Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve**

Christmas Eve, 1968

Oh, my God, Here's the Earth coming up. Wow, is that pretty!

-- Astronaut Frank Borman, the first human, along with Jim Lovell and Bill Anders, to see the Earth from space

As nations and individuals we are interdependent. It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Christmas Eve, 1967

** Thanks to my friend, Bob Cohn, for the inspiration this morning!


  1. takes my breath away if I let it.
    I want to let it .
    We should all want it too... and want it for each other .

    random ramble..

    last night my husband and I were "hiding" in the basement having a glass of wine while assorted people were in our kitchen making a mess, and chocolate covered pretzels , and eating thai takeout,

    and we channel surfed not having a clue what might be on since we don't really watch tv... it was so random.

    and the concert of Madonna in Argentina was showing , and it was her singing quietly, sitting on a stool with local musicians ? , singing from the Evita movie... and to see the faces of the people in the audience, we both thought.. yes. this is it. this is what the world is really about. the love and hope and connections.


  2. thank you for this.....
    would that we string our hearts together,
    as easily as we string our holiday lights.

  3. Fab photo. Hope you have a lovely Christmas:) Jen

  4. When I got my new Mac, I went through the desktop pictures that came with it and I chose a picture of the earth from space. It is still there because I love it. Usually I use one of my own pictures but I've never been in outer space with a camera and so...
    All is one, Elizabeth.
    I love you.

  5. Lovely and thought-provoking. MLK sounds as if he had studied some Buddhist teachings. Yes, we are all interconnected - mothers everywhere know that. Our common "humanity" is also a good part of why this holiday is so important.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  6. Merry Christmas to you, and your family. I love the King quote. So important.

  7. .... And whatever affects you directly, affects me indirectly. Your life and the living of it has affected my life. Thank you E.

    I love your Christmas card ... Especially the picture on the back ...children by the sea .... Lovely

  8. What a moving and motivating passage from MLK!

    Happy Christmas to you all!

  9. I enjoyed your quotes and your different perspective.

  10. Lovely thoughts and breathtaking picture. Thanks for sharing, and Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  11. cristmas eve 1968 was my first on the planet.

    as i read the quote, the date, i thought about my mom telling me that in april of that year when she heard of the murder of doctor king, she held her hand to her belly, and wondered how the world would be for me...was it ready for her brood of 'mixed' race babies.

    then i saw your next quote was from dr. king. then i wondered if his christmas eve quote came from the epiistle for which i have been searching for a year.

    i bet it is. as my sister is fond of saying, the universe is abundant. so is google.

    off to continue my search...




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