Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Holiday Destination In India

Holiday Destination In India

An interesting and informative view of India.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Wonderful Doubt

A happy man lives with uncertainty.
He is happy with his best guess about how likely it is to be true.
He leaves open opportunities for alternatives.
He isn't chained to the limits of his present imagination.
He decides for himself and is prepared to re-decide.
He is grateful for help.
His experience informs him that to explore his steps he must leave room for doubt.
He learns by posing a question.
He knows that a question implies doubt.
Wonderful doubt.
Happy man.

Emptywheel

Emptywheel

BP in gulf

Have You Thought About Yourself Lately?

What are the limits and extents of self?
In what way may self be governable?
How does one identify the boundaries of self?
What is the nature of ones self?
How does one steer and direct ones self?
Over how much of ones self may one exercise effective governance?
Where does ones self impinge upon another?
How truly is self one?
What is a more useful question about self?
What do you want to know about yourself?
Why have wise men told us to know ourselves?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Social network

Social network - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

What has this to do with organized labour?

What has it to do with Overeaters Anonymous?

What are the skills of ad hoc organization?

What then?

Labour movement

Labour movement - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

What did they learn about organization?

What can we learn from their experience?

What then?

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Children and Infants

Could the dumbing of Americans be purposeful?

Have your children been injected with mercury or other reactive heavy metals?

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

I Can Thank My Sister.

If I am correct in understanding that Martin and Margaret Carroll's daughter Mary was the wife of Mago William Sheehan, I can thank my sister Gerry.
Martin was born about 1810 in Ireland. In 1881 he died in Iowa.
Mary was born in Ireland about 1813, She died in Missouri in 1889.
Mago William Sheehan was my great grandfather. So, Mary was my paternal great grandmother.

If there are errors in my understanding, please correct me in 'comments' here.
If you care to add related information, please do so in 'comments.'

Monday, June 07, 2010

Around This J. T. House

There are still a few desert wild flowers blooming around this little house in Joshua Tree.

I find that the bushy tailed grey ground squirrels do climb trees.

The cholla in the area are full, bushy and abundant.

I'm pleased to see that there are a number of the handsome desert iguana here. They are less trusting than the ones around Camp Thunderbird.

There are some unpleasant little Argentinian ants around and enough goat head have taken root so that going barefoot is discouraged.

I see cottontail nearly daily without looking for them. I have heard dove and a number of song birds this morning.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Words

She said, "Don't get hung up on this word business. Take 'veterinarian' or take 'taxidermist.' Send a dog to one, send a dog to the other. You still get a dog back."

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

California Magazine | CAA

California Magazine | CAA

Interesting articles. Most are short and have lasting value

Monday, May 31, 2010

Viva Colombia!

Boycott non-medical Colombian drugs.

Our greed for "recreational" drugs  is damaging the people of other countries.

What can we do to better support the people, the people of other countries and of our own?

Gaza

YouTube - World condemns Israel raid on Gaza aid convoy

Gaza, Israel, Turkey, the world.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Venezuela nabs Colombian drug lord

Venezuela nabs Colombian drug lord

Chavez government extradites to US.

bit.ly blog

bit.ly blog

If you twitter, check this out.

Evacuan a 2 mil personas por erupción de volcán en Guatemala. | Diario.com.mx

Evacuan a 2 mil personas por erupción de volcán en Guatemala. Diario.com.mx

Good thoughts to Guatemala.

My love to a princess of El Oriente.

The eruption was about 25 mimles from the Capital and the airport was closed!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Destination List

I'm slow, but still at it.

Dropped five: Chile, Dominica, Estonia, Fiji, and Haiti.

Top choices too have changed a bit. Below are the top five in order of preference. Number one being the most preferred:
  1. Uruguay
  2. Ecuador
  3. Colombia
  4. Followed by Malaysia, Panama, and Argentina tied for 4th
  5. India
  6. Thailand
  7. with Brazil and Honduras tied for 7th.

When Asked

When asked, "How do you like your men?" I've heard outspoken ladies answer, "High, wide, and handsome." "Well employed." or "Ready, willing, and able."

