David A Olson

We Get The Leaders We Deserve

We Get The Leaders We Deserve

History has proven repeatedly that lunatics will rise to power again and again on tidal waves of aggressive nationalism and intolerance. ~Dan Brown Why is it that lunatics seem to rise to power instead of the sane, the loving, instead of those leaders caring more for people than stroking their own egos until every citizen […]

Distrust is Expensive

Distrust is Expensive

My experience is that significant distrust doubles the cost of doing business and triples the time it takes to get things done. ~Steven Covey I have seen distrust drive CYA (Cover Your Ass) behaviors to shield against the wrath of the distrusted party, watched teams stall progress without the creation of exhaustive specifications detailing every […]

Rain is the Language of Tormented Souls

Rain is the Language of Tormented Souls

In what language does rain fall over tormented cities? ~Pablo Neruda Rain is the language of tormented souls whose only language is tears, Tears of oppressed masses struggling to survive another painful day in a world refusing to extend a helping hand, Tears from children’s stomachs gnawing on themselves after never knowing enough food to […]

When Saffron Turns Evil

When Saffron Turns Evil

Thirty thousand saffron parakeets with steel talons and bloodied beaks, all squawking together. ~Arundhati Roy When I see saffron, I experience peace, calmness, inner tranquility, soul serenity. Saffron is silence floating along a Thai beach, bare footprints in white sand filled with water by a gentle surf at sunrise while aromatic delicacies are cooking over […]

Scent of Her Soul

Scent of Her Soul

The moment I saw her, a part of me walked out of my body and wrapped itself around her. ~Arundhati Roy My first sight was of her in silhouette, a glaring sun behind her, a sun that passed through her soul and carried its scent across the chasm separating us to pierce my soul and […]

Earth Life = Human Life

Earth Life = Human Life

River is her mother and Forest is her father. ~Arundhati Roy Twas a time humanity walked in intimacy with the natural world.We hunted and plucked, nature culled a few humans. A give and take approaching symbiosis. Those times have long gone, a travesty spurred on by books declaring the heavens granted man dominion over Earth, […]

Off With The Headf

Off With The Headf

Re-examine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your soul. ~Walt Whitman I was raised in a sterile environment, a suburban, white, Catholic petri dish enclosed in an adiabatic autoclave where I was shielded from the influx of those radical concepts held by people ‘not like me’. Non-Catholics could enter heaven? Impossible! US Presidents […]

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