Saturday, March 21, 2009

Get yer inspiration here

I ran across this at Dependable Renegade:

Bus driver delivers free home-cooked meals

JACKSON HEIGHTS, New York (CNN) -- Every day, unemployed men gather under the elevated 7 train in Jackson Heights, Queens. Many of them are homeless. All of them are hungry.
Jorge Munoz estimates he has served more than 70,000 free meals since 2004.

At around 9:30 each night, relief comes in the form of Jorge Munoz's white pickup truck, filled with hot food, coffee and hot chocolate.
The men eagerly accept containers of chicken and rice from Munoz, devouring the food on the spot. Quiet gratitude radiates from the crowd.

For many, this is their only hot meal of the day; for some, it's the first food they've eaten since last night.

"I thank God for touching that man's heart," says Eduardo, one of the regulars.

Read more at the link above.

This story about a school bus driver (!) is a very pleasant change from whining bankers.
--the BB

Mad dogs, Englishmen, and certain bears

Today I went out into the yard for a couple of hours. In the midday sun. Wearing shorts. My recently infected leg may be in pretty good shape currently but both legs are pink now!

Today I planted a bare root fuyu persimmon tree, restored watering wells around plants after the wind and blow sand had done their endless dirty work, mulched some more, pruned dead material, and watered everything.

I am heartened to see tiny new shoots on a couple of the new bare root roses. There is lots of new growth on the potato vines, and I even saw a few scattered bits of pale green emerging on both grapevines! Both plums have lots of new leaves and leaves are beginning to show on the three peaches and the cherry. After the long brown winter there is green again. Woohoo!

Now to work on the sermon for Snake-handling Sunday.
--the BB

Friday, March 20, 2009

A step in the right direction

Obama issues a memo:
Sec. 3. Ensuring Transparency of Registered Lobbyist Communications.

(a) An executive department or agency official shall not consider the view of a lobbyist registered under the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, 2 U.S.C. 1601 et seq., concerning particular projects, applications, or applicants for funding under the Recovery Act unless such views are in writing.

(b) Upon the scheduling of, and again at the outset of, any oral communication (in-person or telephonic) with any person or entity concerning particular projects, applications, or applicants for funding under the Recovery Act, an executive department or agency official shall inquire whether any of the individuals or parties appearing or communicating concerning such particular project, application, or applicant is a lobbyist registered under the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995. If so, the lobbyist may not attend or participate in the telephonic or in-person contact, but may submit a communication in writing.

(c) All written communications from a registered lobbyist concerning the commitment, obligation, or expenditure of funds under the Recovery Act for particular projects, applications, or applicants shall be posted publicly by the receiving agency or governmental entity on its recovery website within 3 business days after receipt of such communication.

You may read more at emptywheel.

--the BB


March 20, 2008
MND-C Soldier dies from non-combat related causes
BAGHDAD– A Multi-National Divsion- Center Soldier died March 19 from non-combat related causes.
The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin and release by the Department of Defense.

The incident is under investigation.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty
Spc. Gary L. Moore, 25, of Del City, Okla., died March 16 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an explosive device struck his vehicle. He was assigned to the 978th Military Police Company, 93rd Military Police Battalion, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Can a leopard change its spots?

Proving that she has neither lost her touch nor changed course, Condoleezza Rice appeared on the Charlie Rose show last night and lied her ass off.
ROSE: But you didn’t believe it had anything to do with 9/11.

RICE: No. No one was arguing that Saddam Hussein somehow had something to do with 9/11.

ROSE: No one.

RICE: I was certainly not. The President was certainly not. … That’s right. We were not arguing that.
Rachel Maddow had some nice audio records and quotes from official documents to rebut this on her show tonight.

We know there were no links between Iraq and Saddam on the one hand and al Qaeda and 9/11 on the other. Dubya eventually admitted as much. But not from the beginning. Oh no. The whole Bush Gang pushed the theme repeatedly to build that link in the public consciousness, so patriotic soliders were eager to go to Iraq to revenge 9/11. Except, of course, for the inconvenient fact that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. A vast percentage of the populace still thinks it did.