I liked an answer I heard when a thoughtful man was asked "How do you like your women?"
"Panting" was his answer.

Reasons For Going There

The reasons for going there ought to be better than those for staying here.

I have made a fairly extensive list of my major important goals an objectives and upon analysis of it, I find that can meet almost all of my important goals here, as well as I can there. There are, however, some few that I nay be able to better meet there.

Here are what at the moment seem to be excellent reasons for making the move:
  • Here, I have been feeling unmotivated and poorly rewarded. For whatever the reasons I'm kind of bored. I have learned that I need a bit more novelty than do many. There, I feel that I will be blessed with pleasant novelty and variety for some time.
  • Here, I am finding little satisfaction in driving. I am finding more evidence that I drive less safely and skillfully than I once did. I also so that keep a personal vehicle is a significant expense. There, I am sure that I can live comfortably with no personal vehicle. I will probably find it necessary to live in a city.
  • Here, grooming help such as haircuts and pedicures seem expensive. There they will be cheaper.
  • Here, I cannot afford housekeeping or maid-service. There, I a can more economically find such help.
  • Here, I have not been appropriately physically active enough. Here, I am compulsively over-eating. There, I believe that I will have a greater likelyhood of making appropriate life changes.

Because of the way I have arranged my life here, my housing and medical care costs will probably be no less there than the are here. However, even thees to items may be more simply handled there.

However most things of life are as easily and congenially handled here as they are there.

I do seem to b very busy here, but suspect that I will be more appropriatel active there. I see more movement and more fun there. I see a bit more abundant life thee.

Saints Alive!

My friend, Eleanor, helped me trace down some of this information without a computer.

In or near Rome around 250 AD lived Hyacinth and his dear friend or brother Protus. Shortly after that time they were martyred, burned, a buried together in a small crypt. They have been called Saints.

Another St. Hyacinth was born in Poland and lived there from 1185-1257 AD. He was canonized in 1594. He became a Dominican.

In Spanish St Hyacinth is San Jacinto. San Jacinto has been a place name in California from at least 1820.

In Southern California, between the desert and the sea stands steeply dramatic 10,000 ft Mount San Jacinto. In the desert, at the foot of Mt, "San Jack" lies the resort city of Palm Springs.

Mt San Jacinto has a 'brother' mountain of which I may post later.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Cities with the Cleanest Air in America

Cities with the Cleanest Air in America

I'd love to get the same info for cities world wide. Or, even just for major cities of South America.

Fear

I am losing mental an physical powers so quickly that that I am frightened by those changes.

I fear the changes are disabling my good judgement. I want to be appropriately cautious while not being frighted into an inaction which keeps me from enjoying as I once knew how.

The Way of Don't

When worse is all there is and one feels down, bad, low, angry, frustrated or worse, the way of "don't" can be a life saver:
Don't' recall.
Don't imagine.
Don't think.
Don't examine.
Don't control.

Let go and don't try so hard.
Relax. relax and rest.

Still, ongoing action and attending to ones guidance system will usually keep one from the worst.
My excellent guidance system works to guide me when I stay in motion.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Jablon, Lutenberg, Litzburg

I'm imagining that the towns mentioned in the title are Prussian, although they or their iterations are probably called German or Polish today.

I"m interested in Lutenberg, Litzburg, and Jablon as they were from about 1850 to about 1900 because I believe that I had relatives in that area thinking about moving to the U. S. Those relatives surnames included: Daniels, Danielewski, Goczwelski, Miller, and Zgozelski.

~ I'd like to be able to see the geographic location and relative positions on a map.

~ I'd like to see maps of that area showing political changes from 1850 to the present day.

~ I'd to know the spelling and pronunciation of these towns in the Language of the Poles, Germans, and Prussians living there.

Please email me or leave comments here to tell me anything you may know about "Litzburg," "Lutenberg," and "Jablon" and their history that you can.
I'd also be very interested in persons with the surnames mentioned above who lived in or near the three places I have mentioned.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Quality of Life and Cost of Living in Bogota

Quality of Life and Cost of Living in Bogota

Best, most useful cost of living analysis I have seen!

Thank you.

