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Thoughts on My Spiritual Name: Dharm Darshan Kaur Khalsa . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 3 October 2015; published on 7 October 2015; transcribed on 20 January 2019

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • The Gurmukhi Word Dharm
    • The Gurmukhi Word Darshan
    • The Gurmukhi Word Kaur
    • The Gurmukhi Word Khalsa

Dear Ones,

Here are thoughts on my long-ago spiritual name, Dharm Darshan Kaur Khalsa. There is a Summary after the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

I have some thoughts on my old spiritual name, that I used to go by, which was in an Indian dialect known as Gurmukhi [which means ‘the guru’s mouth]. The words were: Dharm Darshan Kaur Khalsa … And the words had these meanings (taking them one by one) …

The Gurmukhi Word Dharm

Dharm is an abbreviation for the word Dharma … which is the opposite of karma.

Although I usually do not go by that name anymore, I think about it a lot of times. And the first thing that I contemplate on is the word: Dharma. You know, it is an interesting concept, that right action in the world … dharma … action aligned with the will of God … be it ever so small … can cut the knots of karma, which are the unconscious ‘raveling up together’ of our electromagnetic fields.

Judicious, neutral-minded, compassionate, correct action in the world … dharma … be it ever so slight, can loose the knot of karma. A pretty interesting notion from Ancient India that is, is it not?

So the question is: How to arrive at that neutral mind? And how to arrive at that dispassionate compassion? … so as to wield the Sword of Dharma, to cut the Knot of Karma! [laughs]. That is the first word.

The Gurmukhi Word Darshan

The second word in my spiritual name is Darshan. And that word means ‘sitting at the feet of a spiritual teacher, and paying rapt attention … being completely devout to that spiritual teacher’.  And in the old days, I used to do that: I used to sit at the feet of a spiritual teacher, and absorb all the Soul knowledge and energy that I could, from that teacher. And in that way, my own Soul knowledge and my own energy were uplifted.

Up to a point, that works exceedingly well: To pay darshan … to sit in darshan with someone whose energy is very high.

And then there came a point, that I cannot quite pinpoint, in my life, when I began to align solely with the Heart and Mind and Will of God … directly with the Divine. And yet, because of my prior training, I still think of it as darshan. You know? I still think that I am raptly devoted to God.

So that is my path: My path is one of rapture and devotion.

The Gurmukhi Word Kaur

My third spiritual name, kaur. For the people of that particular learning path, at the time, all the women got the name kaur. And kaur means ‘princess’. And so, from that ‘middle name’ I got the notion that women have a right to be treated with great respect, as nurturing principles and mothers of all humankind … Teachers, uplifters, inspirers … Women have a great job to do on Earth.

All the men in that tradition, the American Sikh tradition, had the middle name singh. And that name meant ‘lion’. That meant the courage to protect the innocent and the meek. That is a pretty good name too, do you not think?

So … two names, one for the Divine Feminine: Princess! And one for the Divine Masculine: Lion … Great Courage!

The Gurmukhi Word Khalsa

And then, in that old tradition, the last name was khalsa. That word means ‘society of the pure ones’. And what does that word mean, to me? It means to me, to tread that path of chastity, purity of intention, what so few people even conceive … much less attempt to accomplish in their lifetime.

That is my thought for this lifetime: To be in the congregation of the holy, and in the society of the pure ones.

It is kind of funny, because, during the Ascension process … this clearing process that is taking place … I am encountering so much Dark energy … so much what you might call ‘impure’ energy. Peggy Black … https://www.peggyblack.com/ … says, from time to time … we are running into all these dark emotions. I figure, she says (and I paraphrase), it is only 5 percent me, and it is 95 percent lots of other people that are clearing. So she looks on it as a holy duty, to purify and uplift the world. And I agree. I appreciate that quality in Peggy Black, and I agree completely to it.

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God bless you all! Love you lots.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

This blog has been added here … Link: “Compendium: My Childhood and Family, and Later Years,” by Alice B. Clagett, compiled and published on 21 March 2020; republished on 29 March 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-haj ..
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–from Link: “Thoughts on My Spiritual Name: Dharm Darshan Kaur Khalsa,” by Alice B. Clagett, filmed on 3 October 2015; published on 7 October 2015; transcribed on 20 January 2019 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-46S ..

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Highlights of My Life: My Job at the CIA Long Ago . a story by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 1 September 2019

Dear Ones,

I have added some new photos to the highlights of my life … https://penzu.com/p/441fac2d … Below is a recap of my job with the CIA, along with the new photos …

From 1970 to 1973 I worked at a fun and challenging job in Foreign Affairs with Joint Publication Research Services (JPRS), a unit within the Central Intelligence Agency (the CIA), which is under the auspices of the Department of Commerce.

