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  • Some little part of ourselves for someone in the
    future to discover. Maybe a thought. We were
    here. We built this. A reminder.

    Chuck Palahniuk, Diary: A Novel

    I continue to be inspired by Samantha Reynolds, who has a commitment to write a poem every day, no matter what.

    Just one poem. Just a few thoughts. Just a few snapshots from the swirling constellations of our history, personal and global, as we search for purpose and meaning in our lives.


    Those recent Curiosity photos from Mars…are those some UFO’s there in the sky? Dust particles? Condensation? But what if those ARE UFO’s? What then?


    Clarissa Pinkola Estes (Women Who Run With the Wolves) was on Coast to Coast AM this morning, talking about evil and how it manifests in our society. She said she deeply believes that we are all born good and innocent. She also spoke of the extraordinary damage done by the concept of Original Sin, and said we need to get rid of that and replace it with Original Blessing (citing Matthew Fox’s book by that name.)

    Original Blessing! That sure would remove a lot of manufactured guilt and its resultant suffering, wouldn’t it? Talk about a paradigm shift and game-changer! And it is time!
    She also said: “Take heart! We were born for these times!”


    I was trying to find some articles about the effect of EMF on dogs and other pets, and stumbled into the fact that some dogs seem to like to watch television, and there is now programming JUST for dogs. And we call it “advanced civilization”!


    I asked my friend T (a specialist in Middle Eastern affairs and US Foreign Policy) what our attempt to take over Syria is all about, because it is a mystery to many. He replied that the goal is to break the Iran-Syria link, and further isolate Iran. This point of view certainly helps to sort out the tangled reports and misinformation.

    And this comment from an astute observer arrived in the mail this morning:

    “With all of the intensive discussion of whether/when Israel/America should/will attack Iran (a subtle form of brainwashing, intended to numb the mind with a sense of inevitability and to render literally unthinkable any questioning of whether the ostensible reason for the eventual attack is either sensible or justifiable, which was also effectively employed in the run-up to the 2003 attack on Iraq), the question of LEGALITY appears to trouble no one in Western governments or media.

    Yet “preventive wars” (the current euphemism for aggression and crimes against peace), such as the latest war against Iraq and the proposed one against Iran, are precisely the sort of crimes for which, under the principles established by American prosecutors and judges at the Nuremburg and Tokyo war crimes trials, German and Japanese political and military leaders were convicted and executed after the Second World War.

    Of course, protected by non-adherence to the Treaty of Rome establishing the International Criminal Court and by the UN Security Council veto, American and Israeli leaders can be confident of enjoying effective immunity and impunity from prosecution and punishment for their crimes, so that issues of legality, to the extent that they might even cross their minds, can be easily dismissed as of concern only to lesser peoples and races.”

    I did my law school thesis work in International Law, hoping to one day contribute to peace in the world, but it seems that for the US these days, adherence to well-established and thoughtfully crafted principles of international law are being thrown out the window. And I cannot help but wonder if in our lifetimes we will ever see these principles respected and reinstated.


    With all that is going wrong in the world today, with so much injustice, suffering, and hardship, what can one person do?

    Clarissa Pinkola Estes has a suggestion: “Start with whatever you can do right where you are, and fix those things that are under your control.”

    Wise counsel, that. What can I do today?
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