Sunday, March 19, 2017

Bringing Civil Back

I'm not going to say it's the Republicans
They have some valid points
I'm not going to say it's the Democrats
Not everything they do is best
Plus, isn't it kind of uncool to broadly stroke so?

But the people who I think are the biggest and worst
instigatorpropagators of this ongoingworsening
Are the ones that think it's OK to insult the other side

Let's be adults here. We can disagree intelligently
But we won't get FUCK accomplished if we stand around
pointing fingers, refusing to listen to each other
and digging in our heels, thinking the other side is all wrong

Any immature fool can react explosively and make cruel jokes
But it takes a moment of thought and introspection to stop gainsaying
Long enough to remember that person with a different opinion
Is another human being (you, in disguise) who only wants
to protect what they feel is rightfully theirs.

I guess the point of this type of government we have
is to keep checks and balances on each other.
But it's all gone too far, to the point where it sets the stage
for the Second Civil War.

In this country we are guaranteed the freedom to practice our own religion
without fear of reprisal.  On the other side of that coin is the right to
be free from having anyone else's beliefs forced upon us.
Let's be respectful of each other, and also keep in mind that because
you believe in certain mythical, mystical, mysterious arcane beings,
doesn't mean you can use words ascribed to your god to lay down secular laws.
Not in this country. Live and let live; leave others alone.

Ours is a profane country; founded on freedom and equality.
Equal rights and opportunities. Taking those away or reducing them is
stepping over the line of US Constitutional behavior.

Speak your mind and fight for your cause, but always
Remember that when you lower yourself to the epithetical
You are showing off your jejune naivety.
Your callow green inexperienced and unworldly tactics will not fly
in a land made up of REAL, grown-up men and women.

the Second Civil War has already begun alas..
It's currently being fought with barbs and insults, hatred and vitriol.
Left to fester it will grow and escalate until we're all disintegrated
or half of us have imprisoned or murdered the other half.
I'm not joking. This is not an Alternative Fact.  This is real.

Sunday, March 12, 2017


all looking up into the sky

1: Magical

2: Magnificent

3: Majestic

4:  Mundane

1:  Meaning?!

4: I've seen it before. Many times.

2:  Missing the point.

3: Majorly.

4: Meh

2: Madness!

5:  (running in)  Made it!  (squeezing in line)  Move over. (greeting #3) Mayor Matthews

3; Mickey, ahem.  Moon maniacs meetings are at midnight, Mondays in March.

1: Mandatory!

2: Maybe matriculate more.

4: a masters in moongazing means many more midnight meetings.

5; meanwhile, Masticate, mates! (as he unpacks a picnic meal)

1, 2, 3, 4: Mmmmmm! (rifling through picnic basket and pulling things out)

1: Mushrooms and Mozzarella!

2: Manicotti wth marinara

3: Marzipan and Marshmallows

5: Mutton, medium rare, with Mustard and Mayonnaise on Marble Rye

4: do you have beer?

1: mead

4: do you have pizza?

2: Mod

4: do you have baked potatoes?

3: mashed

4: oranges?

5: Mandarine

6: (entering) Minions! mobilize.

1: Make us, mister.

6: Mysterious murderer migrating momentarily

4: is he happy?

6; moody

2: clean shaven?

6: mustachioed

5; a severe case?

6:  mild

3; OK this M thing has gone on long enough. We've much-milked this mad theme. Moongazers must monitor the mental state of the audience members. They've paid good money and deserve more.

1: my mistake.

2: mine

5; Mayor?

3: Moongazer's meeting adjourned until morning.

4; Memo:  Meeting in the morning at the market. masquerade in your best outfits.

(as they're leaving)

1: Moccasins

2: madras shirt

3: mascara

5: manicure

6: miniskirt

Monday, March 6, 2017

salam w hudú

salam w hudú is Arabic for "peace and quiet". I chose to make that the title of this entry rather than use the English words because of the important significance of finding alignment with other cultures; and especially Islam in these turbulent times.

But ultimately this has nothing to do with politics or religion. This is a highly personal concept to me. By keeping track of the ebb and flow of the feeling of peace and the practice of quiet in my body and mind and actions, I gauge the affect I'm effecting on myself in any given circumstance.

Just as I follow and track and move myself consciously toward a sensation of pleasure in my body, so too do I follow that feeling of peace. When I'm with a person or in a situation that inspires me to have thoughts or do things that bring me away from the feeling, I become aware of it. Not all deviations from the center of peace are bad, but the ones that cause me distress are. And they feel different than those that bring me eustress. I can't change anyone else and I have no control over any situation. The only thing I can control is my thoughts and actions. If possible, I first check and recover my feeling of peace. If I can't change myself in such a way to allow that, then I remove myself until such a time that I can recompose myself and return to the situation at peace.

So it is a conscious, inwardly directed practice of self love.

Quiet has been a big one for me lately. I am coming to see it as a profound observation of respect. To quickly answer someone is to demonstrate that very little forethought was put into the answer. I've been noticing my reactionary self, feeling, wanting, needing to respond quickly. How often do you wish you'd responded differently when looking back on a situation? I sure have, a lot. By nature, I learn "on the job."  My modus operandi is to jump into something new all the way and then figure out how it's done while still mid-flight. So I make a lot of errors as part of my process. But the simple practice of that moment of silence before responding, can make a big difference in making more informed and thoughtful decisions and remarks and fewer errors.

Another aspect of the quiet for me is to keep in check my perceived need to input at all. It comes down to ego most of the time when I really examine my true impulse to speak. A big factor, for example is that my social anxiety gives me a lot of energy, which I tend to use to fill silences quickly. And I'm a helper. Huge 'Problem Solver." It's another part of my nature that I have come to understand can come across as arrogant if not kept under control.

Silence is where I have found the large majority of my breakthroughs in my work with River. It is not a lesson that was lost on me. I have gained a lot from our work together, and the strengthening of my silent communication is a big one. He hears me better when I don't muddy my communication with din.

So when I say peace and quiet, I don't mean to imply that there's no sound or excitement in my life. I can have peace anywhere and everywhere, no matter what's happening on the outside. Peace is all about how I react and about what's going on inside. When I refer to quiet, I'm not talking about my atmosphere. I could enjoy quiet in a noisy auditorium full of people or a rock concert. The quiet I'm concentrating on is my own silence. I like conversations, laughter, discourse and music and I love the sounds of nature. I can even get into the symphony of traffic or a construction site at times. But there are also times when any of the things that I mentioned could bring me away from peace if they inspired me to feel irritated or anxious, or break the quiet if I felt overwhelmed by my uncontrollable desire to express my ego.

In looking for a picture of "peace and quiet" to include with this post, I found that most images showed 'the world': a serene beach, a stack of rocks or a sky filled with wispy clouds. In many cases, a meditating person was included in the shot.

But I believe that that is a very limited view of what 'peace and quiet' means. It's easy to find it in those settings, but also less important. The picture I sought to accurately portray what I'm talking about would be a person smiling happily in the middle of an angry mob or on a busy street-corner, or sitting in a traffic jam with a contented grin or standing stoically while being harangued, accused or belittled by other people. I think this one illustrates it best:

Friday, March 3, 2017

We're All In This Together

are we on a lot
or map?





or city



no matter where
drinks the water
and breathes the air