Friday, October 31, 2014

Bhutan: A Higher State of Cycling

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Blog: That mess in South America known as Venezuela

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Do we know what the Mona Lisa is smiling about?

H?

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Living for others… Is this possible?

H. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Amelia Earhart mystery: Metal debris is likely from her plane

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How long is ten-million years?  In our 'world' it's merely one second in duration.  Who says 10-million years has to be a long time?
Clock time, an invention of man to synchronize the world (for dinero of course).  And this is what causes our estrangement.  Nature knows no clock, just change, enantiodromia in Duality.
Destroy all time-keeping devices, and you destroy modern man!

H. 

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We're madly (U.S. citizens) protecting something, killing people in the process, that ultimately has no value!
Our worship of money is destroying us.  We're killing the 'thing' that created and sustains us!  And oh… woe be unto us for this -- how stupid!
Recently a media article suggested even WWIII wouldn't put a 'dent' in world population (now 7.4 billion).  But, you ain't seen anything yet!  An asteroid doing the job, 1/2, or 4 billion 'offed,' in seconds.   The 'survivors,' plunged back into the Dark Ages!
This is the Christian'Rapture.'

H. 

A third world war ‘would hardly reduce population’ - timesofmalta.com

American Pathology!

Almost Everything You've Bought Recently Came to You Via This Dirty Industry | Mother Jones

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Center of South America Is in Two Different Spots—Here's Why - Condé Nast Traveler

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Where has Modern Life gotta us?  Oh, you would list a bunch of technological 'achievements,' like:
Antibiotics, pesticides,
Television,
Less poverty (not true)
Computers - Internet (I agree!)
Going to the moon,
Space probes (we be on Mars),
Jet aircraft, drones, robots!
We're certainly killing ourselves with greater efficiency, although the cost…  This is progress?
We've traded the material for the Spiritual, and thus woe befalls us!
Time to 'wake up' before too late!

H. 

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From THE READER, by Bernhard Schlink
pp. 174"
"There's no need to talk, because the truth of what says, lies in what one does!"  (Note, 'Actions speak louder than words!')

H. 

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From THE READER by Bernhard Schink
pp. 172:
"I did not tell her about Hanna.  Who, I thought, wants to know about the other's earlier relationships, if s/he is not the fulfillment of their promise?"
Well, here it is, described in terms of expectation:  marriage.
Generally speaking, human relationships are based on need and expectation, only to be destroyed when not met.  Then we keep repeating this torture, always projecting the problem and/or evil outside of us, onto the other.
It takes really two mature, loving unconditionally, to pull off a long-term relationship!  Is it even possible?  Only to the evolved!
H.

P.S.  Away from the 'madding crowds,' for that's where it begins!  Away from television! 

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There's so much insanity in the world today (2014) that no one notices it any more;  we've come to accept as 'normal.'  Paddy Chayevski (I can never spell his last name correctly!) was right on about such, and fifty years ago (NETWORK). 
What has happened to humanity?  Too many people now (7,400,000, 000) chasing too few resources.  The 'rats in a cage' syndrome. 
Our solution?  Find another planet to exploit and trash out.  (Note, the planet Mars the first choice.)  There on Mars we hope to mine gold, discover whatever else we need (can make $ with), the age-old lack of consciousness.  Maybe we should clean up our own Earth first!
We should be sending rockets and probes into the depths of our own minds!  This is where the $ should be spent, 'inner space!'
H.

P.S.  So many times we want to 'treat the symptoms' of our problems, to make $ of course, without curing the illness, ourselves!

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Hombre Libre!
Everyone owns-uses a smart telefono!
Not me!
Everyone watches TV,
Not me!
Everyone drives a motor vehicle,
Not me!
Everyone gets married and raises children,
Ugh, not me!
Most own a house,
Not me!
Most worship in a church, temple, or mosque,
Not me! 
Most have a regular job,
Not me! 
Most think that the U.S., the greatest country in the world,
Not me!
Where did I go wrong?  I vas lucky, the 'vaccination' didn't 'take!'
H., an
Hombre Libre!