We've learned that Iraq has trained al-Qaeda members in bomb-making and poisons and deadly gases. And we know that after 11 September, Saddam Hussein's regime gleefully celebrated the terrorist attacks on America.

Some citizens wonder, after 11 years of living with this problem, why do we need to confront it now? And there's a reason. We've experienced the horror of 11 September.

US Secretary of State Colin Powell in a presentation to the UN Security Council, setting out the US case against the Iraqi regime, February 2003. [BBC]

Putting the case for invading Iraq to Congress:
A letter from the White House to the House Speaker on March 18, 2003, read:

“(2) acting pursuant to the Constitution and Public Law 107-243 is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.”

And this:
Rice was no exception either. On Sept. 15, 2002, she said that Saddam had “links to terrorism [that] would include al-Qaeda.” As late as September 2006, she remarked, “there were ties going on between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein’s regime going back for a decade.”
Jon Perr at Crooks and Liars comments:
Of course, as ThinkProgress detailed, President Bush and Vice President Cheney throughout 2002 and 2003 warned of the mythical alliance between Saddam and Bin Laden. For example, on October 14, 2002, Bush announced that "We know that Iraq and Al Qaeda have had high-level contacts that go back a decade." On the eve of the war, the President told Americans that Iraq "has aided, trained and harbored terrorists, including operatives of al Qaeda." And as hostilities commenced, Cheney on March 21, 2003 decried Iraq as the "geographic base of the terrorists who have had us under assault now for many years, but most especially on 9/11."

As I documented back in June 2005, President Bush continued to nurture the false Iraq connection to 9/11 long after he grudgingly admitted on September 17, 2004 that "we've had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with September the 11th." Bush's intentional conflation of the two included the amazing June 18, 2005 statement that "we went to war [with Iraq] because we were attacked." By December 2008, Bush's linkage had morphed into the "risk we could not afford to take."
Condi, Dick the Dick, Dubya, and their minions are currently all busy trying to re-write history and toss the inconvenient facts of which we are aware into the memory hole.

We must not let them get away with it.

Anyone else remember how brazenly Condi used to lie to Congress? And how incensed she gets when anyone questions her putative "integrity"? Hah, as if the [expletive deleted] had any.

Need I mention that this needless, counterproductive, illegal, and immoral invasion and occupation is really much, much larger than the AIG scandal?

Nürnberg, indeed, Göran.
--the BB

The lying weasel announces great evil and great folly

To get the full impact one needs to watch Bush just before he gave this speech:

Göran never fails to mention Nürnberg in comments so I'll beat him to the punch this time.

We were about to play Cuthbert Jeopardy and celebrate the eve of our patron saint that night. Our celebration sank into deep gloom after hearing this evil bastard on the radio. We knew our nation had descended into a great and unlawful evil.
--the BB

This one's for David@Montreal

I wanted to post a photo of these on St David's Day but only got the picture taken today. These daffodils are blooming near the entrance to our office building.

I think of you, mon frère, each time I pass them.
--the BB

Thursday in Lent 3

So, which do you think will have the final word: sin or grace?

I should think that our answer to that question would profoundly affect the way we live.

Do we live as though sin will prevail--fearful, defensive, anxious, dreading, despairing?

Or do we live as though grace will prevail--hopeful, open, expectant, trustful, rejoicing?

If we say we believe one yet act as though we believed the other, what is out of whack and why?

What, in us, needs healing and transformation?

Keep watch over your Church, O Lord, with your unfailing love; and, since it is grounded in human weakness and cannot maintain itself without your aid, protect it from all danger, and keep it in the way of salvation; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

--the BB

Changing seasons

While what we consider spring around here has not really arrived (the really big winds week after week), some trees are blooming. This was taken on my way to Russian class Monday evening.

