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January 2011

Terra Art & Frame

  • Quality Custom Framing
  • Acid-free & conservation mats, backings and glass
  • Thousands of frame and mat choices
  • Samples can be viewed in your home or office
  • Re-framing art to coordinate with new décor OR to up-date to conservation materials
  • Commissioned art
  • Art hanging and rearranging

To set up an appointment for framing, call Deborah at 314-544-2555

Terra Decorating Services

  • Color Consultation
  • "Use what you've got" make-over.
  • An "idea" visit
  • Shopping for your home décor needs
  • Room Accessorizing, art hanging and rearranging
  • Re-upholstery and window treatments
  • Real-estate staging for quick home sales
  • Event décor for a family party, a house tour, a home wedding or event

Call Deb to set up a consultation appointment for your room make-over or for any of your decorating needs 314-544-2555.

Dear :

I attended many wonderful holiday events this season. One inspired some world peace thoughts that I want to share. The program was called "Rumi's Wedding Night," a celebration of works of the 12th century Sufi Persian poet, Jalal Al-Din Rumi. Four speakers from the Christian, Jewish, and Islamic faiths, and also on the faculties of St. Louis University, Washington University, and UMSL shared their views on the relevance of Rumi, in today's world and of his complementary appeal to persons practicing all the world's major religions. John Mac Enulty, a former tuba player in the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, then performed a moving selection of Native American flute music, interspersed with readings of Rumi's poetry (see Rumi's Poem Tab for some of my favorites)

The program was intended as a healing among the major religions. It did heal. It brought us to the core of all religious beliefs, that God is present in each one of us...that we have only to return to the play of children to feel that Divine joy inside us... that we are all One.

This got me thinking that it is a shame that so many of us view religion as a "school of thought." What if...instead, we saw each religion as a language, and each believer as a speaker of their native language, the one they understand the best? What if...all languages are translatable...all having the same basic underlying foundation, thoughts, feelings, but, just as the Eskimos need more words to describe snow than we do here in St. Louis, some people need more "words" or special types of "words" (read: ceremonies, traditions, prayers, rituals, etc.) to describe and practice their experience with the Divine?

Bottom line: do we find fault with others for being raised to speak a particular language? Do we go to war over languages? Of course not. We try to translate and to understand each other. No "right" or "wrong" but, different ways to communicate about all in life we find important, including our relationship with Source.

What do you think? Can a "language" mind-set, rather than an "us vs. them" mind-set help us to feel more comfort with those who practice a different faith? Will that help us to be more comfortable and open to others we perceive to be different? Please share your thoughts.

A peace-filled and joy-filled 2011 to you all!                                                  


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