P.S.  OH, MAMA CAN THIS REALLY BE THE END, TO BE STUCK INSIDE OF 'TEXAS,' WITH THE 'COLORADO' BLUES AGAIN?  The best line about Texas ever (and don't remember the author…?)  IF I OWNED BOTH TEXAS AND HELL, I'D LIVE IN HELL AND RENT OUT TEXAS! 

American Pathology!

How Chinese President Xi Jinping and His Yellow Umbrella Became a Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protest Meme · Global Voices

The Freaky, Fabulous, Feminist 'Secret History' Of Wonder Woman : NPR

Reyhaneh Jabbari: hanged Iranian woman leaves heartbreaking last message.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Reeva Steenkamp was a victim of male violence. That is the real story | Suzanne Moore | Comment is free | The Guardian

American Pathology!

Friday, October 24, 2014

William Gibson: The Future Will View Us "As a Joke" | Mother Jones

American Pathology!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

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From CHE GUEVARA by Andrew Sinclair
pp.74
"Of course, Socialism appeared to threaten Individualism (creating Ayn Rand, born in Russia).  However, Che's idea involved creating a new and better individual.  Western INdividualism, to Che, meant nothing more than the rule of Capitalism.  To him, Rockefeller was the pre-imminent Individualist in the world.  He described Individual Capitalism as a race of wolves.  (Note, bad analogy, as wolves more evolved than the white man.).  He who 'arrives,' (get $ rich), said Che, does so at the expense of others.  (Note, Capitalism is based on more for me, less for you!). 
Socialist thought had to eradicate the flaws of Capitalism:  one, the idea of the 'rugged Individualist,' and two, that all economies depend on supply and demand.  (Note, things like 'the marginal propensity to consume.')
To raise consciousness, a 'new man' had to be made, according to Che."
pp75
"The ultimate goal of the Revolution was to see workers freed from their alienation which they mistakingly thought was Individualism.  The goal was to develop and become complete!"
Note, these are wonderful, visionary ideas from the mind of Che, but what a challenge!  He set as his goal to improve human nature by violent revolution, a fatal mistake.  For violence only leads to more, not more consciousness.
Yet, with his assassination (by the U.S. Gov.) he became immortal.   He is, in fact, the modern day version of Jesus, his popularity rivaling even Elvis.  Che's portrait is seen everywhere in the world!   Books and movies abound about his life.  He is near sainthood in terms of respect. 
What we admire about Che Guevara, is his personal sacrifice in trying to make the world a better place.  How many would have given up a lucrative medical practice to do the same?

H. 

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From CHE GUEVARA by Andrew Sinclair
pp.71:
"…Che was not completely dogmatic or rigid in his thinking.  He did not want to build a powerful state (in Cuba) but a happy socialist people (utopia). In fact, he denounced those who thought in orthodox and set terms (Note:  'Within the box.')
The task of creating a Socialist society in Cuba must be met by fleeing from mechanical thinking (Note:  'Out of the box.').  Mechanical thinking only leads to stereotyped methods.'  Marxism is a dialectic, a process of change (by trial and error).  Sectarianism within Marxism is a disease, a refusal to experiment!
To Che, the revolutionary had to remain a human being. And 'being human' meant  acting for the best rather than for the least effort.  Above all it meant people should develop a sensibility to appreciate the pain of others.  This so s/he can feel anguish with the news of an assassinated comrade, or elation when a new banner of freedom is raised!"
Note… What an idealist, this E. 'Che' Guevara was, a doctor from Argentina. 
Too many people try to perfect humanity, without perfecting themselves first.  Although, in Che's case, I think they went hand in hand.  Our only disagreement is with the violent technique!  Must we kill others that we might evolve?  Must we destroy to create?  Ask Lord Shiva…?  S/HE says 'YES!'

H. 

