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This is the earth, this is the sky, this is me …


On this world, women do ⅔ of the work

bring home 10% of the pay, and

own 1% of the property.

                                                                           – NPR


Poverty could be eliminated from this world

with one percent of the Gross World Product.

                                                  –   World Watch magazine






Does a five-year old say to his (or her) parents? –  “Tomorrow morning in kindergarten we’re all going to use our crayons to render a graphic Declaration of Being.  I’d like to include a drawing of the two of you; may I have your permission to do that? – to draw you?”


Never in the world would this happen !  (There is mighty little ‘distance’ between a child and his parents)


We have all seen these drawings that young children (often) do … and we have all drawn them ourselves.  


[I wish to acknowledge – that I approach this phenomenon with considerable respect, humility, and even awe]


These pieces of “art” often get taped to the door of the refrigerator; though (of course) they are not art in the normal sense.  Their purpose is not to bring beauty into the world.  They are Primal and Archetypal (or something like that.  Who knows?) –

This is me.  This is my mom; this is my dad.  

(and they normally include ‘the world’) –

This is the earth.  This is the sky.  This is the sun.  This is my house

(and there may be more.  Whatever is the most important)

I suspect that such a picture is basically an ‘I am’ statement … but the “I” is always in context !

So – the first thing that we should notice about these pictures – is that the child does not imagine himself apart  from his Family and his life-support system.  Every five-year-old gets it : that “I” equals “we” !  And seldom will the child omit (from his Declaration of Being) the sun or the earth or his house.  He understands perfectly well (though not reflectively) – that all these things are crucial.  He knows (on some level) – that he could not exist without his parents, or the sun, or the earth.


His I am statement is not simply the rendering of a self-portrait – a picture of himself alone … (without family, etc).  Nor is the portrayal (which he does) of himself – hardly a self-portrait at all.  Though – If they have brown hair, they’re likely to choose a brown crayon to draw their own hair; and they will give themselves 2 eyes, 1 mouth, 2 arms, 2 legs.  But there is no great attempt to draw themselves the way they actually look.  The whole thing is a sort of ‘inventory’ of what’s important.                    Mmm ?


Well –

The blogs on this site are my ‘refrigerator door’.  And the world-wide web is the way you get to look at it.

(At least at this beginning stage) – much of what I have to say … amounts to a rather crude and rudimentary ‘child’s drawing’ …  a depiction – of our basic situation.        Mmm ?


After all, a medical student must first learn human anatomy … before presuming to offer someone (with a medical problem) counsel – as to what interventions are available and what is likely to result from implementing one, and what the risks are.


If my appendix were inflamed (and on the verge of rupturing) I would seek the assistance of a competent medical / surgical team … but

If our planet is in trouble … then it is we who must deal with it.       Mmm ?


I should probably tell you – that my approach to understanding something as ridiculously complex as the planetary crises which are upon us … is hardly a scholarly one.  It’s philosophical, I suppose.  I tend to make use of a certain amount of information, but I rely much more upon thought than upon anything else.       

And … I reckon that caring – is a huge part of it.  Love is the reason.


Anyway – no matter what I say, I offer it under the assumption that you also are struggling to construct a usable understanding of our Situation … in hopes that efficacious intervention may become possible.      


Let me say – that if we were to believe that we cannot help each other (directly and psychically) through the internet … we would be wrong.

Mutual respect and a sense of collaborating are necessary  – whether we’re physically together or not.  Though I suspect that personal contact (in any form) will help.                        But it’s Heart Connection which is bound to underlie everything.


When these things are in place, we should expect miracles.


~          ~          ~          ~          ~          ~


“Riding Out at Evening”    


At dusk, everything blurs and softens..

from here out over the long valley,

the fields and hills roll up

the first slight sheets of evening,

as, over the next hour,

heavier, darker ones will follow.

Quieted roads, predictable deer

browsing in a neighbor’s field, another’s

herd of heifers, the kitchen lights

starting in many windows.  On horseback

I take it in, neither visitor

nor intruder, but kin passing , closer

and closer to night, its cold streams

rising in the sugarbush and  hollow.