I was working at the CIA office in San Francisco, where I was an Editor on the Russian and Chinese Research Desk. Here is more on JPRS … http://www.readex.com/content/joint-publications-research-service-jprs-reports-1957-1995 ..

While I was working there, I married a nuclear submarine operator named Wilbur Monroe Mason, and my name as a member of JPRS personnel changed to ‘Alice Berry Clagett Mason’. (Bill and I were later divorced, and in recent years he passed on.)

In 1973, as a cost-cutting measure, the San Francisco branch of JPRS, CIA, closed down, and they consolidated back to their headquarters at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, USA. Though this news was unexpected, I was pleased to get a good retirement settlement, and a very nice letter of recommendation from my boss, Mr. Kyuma Mano.

In addition, Mr. Mano gave me a personal gift of a pottery, a beautiful work of art by his wife, with his signature on the bottom, which I treasure to this day …

Image: “Pottery Gift to Alice B. Clagett from Her Boss Mr. Kyuma Mano on Her Retirement from the CIA 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 September 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Pottery Gift to Alice B. Clagett from Her Boss Mr. Kyuma Mano on Her Retirement from the CIA 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 September 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Pottery Gift to Alice B. Clagett from Her Boss Mr. Kyuma Mano on Her Retirement from the CIA 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 September 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Pottery Gift to Alice B. Clagett from Her Boss Mr. Kyuma Mano on Her Retirement from the CIA 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 1 September 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

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In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

This blog has been added here … Link: “Compendium: My Childhood and Family, and Later Years,” by Alice B. Clagett, compiled and published on 21 March 2020; republished on 29 March 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-haj ..

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–from Link: “Highlights of My Life: My Job at the CIA Long Ago,” a story by Alice B. Clagett, written and published on 1 September 2019 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-e6O ..

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"The World Is Too Much with Us" . a poem by William Wordsworth . read by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 17 March 2014; revised and republished on 19 February 2018

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • Story by Alice: My High School Latin Teacher
    • The World Is Too Much With Us, by William Wordsworth
  • DEFINITIONS

Dear Ones,

Here is a poem about escaping the humdrum of the day to day and enjoying the beauty of Nature and the wonders of our imagination. The text of the poem is in the Summary that follows the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Dear Ones,

Story by Alice: My High School Latin Teacher

When I woke up this morning, suddenly popped into my mind a poem that I learned when I was young … I remember my Latin teacher in high school. I remember her very well, because she carried a little stick, or wand, with her. She would swish it through the air, when we said something that she did not like. And she would rap it on the desk, if she really did not like it. She always made me think: Maybe she’ll hit me too! … although that was probably against the school rules. [laughs]

One of the things she did, besides teaching us Latin, was to teach us this particular poem. She felt it was so important to us, that she made us memorize it, and then recite it, every time we came to class.

These days I do not totally remember it, but I do remember how important it is. It is a poem by William Wordsworth … a very short poem … and it is about how we can get caught up in the day to day … the everyday routine of our lives … and what we want to get, and what we want to have … and what we want to do. And how these activities … like mental activities … like kind of a cage we get ourselves into … can prevent us from seeing the immense beauty of the natural world.

I am not so good I can recite it by memory, so I am going to read it off the internet. Maybe you can read it in my eyeglasses too [laughs], because it is reflected there. It has some big words in it … for those of you that are younger. So here goes …

“The World Is Too Much With Us” 
by William Wordsworth

“The world is too much with us; late and soon,
“Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;—
“Little we see in Nature that is ours;
“We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
“This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
“The winds that will be howling at all hours,
“And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
“For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
“It moves us not. Great God! I’d rather be
“A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
“So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
“Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
“Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
“Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.”

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In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

This blog has been added here … Link: “Compendium: My Childhood and Family, and Later Years,” by Alice B. Clagett, compiled and published on 21 March 2020; republished on 29 March 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-haj ..

DEFINITIONS

boon … blessing, gift
bosom … chest
upgathered now … right now, the winds have quieted down
suckled in a creed outworn … brought up in a Pagan religion
lea
… grassy, open area
Proteus … Greek mythology: god of rivers and oceans
Triton … Greek mythology: messenger of the waves and also of calm seas

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–from Link: “The World Is Too Much with Us,” a poem by William Wordsworth, read by Alice B. Clagett, published on 17 March 2014; revised and republished on 19 February 2018 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-8jp ..