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From CHE GUEVARA by Andrew Sinclair
pp.71:
"Is it possible to give ordinary people enough (revolutionary) consciousness for them to give meaning to their work?  This is a step toward Che's ideal, when the worker shall toil 'no longer just to make a living, but to build something he feels a part of.'"
And what would s/he desire?  What is this 'building'  Better that this be spiritual, rather than material!
Certainly, Che is one of the great idealists in history.  But, having no body, he now inspires millions, just like Jesus has. 
We always kill the messengers.
'There is infinite hope, but not for us!'  (F. Kafka)
My take on humanity.  One only needs to read history to understand why one would feel this way.  People create saviors (the 'classical hero), because they know we can't save our selves!

H. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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What if some day leaders made decisions based on what is right and good for the majority of people, rather than the vested interests (01%).
Consciousness required!

H. 

Stairway to Heaven: the story of a song and its legacy (and hear an unreleased mix) | Music | theguardian.com

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

American Pathology!

This is what we call 'American Pathology' (strange, bizarrO killing for no apparent reason). Being 'swept under the rug as 'nut cases,' it is the #1 problem facing U.S. culture. And the reason we avoid thinking about... The cure is us, as we're all guilty! WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY AND HE IS US.'

Monday, October 20, 2014

Doctors Tell All—and It’s Bad - Meghan O'Rourke - The Atlantic

Satellite photos show one of the world's largest lakes disappearing - CBS News

American Pathology!

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There are only 'good' and 'bad' people!
There are no Bolivianos or Chileanos.
There are only 'good' and 'bad people!
There are no Americanos nor Chinese!
There are only 'good and 'bad' people!
There are no Germans, no Japanese!
There are only 'good' and 'bad' people!
There are no Russian, nor Spanish people!
There are only 'good' and 'bad' people!
There are no Jews, and there are no Moslems!
There are only 'good' and 'bad' people!
There are no flags, nor borders, only
Mother Earth!
Note:  Flags and borders how governments manipulate and control the people. 

H. 

Xenophobia Is Bad Economics: 5 Reasons Why Britain Should Welcome Immigration - Forbes

Turns out, the best man for the job is a woman!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A lesson on the roads of South America - Sheffield Telegraph

Saturday, October 18, 2014

BBC News - Nepal Annapurna: Climbing disaster toll reaches 39

Friday, October 17, 2014

From male to female! We 'no' such is 'cuming'...

6 Myths About South America Debunked | Joanna Riquett

Evo Morales of Bolivia and Democracy - NYTimes.com

American Pathology!

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It's obvious to us, after reading a book entitled, ATLANTIS, (by J.M. Allen), how instead of progressing, mankind has devolved.  This because of our greed (lusting por dinero)!
Yes, there's been material progress, but at the expense of spiritual progress. The Ego rules in Modern Life. And this material culture is leading us to the brink of disaster, our own extinction!  But, this is hopeful actually, as although the white man (Anglo-Saxon) will be wiped out, primitive man will survive, saving Mother Earth in the process. 
This is what the Christians call 'The Raptor,' and/or Armageddon.
We have know about this for some time…
There comes in a human lifetime, a 'fork in the road.'  There are two direction signs:  'Won' says 'Life!'  The other reads 'Death!'  Which 'won' will we take?
H.

P.S.  Maybe Marty is right and technology will save us.  AI developed to the point of where androids and cybers have that 'maybe gate,' and think better than the pure humanoid (ego problem).  Androids and Cybers programmed without and ego.  That's the good news!  The less-than news.  They, these 'robots,' will destroy all humanoids in order to save Mother Earth!