Half-aloud, I say to the horse,

or myself, or whoever, let fire not come

to this house, nor that barn,

nor lightning strike that cattle.

Let dogs not gain the gravid doe, let the lights

of the rooms convey what they seem to.

And who is to say it is useless

or foolish to ride out in the falling light

alone, wishing, or praying,

for particular good to particular beings

on one small road in a huge world?

The horse bears me along, like grace,

making me better than what I am,

and what I think or say or see

is whole in these moments, is neither

small nor broken.  For up, out of

the inscrutable earth, have come my body

and the separate body of the mare:

flawed and aching and wronged.  Who then

is better made to say be well, be glad,

or who to long that we, as one,

might course over the entire valley.

over all valleys, as a bird in a great embrace

of flight, who presses against her breast,

in grief and tenderness,

the whole weeping body of the world.


                         –   Linda McCarriston




Films –




The Other Son


Life as a House


Inn of the Sixth Happiness




Have a look at the quotes (that I’ve now uploaded) – under ‘References’ in the main menu.

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We Can Choose to Survive





                                                     “The sun is a powerful man.  If he dies, everybody dies.”


                                                                                                                              –   Dersu Uzala


How do we restore our ability to dream?  

And – how do we restore (or establish) a heart connection with each other and with the planet?  –  the Great Mother – the upholder of All Life?


Were we not taught, in School – that ‘Knowledge is Finished’?

Inadvertently perhaps … but I think we were.

It’s not true though.

Knowledge is not finished.  The World is not finished.  You (and I) are not finished.


Rumi says –


You should try to hear the name the Holy One has for things.

There is something in the phrase:  “The Holy One taught him names.”

We name everything according to the number of legs it has;

The holy one names it according to what is inside.

Moses waved his stick; he thought it was a “rod.”

But inside its name was “dragonish snake.”

We thought the name of Umar meant: “agitator against priests”;

But in eternity his name is “the one who believes.”

No one knows our name until our last breath goes out.


We are a work in progress !              Mmm ?


I hope to God our laws are not finished !

How can it be – that we have laws which support or permit planetary degradation?

WTF ?               What the Hell is that about?


Is it lack of attention?

Pathological Optimism?


A Sense of Exemption?  Do we imagine that we are exempt from the Universal Laws of Nature?

Gold Fever?



Perhaps it is all of these.  But whatever it is … it is  Madness !!


Suppose this –

What if all Americans should declare themselves Planetary Citizens … and amend the US Constitution – making it illegal to destroy the planet  –   such that any citizen could, through the Court System, seek an injunction against any corporation (or actual person) or group engaged in activities harmful to the life support systems upon which we all depend.  The plaintiff would submit evidence and argument and, if necessary, procure experts to support their claim.  And the court’s job would be to determine whether the claims of the plaintiff are legitimate.  If the court finds for the plaintiff, the court would order the defendant to cease the destructive behavior.


Our courts are already accustomed to using expert witnesses.  And we already have a broad precedent – that of Eminent Domain.  It is not unusual that a state or a municipality will (lawfully) take private land from a private citizen (with compensation) – when a greater general need outweighs the rights of that individual, the current owner.

Many of our laws exist to protect the rights and property of individuals.  This is, of course, a good thing.  But the rights of any individual (or corporation) should not override the common welfare.


Anyway … what do you think would happen if there were a real attempt to pass such a law ? – making it illegal to destroy the planet – as a First Principle?

I’m pretty sure that the opposition would be enormous.


But hopefully, such an effort would generate considerable discussion and thought.  And how much thought should be required ?  – before it becomes clear that Life itself is more valuable than profit (even if the money which could be made were of a very great amount).

Some people take the position that the harm their actions are doing the planet will not manifest till after they are dead!  Such nonsense is just another version of madness; and this argument surely would not hold up in a court of law.

We are all accountable for the predictable results of our choices and actions.  Mmm ?


It may not be easy;  but it’s pretty simple, isn’t it?


