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WanJuXiong means "teddy bear" in Mandarin Chinese. The focus of this website is on Healing, Spirituality and the Creative Arts.
Sep 2 '14

It Hurts Me Too, Elmore James
I thought I would post a video of the “real” Elmore James — acclaimed King of the Slide Guitar who influenced an entire generation of blues guitar masters — Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jeremy Spencer, John Mayall, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Allman Brothers, et al.

Sep 2 '14

Fleeting Joy; Promise of Home

The Christian doctrine of suffering explains, I believe, a very curious fact about the world we live in. The settled happiness and security which we all desire, God withholds from us by the very nature of the world: but joy, pleasure, and merriment, He has scattered broadcast. We are never safe, but we have plenty of fun, and some ecstasy.

It is not hard to see why. The security we crave would teach us to rest our hearts in this world and oppose an obstacle to our return to God: a few moments of happy love, a landscape, a symphony, a merry meeting with our friends, a bathe or a football match, have no such tendency.

Our Father refreshes us on the journey with some pleasant inns, but will not encourage us to mistake them for home.

— C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis

The Problem of Pain. Copyright © 1940, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. Copyright restored © 1996 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers. A Year With C.S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works. Copyright © 2003 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.
Sep 2 '14


FREE CONCERT - Tuesday, September 16 at 7PM

Just back from its debut at the Singer festival in Warsaw, Poland, Broadway and international opera star, Elmore James and Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, take you on a musical journey through the repertoire of Paul Robeson, the great African American singer, actor and civil rights activist.

Together, they explore the pathos inherent in love ballads, songs of the sweatshop and slavery, melodies of spirituality, protest and hope. This new concert breathes fresh life into its interpretations of classics Yiddish songs, songs of revolutionary poets, Holocaust era partisans and Broadway favorites.

Queens College, Lefrak Recital Hall
65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY

I am not sure who this “Elmore James” is. The famous blues singer and slide guitarist by this name — who influenced Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, the Allman Bro. et al — died in 1963, Wikipedia has no entry for an “Elmore James” who is an opera singer.

Sep 2 '14

Randy Scouse Git, Micky Dolenz & The Monkees
From their 1967 released Headquarters album.

Sep 2 '14
J.S. Bach - Lute Suite, BWV 996 - 4


A daily dose of Bach

Lute Suite in E minor, BWV 996 - 4. Sarabande

John Williams, guitar

Sep 2 '14

A Simple Practice For Cultivating Gratitude



"When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, look for the fault that lies within yourself.” — Tecumseh, early 19th century leader of the North American Shawnee Tribe and inter-tribal confederacy.


It is commonly believed that gratitude arises from a state of happiness and contentment, but what if happiness and contentment were actually born from a cultivation of gratitude? Even if one does not follow a particular spiritual faith tradition, a natural progression in the development of human character, maturity, humanity and consciousness is the cultivation of gratitude — regardless of your socio/cultural roots, faith background or personal beliefs.

For it is in the practice of training the psyche to mindfully recognize the wonder and beauty around us and to give thanks for these little gifts, that an increasingly progressive, perpetual, elevated state of happiness and contentment begins to abide within us. But this takes time and perseverance. Like any organic farmer knows, even planting seed in the ground is not the beginning of the journey to harvest — the ground itself must be prepared first.

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Chapel of Saint Ananias, Damascus, Syria, an early example of a Christian house of worship; built in the 1st century AD


Chapel of Saint Ananias, Damascus, Syria, an early example of a Christian house of worship; built in the 1st century AD