for most
who don’t regularly practice religion
the feeling of visiting a church
is most closely related
with seeing friends marry
and seeing friends dead.

Thus, to the spectator,
the place becomes
a selective devourer
teetering back and forth
from innocuous
cobblestone building
to gobbling wonderhouse.

A corner shop
whose insides forever change you
from what you were when you entered
to something completely different when you left.

Like going to the mall
in the middle of winter
to watch a baby delivered in the coin fountain
then five years later
back to the mall
to see it drowned.

Dallas Clayton

(found on TheWorldsBestEver)

Reclaiming Mein Kampf – I AM

Artist Tara Evans altered book project I AM, transforms Hilter’s hateful Mein Kampf into something positive. She says:

I purchased this book at the Chicago Printers Row Lit Fest in 2005. Growing up, I knew this book was filled with hate but I had never read any of it. I decided to purchase it and read it so that I might face, head-on, the language that inspired hate.

One must never forget.

The beginning of the book was somewhat innocuous and spoke of community and a government for all with only pepperings of negative wording. The chapter that shifted the gears was ‘Nation and Race’.

I have used a found poetry technique to change the sentiment of this entire chapter- to turn his own words into something positive.  Included in this book is about fifty hours of coffee shop wordsmithing and painting over vile text.

It was incredibly satisfying to obliterate the ideals of a madman and I sometimes found myself smiling at the outcome.

I AM in love with this. Thank you Tara Evans!

The 1.25 Diet

The 1.25 Diet is a way to support the 1 billion people who live on less than $1.25 a day. You simply pick a day where you restrict yourself to consume food for 1.25 and donate the rest of the money you would have regularly spent to someone in need.

“In the developing world people are starving. More than a billion people live on less than $1.25 a day. Meanwhile in privileged countries it’s fashionable to be on a diet. Is that what you would call irony? Well, here’s the latest one…The 1.25 Diet. But unlike other diets, this one can make a difference.For real.Not just for the one person losing a couple of pounds, but for the 1 billion people who live below the poverty line. Take a moment and ask yourself a question…How much do you spend a day on food? $20? $40?  Whatever the answer is, pick a day to participate in the diet, simply by consuming food for no more than $1.25. You’ll experience these people’s every day reality. And discover how hard it is to manage. But maybe most importantly…All the money you save that day, you donate to those in need.”

Looks like I’ll be going on a diet folks! Join me?