Economy

Trump=Sanders? Idealism, reality, and the grace of nature


  Hello readers, If you read my blog regularly, you have most likely noticed that I am something of an idealist. I want to see our world become a kinder, more compassionate place, and I’d like to be a part of that process by trying to embody those values in my life, by being mindful […]

Why are so many Americans addicted to guns and drugs?


Hello readers, I went to a Bernie Sanders debate party organized by the owner of a local bar and restaurant the other evening, to hear out the views of our three Democratic candidates for the 2016 presidential elections. The moderator asked all three candidates, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and Martin O’Malley how they would address the […]

What we value: let’s change one simple thing


Hello readers, I felt really proud when I heard a comment from French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, who is currently presiding over the Paris climate talks. He noted that it is our responsibility, as western powers, to help countries across the African continent who are currently experiencing significant damage (terrible drought) from climate change. Africa […]

Is it really liberating to not have to care?


Hello readers, I recently resigned from my library job because after six years, I still hadn’t been promoted, and I wasn’t earning a living wage. I felt that working for a county government provided some kind of stability – a pension fund after ten years in, and a pretty good health insurance and benefits package, […]

Nanny State: What does this term really mean?


Hello readers, I was recently listening to a BBC program transmitted on National Public Radio about Australia and how the government is increasingly passing legislation to regulate even the smallest aspects of peoples’ lives, including attempting to restrict or ban the use of Vegemite! The announcer used the term “Nanny State” regarding this behavior, and […]

How did love become a luxury?


Hello readers, It occurred to me as I was driving to work this morning that in the world in which I live, it seems like love, passion, and joy are something most of us feel like we can only rarely afford to live and enjoy. For example, most of us (including myself) do work to […]

Socialism and America…and what discrimination does to our country


Hello readers, My fifteen year old son introduced me to Bernie Sanders, and I’m guessing he had a good hunch that I would like his ideas about integrity, personal responsibility, the role of government, social justice and accountability of business leaders and government institutions.  To be precise, my son showed me a video clip of […]

Why kindness matters


Hello readers! I am about 200 or so pages into book 2 of The Century Trilogy, “Winter of the World” by Ken Follett.  What is so compelling about Follett’s portrayal of our recent history in this epic series is how he helps the reader to see the primary motivating factors at work in human nature through […]

The Great Divide: Growing Inequality in America


Hello readers, I don’t know about you, but it really bothers me that corporations and bankers run America. That such a small group of people is able to milk our collective resources, human and natural and greedily and without consequence take whatever they want…because they can. Ordinary people are constantly taxed and support the extravagant […]

Letter to Mr. Nick Hanauer: Seeds for America


Dear readers, Below is a letter I just sent to Mr. Nick Hanauer, billionaire tech entrepreneur, author, and social activist. In the letter, I outline my own idea for fostering social and creative change in America, to help grow personal creativity, meaningful lives, and social and economic growth to America and beyond.   Dear Mr. […]

Thankful – thoughts on environment and culture


  Hello readers, Sometimes I fantasize about an America built on the principle of inter-connectedness of all things and beings.  I try to imagine a place where the schism of culture that is our European mono-theistic birthright never happened. Where man against nature was never a theme in literature or science. What might have happened […]

Fresh: a different perspective on the survival of humanity


Hello readers, If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, then you will know that my main quest in life, art, and in writing is to observe and respect reality, and to find balance between  human life and culture and all of nature.  In my search for a simpler life in harmony […]

Hope-full?


Hello readers, I remember when I was much younger and my grandmother was still alive, she would say that hope was the foundation of life itself.  Years later, I still think about her words.  At the time, I remember myself passionately in disagreement with my grandmother’s statement.  You see, I felt that to invest in hope […]

The American Model: Inequality for All!


  Hello readers, I hate injustice! Yes, we all know that life is not fair, and we all encounter injustice and betrayal multiple times throughout our lives.  These challenges can help us to grow. Ugh.  But they do.  And I don’t entertain apocalyptic fantasies, either.  I really truly believe that humans, as flawed and conflicted […]

A Place at the Table: Hunger in the USA


Hello readers, I recently watched a documentary, A Place at the Table (co-directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush and starring Jeff Bridges, 2012) on the subject of hunger in America.  Three different families in three regions of the U.S. are featured with their particular experiences and situations.  According to the film, at least fifty million […]

WHAT IF? ON FREEDOM…


July 4, 2013 Hello readers, What does freedom or independence mean to you?  To some, it means having no one over yourself to tell you what choices to make or how to behave. To others, it means enjoying the ability to be your true self without censorship, to be able to reach full potential without […]

Against Nature: Creative and Healthy Humans


Hello readers, As creators of culture, humans tend to historically set ourselves apart from nature, maintaining a complex and dual relationship with our self-images and our self-facts.  I do believe there is a way to heal this schism in the way we see ourselves and in the way we function in the world.  In fact, […]

Guilty Pleasures: How Can We Responsibly Enjoy Life?


Hello readers, A question most responsible and caring people might ask themselves in the complex and globally connected world we live in is this: how can we make responsible choices that benefit ourselves and don’t hurt others? Last night, I watched a children’s animated film “Frankenweenie” directed by Tim Burton.  The science teacher remarks to […]

New Manipulative Trends in US Healthcare System Invade Privacy


http://http://www.kvue.com/news/CVS-employees-to-face-fine-if-they-do-not-report-weight-other-vitals-199195511.html http://http://consumerist.com/2013/03/20/cvs-employees-must-provide-personal-medical-info-or-pay-higher-insurance-premiums/ Hello readers, This past year in my workplace, employers / insurers required that we sign an affidavit claiming that we do not smoke and have not smoked for the last six months.  If we did not provide the affidavit, an additional $50 per month would be added to our health insurance premiums, deducted […]

Living Simply: A New Standard of Living


Hello readers, I have always aspired to living simply, and for the most part, I feel I have succeeded.  Although I have never earned much more than $20,000 a year, I manage to live simply with a focus on enjoying the moment.  I feel that a high standard of living means doing work that has meaning, having […]