I include here an excerpt from my ‘Talk 2’ (the entirety of which was offered earlier as a suggested reading) –


                                                             The Big Meeting


What if –   the people of two hundred years from now were to invite us to meet with them.  And our attendance was compulsory.  We have to go.  So we go to this Big Meeting.  It lasts a day, and has two parts.  In the morning part, everybody (all the ‘thens’ and all the ‘nows’) – we all meet (electronically) in the “same room”.  Their leaders will have some questions to put to us.  Questions like “What were you thinking?   Why did you abandon us?  You knew the importance of clean air and clean water.  How could you let it get so bad?  You knew of the importance of biodiversity.  Why did you permit the extermination of millions of species?  For money?   Really?”

The morning meeting will be fun compared to the afternoon session.  In the afternoon everyone will meet in small groups.  This will be our chance to meet (not electronically, but physically) with our direct descendants.  Face to face.  And in most cases genetic continuity  will be apparent.  They will look like our own family members.  (They are, of course.)  This could be a very tough day.

What will we be able to say to them?  To people with similar (family) mannerisms and physical features?  What will we do with their begging and weeping?  What if they’re really angry with us?

Are we going to just explain to them that we would have taken care of them … only   it would have been uncomfortable?  Or that we didn’t have time?  What will we be able to say to them?


Would we live our lives any differently if, say, every morning we were to spend some time imagining we’re at the Big Meeting?  Before we get out of bed in the morning?  If there were such a meeting, what would take place there?  How would it go? How would it make you feel?

Wanna try it?






Four Horsemen  –


Freedom Writers (2007)


Stand and Deliver (1988)


Dersu Uzala (1975)




For Free    (

The Mary Ellen Carter   ( )

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Hopelessness – our Great Obstacle

                      ~~              When they said – “Repent  Repent” – I wonder what they meant.          ~~

                                                                                              –  Leonard Cohen’s  The Future


When John Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated (1963, 1968) our spirit was effectively broken.

All three of these men were focal points of hope … for many.  Each of these deaths was Devastating;  and together and combined, it was horrible. The American Heart / the American Spirit was broken.  There was (of course) quite a bit of talk – about how we were still okay; but I am unconvinced.


When the Boston Marathon was bombed 5 years ago, Americans did NOT come to the conclusion – that marathons are dangerous as well as painful … so let’s walk away and find something more pleasant.  No.  There was a strong, widespread resolve which came out of that disaster.  And this is Great, of course.  But I suspect that this is due (in part) to the fact that the choices are fairly simple and clear.  The (post-bombing) attitude which developed is similar to the attitude of any people toward their occupiers – following an invasion and the subsequent occupation of that country.  It is normal to regard the (new) occupiers with some form of defiance and outrage.  One’s pride and dignity is offended;  and one waits (or plots for) an opportunity to throw them out.   Mmm ?


However, the times and the events surrounding the 3 assassinations were much more complicated and confusing; and the need for Real Leadership was enormous.   A large percentage of the American population began to question the integrity of the U.S. government, especially with regard to our involvement in the Vietnam War.  WWII had been a nightmare; but mainly, Americans believed in the necessity of the struggle, once we finally got involved.  Our relationship with our government was similar to how a well cared for child trusts his parents.


Incidentally – when a child is badly mistreated in his (or her) own home, there can be no rational (no mature) response.  A five-year old child will not announce to his parents – “Dad, you’re an alcoholic.  Mom, you’re an enabler;  and I can’t stand to live here anymore.  I’m packing a bag and moving in with Johnny down the street.”  No child can do that.  (This is from John Bradshaw)


The ‘witch’ archetype in fact, comes from the minds of at-risk children on this (fallen) planet.  When one’s mother (who, of course, is meant to nurture and protect the child) becomes predatory … this is more than any young child can come to terms with.  So the threat is displaced (to beyond the walls of the home):  ‘A hideous stranger comes to the door.  And she wants to eat the children.’  That’s where ‘the witch’ comes from.  No young child is able to admit that they are endangered by their own mother or father, even when it is so.


A Mature response (to the bombing of the Boston Marathon … or the horrific bombing of the Twin Towers) would have included self-questioning and an earnest attempt to see ourselves through the eyes of the bombers:  “What have we been doing that other people should so hate us?”

Did we do this?   Not that I am aware of.

