TO-ing and FRO-ing in the MIDDLE EAST

 

 

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“Abbas Takes Defiant Step, and Mideast Talks Falter.”

 

 

 “Bill Clinton sticks his foot in Syrian quagmire.”

 

 

Going out on a limb, Pope Francis met to pray with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. The Rev. Thomas Reese, a veteran Vatican analyst for the National Catholic Reporter noted “In the Middle East, symbolic gestures and incremental steps are important.”

 

 

“Palestinians to walk away from peace talks.”

 

 

“Powers seek ‘first-step’ nuclear deal with Iran in Geneva talks.”

 

 

“Rouhani’s victory in 2013 is the Iranian equivalent to Obama’s victory in 2008: an electorate that voted overwhelmingly for hope and change, understanding that the process will be a marathon, not a sprint,” said Reza Marashi, research director at the National Iranian American Council in Washington.

 

 

[U.S. Secretary of State John] Kerry told reporters he was flying home to Washington to meet with President Obama to reassess the peace negotiations and whether there was a path forward. “There are limits to the amount of time and effort that the United States can spend, if the parties themselves are unwilling to take constructive steps in order to be able to move forward.”

 

 

“Syria chemical arms: ‘Global red line’ crossed – Kerry”

 

 

“For U.N. Chief, a Dance of Diplomacy Is Halted by a Misstep. Ban Ki-moon… choreographed a precise diplomatic sequence on Syria that relied on others to perform their roles equally precisely. The choreography did not go as planned, and Mr. Ban stumbled under the spotlight.”

 

 

Women in Saudi Arabia: Unshackling themselves

 

 

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Wallenda Walks the Wire across Niagara Falls

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On June 15, 2012, in elk-suede-soled slippers Nik Wallenda hopped onto a tightrope that stretched over Niagara Falls from the US to Canada. With his father’s encouraging voice in his ear, he balanced himself with a 30-foot pole and praised Jesus Christ with each tiptoed step.

The 33-year-old Wallenda follows in the footsteps of a funambulist family. In the last seven generations, several have perished during their daring acts. In this tradition that continually raises the stakes, he became the first person to walk directly over the falls.

He began like a ballerina with cautiously pointed footwork. It was a spectacular promenade over 1,800 feet of wire. Near the end, he threw caution to the wind and raced to the open arms of his waiting family. The Canadian authorities (gleefully) stamped his American passport. Nik Wallenda declared that he hadn’t brought anything with him, apart from his passport and a balancing pole.

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/nik-wallenda-completes-niagara-falls-wire-walk-1.1179900

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/17/nyregion/nik-wallenda-tightrope-walking-his-way-into-the-history-books.html?_r=0

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/nik-wallenda-the-age-of-derring-do-is-far-from-over/article4244137/?page=all

 

 

A Green Shoe and A Red Shoe

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This past November, I traveled with friends through the mountainous areas of southeastern Ethiopia. While in an open air restaurant, we feasted on chickpea ‘wat’ and ‘injera’ bread. But it was the waiter’s footwear that captivated me. I couldn’t take my eyes off his delightful green and red shoe combination.

That day we delivered over 1000 free books to remote schools in the Imagine1Day network. (www.imagine1day.org). The book (“Loss of Innocence” by Yosef Ayalew) is an illustrated script of teenage characters encountering and problem-solving the intentional spread of HIV/AIDS. Schools and community groups throughout Ethiopia now have this book in hand.  Many plan to act it out.

But that day, my eyes were fixed on a red shoe and a green shoe.

Throughout 2014, you will see photos of feet in Ethiopia interspersed in the different weekly themes on this blog www.followingfeet.com.  As I explore and lay out the symbolism of messages that feet deliver, I will be asking God for deeper revelation and guidance. How do the spiritual messages pair up with the physical? Can the unconcious symbolism of feet teach us to walk more consciously with God?  

For now, a belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you. Teresa Sandhu

Unfinished Lives, Unfinished Shoes

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From: The Globe and Mail, Oct. 1, 2013

“Moccasins with a message: Art project honours lost aboriginal women” (by Robert Everett-Green)

http://www.rememberoursisterseverywhere.com/profiles/blogs/mocassins-with-a-message

“How do you mark an unexplained absence, a disappearance, a violent death not accounted for?

                          What do you do when that question is multiplied 600 times…?”

 The mark, the memorial to these missing women: handmade partial shoes, signifying the unfinished life.

 “In July, 2012, Christi Belcourt, a Michif (Métis) artist who lives near Sudbury [Ontario], made a Facebook appeal for help with a year-long collaborative art project called Walking With Our Sisters [walkingwithoursisters.ca], to honor 600 missing or murdered aboriginal women. She hoped to assemble a show of 600 pairs of hand-made moccasin vamps (uppers) – but by year’s end had received 1,723 pairs, from artists and craftspeople all over North America and beyond. Sixty-five new beading circles sprang up around the project.”

One of the Ojibwa artists was quoted, saying, “We say there’s a prayer in every bead.”