Many of the deciduous trees are still bare. I am enjoying the contrasts.
--the BB

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Heart thread - 03/18/2009

Ian and Lisa
You can read Lisa's latest update on Ian's condition at Rantings. Please continue to hold them in prayer. They have a probable diagnosis at last and better knowledge of what has been going wrong. That Ian is still with us is astonishing and since all are still working hard on behalf of his life, including Ian himself, we shall uphold them in prayer.

h/t to OCICBW

Jane R is a bit under the weather.

Papa Jeremy gets a snuggle in with Olivia.

--the BB

A study that raises more questions

Indeed, research should always raise more questions but check this out:
By Elizabeth Cooney, Globe Correspondent | March 18, 2009
Patients who rely heavily on their religious faith to cope with terminal cancer are more likely to receive intensive life-prolonging measures in their last week of life, Boston researchers reported yesterday.


About 80 percent of the patients said they used religion to some extent to cope with their illness and more than half said they prayed, meditated, or engaged in religious study daily. More than 30 percent said their faith was the most important thing that kept them going.
[Emphasis mine]

I would love to know more about the content of their theology and the choices they make, especially when I read this paragraph:
The patients who leaned the most heavily on their faith were nearly three times more likely to choose and receive more aggressive care near death, such as ventilators or cardiopulmonary resuscitation. They were less likely to have advanced care planning in place, such as do-not-resuscitate orders, living wills, and healthcare proxies.
What does their faith teach them about God, about death, and about who they are? What roles do fear and trust play in their faith?

Gotta wonder.
--the BB

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Safe and blessed travels, Mimi!

Heads up, England!

Stay up to date here.
--the BB

Gotta keep the excitement going

So this evening I have been printing off timelines and family trees for volume three of my fiction. Need to let those stories emerge and take on flesh.

Tomorrow I will be dining with a couple of dear friends so there might not be much blogging until Thursday evening.

Behave, my riotous little meerkats.
--the BB

Dick the dick's position is secure

Dick Cheney: "I guess my general sense of where we are with respect to Iraq and at the end of now, what, nearly six years, is that we've accomplished nearly everything we set out to do...."

For all the rant in the post below, I deem B16 simply a brilliant but very dangerous man. Dick Cheney, on the other hand, is secure in my anti-pantheon as the man Satan wishes he could be.

Check out the litany of what Cheney/Bush have accomplished in Iraq at Informed Comment.

Cheney takes douchebaggery to a whole new level.
--the BB

The Pope tells Africans not to use condoms

Here's the headline at the Times Online:
Pope says condoms are not the solution to Aids - they make it worse

Given the AIDS pandemic, this is just unconscionable.

The Times goes on to say:
In his first public comments on condom use, the pontiff told reporters en route to Cameroon that Aids "is a tragedy that cannot be overcome by money alone, and that cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems".

Pope Benedict has previously stressed that the Roman Catholic Church is in the forefront of the battle against Aids. The Vatican encourages sexual abstinence to fight the spread of the disease.
OK, I'll come clean. I never thought much of Ratso before he became pope. I think less of him now. In order to preserve an oppressive, body-hating theology tight in the grip of a bunch of unmarried old men he is willing to encourage countless deaths lest they have to backpedal on some putative morality.

I say bollocks.

Ratzinger was and is a douchebag of the first order, busy trying to haul the Italian Church back into the late middle ages, re-consolidating power that had inched toward collegiality back in Vatican II.

I am very fond of my Catholic sisters and brothers and a great deal of what the Roman Catholic Church is and has been, but I have no respect and no use for the current pope. This latest homocidal nonsense is one more reason why.

Yeah, I know, you're wondering how I really feel about this.

h/t to John Aravosis at Americablog and to MP at OCICBW for the Times link
--the BB

Tuesday in Lent 3

And they ate and were well filled,
for he gave them what they craved.
--Psalm 78:29

Quail in the wilderness is a pretty amazing rescue story but don't you find something ominous in the words "he gave them what they craved"? I certainly do.