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In pursuit of my visa-passport in La Paz.
'Wala!'  Everything at Bolivian Migracion has gone quickly, easily.  This, thanks to Darrell my new friend.  We were both surprised with the news that my visa-passport was ready to collect (this, after waiting four months).  Of course, there's always more fotocopying they make you do, and things like running out to purchase a manilla envelope.  You would think the Bolivian Government could afford manilla envelopes!
The next step, going to the carnet place. Note, you can do nothing in Bolivia without this ID card.  It's like driver's license or passport in the U.S.
I didn't remember the building Angelo and I had gone to 18 months ago, but I did remember the office once we were inside.  It's on the 3rd floor.  Here we waited, then to find out we had to go to a bank to pay the 450Bs. (about $60U.S.).  It wasn't the one next door, of course, but the one across town, Banco Union (on Camacho).  Arriving there we found out their computer system was down.  Ah, there's always something amiss in Boldivia…  It's a challenge living here for an old man.
Darrell and I split to return at 1230.  He to have lunch with girlfriend, me to do a little shopping.  
I bought a water pipe, and some screens for my others.  This at my favorite tatoo shop.
Afterwards I had a cafe latte at Alexander's.
Life in the 'fast lane' in Boldivia!
H. 

On the road to find out… 

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From ISLANDS, THE UNIVERSE, HOME by Gretel Ihrich
pp. 182
"In Japan I visited the Taoist farmer Masanobu Fukuoka, who said, 'In order to restore balance of the natural world, we have to change our attitudes.  We have to learn to do less.  People plant with their heads.  They think they have to do many things but they are wrong.  It's the Kamisama who do the growing.  We just help out a little bit.  We must stop thinking we know everything.  Better to take our clothes off and roll around on the ground.  We have to give up everything before we can begin.'"
H.

Note, this is Taoism.

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From ISLANDS, THE UNIVERSE, HOME by Gretel Ihrlich
pp. 176:
"I understand how water currents are stirred by air currents and air currents are heated or cooled by water, both functioning as one organism.  It is not correspondence, but coherence that matters, that if we do not start with wholeness and unity, we will not end with wholeness and unity either."

H.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

World's Best and Worst Places to Live Over the Age of 60

BBC News - HTC's handheld camera poses challenge to GoPro

Arizona's high desert: where border politics become a harsh, almost sinister experience | US news | The Guardian

American Pathology!

American Pathology!

The 12-Volt Solution - NYTimes.com

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Captured by the Islamic State, these two teenagers went through hell. Then they ran | GlobalPost

Monday, October 06, 2014

Seattle School Board replaces Columbus Day with 'Indigenous Peoples’ Day' - Washington Times

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I'm in La Paz with Darrell, a new friend and good guy.  Darrell, born in Kentucky, worked for the U.S. Government for as a Customs officer in Miami for 30 years. Now, he's a Bolivian citizen.
I'm ensconced in Hotel Espana, for 190bs or $30U.S. per.  It's in a good location, near Migracion, as I'm here to find our what's the hold-up in renewing my residence visa.  This has been going on for four months now… Seems like everything takes forever in Bolivia -- nobodies in a hurry, except when driving a motor vehicle.  
I'm not convinced the merging of Spanish and Portuguese genes with the Indian genes turned out so good… But, who's to say… I think it would make an interesting Ph.D. thesis.  Certainly the Indian genes are having a tough time with modern life. The contrasts, in Bolivia, between the old and modern ways stunning. 
Last night, after flying from Cochabamba, Darrell took me to a bar-be-que restaurant, where I drank Saya beer (made from soy) and ate a 'St. Louis hamburger,' music videos in the b.g. We could have been in Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.  
Today in Bolivia, we're one week from the national election for El Presidente, Evo Morales likely to win (his smiling picture everywhere). 
If you're a Bolivian citizen (like Darrell) you must vote as law.  But, if you don't like any of the candidates to can vote 'white' which is essentially voting, but for no one in particular.  I think Australia has a similar law, and I think a good idea.  So, few vote in the U.S. 
I sit in the morning sun in a parque across from Alexander, my favorite coffee restaurant in Sopocachi (district), La Paz. It's April-Spring weather in Octubre.  Remember weather is reversed in the Southern Hemisphere -- we have a 'summer' Christmas -- December and January the hottest months of the year.    
It's a Domingo (Sunday) and the parque full of families with children and dogs.  There's a playground for children with swings, slides, a teetertotter, and a merry-go-round.  Nearby, young couples embrace.
Latin cultures seem to be all about 'coupling,' producing offspring (no birth control or abortions).  The girls wear 'tights' that cling to every curve, tops revealing young breasts.  The boys play futbol, demonstrating their macho-ness.   Thus, Bolivia is awash with children, something like 55% of the population under 27 years of age. 
But, of course, things are changing… I saw a man in Cochabamba wearing a t-shirt that read, MAKE LOVE, BUT NOT BABIES!  I want to reproduce this t-shirt and distribute free.   But, I have to be careful in Bolivia, as I'm only a guest.  I'm here to promote cycling as a means of transportation!
Tomorrow, the big day at Migracion, hopefully quick and easy.
Stay tuned!