File:Metrode bogota.bmp - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

File:Metrode bogota.bmp - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bogota may still have less than 10 million inhabitants and still is one of the truly grand cities of the world.

It has fine public transportation too.

Google Перевести

Google Перевести

News of Moscow

Google Перевести

Google Перевести

A Russian point of view.

An Expat Account of…The First Uruguay “Phyle” Meetup | Ola Uruguay Real Estate and Investments

An Expat Account of…The First Uruguay “Phyle” Meetup Ola Uruguay Real Estate and Investments

People interested in fun serious conversation.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Top 12 Destination Countries

It may be getting close to time to consider destination cities.
However, below I'll list the top 12 destination countries.
Top choice is #1:
  1. Uruguay: 27
  2. Ecuador: 24
  3. Argentina: 17
  4. India: 16
  5. Malaysia: 16
  6. Panama: 16
  7. Colombia 15
  8. Brazil 13
  9. Thailand 12
  10. Honduras 11
  11. Iceland 11
  12. Ireland 11

Not Dead Yet

I am old and ill, not dead.

I have a move in mind. It is not traveling, not a trip, not a visit, but rather a move.

It seems that I am again looking for a new home. Thinking about it , anyway.

I know with some clarity what I want and hop for in a new place. What I will try to do here and now is to attempt to clarify why/how I am dissatisfied with this place.

This little house is pretty enough and comfortable enough and affordable enough, so what's the problem? What is my problem here? The problem is, of course, with me rather than with the place. I am not so wise that I can't make the mistake of trying to solve a problem with what we once called a geographical rather than facing it here. "Wherever I go there I am."

Of course, a place can be problematic. If one lives below a dam and one sees a crack growing in that dam, it damn well may be time to move.

Let me speak a bit more about this place. The location, the neighborhood, and the neighbors are only fair. And, the location has some true drawbacks for me:
~ This Village of Joshua Tree is on the boarder of Joshua Tree National Park. Joshua Tree National Park has the worst air quality of any National Park in California. High air quality is very important to me and the air here is too impure. If air quality was not very important to me I'd probably be living in northern Thailand now.
~I no longer enjoy driving. In fact my driving has begun to show signs of being dangerous to myself and to others. Owning a vehicle is also a considerable expense. It is not an absolute necessity to have a car here, but it is important to my health and comfort to have one. With-out a car here a very great deal of my time would be given over to arranging transportation.
~ Although here at the J. T. House the area to take care of is considerably less than that at Camp Thunderbird, it is burdensome to me. Housecleaning and gardening help is expensive. Just the thought of employing a cook here is ridiculous. Getting married might be cheaper. Taking all meals out would certainly cost me more than $600 a month, possibly much more.
~ In some ways I need more stimulation than most. I have not been able to experience the amount of variety and novelty I need here. To be fair I have seldom been able to find that novelty and variety anywhere in the States for long. I can get antsy for some newness anywhere on earth within a year. I am bored here now.
~ To an even greater degree than the item just above the following two are my problem and my responsibility and problems with much to do with me and little with place. Here I have not been able to provide myself with adequate physical activity nor have I been able to find anywhere near enough stimulating conversation. These last two give me some shame. I feel them as very personal shortcomings. Still, I have hope that a change of place will be of help.

The above are things I hope to leave behind. I a future post I intend to list some attractions of a new place.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Nesodden

My paternal Grand Mother hast roots in Norway. Her parents are very likely from the village of Helvik on the peninsula of Nesodden. It seems the family may have been poised to go to sea.

My Sheehan Line

Mago William Sheehan arrived in Burlington, Iowa in the very early 1850s. I believe that he emigrated from Ireland shortly prior to his arrival in Iowa. He probably emigrated from Ireland with his parents. They may have been from County Kerry. I think that he might have met and married Mary Carroll there in Iowa. Mary probably came from Ireland with her parents Martin Carroll and his wife Margaret. They to were from the south of Ireland, possibly County Kerry.

BLOODY SUNDAY THAILAND IRELAND CONNECTION

BLOODY SUNDAY THAILAND IRELAND CONNECTION

Valid point of view.