We are all familiar with the warning: "be careful what you wish for." It is illustrated by many a folk tale and anecdotes from our own lives.

What do we crave? Is it worth asking God for? Might it be a mistake to get it?

Purify our desires, O Godde, lest in our desiring we crave our own destruction.

O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear us; and grant that we, to whom you have given a fervent desire to pray, may, by your mighty aid, be defended and comforted in all dangers and adversities; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

--the BB

Monday, March 16, 2009

No excuses. No pardons. No TV interviews. - UPDATED (2X)

Andrew Sullivan writes this in The Atlantic:
Bush and Cheney were, in fact, more brutal in their "enhanced interrogation" than the Gestapo was. And note that I am not engaging in the slightest hyperbole here. I'm not saying that the US is Nazi Germany in any way. I am saying that the torture program used by Bush and Cheney follows exactly the specific methods used by the Gestapo. This is not in any historical dispute, although the irony of using the exact same phrase for the exact same methods is one reason the Bushies dropped the term.

We also have a very specific legal precedent. When the US captured officials who had done to prisoners exactly what the last president did, the US prosecuted them, found them guilty and executed them. The price Cheney pays is a fawning interview on CNN.

That's who we are. That's what we've become.
We cannot afford to brush this off.

h/t to Nicholas Knisely at The Lead

See also the post by Meteor Blades here. There you will find this quote from Lincoln's second inaugural speech:
"Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this congress and this administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance or insignificance can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the latest generation. We, even we here, hold the power and bear the responsibility."

See also budhydharma's post "Can Holder Ignore the Red Cross Report? Can Obama?"
There we read of the International Committee of the Red Cross' recent report that Mark Danner makes this observation:
"It could not be more important that the ICRC explicitly uses the words 'torture' and 'cruel and degrading,' " Danner said in a telephone interview. "The ICRC is the guardian of the Geneva Conventions, and when it uses those words, they have the force of law."
The United States is bound by the Geneva Conventions. Now that we have documentation and authoritative evaluation that WE HAVE INDEED COMMITTED TORTURE, the law should be followed.

As I wrote in the heading: No excuses. No pardons. Prosecution of those from whom the orders flowed. Now.

--the BB

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Monday in Lent 3

Jeremiah 7:1-11

1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 Stand in the gate of the Lord’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the Lord, all you people of Judah, you that enter these gates to worship the Lord. 3 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Amend your ways and your doings, and let me dwell with you* in this place. 4 Do not trust in these deceptive words: ‘This is* the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord.’

5 For if you truly amend your ways and your doings, if you truly act justly one with another, 6 if you do not oppress the alien, the orphan, and the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not go after other gods to your own hurt, 7 then I will dwell with you in this place, in the land that I gave of old to your ancestors for ever and ever.

8 Here you are, trusting in deceptive words to no avail. 9 Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, make offerings to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known, 10 and then come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, ‘We are safe!’—only to go on doing all these abominations? 11 Has this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your sight? You know, I too am watching, says the Lord.
The den is where robbers go after doing their dirty work. Their evil is not changing money in the Temple, it is doing unrighteousness in their everyday secular life.

Do we flock to our houses of worship on Sunday to claim that all is well while living any way we please Monday through Saturday? Do we really think that will work?

Almighty God, and stretch forth the right hand of your majesty to be our defense against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

--the BB

Some gratuitous Mozart for a Sunday evening

Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major (Turkish) K219,

Artists: Janine Jansen violin, European Union Youth Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor

BBC Proms 39 18.30 - 20.45: Royal Albert Hall
Saturday 12 August 2006

[This excerpt is part 2 of 5]
--the BB


03/15/09 AFP:
Four US soldiers killed in Afghanistan
A string of bombs ripped through parts of Afghanistan on Sunday, killing four US soldiers and three Afghan civilians, officials said, in attacks linked to a Taliban-led insurgency.