H. 

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From ISLANDS, THE UNIVERSE, HOME by Gretel Ihrlich
pp. 165:
"…but about how the body itself is a complete truth.  I fight against the optical illusion of separateness.  Quantum Physics tells me the experience of isolation is a fantasy, that I am part of a whole!"
H.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

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From ISLANDS, THE UNIVERSE, HOME by Gretel Ihrlich
pp. 165
"I spend the night on my tiny island, Alcatraz (not the one near S.F.), and watch the morning star (Venus, Sirius, or Mercury) and then the dark side of the planet go bright.  A light snow falls and steam from the earth rises into it, coming down as a shroud.
It was on an island in the North Sea that Werner Heisenberg, recovering from a bout of Hay Fever, formulated the first quantum theory.  Strolling those desolate northern beaches, he recalled his conversations with Niel Bohrs and understood that the world, in all its diversity, is made of a single thing:  a quantum stuff, whose variety is manifested not as a substance but as a process, not in palpable form, but in the way it moves!"
"Each thought brings forth a new world, and in this way, consciousness creates experience!"

H. 

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From ISLANDS, THE UNIVERSE, HOME by Gretel Ehrlich
pp. 160:
"I keep thinking of the Crow (Native American) word for 'loneliness,' which translates literally as 'I can't see myself!'  Perhaps the word was composed during a blizzard."

H. 

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From ISLANDS, THE UNIVERSE, HOME by Gretel Ihrlich
pp. 157:
"The walls of traditional Japanese houses open on to verandas that face gardens, streams, bamboo forests, mountains, or ocean.
A house is a platform on which the transaction between Nature and culture, internal and external, form and formless occurs.  Too often 'inside' is equated with security, a blockage against the commotions of Nature, agains the plurality of ourselves, and 'outside' has become unsafe and unpleasant!"
Note, what a shame!  We've become 'prisoners' in our own houses!

H. 

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From ISLANDS, THE UNIVERSE, HOME by Gretel Ihrlich
pp. 156:
"Frank Lloyd Wright wrote, 'From Nature inward, from within outward!'  I want to break down the dichotomy between inside and outside, interior and exterior, beauty and ugliness, form and function, because they're all the same!"
Note, yes and 'know!' In Singularity all the same, in Duality never the same as seeking its opposite constantly (enantiodromia). 

H. 

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From ISLANDS, THE UNIVERSE, HOME, by Gretel Ehrlich
pp. 141:
"The biologist Paul Ehrlich (I wonder if she's related…?) warned us that 'the Earth is rapidly becoming a system habitat 'islands' surrounded by a sea of human disturbance, and as fragmentation increases so will extinction rates.'"
Note, he wrote this 25 years ago!  Are people so stupid to not understand this…?

H. 

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From ISLANDS, THE UNIVERSE, HOME by Gretel Ehrlich
pp.131:
"Who cares where water stops and wind begins, or if night ever ends, or what the difference is between dreams and hope or doubt and reality?  There's a sameness to it all…"
"Since I no longer think of reality, as reality what reason would I have to think of reams as dreams?"
SAIGYO
Notes;  Would the opposite of 'water' be 'death?'

There's 'a sameness to it all,' because it's all connected! 