In this (the American culture) we move directly from sports pep rallies and cheering at high school and college games … to our snotty view of foreigners (and our predatory ‘foreign policy’) and cheering for our favorite pro teams.  That’s all we give our kids here.  As though there were no need for any training in how make a heart connection with people different from us – or in  how to see ourselves (in a mature way) as a part of the Human Family.


Noam Chomsky points out that the Roman Empire never even came close (in terms of owning the world) to the American Empire of today.  We (Americans) think we own the world.  But the fact that we are, in this matter – correct …  is a lame excuse for the disrespect with which we regard all ‘foreigners’.  We consider what is happening beyond our own borders to be irrelevant … to such an extent, that I doubt whether any other people are as ignorant of what’s happening in the world as we are.


But I seem to have strayed.  I am not trying to talk about our arrogance.  I want to talk about what may amount to our biggest problem – the one thing which, more than any other obstacle, may prevent us from turning away from the course of self destruction which we are currently on:



Ursula Franklin points out – that ‘there are planners, and there are plannees’.  But regardless of whether or not we are the real and intended “victims” of the three assassinations, we need a better response than the one we’ve managed so far.

The Greek playwright, Aeschylus said – “Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.”  But this has not been our path.  We have forsaken despair … It’s too painful.  And we now reside beneath despair … in the full anaesthesia of hopelessness.

It is said (ironically of course) – that ‘reality is for people who cannot handle hard drugs.’

If we were better people, we would be living in despair.  But we opt instead for Hopelessness … because it’s pain-free.


There is a certain paper in the Urantia Book – Paper 72 – Government of a Neighboring Planet.  It’s an unusual paper; but it describes a society with many of the disadvantages under which our own planet has labored.  But if you will read it (pp. 808 – 820) – you will notice that they are considerably ahead of us.  For they have made up their minds – to survive.  

We are a long way from this.  I wish it were not so, but it is.


So –

To summarize –  our two Great Obstacles – which we must overcome if we are to choose survival for the human species … are anomie and hopelessness.

If you’re interested in reading more about our choosing hopelessness, you may wish to read my ‘Talk 2’


I admit that I still have not forgiven the Republican Party for the exquisite narrow-mindedness which allowed them to adopt as their raison d’etre (simply) to ‘oppose Obama’ – thus squandering a man whose pockets were (naturally) full of the Jelly Beans of Hope.  They certainly managed to convince me – that they see themselves First as Republicans (as though this view were somehow replete and self-sufficient) – and not as planetary citizens, or even as biological residents.





  “Song of a Man Who Has Come Through”


Not I, not I, but the wind that blows through me!

A fine wind is blowing the new direction of Time,

If only I let it bear me, carry me, if only it carry me!

If only I am sensitive, subtle, oh, delicate, a winged gift!

If only, most lovely of all, I yield myself and am borrowed

By the the fine, fine wind that takes its course through the chaos of the world

Like a fine, an exquisite chisel, a wedge-blade inserted;

If only I am keen and hard like the sheer tip of a wedge

Driven by invisible blows,

The rock will split, we shall come at the wonder, we shall find the Hesperides.


Oh, for the wonder that bubbles into my soul,

I would be a good fountain, a good well-head,

Would blur no whisper, spoil no expression.


What is the knocking?

What is the knocking at the door in the night?

It is somebody wants to do us harm.


No, no, it is the three strange angels.

Admit them, admit them.

–    D. H. Lawrence




I end this essay (as I began it) – with a quote from Cohen’s song – The Future :


                          ~~         “Love’s the only engine of survival.”      ~~


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^    (The Future  –  Leonard Cohen)    (Gov’t on a Neighboring Planet)     (A’Journe’s Talk 2)     (Manufacturing Consent  –  Noam Chomsky)    (Power and Terror  –  Noam Chomsky)

(The Assassinations of JFK, MLK and RFK  – John Simkin)

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Selfishness and True Wealth


The man with the clear head is the man who … looks life in the face, realizes that everything in it is problematic, and feels himself lost.  And this is the simple truth: that to live is to feel oneself lost.  He who accepts it has already begun to find himself, to be on firm ground.