May the angels lead you into paradise.


Sometimes with pending notifications I lose track of names. The following confirmation is of casualties from earlier, but I had not listed them and do so now.

March 06, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualty
Spc. Jessica Y. Sarandrea, 22, of Miami, Fla., died March 3 in Mosul, Iraq, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked her forward operating base with mortar fire. She was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

March 06, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualty
Sgt. Jeffrey A. Reed, 23, of Chesterfield, Va., died March 2 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his vehicle was struck by a grenade in Taji, Iraq. He was assigned to the 411th Military Police Company, 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.

March 04, 2009
DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
Cpl. Donte J. Whitworth, 21, of Noblesville, Ind., died Feb. 28 as a result of a non-hostile vehicle accident in Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.

May they rest in peace and rise in glory.


It is finished. (John 19:30)

I just completed the revision of the second book, companion volume to the first. They really tell one story but it was too long for one volume.

This particular project began on 1 April (yes) 2006. I had hoped to finish the revision by Easter, and lo! It is so.

Easter word!

As soon as a few friends review the revision I will begin the arduous task of seeking publication. Trust me, when things happen I will let y'all know.
--the BB

You've been praying for them

Here is a photo of mother Katie and baby Olivia in their very first snuggle. You can see how tiny Olivia is. She and her twin sister Clara are growing at Stanford. Katie's friend Enid was on hand for this moment. More at the blog.

Thanks for your continued prayers.

[In case anyone wondered, I have been a great granduncle for years. My grandniece Mindi has two lovely children also.]
--Great granduncle Paul

Summer of 2002

Marcy Wheeler directed my attention today to a lengthy article by Mark Danner in The New York Review of Books. He discusses the ICRC [International Committee of the Red Cross] Report on the Treatment of Fourteen "High Value Detainees" in CIA Custody.

I highly recommend it but you will not be comfortable reading it.

Abu Zubaydah was evidently a guinea pig for methods:
After the beating I was then placed in the small box. They placed a cloth or cover over the box to cut out all light and restrict my air supply. As it was not high enough even to sit upright, I had to crouch down. It was very difficult because of my wounds. The stress on my legs held in this position meant my wounds both in the leg and stomach became very painful. I think this occurred about 3 months after my last operation. It was always cold in the room, but when the cover was placed over the box it made it hot and sweaty inside. The wound on my leg began to open and started to bleed. I don't know how long I remained in the small box, I think I may have slept or maybe fainted.

I was then dragged from the small box, unable to walk properly and put on what looked like a hospital bed, and strapped down very tightly with belts. A black cloth was then placed over my face and the interrogators used a mineral water bottle to pour water on the cloth so that I could not breathe. After a few minutes the cloth was removed and the bed was rotated into an upright position. The pressure of the straps on my wounds was very painful. I vomited. The bed was then again lowered to horizontal position and the same torture carried out again with the black cloth over my face and water poured on from a bottle. On this occasion my head was in a more backward, downwards position and the water was poured on for a longer time. I struggled against the straps, trying to breathe, but it was hopeless. I thought I was going to die. I lost control of my urine. Since then I still lose control of my urine when under stress.

I was then placed again in the tall box. While I was inside the box loud music was played again and somebody kept banging repeatedly on the box from the outside. I tried to sit down on the floor, but because of the small space the bucket with urine tipped over and spilt over me.... I was then taken out and again a towel was wrapped around my neck and I was smashed into the wall with the plywood covering and repeatedly slapped in the face by the same two interrogators as before.

I was then made to sit on the floor with a black hood over my head until the next session of torture began. The room was always kept very cold.

This went on for approximately one week. During this time the whole procedure was repeated five times. On each occasion, apart from one, I was suffocated once or twice and was put in the vertical position on the bed in between. On one occasion the suffocation was repeated three times. I vomited each time I was put in the vertical position between the suffocation.

