Because I have the sense that I ought to write something entertaining I’m writing. Though the entertainment rating of what I’m currently typing is probably going to prove to be very marginal indeed. Photo above is from the Painted Hills in Oregon. I stayed at a Historical Hotel which offered hostel beds at the time for just ten buckeroos per night in Mitchell, Oregon. Not bad considering I had all the bunk beds to meself AND a huge tub in which to languish in a hot bath one evening. It was good. Plus, there was Henry the Bear right across the street. There is much to be said for going “hostel” when travelling. Cheap beds say a lot to me. Spent two weeks in Washington D.C. at a hostel for the price of probably one night at some swanky hotel down the street. I bet no one at the high dollar bedrest met any of the interesting folks available for yapping at the HI-hostel. No siree. Philosophy professors, indie film-makers, teachers, retirees, globe-trotting backpackers, and free spirits galore milling about 24/7. Bet the over priced hotellies also didn’t have pool table for 24 hour play in the lobby either. As for entertainment–well–there were the very hard-working Ladies of the Evening from dusk to 7:30 am on the corner of K and 11th. Hostels are often equipped for do it yourself cooking–and that’s a plus if you endure food allergies and your wallet. You can learn a lot about people from the food they cook to how they go about cooking it. Don’t ever think you know exactly what German potato pancakes ought to be–because someone will surely share some version with you that you never dreamed existed. Ever hostelled and willing to share your adventure? Hm? Anyone else meet up with Henry the bear in Mitchell, Oregon? Do tell. We can amuse each other endlessly, I’m sure.
March 31, 2011 at 4:16 am (art, creative writing, culture, entertainment, environment, exploring interconnectedness, humor, life, nature, photography, play, random, Writing)
Tags: art, creative writing, culture, education, environment, Henry the bear, hostels, humor, life, media, Minolta X 700, Mitchell, nature, Oregon, Painted Hills, photo, photograph, photography, play, random, run way, stories, story telling, travel, Writing
March 29, 2011 at 8:25 pm (culture, education, environment, ethics, history, Indigenous People, journalism, Lakota, life, Native Americans, nature, random, religion, Uncategorized)
Tags: Bear Butte, culture, Defenders of Bear Butte, education, Energy, environment, ethics, family, Indigenous, Issues, life, media, Native American, nature, news, Oil, Oil drilling, people, politics, public hearing, religion, sacred places, South Dakota
re- public comments on Bear Butte Oil Well drilling due now. Urgent!
Another hearing, open to the public for verbal comments, will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2011, at 10:15 AM (CDT) at the Joe Foss Building, 523 East Capitol, Pierre, SD.
March 29, 2011 at 7:40 pm (art, culture, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, life, nature, politics, random, Writing)
Tags: "mystery", art, climate change, creative process, culture, energyscape, environment, ethics, eva, interconnectedness, landscape, life, musing, nature, night, painting, people, politics, random, storm, Sumi-E, thoughts, watercolor, wojcik, Writing, Yasutomo
Usually we feel more comfortable with all that we can see with our eyes in the daylight hours. But what of all we never see now just because it’s the dark of night or the deepening gloom of storm skylines? Joseph Conrad wrote of the darkness of the heart–but what of darkness of the mind and spirit? What of the darkness of the world at large that is often ignored or hidden? Why hide what we’re proud to accomplish? There are “sunshine laws” regarding political work for reasons. One reason is that politicians do not always act in the best interests of anyone except themselves and the people who fund them. Yet many other nefarious and questionable actions are often played out during every day’s sunny times. Mysteries are not universally negative affairs. Much goes on during the nocturnal hours that is useful and positive for many animals and plants. Some of us are more creatively productive in the between times of twilight and dawn. What’s in motion during these transitional periods of light? It seems we are in a one such time of change and how we deal with the need to evolve to live in balance with other people and natural world of which humans are a part will decide how much longer our species gets to enjoy day and night.
Do you thrive in the in between light and dark times?
March 22, 2011 at 7:19 pm (art, culture, entertainment, environment, exploring interconnectedness, food, humor, life, nature, play, random, Writing)
Tags: art, candy, culture, energyscapes, eva, food, humor, nature, play, plum, random, spring, squirrel, squirrel talk, Sumi-E, watercolor, wojcik, Writing, Yasutomo
Here’s a touch of whimsy for all us squirrel lovers. Yes, indeed there are those of us who enjoy the antics of the furry tailed rodents that many others despise for chowing down on birdseed like greedy children devouring free samples in a candy store. Hey, are there still such things as “candy stores” as in shops devoted solely to offering candy in a multitude of flavors and varieties? Come to think of it, I have not been in such in a long time. Anyone out there in blogland know of a candy shop? If you’re a squirrel then black sunflower seeds may be candy along with peanuts in the shells. My grandfather once “addicted” a squirrel to an oreo cookie a day. Long ago I wrote “Mugged by a squirrel for plum”–a true adventure on the campus of U of Cal, Berkeley. Yes, MUGGED was the correct word for that little gangster’s antics. Care to share your close encounters with some of our oh so adaptable high wire scramblers deluxe? Or are you just wondering what they’re plotting above?
