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Thursday, August 16, 2018


We all come from somewhere, from some people whom we are raised by and among: our family. But not all families, just because there are shared ties of blood, live well together. Not all families are healthy, wholesome, nurturing associations of supportive people. Some are absolutely toxic and dysfunctional, soul-crippling. Parents who never learned to love cannot teach love to their own children. It seems an obvious thing that when a member of such a family manages to achieve escape velocity, or... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Classroom America

The perpetual dilemma of America is over doing the 'right thing' vs doing the 'profitable thing.' The traditions of the American Dream are shallowly understood to be about having the personal power to gain financial security: wealth. But true prosperity is about a lot more than the security of having all physical needs not only met, but guaranteed. Eventually, through our choices and actions, especially through discovering by experience that money alone does not fulfill our human needs, we come... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

"I wish I could do what you do..."

It all starts with the questions one is ready to ask, the doors one is ready peer through... Then there are bits and bobs to learn about, other students to play with, some in the guise of teachers... The point is, we are all equipped with the basics, it is part of what we are. The essence is spirit, but the body is essential to ground the energies that bring the spiritual into the physical world. When I was sitting at my first fair as an energy-worker, a woman sat down in the chair in front of... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Readings and Psychics

There is a psychic reader at WesterCon. When I was introduced to her, I asked if she'd like to trade readings, and she was all for it. That was Thursday. Afterwards, I lost track of her, but found her at her table yesterday afternoon, by "chance." We did trade readings, two very different styles: She uses cards and a pendulum, where I sit and read energies clairvoyantly. Her reading is about dominant influences in the subject's life--past, current, and near future. When the initial card suggests... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Ursula LeGuin... I miss her already. If we don't change the way we look culturally at the rest of Creation, we doom all of it, and especially our particular place in it. Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

sharing a Meditation: Basket of Light

In a moment of your choosing, find a calm place to sit: calm within even if not all around. Be aware of your own stillness, or lack of it--in which case, breathe and relax, a digit, a limb, a muscle and tendon at a time... Be aware of your breathing, your heartbeat, the things you feel like the chair under you, the floor beneath your feet-- until you find your stillness.. Sit in that calm at the center of the world that is whirling around you, and be aware of your connection to the Earth: your... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Seeing the world through ancient eyes

In the past two days I have watched two documentaries that offer up a way to look at our world from different angles than our cultural traditions have conditioned us to see. We look at things so superficially, so at-the-moment, so very materially: Western society has forgotten there are other ways to see. But these ways require us to slow down, to see the world without all we have built and paved and altered. These two programs are like taking a deep breath of truly fresh, clean air with all the... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Over on Facebook, my son and one of his friends of many years have engaged in a rather heated discussion over issues of what constitutes hate-speech, and particularly, if the term "white male patriarchy" is in itself, hate speech. They got me thinking: I think the overall and most useful point to be made here is that there is a very long-standing culture of male supremacy in the world, that there is a very long-standing culture of white supremacy particularly stemming from the colonial era when... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


My dad once said, "I don't need faith, I've got knowledge!" I think it was a response to my asking him to have a little faith in me. It was, however, his scient ist-mindset all around. Scientists seek knowledge, or as close as they can get to something they can claim as 'knowing.' At the same time, true scientists know they never know enough to say more than, "It looks like this is true with the information we have and the tests we can make." Real science is always ready to accept its own... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


A program called WILD CHINA tours China's little-known and less-seen regions and through the course of several episodes, explores the relationships between the people and the wilds. This has always been a theme of the Chinese philosophyical world-view, the harmony of man and nature, that man holds nature and its expressions in veneration. This got me thinking: This sense of respect and awe, this recognition of the sacred in what is presented by nature, this is not uncommon in the world of human... Sign in to see full entry.

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