                                                                                                            –      Jose Ortega Y Gasset

                                                                                                              The Revolt of the Masses


The temptation to moralize is strong; it is emotionally satisfying to have enemies rather than problems, to seek out culprits rather than flaws in the system.  God knows it is emotionally satisfying to be righteous with that righteousness that nourishes itself on the blood of sinners.  But God also knows that what is emotionally satisfying can be spiritually devastating.

                                                                                        –      William Sloane Coffin

                                                                                                   The Courage to Love


The second most dangerous thing a person can do (anywhere in the world) – is to threaten someone’s life or well-being.

The MOST dangerous thing one can do –  is to threaten the life or well-being of a person’s loved ones.


This illuminates the nature of Human Nature.  We value OUR OWN life … AND (even more) we value the lives of those closest to us.


Self   AND   Others.     THESE are the Core Human Values   which are shared by people world-wide.


Robert L. Humphrey wanted to know the ‘Nature of Human Nature’  –  and so he took on this question as a lifetime project.  The above statements are taken from his book  Values for a New Millennium.


While (I think) we should allow ourselves to be illuminated by the lives, work, and decisions of people such as Mother Teresa, Jesus, and Albert Schweitzer (who perhaps managed to overcome their own selfishness)   we should acknowledge this “Dual nature of Human Nature” (Self & Other) is an accurate first approximation of who we are.

Selfishness is a basic ingredient of Human Nature … and is probably inescapable.   And surely – this is one of the things which make Human Life so (very) difficult.


Mortal man must face the incessant clamoring of an inescapable self for recognition and honor.  [The Urantia Book  –  p. 51:12]


I think most of us have noticed that there were occasions when our own selfishness and self-absorption have hurt someone close to us; and so we find ourselves stuck in a battle to keep our (natural) tendencies toward selfishness reigned in.

Also   there are some among us  who (finally) lost this battle.  Maybe they didn’t realize it needed to be fought.  Or maybe (at some point) they chose the ‘wrong side’.  And we have a name for such people.

          We call them ‘criminals’.                Criminality is basically  –   extreme selfishness, is it not?


For the most part we try to live life inside-out.  Being the devout materialists that we are, we imagine that Life HAS no inside.  We think that our lives will get better – when there is some change in our material circumstances ( –  get a high-paying job, or win the lottery, or get a new car, or whatever).  Which amounts to another error … underlying a great amount of unhappiness and disappointment.


The ‘prevailing wisdom’ tells us that we SHOULD make all the money we can … indulge our egos (etc.).  But just because such a course of (materialistic) action is well endorsed  – does NOT make it a True Path.  And if something cannot be lived, then it is not true.

One CAN, of course, become materially wealthy.  But as a path to Fulfillment  –  materiality will disappoint you.


Here is a comment (on this problem) which was offered by Albert Schweitzer –

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”


So the ‘trick’ is  –  how to be of service … do something you love doing …and make some money doing it !


We can (and should) learn from Nature.


When another leaf grows out from a tree, it does NOT do so at the expense of the tree !

No.  Any leaf has its own life; and it receives much from the tree.  But it gives also.  It gives more to the commonwealth than it takes.  We may say this, because the tree is constantly growing (as well as maintaining itself).  And this growth occurs on the basis of abundance.  If the (many and various) parts were taking as much as they were giving, the tree would not be able to grow.


So –  giving is what makes a tree (or a world economy, or a local economy) work.


And it’s happening already?


If you could sit on a cloud (high enough so you could see people doing things; but you couldn’t see money) –  what would you see?

You would see people doing things for other people.


Money is not wealth.  Real wealth is taking care of each other.  And it’s clean air, clean water, good food, clothing, shelter, warmth, a loving family and a friendly community.  Health, safety, a good education, freedom, smiles on the faces of those you love deeply, time to enjoy life.  An opportunity to make the world better (for everyone).  A clean heart.


The notion that money is wealth  –  is what allows us to experience our lives and our economy as greed-driven.  If I think I become wealthy when I get paid (or otherwise receive money), then I feel that my greed and my ego are being rewarded and strengthened.  And when I have money, then I get to choose how that money is spent.  But still, thinking that money is wealth clouds the rather intense irony of the situation – which is –  that our economy, which is giving-based, can be perceived as selfish-based / greed driven.




