I have a special place in my heart for Burma. I've never been there, but years ago I saw a movie called "Beyond Rangoon" starring Patricia Arquette, and was captured by the land, the people, and the struggle they are in to save their country. I know some of you are already on the Avaaz.org mailing list, but for those of you who aren't, if you would like a simple way to sign in and make your voice heard, I'm posting a link to their most recent petition call.
Free Burma's pro democracy prisoners! Aung San Suu Kyi (photo) is still under house arrest, and 2,000 pro-democracy monks and activists are being held in inhumane conditions in Burmese prisons. Their crime: peacefully calling for democracy.
CLICK HERE to go to the Avaaz website and sign the petition, or click on the icon in the upper margin.
The petition reads:
To: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: The military government must immediately and unconditionally release all political prisoners including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Khun Tun Oo and Min Ko Naing.The release of all political prisoners is the first and most important step towards freedom and democracy in Burma. We, the undersigned, call upon UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to make it his personal priority to secure the release of all of Burma's political prisoners by the SPDC.
The Cloud Messenger (Meghadūta) is a lyric poem by the respected Indian poet, Kālidāsa. The poem centers around a yaksa in exile. Longing for his beloved, waiting for him on a Himalayan mountain, he asks a cloud to take a message to her. The sights he tells the cloud it will see on its way make up most of the poem.
The idea of recording observations appeals to me. I thought The Cloud Messenger was the perfect title for a blog about the journey that we all make as we move through our days.
I'm a baby boomer who grew up dancing in the streets of Detroit during the classic Motown years, lived beside the Rocky Mountains for many years, now retired and living (and writing full time) in S. Ontario. I have one blog for rock 'n' roll oldies, and one for nature, poetry and life along the Lake.