My 2 Cents Worth on the Word… Race

So here’s just my 2 cents worth today. Race… that word is being used today in a way that is racism itself. The suffix “ism” means methodology, and “ist” means one who practices that methodology. Way back before slavery in America, anthropologically speaking, blacks and whites were thought to be different races (subspecies). This was incorrect of course, but was thought to be true because the word race (subspecies) was being used synonymous with the […]

From How to Lose an Argument… To What Is an Argument… and Back Again.

I found an interesting infographic which shows 30 ways to lose an argument. I do not agree with everything that the infographic shows as cause for losing an argument… and this is because I have a different way of looking at what an argument is… based on the standpoint of what purpose I feel argument itself serves in my experience in getting along with others. This is how I see most so-called arguments going down… […]

Upcycling Creatively: The Importance Now

If it wasn’t for the creative reuse of garbage, one of the most beloved characters in children’s literature would have been nothing more than a plateful of bacon. In the children’s book Charlotte’s Web when Wilbur’s life is in danger, his farmland companions employ every resource possible to save him from certain death. When things seemed at their darkest for Wilbur, his community got creative and took social action by presenting found text in a […]

A Poem

For every piece of fruit I eat a child goes hungry For every truth I tell, a politician lies, and thousands die For every animal that is adopted, one is shot for sport When a baby laughs, an old man moans with pain For every white privilege there is a racist exclusion An American teenager buys her favorite band’s CD A group of shoppers in an Israeli mall are killed by a suicide bomber “Father […]

What is America?

Here are some thoughts from an unnamed author in the Information and Education Division of the US Army in 1945 entitled WHAT IS AMERICA? I did not write this, I lay no authorship claim to it… I just want to share it with you on this 2014 Independence Day weekend: George Papashvily came to the United States in 1919. He spoke four languages — Russian, Georgian, Turkish and Persian — but practically no English. Twenty-five […]

The Structural Integrity of Ecocultural Systems

Life is sacred. Within all of us there is a yearned for sense of ecological permanence, a desire to experience an ever increasing quality of life; health, happiness, and longevity for ourselves, our families, and our neighbors. These things are sought by way of the capacity to function that is our bodies, according to the outward uniqueness that is our minds, as it is willed by the true spirituality that is the interactions of our […]

What a life HIS is!

I originally intended this to be read only by those who consider themselves to be Christians, with the thinking that whoever does not, may as well not even read this…. but now… with the condition, unless you are interested in a more equal religiously free US, as this is a much far ranging subject than just me, and I only merely scratch the surface of many important discussions in writing this…. but… I will continue […]

Concerning Witchcraft

The etymology of the word ‘witch’ = [from Middle English wicche, from Old English wicca, masculine, wizard & wicce, feminine, witch; akin to Middle High German wicken to bewitch, Old English wigle divination, and to Old High German wīh holy]. Concerning witchcraft, where it is mentioned in the Old Testament that witches are evil, it is referring to what is correctly traced translationally back into the original language (Hebrew) as “a person who wishes harm […]

Write-up on “Bendum: In The Heart of Mindanao”

The Lumad people, the “people of the uplands”, live in the upper catchment of the Pulangi River, the largest river on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. This region is called Bendum, and is the ancestral home of the Lumad. Because of mass deforestation, many upland peoples, whose ancestral way of life is integrated with the forest, have felt pressure to move to the lowlands to live in cities, especially the younger generations. The culture […]

The Pyramid of Human Success

The Pyramid of Human Success is like any other pyramid, the foundation of which is of course its strength and very existence. The Pyramid of Human Success is a visual aid showing, according to the current paradigm or general worldview, the predictability of human actions as human populations rise. Ecosystem is inherent, it is the foundation of all that we are and do. As populations rise, the conditions humans impose upon themselves and each other, […]