Education

Sighting crows and return of the holy grail in 2018


Dearest readers, Over the last month or so, I have been noticing large numbers of crows in my area. Absorbed in thought and observation as I walk in nature, I hear them call out, their raucous, throaty voices capturing my attention and making a mark on my consciousness. A few weeks ago, I felt compelled […]

Worlds Apart

Worlds Apart


Hello dear readers, I have been offline for a while. My son just turned 18 and had his first day of classes at the University of Helsinki in Finland today. It has and continues to be a great adventure for both of us! I just returned to the United States after spending nearly two weeks […]

Humanity in transition: visions of our future


Dearest readers, My faith in humanity is very strong, even though I am a very solitary person by nature. I feel that humanity has deviated from its natural state.  Some say that we collectively chose to experience a state of forgetfulness, victimhood, or to be humbled through suffering because it was an experience we all […]

Doing, doing, done: A new era of BEING begins


  Hello dear readers, Can you imagine living in a world where you don’t need an alarm clock to wake up in the morning? Where when you meet someone new they don’t ask you what you do but rather who you are? A world where you don’t have to go to work, but you still […]

Authentic


Hello readers, I haven’t posted anything recently. My dog accidentally discovered an orphaned kitten in our backyard a little over two weeks ago, and it is amazing how such a small creature can need so much time and care! I like to think about what is going on in the world and about how people […]

Who has the power to make America great again? You do!


Dear readers, You and I have great and powerful voices. Our voices are a bit rusty from disuse. But we are preparing to speak again, and as we do, the change we will see and the energy and passion this creates, will be inspiring. Today, we are beginning to see this beautiful outgrowth from the negative […]

Why are bad presidential candidates like bad boyfriends, and what makes them attractive?


Hello readers, Have you ever been drawn like a magnet to a person because of their charm or charisma, only to learn later that the person is self-centered, emotionally or physically abusive, vindictive, and possibly dangerous? Did you ever wonder why so many of us (including myself at some points in my life) find or […]

Socially responsible: How using social media can bypass Congress and bring us direct democracy


Hello readers, I really admire President Obama. He is an incredibly intelligent, educated, and caring man. I am proud of what he has accomplished in this country despite huge obstacles: blanket opposition by Republican representatives to just about every measure he has attempted to introduce under his presidency. President Obama has remained committed to a “working […]

Guess what? Universal health care is better and cheaper!


Hello readers, Many politicians and business leaders in America have spread untruths regarding universal healthcare to Americans for many years. They want the average American citizen to believe that they would pay higher taxes if the government were to run our healthcare system. Bernie Sanders (Democrat) is the only candidate running today who supports the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is your work sustaining you and the world?


Hello readers, Do you ever wonder why President Obama keeps reiterating that we need to train our children to focus on maths, sciences and technology, pushing them towards readiness for jobs and careers of the future, which are all ostensibly oriented towards the left-brained world of technology? Do you ever wonder why he doesn’t support […]

Humans seeking noble causes: How to fight terrorism by building character and soul at home


Hello readers, I am always curious to understand why people make the choices they do and why as groups humans respond to problems and challenges in a certain way.  Again and again, I observe people  trying to blame their issues on something or someone outside of personal or collective self.  We all want to belong. We all want […]

We have the solution to the obesity epidemic: “Fed Up” the documentary


Hello readers, I hate to see people suffer, and I hate injustice.  I just can’t help it! When I read about how lobbies, big corporations, and government intentionally feed the American people lies about public health and the environment, my blood starts to boil.  I am a very peaceful and calm person, and so I […]

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 […]