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D’s Truck.

November 12, 2018

Do you know what I noticed the other day? The light on the speedometer right above 45 mph is dimming. Coming home from the protest to protect Mueller, to remind anyone who would listen that no one is above the law, the light in the speedometer is dimming. “Oh no,” I thought, and gently patted the dashboard. D’s truck. 1994 black Ford Ranger…24 years old. My son is 24. I don’t want D’s truck to stop. Ever. It was my brother’s. The “Biter End” pin from the Gaslamp bar in San Diego is right where you left it, on the visor.

I walk through the world because I love it.

I walk through the world because I love it.

Mary Oliver.

That’s what I read on a wall as I walked by thinking of you. I think you loved it. The world. And it broke your heart. And it breaks mine.

-Dayle Ohlau, Santa Sabina Center

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There is in all things

an invisible fecundity,

a dimmed light,

a meek namelessness,

a hidden wholeness.

-Thomas Merton

1918: ‘That which for us is yet sight, not touch.’

November 7, 2018

And I dreamed a dream.

I dreamed I saw a land. And on the hills walked brave women and brave men, hand in hand. And they looked into each other’s eyes, and they were not afraid.

And I saw the women also hold each other’s hands.

And I said to him beside me, “What place is this?”

And he said, “This is heaven.”

And I said, “Where is it?”

And he answered, “On earth.”

And I said, “When shall these things be?”

And he answered, “In the future.”

~Olive Schreiner

Dedicated to the women of Nov. 6, 2018

November 6, 2018

We must. Democracy, we’ve learned, is fragile. Together we rise to protect it.

#VOTE

#2018

Basic human truths.

November 3, 2018

“When power leads men towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. For art establishes the basic human truths which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment.”

-JFK, 1961

Unrest in Baton Rouge

“Our bodies run with ink dark blood. / Blood pools in the pavement’s seams. // Is it strange to say love is a language / Few practice, but all, or near all speak? // Even the men in black armor, the ones / Jangling handcuffs and keys, what else // Are they so buffered against, if not love’s blade / Sizing up the heart’s familiar meat? // We watch and grieve. We sleep, stir, eat. / Love: the heart sliced open, gutted, clean. // Love: naked almost in the everlasting street, / Skirt lifted by a different kind of breeze.”

Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith

On Being

‘Love is a language/Few practice, but all, or near all speak’

https://onbeing.org/programs/tracy-k-smith-love-is-a-language-few-practice-but-all-or-near-all-speak-nov2018/

#NOV6

#VOTE

Jane Adams co-founded with Ellen Gates Starr an early settlement house in the United States, Chicago’s Hull House that would later become known as one of the most famous settlement houses in America . In an era when presidents such as Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson identified themselves as reformers and social activists, Addams was one of the most prominent reformers of the Progressive Era. She helped America address and focus on issues that were of concern to mothers, such as the needs of children, local public health, and world peace. In her essay “Utilization of Women in City Government,” Jane Addams noted the connection between the workings of government and the household, stating that many departments of government, such as sanitation and the schooling of children, could be traced back to traditional women’s roles in the private sphere. Thus, these were matters of which women would have more knowledge than men, so women needed the vote to best voice their opinions. She said that if women were to be responsible for cleaning up their communities and making them better places to live, they needed to be able to vote to do so effectively. Addams became a role model for middle-class women who volunteered to uplift their communities. She is increasingly being recognized as a member of the American pragmatist school of philosophy, and is known by many as the first woman “public philosopher in the history of the United States”. In 1889 she co-founded Hull House, and in 1920 she was a co-founder for the ACLU.

Keep moving.

October 31, 2018

Stop. Please, stop.

October 30, 2018

The moment I let go of it
Was the moment I got more than I could handle
The moment I jumped off of it
Was the moment I touched down

How bout no longer being masochistic
How bout remembering your divinity
How bout unabashedly bawling your eyes out
How bout not equating death with stopping.

a.m.

Will we ever be able to forgive you?

#Nov.6

Einstein, too.

October 29, 2018

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. [One] experiences [oneself] . . . as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of [one’s] consciousness. . . . Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. —Albert Einstein

“If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light” (Luke 11:34). That’s why the Buddha and Jesus say with one voice, “Be awake.” Jesus talks about “staying watchful”, and “Buddha” means “I am awake” in Sanskrit. Richard Rohr

The day after.

October 28, 2018

David Axelrod said to Wolf Blitzer on CNN after the massacre:

“We Should…pause…to honor these people by reflecting on where we are as a country.” 

I have stopped.

You have not.

Buddha

What had a man not stopped that enabled him (Angulimala) to murder?

And what had Buddha stopped that enable him to be enlightened?

Though we will never know, we can suggest that the thing not stopped might be any form of running from the risk and pain of being alive, such as denial, hiding, projection. For any form of running from the truth of ourselves can lead to such a numb existence that one can become violent in order to feel. If we don’t stop running, we can murder ourselves again and again by taking the lives of others, either physically through violence or sexually through conquest or emotionally through dominance and control or professionally through power. We repeatedly need to have this conversation with ourselves in order to stay compassionate and real.

-Mark Nepo

‘Be swift to love, make haste to be kind.’

 

October 26, 2018

Look up.

October 20, 2018

‘Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.’