ChATSEA

ChATSEA

Agrarina Reform and the Social Sciences in nothern Thailand

No end in sight as Thai protesters refuse to leave - The West Australian

No end in sight as Thai protesters refuse to leave - The West Australian

Why was Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra 'ousted?'

How was he 'ousted?'

Friday, May 14, 2010

Google Translate

Google Translate
check this out

Old Obits

My favorite high school teacher died at the age of 87 in August of 1996. He was born in NY, married in Berkeley in 1932. He earned a doctoral degree in English literature from my favorite school. the University of California at Berkeley. He taught at my favorite high school, Palm Springs HS, from 1945 until 1967. He was also an advanced student of literature and the Bible.

I think my aunt Virginia died June of 1999 at 78 years of age in Ventura County, California.
She was generous with me and many other family members.

Her friend and advisor, Michael Ladiana died in Ventura county in February of 2oo1 at the age of 53.

Thanks To Viewers

Thank you to those few I know who return to check out these posts from time to time.
Thank you Rex, Gerry, and Gary.

I very much appreciate knowing some of those who view these blogs.

Well?

A not quit full grown ground squirrel comes back to squeak persistently at my front door even though I have frightened it by opening the door, throwing up my arms and saying firmly, "What the hell do you want?',

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

No Plan

Still don't know what I'm planning.
Is it a trip? A visit? A move.
It seems to have something to do with a destination.
I've considered Norway, Myanmar, Germany, and Switzerland.
I've also considered Sri Lanka, Poland, Cambodia, and Spain.
My sister has mentioned Ireland. Thailand is great. Turkey, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and even Nicaragua have their points.
In order of preference my top nine are:
  1. Uruguay
  2. Ecuador
  3. Argentina
  4. Panama
  5. Malaysia
  6. Colombia
  7. India
  8. Honduras
  9. Brazil

There was a time when I did little more than point my toes in a likely direction and take one step after another.

Now I have lots of questions. I question my motives, my sanity, my lack of clear goals and much more.

Questions that occur to me at the moment include:

  • Why choose Uruguay?
  • Why not stay here?
  • Where should I go?
  • Why should I go?
  • What do I expect to find there?
  • What do I expect to do there?
  • How long do I intend to stay?
  • How does a destination effect my top goals?
  • Why do my top goals seem less clear than usual?
  • Am I planing to make a new home? Why?
  • How shall I go there?
  • What if I find I don't like being there?
  • Shall I rent out the JT House before I start.
  • Should I drive to Miami and sell the Astro there?
  • What should I do with my mail?
  • What should I do with my utilities?
  • Do I have the strength and energy I need?

One thing that I do know that whatever it is I intend to do, now is the time to begin it.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Foreign Policy Watch

Foreign Policy Watch


And I figured Etizioni was dead.

You and I are as resposible for our forign policy as President Obama or Professor Etizioni.

BBC News - Argentina charges Operation Condor suspect

BBC News - Argentina charges Operation Condor suspect

What has this to do with US foreign policy?

Pitt River Purity

The following is my paraphrase of the words of Elder Craven Gibson as interpreted by Darryl Babe Wilson in "The Californians."

"It-Spo-Iotsi" is from the Ajunan-wi language of Pitt River People. It is pretty close to the the English word "truth." It means straight talk. More, it is a spiritual agreement with the self to speak the truth. It is a hallmark of true humanity. It-Spo-Iotsi is truth made visible by living in a good way and cherishing life.

It is good to know that the cleanliness of truth is.

Pitt River People know that the Sacramento Valley was once a great lake 'as long as the land.' They know that an earthquake opened the coastal range, allowing that great water to drain into the pacific. When it did, there was San Francisco Bay and in it Shinning Rock Island, Alcatraz. A truth was there.

When Pitt River People were taken away by force in many directions, some were taken to Alcatraz. Truth will set us free. The Mouse Brothers may have brought a strong consciousness of truth to the Pitt River People from Alcatraz, Shinning Rock Island. Truth must be understood, appreciated, and acknowledged.