I regard these 5 movies worth watching – as explorations into the nature of True Wealth :


The Milagro Beanfield War


Life as a House


Babette’s Feast


Enemy Mine


La Belle Verte


‘The Other Son’ (which I consider one of the best films of all time)  –  shows how the love of Family might replace Animosity / (our ‘Enemy’ Problem).


‘Black Robe’ is a good depiction of the White Culture and the First Peoples ‘bumping into’ each other.


‘The Mission’ well illustrates the ‘underneath war’  –  the Great War of Ideas.

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The Costliness of our Materialism


We live in a devoutly materialistic society.  I have come to suspect that Western Civilization is materialistic from its roots.  

I have nothing against Material Wealth … or Materiality in general.  Our Problem is – that we think there’s an ‘equals sign’ between Materiality and Reality.

                                    ~       We think that Reality = Materiality.      ~

This is Big Trouble.

There is a ‘saying’ here (in the U.S.)  – that  “Money isn’t everything; but it’s way ahead of whatever’s in second place.”

And I am troubled (perhaps more than I should be) – by the thought that there are a great many bright, young, energetic people … movers and shakers … who have ‘gone off to seek their fortune’.  They’re out there doing everything they can think of – to make money … to get rich.  (This is, they think, the ultimate adventure !)

Well !

I think this would be fine … except – the Human Family is actively courting Self-Genocide !  

If we do not drastically alter our course, we will go over the edge of the Precipice … and disappear.       And the job of enjoying this world will be given … to the cockroaches !

I can barely comprehend it!   How can so many talented and intelligent people pretend that our grandchildren … that WE … are not in Deep Trouble ?

(There are many highly educated people … many experts – who believe that it is already too late.  And, while they may be right … hopelessness – as a Working Hypothesis – is unusable.  Besides, we are too ignorant to take such a position.  As Hazel Henderson points out – “We do not know enough to be pessimistic.”)

Mostly, we are dysfunctional.  John Bradshaw says – it’s not that some families have problems, and some don’t !  No.  All families have problems.  The Question is – “Will you deal with them?”    

A functional family deals with its problems; a dysfunctional family does not.

In this light, the Human Family – as it teeters on the edge of the Great Cliff of Being – is mainly dysfunctional.

Here in the U.S. we spend more on entertainment … than we do on education and health care combined!  We are a devoted lot … devoted to self-distraction.  It’s Grade-A dysfunctionality.  We’re pretending.     As Mark Twain says –  “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.”

What does it cost us ? – to so loyally adhere to our cherished doctrine of materialism?  Quite a bit, I’m afraid.


When Europeans came to North America, we brought our materialism with us.  Of course there were people living here already … but they were clearly inferior.  They were primitive … savages.  Hardly even human beings!

Wasn’t this sense of racial superiority rooted in our materialism?  We had ships, guns, books, metal tools, carpets, glass … lots of cool stuff !  So – we thought we were cool too !  (Clearly superior to the primitive peoples currently [then] infesting the land)

It never was okay – with the white people in general, even with the ‘founding fathers’ – that Indians should live in North America as Indians.  

Throughout the United States and Canada are many who survived the genocide perpetrated against the First Peoples.  The War for America went badly.  And it continues to go badly.  It is essentially a war of ideas; and the red survivors continue on as casualties of that war.

And with the Blacks – it’s much the same.  That war was fought a bit differently, but underneath – it was similar –  racial ‘superiority’ (partly) constructed upon material superiority and the brutality of superior material strength.  And black people today live lives which, to a great extent, are recognizable as casualties.  They also are living casualties …  in the Great War of Ideas.

Maybe we think we are entitled to our beliefs … and that our ideas do not harm anyone.

But that is far from the truth.


It’s a war.  And there are many casualties.


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^   ( THRIVE: What On Earth Will It Take?)




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and 6 segments –

(1.a     through    1.f     in alphabetical order).

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And when something other than the ‘next segment’ starts to load

Just locate the next one and Click on it.

