“Wherever you are, be the soul of that place.” —Rumi

Hello Friends— I don’t blog regularly. I do write regularly, but mostly for my other websites and outside publications. As millions of people will tell you, I’m not famous, so I get to write whatever the heck I feel like writing. I’ve published everything from cowboy poetry to academic  papers to self-help books and technical trade articles, (See Bear’s Brief Bio.) I try to link up what I write and/or publish in other areas  back to this personal home page.But I’m not real quick at it. Hope you enjoy some of the pieces/links found here. Please drop me a line, if you feel so inclined. After all, you are  the soul of this place– why I put it together. 

Yours in ordinary peaceable prosperity … Bear

Recently, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi flew into the tragically besieged city of Mosul and declared “victory” over ISIS.  Here’s a  photo of what Mosul looked like after this “victory.” 

Does anybody ever “win” an earthquake?  How do you win an orphanage fire? Who wins when the senior center collapses? Here’s a very simple observation: nobody ever “wins” a war of destruction, a war conducted with weapons.

On 11 July 2017, a report published by Amnesty International, accused  both sides of violating international laws in the battle. The report  documented horrendous humanitarian abuses by both sides,  a day after victory was declared by Iraqi forces.

Another simple observation: The fundamental war against ISIS is a war of ideas, a war of philosophy, of religion. That this war of ideas has devolved and is presented—and fought–  as a war of weapons, a war of geography, reveals the blinders—and the blindness–  of those on both sides who are waging this war.

Ideas, philosophy, religion cannot be “bombed” out of existence. (In 2016 the U.S. dropped more than 26,000 bombs on 7 different countries, all purportedly fighting “ISIS” Let’s remember, there is no such thing as a “smart” bomb).    Although particular ISIS soldiers are no longer in the center of Mosul, their ideas, their religion, their philosophy did not get “driven out.” Weapons can never kill an idea.

To take sides in a war of weapons admits to a lack of ideas, a weakness of philosophy, an impotent religious belief system.

If you bomb my house, bomb my neighbor’s house,  bomb my mosque, and bomb my children’s school,  bomb our local grocery store,  and then drive through my town with your tanks declaring victory, how am I supposed to react? With gratitude? Relief?

Even if vicious and mean thugs had taken over my neighborhood, thugs who stole from us and made us wear their style of clothes, thugs whose ideas and religion were violently superstitious and inhumane,. was bombing our house,  killing our kids and grandparents,  making us into refugees the answer to that problem?

The idea that, “the surgery itself was a success but unfortunately the patient died,” is not a valuable idea. The idea that we can win an ideological, philosophical and religious fight with ISIS  using our white phosphorous bombs and Abram tanks and A-10C Thunderbolt warplanes is an ignorantly, violently  childish idea,  resulting in the deaths of thousands of innocents.

We must cease giving allegiance to the military mindset that has such an iron grip on our foreign policy. It has been proven, time and time again, not to work, and to have the exact opposite effect of what we intend. The more we bomb, the more terrorists we create. It’s time we demand an immediate end  to all such bombings, all such horrors  committed in our name.

Wishing to live in a more open society, it recently struck me that we all keep our personal money matters way too secret. I suspect it has something to do with the old Puritan belief that money is dirty, and that the love of money is the root of all evil. We don’t have to love money to talk openly and honestly about it. So that’s what I’m doing in this post. read more

Hearing about the thousands of US air strikes that have not been reported— (even the airstrikes that have been reported are tragic and sad)– I wrote and posted this today on my Dads Against Martyr and Military Mindsets (DAMMM) site.  We can’t pretend such air strikes– reported or not– are legal, or moral or make sense in any way whatsoever.

The Power of Turning 70      

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    I wrote this essay  because I needed to read it. The real danger, or problem – – or, more fundamentally, the challenge – – of turning 70 is not primarily with our physical bodies—though of course there are challenges …

 

First Steps of the Resistance

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By the end of the first week of the Boy Bully’s administration, I recognized I needed to do something for my own mental and emotional health, just to understand what was happening, and be able to artfully respond. So I …

 

Lovely, Lucky Friday the 13th!

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This, from a few years back, when I was writing a weekly column for our local paper:   We’re lucky: We have another Friday the 13th this month. If you want to quit some old habit— like quit smoking, say, …

 

My Problem with Trump Is Gandhi

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“Our resistance is never against a particular person. It is always  against an unjust, unfair  and dehumanizing system”– Gandhi Gandhi can be a very irritating guy, even here almost 70 years after his death. The dude keeps reminding us – …

 

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Recent Polar Vortex: National Media say, “It could happen.” 

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  “Our faithful soldiers were behind the recent polar vortex that let the  infidels in North America freeze their asses off,” a spokesman for ISIS claimed from his secret hideout in an anonymous Algerian Starbucks with free wifi. “Sacrificing their …

 

Blunting the Boy Bully: The Gandalf Nuremberg Strategy

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“ When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think …

 

Duck! Cringe! Watch Out! (The Season of Peace Is Upon Us) 

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  Woke up this morning thinking, “yikes, it’s December 1st.” I confess, “the season of peace” has not always been my best season, though this year my trepidations have not been as keen as  in seasons past. Still under the …