Friday, April 21, 2006


We need Weeding: These are the WEEDS We must remove...

Environmental ruin
Econmoic malfeasance
Diplomacy gap
Social Inequality

Spider Plant
Photo by Dar and Jameson

The ultimate source of the weeds is selfishness. Whether it's the private interest of an individual, a company, a congressman, or a nation, the result is the same-- every act falls drop by drop into the sea of devastation. Ben Franklin's statement is appropriate:
"We must all hang together, or assuredly, we shall all hang separately."

Here's my letter published in the Atlanta Journal April 26,2006:

The AJC's editorial on lawnmowers (4/25) highlighted one of many problems we face because of selfishness. In this century, more than ever, we need to cultivate a sense of global awareness and a sense of the community. Acting out of private interests ultimately hurts us all. This is true of polluting mowers, energy poor cars, failure to develop good quality public transportation, especially rail and light rail, and the near-sighted attitude, whether of individuals, money hungry representatives, or businesses like the Southern Co. to act out of private interest rather than the greater good of society. Unless we all change our attitude and see the consequences of everyone doing what seems individually insignificant, we are doomed to unhealthy air, ever more congested highways, and all the problems of unchecked growth. To quote Ben Franklin in today's context, "We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."

The cure?


Romanticism-- love of Nature, adventure and romantic love..
Urban sophistication-- awareness of art, the variety of life, the Worldviews of others..
Buddhism--Love and respect for life and nature without all the petty intolerance of the lesser religions.
Socialism-- The good of all in society, humanism, individual style and worth, the end of capitalism's worship of power, money, and the destruction of the world's resources.

The message of massage.

Happy trails and touch.


Monday, April 10, 2006

Big Easy 2006

Not so big. Not so easy. The city that care forgot is now the city too few care about, a city forgotten by the rest of the nation.

New Orleans

April 9, 2006
photo: Jameson

While whole neighborhoods remain in ruin in New Orleans, much of the city is recovering, rebuilding, even thriving, especially the French Quarter and the "River Sliver" running uptown from Canal to Tulane and Audubon Park, including the Garden District. One of the best commentaries on the situation and the New Orleans power struggle is from The Nation:

Who Is Killing New Orleans?

On the up side, The Crescent City is full of Attitude: Photos--Biscuit Palace; Cornstalk
(by Jameson)

More photos taken by this Epicurean Hedonist are available here to show the continuing beauty and joy of this spirited place:

New Orleans
Springtime 2006

Happy Trails...