Friday, December 30, 2016

Replica Palestine Separation Wall Built in Central London | 'Bethlehem U...

Oh Little Town of Bethlehem: revisited

I'm doing this respectfully in the Spirit of Christmas and the good Spirit of those who are of different religions .
Never forget or deny that we all are the children of God.
Heed these words: Do not take God in vain and don't dismiss that it is within God to be able to reveal himself in more than one way
First posted on Sunday, December 29, 2013
I'm sure there will be a ton of counter points to be made. The essence of my view is that things are so out of control and bounds that the worst may yet to come.

The point is to instill peace and end war regardless of how naive my effort may be.

The War on Christmas!

Blah! We hear this battle cry each and every year from Fox News. They assault our sensibility because there are plenty of  misinformed Americans who bought into their motto of being "Fair and Balanced." It's worst than that. Fox News especially doesn't report on what has happened to Bethlehem in the West Bank. The alleged main stream media doesn't do much better.
Media outside the USA sure as hell did aside from independent media such as Democracy Now.
Alright, I can't swear to it but I can be certain that most Americans are unaware that Bethlehem is the new Berlin.
American's remember President Kennedy's famous words when he visited Berlin: "ich bin ein Berliner." This translates too "I am a Berliner." Who on the world stage has the courage to say, "I am a voice of Bethlehem."
The demigod of Fox News, President Regan, famous words when he visited Berlin were "Mr. Gorbachev tear down this wall." Who on the world stage has the courage to say "Mr. Netanyahu tear down this wall." 
Will the voice of Pope Francis grow stronger or will Mr. Putin, the game changer, take charge? I find it impossible for American leadership to stand up to a not so easy task.
I'm sure there will be a ton of counter points to be made. The essence of my view is that things are so out of control and bounds that the worst may yet to come.


Main checkpoint for entry


Church of the Nativity Church of the Nativity
Historical site of the birth of Jesus



I can only wish that there was something funny 

point of view by roman blazic_photo credit unknown sourced from internet

Sunday, December 18, 2016

A Christmas Gif(t)

Tis' the season to be jolly

Here's some of my photo that were found on the internet. Twinkle and snow effects were created by unknown people.









words and picture by roman blazic_all rights reserved

Friday, December 16, 2016

A Christmas Story

by Donald Trump



The snow softly fell in the still of Christmas Eve. Santa and his sleigh effortlessly made it's way from house to house to bring gifts for the deserving child.
Down through the chimney Santa brought his bag of toys that the elves prepared all through the past year. A welcomed cup of warm cider and some cookies and fruit gave pause for Santa to catch his breath.
A child awoke from a restless night's sleep full of excitement and anticipation of Santa's arrival. The slight creaking sound of a sturdy wooden chair, that Santa sat on as he enjoyed a time of rest, alerted the child to his presences.
Out from the bed on the tips of his toes the child made his way down the stairway. The child's eyes were as wide as walnuts and his heart beat zoomed like a drum roll upon seeing Santa. Even the family pet cat couldn't walk as quiet as the child made his approach.
Within a moment Santa saw the child from the corner of his eye. He turned towards the child with a bright broad smile and a finger to his lips with a wisp of shhhhh.  The child's footsteps froze in place but Santa beckoned the child to come closer with a wave of his hand.
Together they sat side by side to the amazement of the child as they shared the last two cookies. The warmth of the moment was a moment of wonderment but the child could not contain his excitement any longer. He just had to ask Santa a host of questions.
"Santa, just what country is the North Pole?" "Is your bag full of foreign made toys?" "Did you buy American or hire Americans to make them?"
Santa's face turned as red as Rudolph's red nose as he became more annoyed with each passing question. It took all of Santa's strength to quietly tell the child to return to his bed. The child dashed off up the stairs and snuggled into the warm blankets of his bed knowing that, yes, there is a Santa Clause.
Santa, with deliberate movement, scooped up all the child's gifts and placed them back into his bag. He returned to his sleigh and then returned with a bag of coal for this annoying child.
Unbeknownst to Santa, the child was most happy to find the bag of coal left for him. For you see, this child lived in West Virginia.
The End

lampoon by roman blazic_all rights reserved

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Am I So Important

Someone thinks I am

First my gmail account password was changed. This is why and still why that I can't access it. Lord knows what that password is. Google is now devoting their time and effort to investigate. My end around was to create a new account that I've been using for some time, rblazic1@gmail.com. This is how you can reach me.
Today I found that my password for this blog was changed. I'm thankful that this recovery process was quick and easy.
There have been other intrusions that I'm not at liberty to comment on.