The Decline of Opera in Argentina

YouTube - The El Ateneo Bookstore in Buenos Aires

Doubts

Visit destinations in order of recent interest:
Uruguay 19
Ecuador 17
India 13
Panama 13
Argentina 12

~ Do I lack the strength, energy, and alertness necessary for a solo foreign trip?
~ What am I looking for?
~ What is my motivation?
~ I'm pretty sure that part of my motivation is an ancient one of looking for a home. How sane is that?
~ I'm thinking of renting my JT place before I start. Does that make good sense.
~ Should I make a shorter trip to more expensive lands?

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Really?

If you are really interested in reality, I ought to tell you that it probably didn't even exist before the Arab ruling class left the Iberian peninsula.

If that seems complicated I suggest you try prayer. If prayer seems attractive you might what to remember that persons familiar with the process suggest that to be effective prayer ought to be sincere,m honest, and, probably, realistic. Knowers of prayer have also suggested that the best prayer is for knowledge of God's will. Others suggest that prayer for self knowledge is also worthwhile. It's also fair to prayer that your car fly you and your significant other around the moon.

If that seems complicated .........
For a fairly accessible way to extend your understanding of reality try Wikipedia. Check out:
~ General Semantics; but, remember that the Count is a dead Pole.
~ Philosophy of History; but, remember that history is really big, philosophy too.

After that you might want to check out field theory, philosophy of physics, and a lot of math. Before you do you might first ask yourself, "Whadahyawanaknofer?"

Friday, May 07, 2010

Uruguay News - Breaking World Uruguay News - The New York Times

Uruguay News - Breaking World Uruguay News - The New York Times

Learning from the past. Understaning our motivations.

Patanjali

Information about Patanjali and his teachings are available in English.

I suspect that I can find his teachings valuable and his life interesting.

My notion is now that he was skilled in dance, grammar, and yoga.

Let me list a bit of what I think I know about about him. The following is mostly made up of guesses and fragments from a faulty memory:
  • he flourished in India about 150 BC,
  • he was a Sanskrit grammarian,
  • he was a compiler and a knower,
  • Nandhi Deva might have been his yoga teacher,
  • he was probably a master of dance,
  • He seems to have been interested in a meaningful and worthy life,
  • he wrote a work on grammar which is still available
  • he wrote a four part book on yoga which is still available.
  • he seems to have a rational and intellectual approach to reality,
  • his teaching and understanding seems experiential and supported by concrete referents.

As my interest, energy, and the fates permit I may post more on Patanjali with focus on his Yoga Sutras.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Carriers of Freedom

They knew troubadours and love, death and slavery.

700,000 years ago they had already learned lessons of freedom and beauty in what is now southern France.

Free Greeks from what is now Turkey had settled on that Mediterranean shore by about 600 BC. By 300 BC those free Greeks had met free Irish on their 'emerald island.'

From that same land freedom was carried to North and South America. People of what is now Uruguay and southern Brazil benefited. European freedom embraced Gaucho freedom. Giuseppe Garibaldi helped.

If you sit quietly in rooms below the grasshopper in Boston, it is likely that a spirit will stir you. I believe that what will stir you has a direct connection with the spirit that stirred others 700,000 years ago, 800,000 years ago, 900,000 years ago and farther back than I can imagine.

I takes stories, conversation and action to keep whole that spirit of beauty, love, and freedom.

Beginning from words in this post you can begin to appreciate your connection to Persian, Phoenician, and Arab and others. You may see how a well made thread is stitched through the lives of Adam and Adams as it is stitched through yours. It is a living thread of freedom, beauty, and love.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Wise Men Remind Us

Good mind can become wise with right words. Good religion is wisely based on truth. Intelligent desire is desire for the best.

Scientific spirit unlocks the hidden sources of power in nature.

The best in people finds its voice and moves them toward greater freedom. We have rightly been accused of materialism and have practiced it wrongly.

May we find joy in sustaining one another.

A Breathing Exercise

Warm hands by rubbing them together. Place warmed hands on either side of naval.

Exhale slowly and press hands lightly on abdomen aiming to form a slight hollow. Gently force air out of lower lungs and abdomen.

