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How to Showcase Your Ignorance

April 19, 2016 1 Comment

Ignorance

Ignorance

Set your own priorities with no regard for reality or truth

Walk backwards into situations, the blind back of your head leading

Make sure you ignore the voices pleading, the garden in need of weeding

Blame poorly informed decisions and disruptive behaviors on the youth

Take no responsibility for the results of your actions, causes or effects

Turn your face in both directions speaking platitudes while thinking even worse

Ethical boundaries destroyed and forgotten by superstitious unconscious curse

Thoughts drift in the back door of imaginary enemies and fraudulent respects

NaPoWriMo2016

NaPoWriMo2016

Join the poetry fiesta all month in April at #NaPoWriMo .  Submit your own poems and read the work of other poets.

Rhetoric in the Political Jungle

January 29, 2016 1 Comment

rhetorical triangle

rhetorical triangle

The role of rhetoric in politics is to convince  voters to take action.  Politicians make speeches and conduct public meetings in order to share their views and opinions for the voters’ consideration.  There is a difference between absolute empirical truth and rhetorical “truth”.  Words meant to sway opinions are crafted carefully to leave impressions on the reader or listener.  Theory rather than fact is the realm of rhetoric.  Theoretic situations and projections onto the future can not be measured.  They are emotional and unpredictable in their very nature.  When a candidate tells us what will be happening when he becomes president he is using rhetoric to stimulate our imagination.

Cultural beliefs can’t be proven, but are held by a group to be factual.  Prejudice is one of the many forms of cultural belief.  Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny are another kind of cultural belief. Now in American politics there are at least two camps with firm and opposing views about the Constitution.  When a lawyer goes to court his arguments are built on rhetorical truths, but his emotional appeal to a judge or jury is often aimed at changing cultural beliefs.  Tribal or group dynamics are hard to predict.  Our two party system is going through a test in this election cycle.  I wonder which way the cookie will crumble in November.  I urge the gentle readers to vote and consider carefully all the facts while making a decision.  This election is already a game changer.  Your vote matters more than it did in the past.  Please register to vote, and show up to make your voice heard.

Digesting the Past

January 20, 2016 2 Comments

fermenting beverages

fermenting beverages

Our bodies alert us to imbalance and disease long before a diagnosis can be made.  I have always had excellent digestion, but a couple of years ago I had to make some dietary changes to stem some new symptoms I had acquired in my digestive tract. My thermogram showed inflammation all along the digestive system, but the real issue was that I felt bad.  I had become a burping bubbling mess.  I eliminated wine and beer, which made a huge difference in the problem.  I also decreased, but did not totally stop, my consumption of bread.  These changes, together with some attention to adding the foods that heal the spleen, helped me conquer my indigestion.

During the time I was studying my spiritual path as it coincided with all this unexpected indigestion in my body. I believe there is always some soul element of every physical manifestation.  Indeed, I had unresolved, undigested issues about my home and environment that had serious consequences. Stress from trying unsuccessfully to put a stop to crime in our neighborhood had become a permanent drag.  I was really sick and tired of reporting crime with no response and no effort made by authorities to stop it.  The culture of willful blindness had won the day, and no progress was possible.  Now there is a breakthrough!!!

This week our new police chief, Chris Magnus, starts his job running the Tucson Police Department.  I have very high hopes that his new energy will uplift the community and bring people together to improve conditions in our Tucson  neighborhoods.  His reputation for community policing and success in reducing violence precedes him.  We need to improve the working relationship between the cops and the citizens here.  His experience should prove very valuable to improve the culture of TPD.

My new hobby is fermenting raw foods.  I have tried concocting several beverages that are super simple to make and taste great.  They have the added benefit of probiotic culture which boosts immunity and assists digestion.  Over time the healthy bacteria growing in my beautiful beverages will improve my health, but for now I just love the flavors.  At the moment I am fermenting some red cabbage kraut juice, a batch of swizzle, and a batch of ginger beer.  When the ginger beer is ready I want to try a second fermentation to add more fizz.  The possibilities of delicious new ways to digest the past are endless.  Here are directions for you if you want to try making your own switchel, packed with electrolytes from the apple cider vinegar. To your health, gentle reader!!!

October Rituals

October 12, 2014 1 Comment

October brings ancient celebrations and rituals to life. Samhain, Halloween, Guy Fawkes Day,as well as Divali, fall at the end of October and beginning of November. They have in common ritual use of fire as part of the celebrations. As we enter the darkest part of the year in the northern hemisphere we honor the dead and invite them to partake in their former earthly pleasures. Day of the Dead is only one of the cultural holidays designed around remembering. The season is the right time to let go, to clean, clear, and remember. This is possible without any formal outward practice. You don’t have to dress up or build an altar to honor this change of season.