NO. The Russian are not to blame. I have a strong readership from Russia that is based upon mutual respect and good will. I find it wise not to get caught up in the "messaging" from either the government or the press and other media. It is us, the everyday people, who can come to an uncomplicated understanding of each other. This applies for all the countries and my own who read my slice of life. I forever stand by the most inspiring words etched in stone at Penn Treaty Park, "by deeds of peace."
Peace to the world from my small space in the world.
Respectfully,
Roman Blazic from Fishtown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

*edit: I just received, only moments ago, an "end around" means to access my rlblazic@gmail account. The next step is to see if it can be accessed through the standard sign in process.

**edit: Yes. The standard sign in process works. Please continue to E-mail me at  rblazic1@gmail.com. This what I use for practical purposes.
           

Friday, December 9, 2016

The Village of Fishtown Heights

Andy's Christmas Tradition

Andy Kroyos is in his 86th year. He has lived in Fishtown for a very long time. He is also an very old friend of the family. I'm sure that many of you have seen him in the neighborhood walking his dog along Palmer Cemetery and beyond.
It was around this time last year that the Spirit Newspaper (page 9) did a feature article on his Christmas tradition. It appears that the Star Newspaper will present him again, this year, in an up coming edition of the paper. Star News
Andy has worked on his Christmas village platform over most of his life. I was so happy to accept his invitation to see and photograph his life long work and family tradition. There is so much to see. The opening picture is where I got the title to this post. Also look for a loving note to his wife.

(click picture for slideshow)





We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


In remembrance of the Battle of the Bulge (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945)

I'll be home for Christmas

Upwards to the mountains




Here's Andy
Joy to the World and Peace on Earth

words and pictures by roman blazic_all rights reserved


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving

Thirty-three years and counting

My children. From then to now.



Thanksgiving, we still love each other, We still like each other. We still share a meal with each other whether together but always in the heart.

words and pictures by roman blazic_all rights reserved 




Monday, November 21, 2016

The 334th Anniversary of William Penn's Treaty with the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape People

"by deeds of peace"

The Friends of Penn Treaty Park celebrated the 334th anniversary of the of the signing of the unbroken peace treaty. A small group gather around the great-great grandchild of the original Peace Elm under which the peace treaty was made in 1682.
The Reverend John Norwood, the founding Pastor of Ujima Village Christian Church,  is a Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Councilman and Judge and also serves as the government liaison for the Confederation of Sovereign Nanticoke-Lenape Tribes, which is a union of the three interrelated tribal nations of Nanticoke and Lenape people remaining in the area of the Delaware Bay.
Reverend Norwood delivered a heart felt speech of the meaning of the oneness of all people and the Earth. He lead all in attendance in a blessing of this noble truth "by deeds of peace."
This blessing comes through prayer and the sacred use of tobacco. Tobacco, a herb, has the quality of being able to absorb. When made into a poultice, it can absorb toxins out of a rash or bug bite.  When you pray with it, it absorbs your prayers. And when smoked, the smoke carries your prayers up to the Creator.
Hold a pinch of tobacco between the first three fingers of your hand, say your prayer, then open your fingers and let the tobacco fall to the ground. Don’t toss it, let it fall. The nature spirits will then work on fulfilling that prayer.
“White people misused tobacco, the sacred medicine of the native people, and it made them sick.  When native people misused white peoples’ medicine, the sacred wine of the mass, it became their undoing.”
We must respect one another’s medicines.

We must respect our different worldly cultures.

The sharing of the sacred tobacco


The blessing and prayer
Barbara Morehead founder of the Friends of Penn Treaty Park along with Reverend John Norwood standing at the site of  great-great grandchild of the original Peace Elm 
Children enjoyed coloring nature's related picture of this event and made a necklace of the Turtle Symbol


Reading for an in-depth history introduction to the Lenni Lenape or Delaware Indians courtesy of  the Penn Treaty Museum.

words and pictures by roman blazic_all rights reserved
sacred tobacco sourced from Molly Larkin