After exhaling completely, begin to inhale, slowly extending the abdomen outward so that it extends like a balloon. Take two or three seconds to balloon the abdomen outward. Use a bit of of downward pressure with the diaphragm.

Avoid chest breathing.

Repeat four or five times.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Eating Wild Flowers.

A little cotton-tail is eating wild flowers just below my window.

Close enough to touch.

Destination Research Results

Well, my to choices are slowly changing.

There are lots of things to look at. For example, Ireland is one of the freest countries on earth according to people who care. Most find complete free health care there. There is a high level of first world infrastructure there. And added to all these benefits, the Irish are there.
Still Ireland has earned only a seven on my rating scale so far.
Uruguay and Ecuador are tied for first place with a rating of 17
Panama and India are tied a 2nd with ratings of 13
Malaysia and Argentina are tide for 3rd at 12
Honduras is 4th with 10

Thursday, April 29, 2010

To Act

I have on occasion counseled another that it would be a mistake to act from fear.
Yet,
as a youngster, hiking alone, I would come to a cliff or waterfall I was afraid to go down, but thought I should.
What I did is take off my shoes and throw them down. I created two new fears; the fear of traveling home over very rough country without shoes on my feet and the greater fear of having to explain to my parents what had happened to my shoes.
So,
I climbed down the cliff or waterfall to my shoes.
Is there a lesson in this story that can show me the way to get the increased physical activity I need to live my life healthily well?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

India Is Big

India is big in population, area, variety.....
My first hours of my only visit to India were spent lost on streets on the outskirts of Bombay. In a matter of hours I escaped to Sri Lanka. I enjoyed Sri Lanka.

I'll need a lot of help to make a pleasant stay in India.

My ignorance of the country is my biggest problem. I have thought to start by trying to research some cities smaller than Cennai/Madras.

For luck I've selected seven more or less at random:
Thirovagoor, Madurai, Lucknoow, Thanjavur, Jamshedpur, Vijayangara, Chandigarth.
I'd like to find a comfortable city with great air quality.

Long Foreign Stays

I may be becoming a city person in my old age. For example In Uruguay I would certainly living in Montevideo

In Ecuador I think, that as much as I used to love the beach, like to live inland not much lower than Cueca. So I'd probably live in Quito or Cueca.

In Colombia I think that now I'd rather live in Bogota than in Medellin.

The variety of services in cities seems very attractive to this old man now.

The third country on my stay list, after Ecuador and Uruguay, is India. I am ignorant enough of India to have no idea of which city in which to stay. Probably not it the three or four largest.
I was so frightened of the crowds on my approach to one of those cities that on my first day there I escaped to Sri Lanka. Now even the size of the Quebec City of Canada frightened me away so it is now surprise that my first day lost on the streets of Bombay was a fright.

In India I may need to be carried around in a basket by a guide for the first couple of weeks.

Uruguay

The main reason I like Uruguay as as long term visit destination is for the hot watter spas in the southwest, and for the purity of the air.

You may get a better idea of why others like the country click on www.internationalliving.com
and get their free 'Special Report on Uruguay.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

In the Early Sixties

I visited Ecuador I the early 60s.
I remember:
eating good food with construction workers near Esmeraldas,
Colorados wearing red clay,
center of Quito looking like a pleasant city in medieval Europe,
Quito having the best public baths I had visited until that time. plenty of hot water too,
multi-storied buildings built on a framework of bamboo in Guayaquil,
good people everywhere.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Pausanias' Guide to Greece

I've been thinking of visits in foreign places lately. My imagination has been working on places I have some knowledge of. Top on my visit list right now is Ecuador. I should look for a novel which is set there. I'm reading one set in Chile now. When I get closer to the planning stage I'll look at some good travel guides.

Great travel literature enlivens me to a destination. Learning about the area, getting to know the cultures of people associated with them personally and by the way of written works gives me joy.

The more I learn the greater my pleasure. I follow my bliss. I follow my nose.