Alice B. Clagett


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Zildjian Finger Cymbals for Clearing the Astral Air . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 22 May 2018

  • ZILDJIAN FINGER CYMBALS TO CLEAR THE ASTRAL AIR
  • STORIES BY ALICE: HIGH HOPES OF CRACKING A KOAN AT 16 YEARS OF AGE

Dear Ones,

ZILDJIAN FINGER CYMBALS TO CLEAR THE ASTRAL AIR

Zildjian Finger Cymbals (the thick ones) are good for clearing the astral air …

Link: Zildjian Finger Cymbals (thick), on www.amazon.com … Search the term: Zildjian Thick Finger Cymbals

They are also good for clearing personal space … like a meditation space or bedroom. They are portable, small and lightweight, and inexpensive. Can be used for travel to clear a motel room, or in nature to attract nice nature spirits.

One way to use them is to strike the thin side of one cymbal against the flat side of another cymbal, either once or a number of times, then wait till a few seconds after you cease to hear the reverberation or ‘flutter’ of the sound in the air, after the sound itself ends.

STORIES BY ALICE: HIGH HOPES OF CRACKING A KOAN AT 16 YEARS OF AGE

That ‘flutter’ sound in the air after the clap of finger cymbals reminds me of a time long ago: I was 16 years of age, and I went to visit some friends of the family … a man and wife living in an upscale sector of Washington, DC. On a coffee table was a thin book of Zen. I had never heard of Zen before. As I was thumbing through it, the wife kindly offered it to me as a gift.

Being 16 and full of high hopes and expectations, I looked through the koans in the book, with a yen to crack one. I settled on this koan …

What is the sound of one hand clapping?

Baffled, I thought about it night and day. The more confused I got, the more determined I felt. It seemed like an eternity went by. Finally one evening, in a state of utmost mental frustration, I walked out into the night air, and looked up into the night sky. There I found my answer …

What is the sound of one hand clapping?
It is the New Moon in the arms of the Old.

Many years later, when I got my set of Zildjian finger cymbals, I found yet another answer …

What is the sound of one hand clapping?
It is the Sound when there is No Sound, after the last Sound has ended.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

This blog has been added here … Link: “Compendium: My Childhood and Family, and Later Years,” by Alice B. Clagett, compiled and published on 21 March 2020; republished on 29 March 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-haj ..
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–from Link: “Zildjian Finger Cymbals for Clearing the Astral Air,” by Alice B. Clagett, written and published on 22 May 2018 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-8Im ..

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My Father’s Father . by Alice B. Clagett

Compiled and published on 26 January 2020

Dear Ones,

Here is a photo (left) of my grandfather Royden Douglas Clagett, who passed on before I was born, and (right) of me at about 8 years of age. All my youth I wished I had known my father’s father, who had spent summers with my grandmother, my father, and my father’s six brothers on the farm across the road from my rural family home …

Image: My grandfather, Royden Douglas Clagett (3 September 1881 – 23 October 1937), who passed on before I was born, and me at about 8 years of age, compiled by Alice B. Clagett, 26 January 2020, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: My grandfather, Royden Douglas Clagett (3 September 1881 – 23 October 1937), who passed on before I was born, and me at about 8 years of age, compiled by Alice B. Clagett, 26 January 2020, CC BY-SA 4.0

I straightened out the photos for the composite photo. In the original, his head was bent a little to the left, and mine was bent a little to the right. From his photo, it looks to me as if he may have raised his right eyebrow a little more than the left eyebrow; while I raise the left a little more than the right.

There is something about our eyes and way of feeling in these two photos that strikes me as similar; I cannot quite peg it.

Although my grandfather and I never met, I feel a Soul kinship with him even today.

I have had several visions in which it seemed to me that I was my grandfather in an incarnation before this current one, after my incarnation as a little girl who passed on in a German concentration camp. In those startling visions, it was as if I were experiencing his male incarnation as my own. You can read about them here …

Link: “Tiny Anthologies: Incarnational Memories,” by Alice B. Clagett, compiled from prior blogs on 10 February 2019; revised … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-bCE ..

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

The portion of this blog in blue font was excerpted to … Link: “Tiny Anthologies: Incarnational Memories,” by Alice B. Clagett, compiled from prior blogs on 10 February 2019; revised … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-bCE ..

This blog has been added here … Link: “Compendium: My Childhood and Family, and Later Years,” by Alice B. Clagett, compiled and published on 21 March 2020; republished on 29 March 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-haj ..