(as a ‘back-up’ … here are all  the links) :


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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^   (A’Journe’s Talk 2  [text only])




The Shawnees and the War for America  (by Colin Calloway)  [book]




The Powwow at the End of the World


I am told by many of you that I must forgive and so I shall   

after an Indian woman puts her shoulder to the Grand Coulee Dam   

and topples it. I am told by many of you that I must forgive   

and so I shall after the floodwaters burst each successive dam   

downriver from the Grand Coulee. I am told by many of you   

that I must forgive and so I shall after the floodwaters find   

their way to the mouth of the Columbia River as it enters the Pacific   

and causes all of it to rise. I am told by many of you that I must forgive   

and so I shall after the first drop of floodwater is swallowed by that salmon   

waiting in the Pacific. I am told by many of you that I must forgive and so I shall   

after that salmon swims upstream, through the mouth of the Columbia   

and then past the flooded cities, broken dams and abandoned reactors   

of Hanford. I am told by many of you that I must forgive and so I shall   

after that salmon swims through the mouth of the Spokane River   

as it meets the Columbia, then upstream, until it arrives   

in the shallows of a secret bay on the reservation where I wait alone.   

I am told by many of you that I must forgive and so I shall after   

that salmon leaps into the night air above the water, throws   

a lightning bolt at the brush near my feet, and starts the fire   

which will lead all of the lost Indians home. I am told   

by many of you that I must forgive and so I shall   

after we Indians have gathered around the fire with that salmon   

who has three stories it must tell before sunrise: one story will teach us   

how to pray; another story will make us laugh for hours;   

the third story will give us reason to dance. I am told by many   

of you that I must forgive and so I shall when I am dancing   

with my tribe during the powwow at the end of the world.


                                                              –      Sherman Alexie




If You Are Over Staying Woke



the plants. Drink

plenty of water.

Don’t hear

the news. Get

bored. Complain

about the weather.

Keep a corkscrew

in your purse.

Swipe right


Don’t smile

unless you want

to.  Sleep in.

Don’t see the news.

Remember what

the world is like

for white people.

Listen to

cricket songs.

Floss. Take pills.

Keep an

empty mind.

When you are


do not say

I’m never drinking

again. Be honest

when you’re up

to it. Otherwise

drink water

lie to yourself

turn off the news

burn the papers

skip the funerals

take pills

laugh at dumb shit

fuck people you

don’t care about

use the crockpot

use the juicer

use the smoothie maker

drink water

from the sky

don’t think

too much about the sky

don’t think about water

skip the funerals

close your eyes

whenever possible

When you toast

look everyone in the eyes

Never punctuate

the President

Write the news


into water


the fire escape

Burn the paper

Crumble the letters

Instead of

hyacinths pick


Water the hydrangeas

Wilt the news

White the hydrangeas

Drink the white

Waterfall the

cricket songs

Keep a song mind

Don’t smile

Don’t wilt




                                          –     Morgan Parker




The Only New Year’s Resolution I Ever Make

A new year means New Year’s resolutions for many people. I want to share with you the only New Year’s resolution I ever make.  This one New Year’s resolution is all encompassing – it will take care of all your other resolutions in one go, whether that’s to find love, lose weight, be healthier, make more money, or whatever it is you want for 2018.

Be positive!

Make a promise to yourself to be as positive as you can possibly be.  Make a promise to yourself to be more positive than you’ve ever been in your life.  At the beginning of each day promise yourself: “Today, wherever I go and whatever I’m doing, I will be positive!”

Being positive means that you will look for the positive things in people, circumstances, and all things.

Being positive means that if any negative words come out of your mouth, you will stop mid-sentence and immediately turn the sentence into a positive one.

Being positive means that you will have fewer negative emotions, and even if a negative emotion arises you will be positive about it too by allowing the negative emotion to be rather than trying to push it away.

Being positive means that you will automatically focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want.

Being positive means that you will become an attractive force for what you want.

Being positive means that negative thoughts and words will begin to fall away.

Being positive means that you will begin to feel happier and happier each day.

Being positive means that you will have fewer problems.

Being positive means that life will go smoothly for you, everyday events will fall into place, and things will go your way.

Being positive means that you will feel good!