Travel literature has been around for a long time. You have hear of Marco Polos work. Before the Polos was Pausanias, and honest re-counter of his travels and wide interests. He was a novas antiquarian, an armature naturalist, a dabbler in mysteries. He was interested in history, Mythology, geography, and culture. He was attracted by the obscure, the unusual and the exquisite. He was also a bit of a scholar and an adventurer. I think of him as my kind of traveler.
The wealthy citizens of ancient Rome carried his works when they visit Greece.

Sacred Places

Now that I have foreign visits on my mind my enthusiasm for the sacred places of this nation have weakened. However, my enthusiasm is strong enough for me to name a couple of dozen right here and right now:
  • Ka Ule O Nanahoa fertility shrine, on hill overlooking Kalauapapa penninsula, Molokai
  • Umi Heiau Hualalai Mountain, Hawaii
  • Pu'ukohola Heiau, National Historic site, Hawaii; Hill of the Whale
  • Cheif Mountain in Montana: sacred for hundreds of years; Mt. Ninaistakis, sacred to Blackfeet
  • Hesperus Mountain (Big Mountain Sheep) in Colorado
  • The Grotto at the University of Notre Dame at the U. of Notre Dame, Indiana
  • Abalone Shell Mountain in the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Unity Temple, Chicago
  • Trinity Church, Boston
  • Trinity Church, NYC
  • Salt Lake Temple, Utah
  • Baha'i House of Worship, Chicago
  • Aztalan State Park, Lake Mills, WI, Mid-Mississippi people thrived there 1000 years ago
  • Our Lady of America Marian shrine, Fostoria, Ohio
  • Power Mound, Fort Ancient, Ohio
  • Judaculla Rock, near Cullowhee, North Carolina
  • Town Creek Indian mound, North Carolina.
  • Emerald mound, Tupelo, Mississippi
  • Wickliffe mounds, southwest Kentucky
  • Our Lady of Consolation Shrine; Carey, Ohio
  • Newark Earth Works, Ohio
  • Norton mounds Michigan
  • Grapevine Canyon, Laughlin, Nevada; Yuman sacred place; Avikwa'ame, Spirit Mountain
  • Mt. Barboquivari, Arizona
  • Meteor Crater, Arizona.
  • Sandia Crest; Tewa sacred mountain knon as Oku pin
  • Giant Springs, Montana
  • Sweetgrass Hills, Montana
  • Mt. Newberry, Arizona; Yuman sacred mountain
  • Mount Taylor, known as Blue Bead or Turquoise Mountain in New Mexico.
  • San Jacinto, Calif.
  • Mt Diablo Calif. near San Francisco
  • Mt Capitan,New Mexio; Mescalero Apache sacred mountain
  • Moundville, Alabama
  • Our Lady of Prompt Succour, Marian shrine, New Orleans

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Visit Destinations

I am tentivily eliminateing a number of destinations. I won't mention the ones I am eliminating, but I will start keeping track of my top ten contenders for places worth a longer visit. The top ten contenders of the day are:
#1. Ecuador
#2 Uruguay
#3 India
#4. Argentina
#5. Honduras
#6. Turkey
#7. Colombia
#9. Malaysia
#10. Nicaragua

I hope to write a few words about Ecuador and what has attracted me to it in the near future.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Affirm Your Life : Affirm Your Life by using the power of positive affirmations to reprogram your mind

Affirm Your Life : Affirm Your Life by using the power of positive affirmations to reprogram your mind

BC

I started a review of some of the goings on beginning about 10,000 years ago and am just now working up to 6500 BC. Between about 6500 BC and 6100 BC there was a glacial advance in North America. Natural those were years of cooler temperatures.

If we had lived in northeastern Mexico during those same years, agave leaf tissue, nopal pencas, mesquite beans, and various kinds of meat may well have been an important part of our diet.

By 6000 BC there were settlements on Crete and the Chaldeans were keeping a library in the temple of Nippur in Mesopotamia. That is we have evidence of a specific library being in existence at least, 8000 years ago! And that means that we had already developed the custom of keeping a part of our culture outside of our minds. It also seems that we revered that stored knowledge enough to keep it in a temple.

By 5300 BC important records were kept on stone tablets in Kish in Mesopotamia. I guess that there are Americans killing 'foreigners ' around Kish and Nippur today. Think I read about a library being blown up near there.