During that week I was not given any solid food. I was only given Ensure to drink. My head and beard were shaved everyday.

I collapsed and lost consciousness on several occasions. Eventually the torture was stopped by the intervention of the doctor.

I was told during this period that I was one of the first to receive these interrogation techniques, so no rules applied. It felt like they were experimenting and trying out techniques to be used later on other people.
Let no one think this was an innocent.
Abu Zubaydah, Walid Bin Attash, Khaled Shaik Mohammed—these men almost certainly have blood on their hands, a great deal of blood. There is strong reason to believe that they had critical parts in planning and organizing terrorist operations that caused the deaths of thousands of people. So in all likelihood did the other twelve "high-value detainees" whose treatment while secretly confined by agents of the US government is described with such gruesome particularity in the report of the International Committee of the Red Cross. From everything we know, many or all of these men deserve to be tried and punished—to be "brought to justice," as President Bush, in his speech to the American people on September 6, 2006, vowed they would be.
However, in a nation of laws those who commit grave crimes are tried and punished according to law and in accordance with both international treaties (that are part of the supreme law of our land) and civilized morality.

We have flouted laws, morality, and practical common sense. Information obtained by torture is notoriously unreliable. During and after WWII the interrogators were able to get much better information without resorting to torture. The question poses itself: How did we fall from the integrity of that era to the uncivilized brutality and lawlessness of recent years?

We must continue to push for the truth, for the rule of law, and for the restoration of our national integrity.
--the BB

Sunday in Lent 3

Jeremiah done got his rant on again:

Jeremiah 6:13-15
13 For from the least to the greatest of them,
everyone is greedy for unjust gain;
and from prophet to priest,
everyone deals falsely.
14 They have treated the wound of my people carelessly,
saying, ‘Peace, peace’,
when there is no peace.
15 They acted shamefully, they committed abomination;
yet they were not ashamed,
they did not know how to blush.
Therefore they shall fall among those who fall;
at the time that I punish them, they shall be overthrown,
says the Lord.
I remember my professor of Hebrew Scriptures (almost four decades ago) introducing us afresh to this text and so many others. I have never forgotten the passage: "...saying, 'Peace, peace,' when there is no peace." This was in the era of the Vietnam War.

Or saying "the economy is sound" when it wasn't, or "we are turning the corner in Iraq" when we weren't, or saying "we haven't been attacked since 9/11" when we have been (anthrax, anyone?).

On the other hand, do you recall those saying, "Crisis, crisis," when there was no crisis (social security)? All it needed was a small tweak to stay sound for decades to come, but there were cries of urgency and pleas to privatize it. What if that had happened and your social security had just crashed? The push to muck with it is being resumed, so beware.

Well, I can do a socio-political rant easily enough, and just did. But the deeper reality is that illusions, delusions, and outright lies are fed to us all the time and we are all too prone to buy into them, to collaborate in our own being deluded and deceived. We want some comfort, some easy answer, some message that will "tickle our ears" and make us feel good. We will grasp at straws, straws that will not sustain or defend or nourish us, rather than do the hard work of thinking for ourselves, becoming informed, taking responsibility, and - yes, here it comes - turning our lives around (= repenting).

As we are reminded in today's second Office reading: "‘All things are lawful for me’, but not all things are beneficial." (1 Corinthians 6:12)

Like the Gerasene demoniac we need some of our demons driven out. May Godde, in mercy, free us from the veils of illusion in which we entrap ourselves and restore us to our right mind.

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

--the BB

Treated yourself to healing psalms?

Jane R has a terrific series of comments at Acts of Hope, discussing the Healing Psalms of Reb Nachman of Bratslav. If you have not already savored them, pop on over. Here is today's offering on Psalm 105.

She also has great Jewish art illustrating them. I cheated and grabbed this scene of angels from the Bibliothèque Nationale in the collection I already have on my computer.
--the BB