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–from Link: “My Father’s Father,” by Alice B. Clagett, compiled and published on 26 January 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-gaD ..

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Reuniting Soul Fragments . stories by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 22 April 2014; revised and republished on 5 January 2018

  • A GOOD TIME TO CALL IN OUR SOUL FRAGMENTS
  • ALICE’S STORY ABOUT HER GRANDMOTHER (HER FATHER’S MOTHER)

Image: Cover of the book “The Plains of Passage: Earth’s Children,” by Jean M. Auel … http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/earthschildren/images/6/6d/Plains_of_Passage.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20130614141745 ..

Dear Ones,

A GOOD TIME TO CALL IN OUR SOUL FRAGMENTS

I have been thinking, this is a good time to be calling in our Soul fragments so that they can reunite themselves with us. After all, they are just waiting for a chance to find their way back to us, no matter where they are right now. After all, I am thinking, unity consciousness begins at home, right here in my own physical body! …

I was put in mind of this passage from Jean Auel’s “Plains of Passage” …

Link: “The Plains of Passage: Earth’s Children, Book Four,” by Jean M. Auel …  https://books.google.com/books?id=08qPf0Y3zeYC&pg=PA116&dq=%22It+wouldn%27t+be+easy+to+find+someone+else+to+love%22&hl=en&newbks=1&newbks_redir=0&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiOmaye1M7oAhUD7qwKHQW2BIQQ6AEwAHoECAAQAg#v=onepage&q=%22It%20wouldn’t%20be%20easy%20to%20find%20someone%20else%20to%20love%22&f=false … from the paragraph beginning “‘It wouldn’t be …'” through the first two lines on the next page, ending “… loved ones are.'”

In the passage, Ayla and Jondalar ruminate about how, when we love people, it feels like we exchange pieces of our Spirit with pieces of theirs. Then when someone we love passes on, this might account for the hurt we feel …

Maybe they take a piece of our Spirit with them, on to the afterlife … to the fourth dimension.

Then Ayla speculates that when a person is very old, many of their friends may have passed on, taking the parts of the person’s Spirit with them. So many parts of them are with their friends in the afterlife, she feels, that they may wish to go be with their friends there.

ALICE’S STORY ABOUT HER GRANDMOTHER (HER FATHER’S MOTHER)

I was put in mind of my father’s mother, my very good friend and grandmother, who, when I was a little girl, used to say: All of my friends are gone … Everyone I ever knew has passed on.

I remember the look on her face when she said that; a faraway look, as if she were looking into a window, through which only she could see. As if she saw her friends having tea, or maybe plowing a field, there on the other side.

I was filled with longing to keep her there there with me … guardian angels all around us …, lilac blooming by the porch beneath her bedroom window. And with a certain knowledge that, in her longing, she might soon be gone from my life forever.

And so it came to be.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

This blog has been added here … Link: “Compendium: My Childhood and Family, and Later Years,” by Alice B. Clagett, compiled and published on 21 March 2020; republished on 29 March 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-haj ..

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–from Link: “Reuniting Soul Fragments,” stories by Alice B. Clagett, published on 22 April 2014; revised and republished on 5 January 2018 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-8b2 ..

Alice B. Clagett


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Barnacles and Hearts . a story by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed and published on 16 July 2013; revised

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO: SOUNDTRACK AND TEXT
    • Barnacles and Hearts, a Story by Alice B. Clagett, Soundtrack and Words

Dear Ones,

Here is a story about walking on the beach … and living in the Now. The Summary after the video has a Soundtrack as well as the text of the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Barnacles and Hearts
A Story by Alice B. Clagett
Soundtrack and Words
16 July 2013

 

I was walking on the beach with a group today, and we found the top part of a lobster shell, with two barnacles on it. It was at the tide line. The barnacles were alive, but the lobster had passed on quite some time ago. The tide had washed them up to the shore. We threw them back in the water, but their eventual fate seemed inevitable.

When the lobster was alive, these very barnacles must have seen the maritime world from the back of the lobster, and gotten plenty to eat as well. Yet today, now that the lobster has died, this is probably the last day that they’ll be alive … because they’re attached so firmly to the back of the lobster…

It is a little like life. We may find something, during our lives, that is a very good vehicle for our spiritual growth or for our personal growth, for a long time … such as a relationship to an organization or to a person. And we may become very attached to that wonderful experience we are having.

