When a person is alone, there is no one to corroborate the communal hallucination so how does one know what is real and what is Memorex???
I am no longer a perfect American in that I am ball gagged and BDSM bound by strictly American culture…
The god made in my own image that I was introduced to as a child now circles the fire with all the other gods – those with feathers, fins, and fur. ~Terry Tempest Williams The belief there is a finite way to worship an infinite god is terribly myopic. To believe one limited faith system […]
There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. ~Aldo Leopold Humanity was born of Earth. Ascent into trees came later as did descent back onto land where we spread to every corner of Earth. Nature (not the city) is our natal home, the place our breath became consciousness, the nest […]
My problem is with the word God, for all the limitations it has placed on my imagination, such as, “God the Father.” ~Terry Tempest Williams When you read the word God in the opening quote, what image flashes before your eyes? If you were raised in the West, it was probably the ubiquitous image of […]
All the world seems a church and the mountains altars. ~John Muir In America, freedom of religion is considered so foundational to our founding documents, it was enshrined in the 1st Amendment to our Constitution. Its placement as the 1st Amendment means it was thought more important than the 2nd Amendment although, to many, guns […]
An important difference between tourist and traveler is that the former accepts his own civilization without question; not so the traveler, who compares it with the others, and rejects those elements he finds not to his liking. ~Paul Bowles The greatest gift I received from living abroad was learning first hand to distinguish right vs […]
Old myths, like languages Grow legs and wander away. ~Roger Moore I oft wonder what happened to the Gods of ancient days? Did the masons carving their images trap them in the monoliths? Did unrequited love turn them into stone with the final breaths of their devoted?
Being equal is not the goal. Appreciation of differences is the goal. It is the differences that make us dynamic and interesting. ~??? It’s taken me more time than I like to admit but I am finally existing in a space where I can see beyond my predisposed tendencies and appreciate diversity for diversities sake. […]
The war his country asked of him convinced him war has no heroes. Only the dead. The cost of violence is always more violence. ~Glen Sorestad I am sick to death of the older generation the vast majority that never set foot in the military calling for war. It’s an easy call, a hypocritical call […]
Knights view the world as a cataclysmic conflict with winners and losers, with battles to be fought, and with right and wrong as dominant drivers. Gardners…have the instinct to look for ways to heal, to connect, and to grow the people they encounter. These biases affect the way people buy groceries, practice a religion (or […]
A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. ~Marcus Garvey I just finished reading the book, “Half The Story Never Told” by Edward E. Baptist. It is the sordid history of slavery in the US. Sordid is the only word I can think of to […]
All the words for country are the same as the words for line. ~Bruce Chatwin To the aboriginals living in the invaded space known as Australia, Earth is a series of songs sung while walking between points on the land. Not just a song, it is a verbal map guiding them unimagined distances without a […]
Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. ~Mark Twain Muricans has confused being a patriot, standing up for and protecting one’s country, with believing their country is right even when performing evil against humanity either inside or outside the imaginary lines called borders.
I’m not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours. ~Lewis Carroll It is with superluminal speed we judge those appearing to be outside our understanding of normal, the fringe element, the dress funny, the rainbow hair. It is with equal speed each of us proudly claims to be a unique […]
Emiliano Zapata is a man of silences, someone who talks by keeping quiet. ~Eduardo Galeano Silence has a sound. Silence is stronger than words. Each of us speaks louder in well chosen silences than when we scream at the top of our lungs. Every silent action speaks volumes, speaks more eloquently than the grandest soliloquy. […]
The only things that the US has given the world are skyscrapers, jazz, cocktails. That is all. And in Cuba, in our America, they make much better cocktails. ~Federico García Lorca I have behaviors I’ve lived with for so long I no longer realize they exist, no longer am slapped by their discord with the […]
I walk in and out of several worlds each day. ~Joy Harjo Dream world to wake world to creation world to work world to wife world back to dream world. Are they really different worlds? Separate existences? My vote is one world with arbitrary borders placed letting us rationalize distinct universes, disconnected entities.
do not speak to me of martyrdom, of men who die to be remembered on some parish day. i don’t believe in dying though, I too shall die. and violets like castanets will echo me. ~Sonia Sanchez I am torn by the dichotomy of martyrdom. On the one side, there is a respect to be […]
No one knows precisely how sentient is a piñon pine, for example, or to what degree such wood organisms can feel pain or fear, and in any case the road builders had more important things to worry about, but this much is clearly established as scientific fact: a living tree, once uprooted, takes many days […]