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From ISLANDS, THE UNIVERSE, HOME, by Gretel Ehrlich
pp. 128:
"For EIGHT THOUSAND YEARS OR MORE THE CHUMASH (Indians) LIVED IN ISOLATION AND PEACE!  One of at least sixty tribal groups in California, they once numbered fifteen thousand.  They had no neighboring enemies, no warrior cult.  Person vengeance was carried out via poisonings, but this was the only violence thy knew."

H. 

World's First Solar Battery To Potentially Boost Renewable Energy Industry : Science : Chinatopix

"Indomitable" Jaguars May Have Lessons in Survival for Us

Friday, October 03, 2014

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From ISLANDS, THE UNIVERSE, HOME by Gretel Ehrlich
pp. 106:
"Intensely physical, the severe Yamabushi practice is also mimetic:  When the Yamabushi climbed a ladder of swords (literally), s/he was enacting the difficult ascent to heaven and enlightenment; when pouring hot water on themselves, s/he was going through the 'bardos' of hell;  walking over fire, s/he was showing they had become an empty vessels to absorb human suffering  These practices are a warrior's rituals.  The simplified life and sharp leaps of fearlessness, jettisoning them into an awakened state (Zen). 
Note, we live in an unawakened state --  material distractions from what's important, the way of Capitalism.  This is what's wrong with us!

H. 

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All the places I've been to, 
Can't even remember,
Flashing into consciousness,
Scenes in no particular order!
RAM,
JAM,
DAM,
HAM,
I am!
And whom, zoom, is that?

H. 

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From ISLANDS, THE UNIVERSE, HOME by Gretel Ehrlich 
pp. 106:
"In Buddhist-Shinto cosmology, Haguro, or any sacred mountain, is both heaven and hell, the dwelling place of gods, demons and the dead.  It's slopes are layered, like mushrooms on a tree, with hot hells and cold hells and various paradises with jeweled trees and waterfalls as tall as the cosmos -- like the Tibetan bardos through which the journey of life and death is taken!"
Note, this is a description of what happened to me at Mt. Kailas/Tibet, and afterwards… Even to this day I battle with the Shambala demons who have followed me all the way to Bolivia!

H. 

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From ISLANDS, THE UNIVERSE, HOME by Gretel Ehrlich
pp: 104:
"In almost all pre-industrial cultures, mountains have been venerated.  They are thought to be the axial pillars of the Universe.  With their brews of violent weather, they seem otherworldly.  But, at the same time, mountains are providers.  They catch clouds, shed water, give refuge, cleanse the spirit. Standing up straight, they seem to represent the highest spiritual attainment.  They are the natural sacred sites on whose summits we express our gratitude and awe!"

H. 

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Meet the 17-year-old face of Hong Kong's protests

American Pathology!

American Pathology!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

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From ISLANDS, THE UNIVERSE, HOME by Gretel Ehrlich
pp. 103:
"A pilgrim knows that s/he must become a foreigner to others. Walking (cycling) emulates spiritual progress.  Physical exertion is a literal way one can strip away personal armor, the disguises, comfort and reference points provide!
Note:  'Won' must get lost before getting found! 

H. 

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I watched a tiny spider, who had somehow ended up on the metal arm of my chair, unspool itself down a short way, but always zooming back to the arm, as if 'down' wasn't safe. It did this more than once, with always the same results (returning to the arm). At one point it decided to check out the arm, but decided against it. Obviously it was lost, and trying to figure out the way (where it needed to go).
Just then the Gods intervened!  I moved my writing pen, across the strand when trying 'down' again, and deposited it safely on the sidewalk. It immediately made for the grass.
I wonder sometimes if it isn't that way for humans.

H. 

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From ISLANDS, THE UNIVERSE, HOME by Gretel Ehriich
pp. 102
"There are a few places in the world whose beauty is so complete that even words, a bow, clasped hands, seem presumptuous.
I walked past an ancient snow-covered pagoda, to the site where Basho and his friend Saro had camped for the night.  Looking back toward the waterfall and the Red Bridge, I thought the place so beautiful it was itself a prayer!"
Note, I've experienced similar places in China. 

H.