, unaffected by his presence. "How powerful the sun is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be the sun!"
Then he became the sun, shining fiercely down on everyone, scorching the fields, cursed by the farmers and laborers. But a huge black cloud moved between him and the earth, so that his light could no longer shine on everything below. "How powerful that storm cloud is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be a cloud!"
Then he became the cloud, flooding the fields and villages, shouted at by everyone. But soon he found that he was being pushed away by some great force, and realized that it was the wind. "How powerful it is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be the wind!"
Then he became the wind, blowing tiles off the roofs of houses, uprooting trees, feared and hated by all below him. But after a while, he ran up against something that would not move, no matter how forcefully he blew against it - a huge, towering rock. "How powerful that rock is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be a rock!"
Then he became the rock, more powerful than anything else on earth. But as he stood there, he heard the sound of a hammer pounding a chisel into the hard surface, and felt himself being changed. "What could be more powerful than I, the rock?" he thought.

He looked down

 and saw far below him

the figure of a stone cutter.
I Am A Rock
Paul Simon & Art Garfunkle in Canada 1966
© 2015 MU-Peter Shimon