Pink & Green: For Love, & for Eco-care, & for People-care, & for equal rights everywhere…

Made this yin-yang meme today (using MS Paint & Word), triggered by the latest Australian Greens kerfuffle… (Green is not Pink, Pink is not Green, but unless they embrace each other so, I see little hope for either, or for any of us & our descendants).

pg yinyang meme

Good & encouraging news – & an update on my own progress –

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This meme came from a post I shared on Facebook today (+ a very few but important additions to the update.
& here’s the link to the shared article.
i also checked the claim about the NCI report & found this.
Very nice!

Some poetry gleaned while Collating Smatterings of Memoirings (1) / From 1987: “For Nitza”

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_F_o_r___N_i_t_z_a

“What’s this? A poem?
“You’re working much too hard.”
“This isn’t work, it’s poetry.”
“I hope you’re writing about me.”
“Not tonight, my dear.
“Well, now you’ve asked, maybe I will.”


Thank you for the hot tea on your way to bed thank you for
lighting
my electric blanket thank you for being there, loving,
warmthgiving

mother dove
girlfriend love

you know: though all my memories
of scenes do blank
this I joyingly know

you are around me inside me beside me
also when I don’t remember

you

soft crystal
warm diamond
maybe
earth of my tree, tree of my earth
tho not
sea of my sky, nor sky of my sea

for my sea is humanity & my sky is its sky
as they’re yours,
partner

in this cell
of the world to come.

4.

let me tell you about the world to come let me
the world to come is the world that’s coming
now. Ev
ry now.
It star
ts with
CREATING
& not
looking                        here
back in                        we’re
anger or
forward
in angst
or seek
ing the A
lpha or O
mega. It
begins with the closed beginning open ended B_e_t_h of B_e_r_e_i_s_h_i_t_h_, G_e_n_e_s_i_s
which we’ve turned around, heading east as the earth rolls
westward, ho!

here
is where
we’re
at

going into
the world
that’s coming

& that’s all
I want to say
about it

It turns out that I do have cancer […] of the lung…

Yesterday I shared the letter below on my family’s page on Facebook.
Today I’m sharing it here, so that my friends &/or occasional readers may know about my recently discovered current condition & about how I feel about it.
I’m adding a selfie I just took of me while breathing in some oxygen from my recently acquired lightweight portable oxygen concentrator.
With love to all, & with special love to those I know & love specially, you know who you are.
I hope to follow up with individual communications.

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Dear Each of You in/on Flantz Family

You each of you know I love each of you (each for your special self), & I know each of you loves me (each in your special way). & knowing that does more than sustain me, it helps me feel good not only about the past but also about the present & what future I have left. & I don’t want any of you to be sad about what I write to you here. Every life must end some time, & if we cherish life I feel we should also cherish each ending, especially of the life of someone like me who not only has had a good life, but is lucky enough to have the time & this opportunity of communicating with his friends & loved ones about what’s happening, & the hope of further communications, individual &/or collective. (Thank goodness for Facebook! [& the Internet!])

So: after a chest X-ray (taken when I was hospitalized for a chest infection) showed suspicious shadows, I had a biopsy, a CT scan, & then a PET scan. It turns out that I do have cancer (adenocarcinoma, to be specific) of the lung. Surgery or radiation are impossible because of the already eroded condition of my lungs through emphysema & COPD most probably caused by decades of smoking.

The prognosis of the doctors (a lung specialist & an oncologist): without treatment, I have ±-6–9 months, with who knows what parts of me it will expand to & what accompanying pains, etc; with a form of chemotherapy that is relatively non-intensive & does not have intense side-effects, followed by the new immunotherapy which the oncologist says hardly has any – perhaps up to another 2 years.

I have an appointment with my oncologist next Tuesday, & by then I hope to decide whether to try the treatment or not. My feeling, since my talk with him in hospital, is that I probably will, or at least I’ll start, & we’ll see how it goes. I’m also slowly checking out alternatives, & in the meantime have started taking a daily dose of cannabis oil, which I’ve seen quite a few serious people swear by, & which also gives me a bit of a nice high.

I’m limited in how much I can move physically without getting so out of breath that I need to sit down to get my breathing back to what is now normal for me & my heart rate down from the speed-up it gets from the expending of effort. I’ve purchased an ogygen concentrator which I can use when needed, & that helps.

& I’m in good spirits, glad I’m still here, glad to be home, with Nitza, who’s also in good spirits, understanding, & supportive & loving & brave; near Jonathan & Ora & Emmanuel & Amalia; & nearly near Zohar & Tali & Omri & Shamaya, who love me & whom I love, & not near physically but near in heart to Ohav, & he’ll (hopefully) be visiting in September. In fact, I feel there’s something liberating somehow in knowing I’m in the last stage of my life, in having an idea of how much time, more or less, is left. In fact I feel fortunate to know this, & don’t particularly feel sad or sorry about it, I’m certainly not into raging against it (as young Dylan Thomas thought old men should). I’ve had a good run, I’ll celebrate my 81st birthday in two weeks & two days from now knowing it might be my last, & will try to do the best I can with the time that remains, to connect with whom I love and with what I love, to do the “office” work that still needs to be done, to do what I still can do of what I like doing, to express what I still feel I want or need to express, & to leave as little of a mess as I can for those who remain to deal with.

Did I say I love you all? Well, I do.
Let’s all just keep loving.

My favorite verse in the entire Bible: Micah 6.8 מיכה ו ח ميخا

I’ve loved this verse since I first read it in my early teens.
In the meme below I’ve put the original Hebrew, copied, cropped & pasted from a text with the cantillation marks; the Smith & Van Dyke Arabic translation, & a new English translation (authored by me but otherwise unauthorized). .
& here’s my (also unauthorized) translation of the verses that precede it, which appear in Hebrew above the enlarged lines of verse 6.8, & are also quite wonderful & most apposite, especially the last:

How shall I come before YHVH1 ? Shall I bow to god/son high by coming before him with burnt offerings of yearling calves? Will YHVH want thousands of rams or myriads3 of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn son for my crimes, the fruit of my loins for my soul’s sin?

micah-6-8-meme

قد اخبرك ايها الانسان ما هو صالح. وماذا يطلبه منك الرب ألا ان تصنع الحق وتحب الرحمة وتسلك متواضعا مع الهك
He’s told you, man, what’s good, & what YHVH demands of you: just to do justly & to love kindness & to walk humbly with your god/s.

_________________

1  YHVH [יהוה]: the 4-letter “unpronouncable” “Tetragramatton” that is is read in Hebrew as “Adonai” & is usually translated “the Lord”, & is also a kind of anagram that includes the meanings of “He was”, “He is”, “He will be”].

2  I add the /s to inform or remind readers that in Hebrew the name Elohim, usually thought of as singular & translated as “God”, is a plural noun.

3  1 myriad = 10,000.

Ring out the old, ring in the new […] Ring out the false, ring in the true […] Ring in the love […] & A MERRY SOLSTICE SEASON & A HAPPIER NEW YEAR TO ALL!

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Yes, ring out the old, the false, the grief, the feuds of rich & poor, false pride in place & blood. the civic slander & the spite, the narrowing lust for gold, the thousand wars of old [& ongoing & of new]

& yes, ring in the new, redress to all mankind, the nobler [the humane, the decent, the civil] modes of life, the love of truth & right, the thousand years of peace. the larger heart, the kindlier hand [all of which are] the Christ that is to be [& IT’S UP TO (&/OR DOWN TO) US ALL!].

A MERRY SOLSTICE SEASON & A HAPPIER NEW YEAR TO ALL!