31 December 2016
29 September 2016
8 July 2016
3 February 2016
- My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.
You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times.
Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is that we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.
1 January 2015
- There are too many people in the world right now who want to deny the struggle. They want to turn a blind eye and remain blissfully ignorant about the real and legitimate hardships that are encountered by so many. On the polar opposite end of this mentality, is the mentality that things are so bad that they will never get better, and that the human journey is totally doomed.
It is understandable that these imbalanced ways of looking at the world are so common. They are both coping mechanisms that our subconscious minds use to deal with the very upsetting situations that surround us on a day to day basis. While adopting perspectives like this may make people feel better, and temporarily relieve them from the mental stress of reality, the hidden danger in this thinking is that it paralyzes people and prevents them from seriously taking action in the world.
1 November 2014
31 May 2014
- Looking out across the beaches of San Francisco, you’re likely to see beautiful sand, crashing waves, and people sunbathing or flying a kite. If you’re really lucky, though, you may get a chance to see Andres Amador as he creates one of his “earthscapes,” the name he gives to the insanely gorgeous, and massive, designs he draws in the sand. And they are incredible.
“Draws” may not be the right word. He doesn’t sit down or stand motionless as he uses his hand to create designs. Instead, Amador steps and leaps swiftly over the beach, dragging his rake as it scrapes the top layer of the sand, revealing the darker, wet sand below. The contrast creates stunning flowers, snowflakes, and abstract geometric designs that can span 100,000 square feet in area.
24 May 2014
[Thanks, John R.!]
13 December 2013
- There are a lot of reasons that sensible people want to step off of the materialistic rocket ride that is the standard North American Christmas. Maybe they don’t want to create children who are never satisfied and always want more, who always yearn for that next edition of the iGadget of the year. Perhaps they have suffered their own personal economic collapse and just can’t afford it this year. They might just want a sense of peace and contentment that you can never buy from a store.
Whatever your reason, this year, set your sights on having a “Thrifty Little Christmas.”