Thursday, July 30, 2015




Streamers red and gold against a hot blue sky
beside dry evergreens in a world changing.
Thirteen fragile, strong bodies, young visionaries
hang off the bridge with faux-Gothic green arches
saying, “Save the Arctic,” saying we can stop this,
saying it is possible to change the course of one ship
with imagination, planning, hard work. If this is possible,
then what else may come? 

May they be safe. We bow in gratitude,
 hands in lotus position
over hearts full of admiration.  
Audacious, their belief in possibility. Stoic,
their friends’ endurance on the bridge.
We bow, we bow to them. 
We bow again and again. 


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Nipponzan Miyohoji Walks for Peace in Portland

Today! BPF of Portland provided the lunch for this group of marchers for peace and justice.

Thanks to Malcolm Chaddock and Sarah Hobbs, both of Veterans for Peace, for their kind and efficient organizing.


These two women had last seen each other in 1986, at a march organized by Nipponzan Miyohagi Buddhists. Today, one of them, on her way to work on her bicycle, spotted the other at the assembly spot, at the Japanese-American Plaza.

More pictures of the morning activity. There was also a convening at Peace Memorial Park at an AME Church in the NE, and a potluck dinner at Wilshire United Methodist Native American Fellowship, near Wilshire Park. Try 3917 NE Shaver at 6 p.m., and if you don't find the group, look in nearby Wilshire Park.