Make a commitment to change your entire life in 2018 through the simple, singular act of being positive!


Wishing you a Happy, Positive New Year for 2018!


— Rhonda Byrne

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Is FAMILY Possible?


                     [Because I recently changed site-building platforms, I need to republish this (first) blog.  I wrote it on                        Christmas day.]


Each year at Christmas time   the Entire Planet upshifts into a higher level of existence.  Many people then are thinking of others.  They are thinking about God, even.   Love is in the air.  At this time the Whole World (not just the Christian world) operates in the First Stage of Light and Life.  It lasts for only a day or two.  But the fact that it happens at all – means that it is possible.

   The film ‘Joyeux Noel’ shows what happened one Christmas  on a battlefield in Germany during WWII.  German soldiers and soldiers of the Allied Forces were in their trenches and quite close to each other … and some soldier started singing ‘Silent Night’ … and soon everyone is singing.  Next day (Christmas Day) they come out of their foxholes.  They play soccer together.  All hostilities are put aside.   Some of them even exchange addresses – so they can look each other up after the war.

   And – was this an isolated incident?  Apparently NOT.   It seems there were numerous such occurrences.

   What does this mean?

   It means that when we are in a higher consciousness, we are fully capable of relating to each other (even our supposed “enemies”) – as Family.


Ambrose Bierce defines “peace” in this way –

Peace: n.         In international affairs, a period of cheating in between two periods of fighting.


   He’s holding up a mirror for us   so we can have a little look at ourselves.

He would like us to understand – that if we could manage to regard each other with love and respect    and treat each other better … maybe we could actually HAVE peace.

So far, however, what we know as ‘human history’ is, for the most part – one long Nightmare of exploitation and abuse.  (This is, after all, a Fallen Planet)

   But does that mean that the future is destined to resemble the past?  I don’t believe so.

     Even though to be a ‘Human Being from Earth’ – isn’t much to brag about – the ability to choose    happens to be built into our Nature.  If we want a future that’s a lot better than our past, we merely have to choose it.

   The Question, then is – “How do we –  the Human Family – bring ourselves to this Point of Choosing”?

   I don’t think we know the answer to this question;  but how about this?  –  

                              –    Let’s commit to the path.    –



[little tree]


Little tree

little silent Christmas tree

you are so little

you are more like a flower

who found you in the green forest

and were you very sorry to come away?

see i will comfort you

because you smell so sweetly

i will kiss your cool bark

and hug you safe and tight

just as your mother would,

only don’t be afraid

look the spangles

that sleep all the year in a dark box

dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,

the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,

put up your little arms

and i’ll give them all to you to hold

every finger shall have its ring

and there won’t be a single place dark or unhappy

then when you’re quite dressed

you’ll stand in the window for everyone to see

and how they’ll stare!

oh but you’ll be very proud

and my little sister and i will take hands

and looking up at our beautiful tree

we’ll dance and sing

“Noel Noel”


                                    – e.e. cummings    (1894-1962)


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^    (Some Children See Him)   (Yo-Yo Ma, Alison Krauss – The Wexford Carol)    (Ralph Vaughan Williams’ –  ‘The Blessed                                                                                           Son of God’, sung by St. Peter’s Singers of Leeds)    (Mary, Did you Know?)    (Lullay Myn Lyking, Holst)    (Balulalow, Britten)

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Commit to Sustainability

If we are to survive, we’re going to have to Do Better.  Currently our species behaves as though we are actively pursuing the destruction of the planet.  Our present course in not sustainable.  We are failing to care for our Great Mother.  And – ‘If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.’

The fact that we throw trash out our car windows – is Not Good.  The trash itself is probably not of great consequence.  But as an indicator, it is serious …   a Bad Sign.  It means that we do not feel connected to those very systems which keep us alive (Mmm?) – and this is a Bad Problem.  And it could well ‘take us out’.  We need to realize what we’re doing … and the likely consequences of such behavior.

In a way – the term ‘Sustainability’ is a euphemism – because it is a more pleasant way of talking about what we need to do to survive!  What does Sustainability offer us?  It offers us Survival !

Sustainability = Survivlal.      Therefore, we need to commit to sustainability.