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Brian Bajari
Carmel, CA
Interests: literature, film, art, writing, poetry, contemplative spirituality, deep-spirited friendships, simple activism, riding the edge of things, ending child-soldiering, slavery & human trafficking, feeding the hungry, global access to clean water technology, ptsd counseling, loving neighbor & enemy alike, goodness & shalom, officiating the best weddings around
Recent Activity
"I only got half my intestines." Renegade practically shouts while lifting his shirt revealing a snake-sized scar crawling up & over his gargantuan belly toward his chest. "Shot up in Nam. I was a machine gunner. When I eat I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2011 at 6 below
Just saw this on heyamberrae's blog. Couldn't agree more with the sentiment behind this clip especially after listening about the application inflation report on NPR today. Oh the college bubble may need to be burst. Let's Start a Learning Revolution... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at 6 below
What an astounding capture of film - both meditative & expansive. You can check more of his work here. The Aurora from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2011 at 6 below
Just received this in my inbox today & I do have to say that I wish more of us could have the courage to live as such "We grow spiritually much more by doing it wrong than by doing it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2011 at 6 below
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I enjoy the big picture that boston.com publishes because it reports world events solely with images . . . This is a photo from Dan Kitwood on men from Ghana waiting for repatriation & passports in a UN refugee camp... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2011 at 6 below
These are rather dramatic vids of first-hand footage of the earth shifting during the 3/11 quake. Simply astonishing . . . Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2011 at 6 below
You may or may not know that Saint Patrick was not an Irishman. In fact, he was a Brit (a Romano-Briton to be precise) & as a teenager he was captured by the Irish & enslaved. After six some odd years of slavery the young Patrick heard a voice telling him to walk to a port 200 miles away where he would discover a ship that would lead him home. Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2011 at 6 below
"What can we say about God's love? We can say that God's love is unconditional. God does not say, 'I love you, if ...' There are no ifs in God's heart. God's love for us does not depend on what... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2011 at 6 below
"We operate with the assumption that giving people new ideas changes people. It doesn’t. Believing ideas is, in fact, a way of not having to change in any significant way, especially if you can argue about them. Ideas become defenses.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2011 at 6 below
Joy is what makes life worth living, but for many joy seems hard to find. They complain that their lives are sorrowful and depressing. What then brings the joy we so much desire? Are some people just lucky, while others... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2011 at 6 below
Solitude is the garden for our hearts, which yearn for love. It is the place where our aloneness can bear fruit. It is the home for our restless bodies and anxious minds. Solitude, whether it is connected with a physical... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2011 at 6 below
"All human beings are alone. No other person will completely feel like we do, think like we do, act like we do. Each of us is unique, and our aloneness is the other side of our uniqueness. The question is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2011 at 6 below
My oldest loves to climb & slack-line. Our family received a slack-line for Christmas. Slack-lining is both sport & meditation - it requires a semblance of courage, focus, & balance. I can manage about six steps at best. And then... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2010 at 6 below
Very cool stuff from Improv Everywhere - love the expression on the volunteer for salvation army as more & more ringers keep joining the force. Beautiful . . . Enjoy: Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2010 at 6 below
I'm a fan . . . watch & live a little differently this season: Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2010 at 6 below
Here's a kind of poppy gem on Hanukkah from my favorite Orthodox Jewish Reggae Rapper from Brooklyn - Matisyahu. The video is kind of cheesy on the surface - but dig a little & what emerges is a fun battle... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2010 at 6 below
From Dennis Overbye from the NY Times 12/02/2010: "Scientists said Thursday that they had trained a bacterium to eat and grow on a diet of arsenic, in place of phosphorus — one of six elements considered essential for life —... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2010 at 6 below
According to this article Chinese artist Liu Bolin paints himself into the background of urban cityscapes because of the dehumanizing effects of modern society. So rather than paint on paper canvases to portray his disaffection & disconnection with 21st century urban contexts Liu Bolin will literally spend up to 10 hours painting himself (or having his assistants paint him) into the background of certain urban scenes. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2010 at 6 below
"When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college - that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared back... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2010 at 6 below
Art is canvas & paint. Art is brush & pen. Art is music & movement. The question we need to ask is what is my particular canvas? What brush do I work with best? And what music do I really... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2010 at 6 below
We love to start with groups of people the majority of whom do not yet know Jesus. Right from the start we have them talking about what God is doing in their lives Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2010 at simple church
Everyone has something deep inside begging to show just a bit of its brilliance to the world. But somehow long ago (a year ago or 50 years ago) we learned to shelve that deep something in order to bow down & worship "expectations" - a euphemism for success guised in the routine & the mundane. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2010 at 6 below
I'm in a bit of a melancholy mood after homeless church this morning - thought I'd find some resonance with a poem that was recently sent to me by a good friend. This one helped . . . A Brief... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2010 at 6 below
So how can we get to the second half of our own lives? We all know uptight men and women at 60 who still cannot let go and trust God or themselves. The secular person has no one to surrender to, so we can understand them being control freaks Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2010 at 6 below