I dedicate this story to Jamie G. Dedes, my friend and the founder and editor of the BeZine. When she was diagnosed with a fatal lung disease, she must have felt like her world, as she knew it, had ended. But her poetry, more than ever, hummed with truth and wisdom, each poem a love letter to the sweetness and bitter sweetness of life. Jamie built a new world, and with all her disabilities, she lived every day with more life and love and energy and purpose than any able bodied person I know. She pulled together a global collective of poets, artists and writers dedicated to peace, sustainability, and social justice to carry on her work. Her life was a gift she shared with us all, and her legacy timeless.
The focus of "The BeZine," a publication of The Bardo Group Beguines, is on sacred space (common ground) as it is expressed through the arts. Our work covers a range of topics: spirituality, life, death, personal experience, culture, current events, history, art, and photography and film. We share work here that is representative of universal human values however differently they might be expressed in our varied religions and cultures. We feel that our art and our Internet-facilitated social connection offer a means to see one another in our simple humanity, as brothers and sisters, and not as “other.” This is a space where we hope you’ll delight in learning how much you have in common with “other” peoples. We hope that your visits here will help you to love (respect) not fear. For more see our Info/Mission Statement Page.
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This is such a lovely story, Naomi. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. I think your gifts of words and picture creation were very special for Jamie.
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Thank you. I have such admiration for Jamie, as a poet, as a leader and activist, and as a wise old soul. I was honored when she asked me to work on the Bardo. I gratefully declined, thinking I couldn’t measure up, but she asked again, and I was so glad that she did.
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