Rainer Maria Rilke

 

NPR/Morning Edition with David Green and Actor Melissa McCarthy discussing her new film, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

 

GREENE: Did you learn anything about yourself in this role, in this film?

MCCARTHY: I think, for me, it made me really try to remember more like to look up and see people. Here’s this amazing, ridiculously talented, interesting, difficult, fascinating woman, and most people passed her by on the street. And she was invisible. So I do feel like I look differently as I’m passing people. And I think, what is your story, or what are you amazing at? Like, who loves you? Who do you love? What do you miss? What breaks your heart? I try to like – is – I don’t know if it sounds strange but make more eye contact.

And I do really think that there is an effective – if one person really looks at you in a day, that can change the whole trajectory of your day and then maybe your week. And maybe you look at one other person and connect that you’re humans. And to have someone know they’ve been seen, I think, can do a lot more than I had remembered it can.

 

Sophia.

October 17, 2018

“Be ye diligent that ye may receive the mysteries of Light.”

-Pistis Sophia [Gnostic]

‘A word of counsel to people who are seeking to demonstrate about great big things: shut up about it. Don’t talk. The world does not believe, and they reflect their doubt. Keep your power within yourself. Insulate yourself, encompass yourself with it, protect yourself with it, surround yourself with it. That is putting on the armor of faith against the false thought of the human race. Get that big consciousness if you want to do something that takes a great deal of money to do it, takes a lot of understanding, takes a lot of people engaged in it…something that [is] an awful big thing. That is the point: Do something new.’

-Love & Law: The Unpublished Teachings (2001), pp. 114-115.

 

#Nov6

October 14, 2018

Don’t lie to me.

Everything we’ve built is coming undone.
#Nov6

The continuum of time.

October 12, 2018

 

‘It is the world that is enlightened and we who are intermittent.’

Like radios, we struggle through our static to receive wavelengths that are always there, and, being human, we are unable to sustain the clarity necessary to apprehend the magic inherent in everything.

So we vacillate from the extraordinary to the ordinary, time and time again, and most of us blame the world.

It is not surprising, then, that though we feel intermittently gifted, our gifts are ever-present. For if enlightenment stems from a clarity of being, then talent is no more than clarity of doing, an embodied moment where spirit and hand are one.

The chief obstacle to talent, then, is a lapse in being. It is not that people have no talent, but that we lack the clarity to uncover what it is and how it works.

Talent, it seems, is energy waiting to be released through an honest involvement in life. But so many of us check whether we have power with the main switch off…the switch being risk, curiosity, passion, and love.

Our purpose is life and our talent is living it in its most immediate detail, be it drying the dishes or raking the leaves.

So when I can’t find my purpose, I beg myself to sit in a field. And in a tremor of faith, I know if I don’t try at all, it will all return as surely and softly as light fills a hole.

-Mark Nepo

Our life experience will have resonances with our innermost being, so that we will feel the rapture of being alive.

-Joseph Campbell

Universal Basic Income?

The Atlantic.

A social inheritance based on the U.S.’s extraordinary wealth.

America is the richest civilization in history. Why, then, are our living standards so low compared to those of other wealthy democracies?

Why the U.S. Should Provide Universal Basic Income

Video by The Atlantic

America is the richest civilization in history. Why, then, are our living standards so low compared to those of other wealthy democracies?

“There’s a big idea out there that could help solve this,” says The Atlantic writer Annie Lowrey. “It’s called a universal basic income.” In a new animated video, Lowrey argues that UBI—a concept that has existed for more than 500 years—would help close the income inequality gap, eliminating poverty and increasing mobility and opportunity for all American citizens.

Read more about UBI in Lowrey’s new book, Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World.

#EndPatriarchalAuthoritarianism

October 8, 2018

Leadership in our country today saying “we have to heal.” That’s rich. It’s like the bully on the playground hitting you in the face and saying, “Hurry up and heal so I can hit you again.” Healing? No. What we need is leadership void of corruption, power & greed, graced with character, empathy & humility. On #Nov6 the next wave of feminism begins: eliminating patriarchal authoritarianism.

#StopBeingMean

October 3, 2018

To Sen. Kamala Harris at The Atlantic’s annual festival in DC: What would you have said to DT about his mocking of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at his campaign rally in Mississippi Tuesday night (10.2.18)? “Stop being mean.”
Please.
Stop.

Communal prayer.

September 30, 2018

“Bless the leaders of the our land, that we may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to other nations of the earth.

To all in administrative authority…Cabinet, Governors, Mayors (particularly, and currently, our Senators), grant wisdom and grace in the exercise of duties.

Give courage, wisdom, and foresight to provide for the needs of all our people, and to fulfill our obligations in the community of nations.

To the officers of our Courts give understanding and integrity, that human rights may be safeguarded and justice served.

-The Book of Common Prayer [2016], p. 733.

By what we embrace.

September 21, 2018

‘Let us be silent so we may hear the whisper of God.’ -Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘There is a voice that doesn’t use words, listen.’ -Rumi

‘God came to my house and asked for charity. And I fell to my knees and cried, ‘Beloved, what may I give?’ Just love, She said. Just love. -St, Francis of Assisi

“We must measure our goodness, not by what we don’t do, what we deny ourselves, what we resist, or whom we exclude. Instead, we should measure ourselves by what we embrace, what we create, and whom we include.’

Chocolat

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