We all go through dark times in life. Lighting up the sky with fires and fireworks reminds us of energy shared, passed on, and finally no longer needed. You don’t need to be religious to understand the sacred nature of the inheritance of our human life. To be able to walk on the earth is not a small gift. Without the generations that survived before us we would not exist. We may notice a feeling of guidance from the ancestors, or simply a reverence for those who created our existence out of their own. I sometimes feel a deep sense of regret when I consider the lives of my ancestors. Who knows if that comes from me or from them. What can be known is that our connection to our ancestors is permanent. What we can learn from knowing about them and from imagining the way they lived gives us some insight into our own strengths and weaknesses. The ancestors know about those strengths and follies because they had them before we did, under different circumstances. I believe they would like for us to learn from their experiences.

Healthcare/Wellness/Insurance

October 2, 2013 3 Comments

healthy food

healthy food

The way words are used has a big effect on culture and expectations. The words health care have come to mean prescription drugs and medical procedures. Wellness has come to mean any kind of body work, cleanse, or restrictive diet. What is even more debilitating to the public health is that insurance policies determine the care most people use.  There is abuse on both sides, by wellness quacks and medical losers. Wellness or health coaches are essentially practicing counseling in everything from nutrition to psychiatry.  The unhealthy American population is vulnerable and guilty, willing to jump to all kinds of conclusions, buying into all kinds of cures and programs.  The market is so crowded the consumer has been confused by all the possibilities.  Now the public will need to understand how health insurance functions.  This is a giant leap for the citizens, a shock to the system.

I made a living teaching and promoting health and wellness through water for many years.  I have enjoyed waters and spas all over the world and had the pleasure of teaching many wonderful students.  I have a strong healthy body that I treat to the best food and body work I can afford to give it.  Since I love movement, I move.  I don’t take any prescription drugs; my plan is to avoid them. The reasons I am keeping my insurance policy as it is, and not vexing myself trying to read all the  options are:

  • In two years I will have Medicare, which I do understand well from the parental care I did.
  • My policy allows me to go to any provider I choose
  • If I change I will undergo an unknown medical exam requirement I do not care to do
  • I am satisfied with the service when I do have a transaction with the company
  • I am guaranteed to get a rebate under the new laws because I use far less than 20% of my premium costs each year on covered services.
  • My senior care experience taught me that it is very difficult to know what will and will not be covered; the only way to find out is to need something, then be denied.
  • My senior care duties showed me the many entities out there financially abusing seniors by swindling Medicare.  I am sure this has not improved since my parents died.
  • I am convinced that the shopping on the exchanges will damage my wellbeing.
  • My time is better spent in the pool increasing my core strength and flexibility.
  • Staying away from the crisis in health care is healthy.

Dreams of Symptom Exchange

May 22, 2013 4 Comments

reflecting

reflecting

Since returning home after ancestry quest I have tracked my dream life.  I think  am digesting centuries of action in my nightly dramatic  interpretations.  My homework assignment to record dreams and notice the archetypes I find in them has not been completed in a very rigorous fashion.  During my weekend with Thomas Moore we talked about dreams and did a group discussion about one lady’s dream that she shared with us.  My guilt about not doing homework as the rebel archetype dominates the teacher in my chart of origin, came into focus.  I fell deeply to sleep that night and did start to notice and record dreams on a regular basis while I was still on the road.  I visited homes and graves, museums and city streets where the specific ancestors lived and died.  I started to have some strong emotions about history and groups of the dead.

Although Mayflower ancestry is highly valued by some, I am much more excited about those who rebeled against the Pilgrims.  The sooner they dissed Plymouth, Salem, and the Pilgrim way of religious fascism the more I liked them.  My special pride in my one Wampanoag ancestor makes me feel entitled to some explanations.  They will not be forthcoming, and I need to understand that I am the sum total of many warring factions going back in time.  While Mary Stuart was burning one ancestor at the stake, another ancestor was defending her in Scotland.  This is how life works.  We do not just have two crazy parents, we have all of karmic history in our collective inheritance.