Original 6″ x 18″ 140 lb cold press watercolor
Yasutomo Sumi- E watercolors
Isn’t it odd how some paper ‘sizes’ just lend themselves to certain image inclinations? More of this landscape play is in order methinks–for moi and the Sumi-E s delightful pigments.
March 21, 2011 at 6:31 pm (art, culture, entertainment, environment, food, humor, life, play, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: art, culture, energyscapes, entertainment, eva, food, free association, humor, life, painting, petri dish, play, random, Sumi-E, titles, watercolor, wojcik, word choice, Writing, Yasutomo
Original 6″ x 18″ 140 lb cold press watercolor
Yasutomo Sumi-E watercolors
Yes, folks, what’s thriving in your very own kitchen science projects residing in your refrigerator? Oh don’t deny that interesting unknown entities are multiplying , dividing and reproducing profusely in some remote section of your fridge–or kitchen cabinets. Everyone is farming some sort of biological life form somewhere in their personal environment–including the invisible to the human eye varieties. If you don’t agree with my choice of title and word allusions for this watercolor, please do suggest whatever title seems most appropriate based on your engagement with the image and colors. You are encouraged to “freely associate” at will.
March 15, 2011 at 11:14 pm (art, culture, entertainment, environment, food, life, nature, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: "snow blue", art, art opening, City Market, City Market Coffeehouse, coffee, coffeehouse, culture, energyscapes, entertainment, eva, event, food, Kansas City, life, Missouri, nature, news, people, random, River Market, Sumi-E, watercolor, wojcik
If you’re out roaming the Kansas City River Market for food and fun mid-March to April, catch ”snow blue” and other energyscapes along with a cup of great java at the City Market Coffeehouse. Show opens on Friday, March 18 with a reception 6-8pm.
March 15, 2011 at 5:53 am (art, culture, drama, education, entertainment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, humor, journalism, life, photography, politics, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: "Concerned Madison Parent", art, Boycott, business, capital, Channel 3000, class war, economics, Facebook, family, food, funders, gas, journalism, labor rights, life, Madison, media, money, news, opinion, people, photograph, photography, politics, protest, purchase, random, sign, thoughts, toilet paper, Walker, Wisconsin
The time has come to wage war with our wallets as weapons. Yes folks, the only thing that any political entity in the USA has any respect for is money. The profit margin is the battleground for the unfolding economic-social-political class war. Since money is what has been making the world go round according to the agendas of the corporate elite, then money can stop their greedy worlds from going round. We are going to have to become very well-informed about who owns, manufactures, and sells everything we purchase so that we gain some control of how our money is used. The growing efforts in Wisconsin for waging this sort of wallet warfare may provide everyone with a beginning playbook for what needs to be done in order for us to have a say in how we live and work. This goes beyond voting whenever there is an election. This involves how we live and work and play every day of our lives. Every choice we make with our wallets becomes a vote, a political action. Here in lies a form of great collective power based upon informed choices every day. It will require mindfulness, will power and unity to be effective. Take note, there are more of “us” than there are of “them” aka the rich corporate elite. We have the strength of numbers. Now, the question is, do we have the strength of conviction to act for the long-term? Our actions will impact our children’s lives, the environment, and the state of the rest of the world.
Check out Boycott Scott Walker’s Contributors, complete with lists, on Facebook.
Consider what gasoline you pump into your car, which toilet paper you purchase 52 weeks a year, and where your breakfast, lunch and dinner comes from. Think about all the money you earn and spend–and who gains from it. Yes, America–it’s Wallet War Time.
Channel 3000′s Wisconsin news coverage of the unfolding Wisconsin Waller War –>
March 14, 2011 at 10:52 pm (art, culture, education, entertainment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, humor, journalism, life, photography, play, politics, random, satire, Uncategorized)
Tags: "Concerned Madison Parent", 14, 2011, art, cheese, culture, democracy, Democratic, education, ethics, family, free speech, heroes, history, journalism, labor movement, labor rights, law, life, Madison, March, media, news, parade, people, photographs, photography, photos, politics, posters, rants, right to assembly, rights, Senators, slogans, tractors, visual essay, Wisconsin, Wisonsin, working class
I do believe the working people of Wisconsin are giving brand new meaning to the old slogan–”Workers of the World Unite!”
Clearly this is not the end but the beginning of a new worker movement as is evident from Facebook pages where Wisconsinites and their growing ranks of supporters organize boycotts of banks and Koch products to recalls of right-wing Republican backstabbing politicians.
Beware the enemy inside the city capital gates.
Our times, “they are a changin’” big time.
14 Democractic State Senators with guts? Who knew!?! Super Glue!
Puppets for truth in funding.
One more for just for truth telling fun.
Love cheese? Milk a dairy farmer. Cheese = Wisconsin gold.
Cows outting big pictures.
Koch whore? Who? Walker? Say it ain’t so, Scotty! We dare you.
Dumb drug money.
Who needs a little red wagon when ya got a big red tractor?
Roots digging deeper day by day.
