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April 18th, 2012

Artists remember Robert Manwill

After the 2009 death of Robert Manwill at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend, many groups in the community came up with ways to remember him and try to bring attention to the persistent issue of child abuse.

“Artists for Kids,” an annual silent art auction in New Plymouth (where Robert attended grade school at the time of his death), is one of the most creative — in more ways than the obvious.

The exhibition/silent auction takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the building next to Zions Bank on Main Street in New Plymouth.

Guests will be able to bid on pieces created by amateur and professional artists in the community. What’s even better is that all the proceeds will go to the Robert Manwill Scholarship Fund.

The money will be kept in trust until 2019, the year Robert would have graduated from high school. The money will be awarded then as a scholarship to one of the children in Robert’s class to help them continue their education.

Organizer and artist Katy Belanger said she and her fellow artists are committed to seeing this effort through in honor of Robert. The fund has grown to $8,000 over the last few years. Who knows how full the coffers may get with seven years to go?

To find out more about the event or how to help, contact Belanger at katybelanger@gmail.com.


On a related note, the Meridian Police Department and FACES — Family Advocacy Center and Education Services — are marking April National Child Abuse Prevention Month by offering free training for people interested in becoming “Stewards of Children.”

The training will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at the Meridian Police Department. It will provide adults with ways to help recognize, prevent and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

If you have questions or wish to register for this class, contact Melissa Delaney at mdelaney@meridiancity.org or 846-7360.

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If you are seeking Allah
by Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai

English version by D. H. Butani

If you are seeking Allah,
Then keep clear of religious formalities.
Those who have seen Allah
Are away from all religions!
Those who do not see Allah here,
How will they see Him beyond?

Let us go to the land of Kak
Where love flows in abundance,
There are no entrances, no exits,
Every one can see the Lord!

There is no light nor day
Every one can see the Lord!
Those who love the Lord
The world cannot hold them.
Palaces do not attract them,
Nor celebrity nor servants
Nothing binds them:
The renouncers leave everything behind.

A message came from the Lord:
A full moon shone
Darkness disappeared
A new message came from the Lord:
It does not matter what caste you are
Whoever come, are accepted.

Where shall I take my camel,
All is Light…
Inside there is Kak, mountain and valley,
The Lord and the Lord: there is nothing but the Lord.

— from The Melody and Philosophy of Shah Latif, by D. H. Butani

Poetry Chaikhana Blog » Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai – If you are seeking Allah

edited slightly for moral and political correctness.

Ivan Granger's commentary expresses probably too well my bias about organized religion.
Religion is base camp (and the National Geographic).  Spirituality is mountaineering.
But i think "base camp" is a good metaphor, mountaineering isn't isn't so much because it plays into the Jacob's Ladder version of spirituality and ignores the pagan circle (Sarah's circle).  Discipline is nice, but even those without it may be graced by visions of eternity and infinity.



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