I  have had a dream now more than once that is symbolic and clear.  I enter a big building, box, loft, kind of structure, where I am joined by all kinds of other beings from past and present..maybe future also.  The place is intended to heal, but the multiple streams of energy mix and collide inside the space.  The beings leave having exchanged symptoms with other people, leaving with new issues, side effects and thoughts.  The desire to dump one’s own faults on others who are handy is at the root of this gift exchange gone so bad.  Common practice is to blame the dead, or the absent for almost everything, trying to leave with only shining and laudable characteristics.  This creates a mighty vortex that fills with neediness and greed once the door to the blame barn has been left ajar.  A boomerang of dreadful feelings never fails to be returned to the sender.  I am no dream interpretation expert, not even a very faithful recorder in the past.  This series of dreams in the warehouse health space is about healing, boundaries, and inevitability.  I haves used the flower essence Mexican Hat recently, which I find to be powerful and freaky. It is blooming in my garden in a few places. Under this hat’s influence the connections to others that we wish to ignore are highlighted.  This flower essence refers to boundaries and healing, exactly like the dreams.   Reflection is imperative to interpret both sides of symptoms, causes, and remedies.

Grand Holiday Spa Down

December 11, 2012 2 Comments

If you could go back in time to any place and time where would you time travel?  I know I would go straight to Bad Ragaz (via Zurich) to party like it is Christmas. I would attend the tree lighting choral evening and giant buffet offered by the Grand Hotels Bad Ragaz.  There is nothing like it anywhere.

Lobby Grand Hotels

Lobby Grand Hotels

lights of Bad Ragaz

lights of Bad Ragaz

buffet for the whole town

 

choir for the whole town

choir for the whole town

Let's party

Let’s party

Festive in Bad Ragaz

Festive in Bad Ragaz

the Christmas tree

the Christmas tree

downtown Tamina Gorge

downtown Tamina Gorge

Sonia, Bademeister

Sonia, Bademeister

I would go back to the day before the beautiful people redesigned the spa, when bads were bads, and bademeisters were bad ass.

Sonia on the job

Sonia on the job

Mr. In Between

September 30, 2012

My friend and I have been in a discussion about what is a typical New Yorker. I have gone to visit, enjoyed the company, pondered the nature of things and done ancestry research. TribeUpNYC was a fine example of how simple and yet how complex New York City is now and always will be. I have always appreciated the culture and the talent, not to mention the exceptional goods available there. I have never before attended a conference held in Manhattan.

I knew this was the conference for me because it was being held by my blogging tribe Triberr.  I enjoy participating with other bloggers in sharing content and appreciating each other.  I like the nature and helpful vibe of the big chiefs, so I decided to go in person.  I was blown away by the perfection of the event  to my own needs as a blogger.  Seriously professional points of view were effectively delivered, including a section about comedy.  We were both entertained and educated before being turned loose to party with some yummy food and drink created by mighty fine Haitian caterers.  There was that international mix that is common in Manhattan. That is how those of us from way out west know something is very different.  We are not in Tucson any more.  Multi lingual, multi ethnic cuisine is just the start of the exciting shift.

I was very happy to be able to meet many people I had known on line in one way or another, and thrilled to have direct access to the presenters.  They all hung out schmoozing around the party giving darshan.   They were all really impactful, and wildly diverse, just as one might want to have in any tribe.  Lena West introduced herself as a New Yorker, and my friend Marc and I agreed she is a typical one.  She was brilliant and to the point.  Her most important teaching in my recollection is that time is not money.  Money can be made, lost, made, grown, lost again, invested, etc.  Time spent has been spent forever.  This brings me back to my definition of the typical New Yorker.  Time management is way different for New Yorkers because just being there takes up huge amounts of time and money.  Strategy is wildly important to them.

I nominate Lena as typical New Yorker for the following reason:  She has no time for Mr. In Between.  I think that is what they all have in common. They are masters of a certain kind of discernment.

Tony Hsieh

September 16, 2012

Tony Hsieh of Zappos

On my recent tour of Zappos headquarters in Henderson NV I was treated to a glimpse of Tony Hsieh himself. As I departed with my shuttle driver for the ride back to town he was entering the building I was exiting. I stared for a moment to make sure he was himself.  I had a fleeting question in my mind about the possibility that a hologram of Tony is somehow implanted into each person’s visit, but they are all prerecorded and projected on a green screen or something.  He was low key, in jeans, and moving along with purpose.  He did have the presence of mind not to be sitting in his desk when the tour comes along, but I was very excited to see him.  It is hard to describe the way I think of his celebrity and my connection to it.  I have been a shoe lover forever, but this is so much more than just shoes.

I admire him for his mastery of alchemy in capitalism.  I admire his good taste and his smart choices.  Moving the headquarters to the former Las Vegas City Hall is an example of upcycling that makes my heart beat faster.  He has a strong agenda to grow his culture and provide right livelihood for his employees.  The company and all of the customers who shop there are the major lucky beneficiaries of his vision of business.  I love the way they completely make obvious how the culture works, how it remains strong, and how it serves all involved.

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