All photographs @ “Concerned Madison Parent” 2011
Much thanks to intrepid “Concerned Madison Parent” for this ground zero visual record of the united ranks of Wisconsin’s working class people.
March 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm (art, culture, education, entertainment, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, food, humor, life, nature, politics, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: art, business, city outreach, community, culture, ecology, Economy, econonics, education, environment, family, farming, food, Green, innovation, inspiration, interconnecdness, Issues, Jason Fields, life, media, nature, people, politics, random, school, sustainable, the Urban Farming Guys, thoughts, urban farming, values, video
Sharing information feels like planting seeds–seeds of knowledge and power. And we need all the knowledge and power we can get. Knowledge is a currency–and can be a weapon–in its own right. So, without further ado, here is the latest Urban Farming Guy’s video update straight from the Urban Guy, Jason Fields.
Nada to lose. Todo to gain. Dig in and get some inspiration, folks.
Red Alert All “Serfs”: Corporate hostile take-over of America is underway via Republican Governors at large.
March 11, 2011 at 5:21 am (culture, education, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, journalism, life, politics, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: business, class warfare, corporations, culture, dark humor, Economy, education, ethics, Facebook, government, history, hostile take-over, humor, ideas, Koch, labor, labor movement, Lansing, life, Madison, media, Michigan, news, opinion, people, photograh, photography, politics, random, Republicans, right-wing, rights, sarcasm, Self Determination, serfs, Snyder, state sign, teachers, thoughts, Walker, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Resistance Radio, working class
It’s official folks. The corporate take-over of America is well underway around the USA. Oh yeah. No doubts about it. Just survey what every Republican Governor is up to in every state and it’s absolutely clear that this is an organized attack on the working classes en masse. The goal is absolute control, dominance and power over the population. Does that sound paranoid? Yeah, well it’s reality, fellow serfs. You think Wisconsin has ISSUES? Well, while we’ve all been watching the antics of Republican Dictator Walker and his hench-people, especially the extremely adorably arrogant Senator Fitzgerald, a very nasty power grab has been conducted in Lansing, Michigan. Oh yeah, what’s worse than snidely cutting the feet out from the working class by stripping them of collective bargaining rights? Float this in your boiling brainpan:
In an extreme move to take away power of local governments, the Michigan Senate voted yesterday to allow the appointment of so-called emergency financial managers to take control of cities and school districts that the newly elected Republican governor in the state unilaterally declares to be “financial emergencies.”
The new bill was passed 26-12 by the Republican-controlled Senate in Lansing and allows newly-appointed financial managers a broad range of powers over local governments. Newly elected Republican Governor Rick Snyder’s new budget bill slashes aid to local governments and many towns are expected to fall into the financial emergency zone as a result. Governor Snyder will then appoint financial managers to oversee these towns.
The bill was passed first in Michigan’s Congress and will now await some changes in wording before being sent to Snyder’s desk for his signature. After the bill is put in effect, the financial managers will be allowed to “reject, modify or terminate the terms of an existing contract…or a collective bargaining agreement.”
They will also be able to “suspend or dismiss local officials, “disincorporate of dissolve entire city governments” and “recommend…that a school district be reorganized with one or more contiguous districts.” Jennifer Page, “Corporate Politicians at Helm”, The Center for Media and Democracy’s PRwatch
Michigan’s Governor is a Republican and by now we all know what that means—right wing Koch Brothers and Cohorts MONEY puppet. Now that Snyder has established his right to slash and burn cities and school districts all by himself –and then to appoint “new managers”–the door is open for Koch and like-minded right-wing Corporate Cohorts for more “hostile take-overs” of cities and schools. Why bother with purchasing individual energy works when you can bleed an entire city and its population to suit your own agenda?
What are we Serfs going to do?
Whatever happened to self-determination in America?
Is this still “America”–land of the FREE? Is it?
The rules have changed folks. In case you haven’t noticed, these Republicans don’t adhere to laws, fair play or honesty. They don’t give a damn about working class people of any ilk. In Wisconsin they have abandoned all pretense of integrity. They’re not elected officials anymore. They’re arrogant, power hungry, control monsters bent on imposing their way–as the only way in much the same vein as the most repulsive manipulative television evangelists. The right-wing corporate Republican way is The Only Way. I sense that “loving kindness” will not get us Serfs anywhere with these people because such is out of their ken. They’re proving it with every move they make. If the Republicans in Wisconsin are so proud of their handiwork, why do they run away from the capital escorted by police, through tunnels and unto dark buses to avoid the wrath of the people they’re supposed to REPRESENT? Do they fear a modern form of being tarred and feathered? Why do they keep trying to keep their handiwork from public view? Because they know it’s “wrong” yet they intend to do as their corporate funders demand any way they can.
Note: For those of you who don’t understand what unions and collective bargaining rights mean for working classes–do some homework–start with the Ludlow Massacre and learn about those and other people who died in order for there to be a 40 hour work week, no child labor, and decent living wages. Yes, people fought and died in order to end ruthless exploitation by the rich elite who took everything and gave nothing for the labor of others. Corporate created textbooks don’t present much information on the dark side of the labor movement. Explore America’s dark labor history before you decide unions don’t matter.