But it is important, in life, to take stock every once in a while, and try and find out whether the things that once served us so well, are good for our hearts at this stage in our development. Things change. And we don’t want to find ourselves glued to something that was once great, but might not be so good for us any more. We want to be able to get up and find something else when the time comes.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

Image: “Malibu Lagoon,” by Alice B. Clagett, 16 July 2013, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Malibu Lagoon,” by Alice B. Clagett, 16 July 2013, CC BY-SA 4.0

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–from Link: “Barnacles and Hearts,” a Story by Alice B. Clagett, filmed and published on 16 July 2013; revised … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-6AV ..

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Catching Crabs on the Chesapeake Bay . a story by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed and published on 16 July 2013; Soundtrack and Summary added on 29 June 2018 

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SOUNDTRACK OF THE VIDEO
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • Catching Crabs on the Chesapeake Bay, A Story by Alice B. Clagett, Soundtrack and Words

Dear Ones,

A story from my childhood … on catching crabs on the Chesapeake Bay.
And on truth and appearances. There are a Soundtrack and an edited Summary after the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Catching Crabs on the Chesapeake Bay
A Story by Alice B. Clagett
Soundtrack and Words
16 July 2013

 

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice.

I’m still here at Malibu Lagoon right now, sitting in the shade. It’s a beautiful, re-landscaped area here. Very popular … A lot of people on the trail here. You can walk in for free, too.

I got to thinking about my childhood, because the lagoon reminds me of a place where my Dad used to take us when we were little, called Fairhaven. It was on the Chesapeake, and gave directly on the Chesapeake Bay, without much beach. And there was a little inlet there, that went to a saltwater lagoon.

And there were crabs there, that would go from the ocean, and on the high tide they would go scurrying into the lagoon; probably looking for something to eat. So this particular day I’m thinking about, we got to Fairhaven, and my father handed me a crab net. And he said: Here! Go catch us some dinner!

So I went down to the inlet. And it was my first attempt; it was the first time I had ever tried to catch anything for dinner. [laughs] And so, I was very intent, and very serious about learning how to catch crabs. And I was hungry, so that helped a lot. The first thing I noticed was, that when I tried to catch the crabs, if I weren’t very comfortable … they were very shy, and they would notice me, and they would disappear into the oncoming tide stream, and disappear very quickly, and into the murky water.

So I had to target the crabs that were close to the edge of the channel, and I had to move very, very quietly. And so finally I thought I had lined up my definite dinner, and I swooped down with my net, and I missed the crab by about 6 inches.

I had aimed directly at the crab, and so I couldn’t figure it out. And this same thing happened two more times; I missed the crab. My net landed in front of the crab.

I was desperately hungry. And finally I thought: I will aim 6 inches behind the crab, and see what happens. So I did that. And I caught my first crab!

At the time, I didn’t know about how water refracts light, and changes what appears to be the location of things. But what I did learn is that what we see with our eyes is not always true. It’s really good to go, not with what we see, but with what actually works for us. And that way we can get closer to truth. The eyes can be false sometimes. So truth is in our experience of reality,

Blessings!

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

Image: Man attempting to spear a fish … on how water refracts light … http://legacy.sciencelearn.org.nz/var/sciencelearn/storage/images/contexts/light-and-sight/sci-media/video/refraction/668954-1-eng-NZ/Refraction.jpg ..

This blog has been added here … Link: “Compendium: My Childhood and Family, and Later Years,” by Alice B. Clagett, compiled and published on 21 March 2020; republished on 29 March 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-haj ..

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–from Link: “Catching Crabs on the Chesapeake Bay,” a story by Alice B. Clagett, filmed and published on 16 July 2013; Soundtrack and Summary added on 29 June 2018 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-6AZ ..

Alice B. Clagett


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They Are We! . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 18 August 2014; published on 19 August 2014

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • Star Message, a Very Short Story by Alice B. Clagett, Soundtrack and Words
    • Photos by Alice

Dear Ones,

Clouds, sky, and the shortest message ever! In the video, the word ‘we’ means ‘humankind’. There is a Summary after the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Star Message
A Very Short Story by Alice B. Clagett
Soundtrack and Words
18 August 2014

 

They are we!

Photos by Alice

Image: “Colorado Clouds 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 August 2014, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Colorado Clouds 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 August 2014, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Colorado Clouds 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 August 2014, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Colorado Clouds 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 August 2014, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Colorado Clouds 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 August 2014, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Colorado Clouds 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 August 2014, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Alice B. Clagett


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Except where otherwise noted, “The Chalice and the Crucible” by Alice B. Clagett … https://chaliceandcrucible.com/ … is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-SA 4.0) … https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ ..