Saturday, December 03, 2016

Best Times

Pay attention; the best times of your life may be passing you by...
 --Chinese Fortune Cookie
It is difficult for me to stop writing about the doom of the next 4-8 years when so many liberals and moderates keep writing about opposition to Trump, and how Bernie and Dems will halt the coming onslaught. How I hope my reasoning is incorrect. But every day, every appointment, every indication points not to a passing few years of trouble, but rather an irreversible catastrophe. T. and his team stand for and have fought for years to repeal the Great Society of Johnson and the progressive achievements of FDR. We shall see a radical dismantling of social programs. We shall see enormous infringements of civil rights. We shall see nothing short of war on the environment, undoing protections to water and air. It will be a war on science across the board. Religious fervor will be encouraged, especially by the fanatical Pence. Some of T.'s team actively want to bring on the religious apocalypse. Really. And that leads to a war on Islam. It leads to a possible nuclear war with N. Korea. Is that what we shall survive? Will we be able to make everything OK again in 2020 or 2024? The biggest danger of all is complacency, thinking we can weather T. as we weathered Matthew and other natural disasters that will be increasing exponentially. We are a stupid, complacent, superstitious people, afraid to admit and face the truth. I guess the solution for me is to listen to a nice violin concerto as T. stokes the burning of the planet. At almost 70, I can do that. Millennials will not be so lucky.

Soloist: Itzhak Perlman Conductor: Eugene Ormandy Philadelphia Orchestra I'm sorry the video and audio are not quite together at the end.
Daniel Daigle You have said it perfectly.
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Anita Ford Every day my worst fears are becoming reality.. well said Jack
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Paul Allen You are right. When we read how Hitler did it, sneaking in and infiltrating institutions, it's more scary every day. We are watching it happen. On inauguration day I wish all who voted for Trump and down-ballot Republicans would swarm the mall in protest, millions.
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Judi Duffy I have caught myself thinking "well, I'll probably be dead before things get too bad" lately. It's a serious sign that things are this bad and I can't imagine any way to survive the coming apocalypse other than to not survive it.
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Jack Miller Same here.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Kalani Revisited

Thankful for the very existence of Kalani, where Dar and I have stayed many times. Today's post from Kalani:

"The outpouring of grief and increased outbreaks of hate crimes in the wake of the U.S. election reminds us that our work - championing individual freedom and equality, while protecting natural resources - is more important than ever. Here, at Kalani, we will continue to hold space for the complex dialogues that these times require, while respectfully engaging a wide diversity of individual points of view. Our community remains grounded in oneness and guided by love for self and other."

Kalani is located on the Big Island of Hawaii. We offer healing retreats and workshops that celebrate Hawaii, nature, culture, and wellness.

November 10, 2016, 5 a.m.
Awake. Cool wind and palms sway. Coquis and bullfrogs sing to the moon and rising sun.
Exhaustion knocks me out for a few hours, but the shocking upset of the presidential victory + the the Senate and House wins jolts me awake and now I’m up and writing, pre-dawn. The outcome of this election is both a wake up call and an American tragedy for climate change, women, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, affordable healthcare, queer folks, civil rights + basic human decency. Despite this...
The lava still flows into the ocean. Liquid rock sliding into the waves and the rhythmic hiss and steam of it all making new earth.
Here, on this part of the Red Road, we keep bees and grow a lot of our own food. Here, our WiFi comes and goes with the clouds and cell service is spotty. We beat drums in a circle and sing along to blue moons, new moons, black moons. Here, we are about finding deep joy through devotional practice. We hug a lot and organize cuddle puddles. We never mind what we don’t want and instead invite what we do want: to manifest grace + abundance. Here, on this part of the Red Road, we are cashless, naked and free.
This Eden and the few remaining like it are the polar ice caps of peace and freedom in a furious and fearful world. We are the stewards, the caretakers of this sacred place and more than ever, we cannot afford to remain insular. We’ve got work to do and important guests to prepare for.
Our “business” is the work of transforming, balancing, actualizing. This Eden that is Kalani Honua is sanctuary and recharge station for change makers and super heroes: artists and farmers, futurists and permaculturists, yogis and yoginis, psychics and mediums, queerdos and nasty women.
We are a place for slowing down and disconnecting, especially for you mainland progressive social justice soldiers, warrior artists and mad futurists. When the city chaos wears you down, come bury your hands in the cool of our magical dirt and lava rocks. Replace the media drone with bird song and the buzz of bees. Recharge by connecting to deep earth fire.
When the fight wears you down, restore + replenish here, with us.
Let us feed you good, nourishing food. Let us offer you a comfortable bed to catch up on much needed sleep. The jungle will heal you and make you stronger. This place of transformation, restoration, nature, and wellness is where revolutions begin.
Here, on the Red Road, Hawaiian Sovereignty still stands.
Here, on the Red Road, on the Big Island, Pele and a pantheon of Brown Gods rule.
Here. Where you belong.
Authored by: 
 Joel Barraquiel Tan, Kalani Honua Executive Director

Jack Miller When Darryl was a volunteer and we shared his cozy Kalani A-Frame.
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Jack Miller Darryl and Starr in our tree-house at Kalani on another stay there.
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Jack Miller The ever evolving lava flow creating new land.