“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 … Bear2046

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.

    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 there. But the real challenge, the sneaky challenge rises up out of our non-physical minds. And the root of this mind-problem rests not, primarily, with our own mind, but rather with the communal mind, the collective mind, what by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin  called the noosphere—the mental atmosphere surrounding earth, built up over millennia.

The problem, of course – – or again, the challenge – – is that our personal minds are deeply intertwined, indeed enmeshed, embroiled with the collective mind, creating a single, long simmering mind-stew.  Where the personal mind stops and the collective starts is impossible to tell.

Put more simply, turning 70,  I find myself—thanks to the collective mind-stew — thinking of myself as past my prime. And I find myself thinking thus,  thinking this, with a seeming authority, a visceral certainty and emphasis far beyond what my direct personal experience (other than this chronological number) would support. read more

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 decided to pretend I was now in a concentration camp, and live my life as if this were so.  

Clearly, and thankfully, this concentration camp I am now in—that we are now in– is not as extreme as Hitler’s death damps or the Japanese POW camps or even the US internment camps. Nevertheless, both the mood and the circumstances seem similar. So lessons that were learned back then, like from Victor Frankl   and Oskar Schindler, can be applied right now. read more

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 …

 

Sir Saint Leonard Cohen

Posted a rather lengthy tribute, in fictionalized form, to Leonard  Cohen. Thank you, sir, for what you did, what you do…

 

Voting Is Not the Most Important Thing

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When political volunteers call my home hoping to “get out the vote”- and they do, they call, and they call, and they call—the junior high kid in me sometimes likes to say, “Nah. Voting’s not that important to me. Besides, …