Overfed and divorced (a poem)
relentless hunger twists internal organs chimp raised hawk hoards billions shiny brilliants golden chips fresh water and virgin land expensively shod feet crush serene beauty masturbating mountains and the glinting eye of cruelty ownership of what can’t be owned oversized testicles twist minds perverting meaning and information intention to mislead maw open masking fangs spreading […]
The pain of being perpetually silenced
Hello readers, The mentality created by the industrial revolution was one that deified science and materialism. The pragmatic evolution of ideas and ideals re-centered the human and cultural experiences of men and women away from God, spirituality, and Nature. No longer subservient to a higher power of some kind, humans replaced those fundamental alliances […]
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 […]
Yin and Yang: the political divide in America
Hello readers, In America, we live in an either/or world. Either you are an individualist (a Republican or Libertarian) or you are a progressive socialist (Democrat). Did it ever occur to anyone that a person who is concerned about social issues may also be an independent, self-responsible person? And how about those Americans who […]
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 […]
France vs. USA: dare to complain!
Hello readers, Over the last 40 or so years, ordinary working Americans have progressively lost many of our freedoms and most of our rights. Most of us are worried about the future. Most of us worry about money, the environment, about whether or not we can ever afford to stop working and pursue our dreams. […]
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 […]
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, […]
How fear of women has led us to global warming
Hello readers, Do you ever wonder why we take for granted that God is a male and doesn’t have a wife? Do you ever wonder when human beings began to think of themselves as apart from the rest of Nature and possibly superior to Her? Just what process of human history and evolution has led […]
A Letter to Bernie Sanders
Dear Mr. Sanders, I am a single mom, and like many of your supporters, I had to resign from my full-time library job because I was not making enough money to buy food. I was worried I would not be able to send my son to college, and I was starting to accumulate debt despite […]
What do Buddha, Jesus, and C.G. Jung have in common?
Dear readers, I’ve written about how co-dependency is encouraged in our culture and relationships, so much so that most people don’t even notice how their relationship to self and to the world is permeated by drama and the inability to face one’s own shadows and pain honestly. Numbed by overwork, entertainment, and countless distractions, we […]
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 […]
Hello readers, Are you an idealist? If you are anything like me, it probably really bothers you when you see an individual or some group of people or defenseless animals becoming the object of mistreatment or discrimination. Like me, you might be struggling to make a living and having the feeling that the little safety […]
The heart in our stomachs
Hello readers, Some aching in my lower back caused me to recently go see my dear chiropractor, Dr. John. He gave me a series of exercises to do in which I have to remain more or less flat on my back for over a half hour at a time. I checked out an audiobook by […]
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 […]