By 5000 BC there were many cities between the Tigris and the Euphrates. When there are people who read and write and talk together daily in cities a lot of creativity results.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Possible Destinations

I've listed about 70 countries as tentative destination for a long visit.
It seems that I have been using the following to choose among them:
Inexpensive,
Comfortable,
Interesting,
air quality,
expat living.

I don't feel motivated to type out all seventy. I will type out some. The following made the list, but seem least likely to be a destination in the near future: Yemen, UK, So. Africa, Samoa, Russia, Malawi, Moldova, Lebanon, Jamaica, Haiti, Australia, Luxembourg, Chile, Dominica, Estonia, Finland, Fiji, France. All of the above are still on the list.

At the top of today's list are:
Honduras,
Argentina,
India,
Uruguay,
Ecuador.
So far, Ecuador is my most likely destination!
Looks like I have a bias for Latin America.
However, my bias may be for air quality.
Still, low cost of living is vary important.
Have you suggestions for countries to ad to the list?
Have you conmments or information about the countries mentioned?
Have you any questions?

Saturday, April 17, 2010

A Destination to Visit

Turkey could be a destination to visit. I think that I could learn interesting things through a study of the Ottoman State. Istanbul was Constantinople. Perhaps I could gather some wisdom in such a study. Such a study might, for example, give an excellent perspective from which to watch the doing of mankind from, say, the height of Byzantium to the policing of the world by the United States. It could also provide a place from which to gain some understanding of the Arab body politic or of the movements of the Catholic body politic.

I have head that the ottomans caused Dracula sleepless nights. There are interesting destinations in Eastern Europe too.

Gathering information from dim past or chaotic present seems a worthy way to stir the imagination. My imagination is moving from visit to history. They are both a trip.

My historic imagination of the moment moves me to around the end of WWI. But, I think that I have written of these things before. I'll try to get back to looking at tentative destinations for a visit,

"Visit"

It's what I used to call travel.

Looks as though I may be able to do it once again.

I'd like to try staying in the same place for 60 or 70 days. I am just learning to take care of a 73 year old body and have thought that I should perhaps not leave home alone. But, perhaps, if I stay put in one place it will not be beyond me to go it alone. I could try relaxing in one place as so many do, and have done. Maybe this old dog can learn a new trick.

It's not that I like to travel (visit) alone better that traveling with a companion. It is that not many who can, or want to, stay in one place for a month or more; especially if happens to be a place 4 days outside of Ulan Bator.

I figure that I'll have to save up about $5000 for for a trip (visit) of a couple of months. I have begun to save. I may sell a few things. I have a "For Sale" sing over some stuff in the driveway right now. Perhaps I'll put a few things in storage and put this place up for rent.

Now I can begin to dream of destinations and then to contemplate them.

Earth Day

I helped organize and put on the first Earth Day in California. This year I nearly forgot it. That first day seems long ago at this moment. Then, besides helping put together and organize that day, I began to distribute the largest bibliography of Green Earth related material available at that time. Most young students didn't even remember Silent Spring at that time. Now my smile is still broader when I see a raptor or pelican. even the crows came back.

I may be becoming a grumpy old man, but it seems that many are more interested in saving plastic bottles than the are in saving lives.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Trusted Source

Treaty breaking has often been an opening to war.

What is your most trusted source of information about the state of our treaties?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Bookmark This Blog

This blog may turn out to be an excellent way to contact me. I check it several times a week.
If you put it in your Favorites or bookmark it, you can probably get a hold of me faster and easier than through email.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

"Visit" May Be The Word

I am beginning to feel like travelling again. I am beginning to feel like making a trip. However, I am also beginning to think that it is time to make my language be more in accord with my reality. It is true that I am experiencing that feeling that I have associated with travel.
That feeling includes an enthusiasm, a pleasant anticipation, a quickening of life, and more.

However, my previous idea of taking as trip does not call up the enthusiasm it once did. In some ways I still believe that the trip is more important than the arrival; that the exploration and discovery along the way is more important than the destination. However the feelings associated with the experience of exploration, discovery, novelty, and variety, need not be associated with travel or trip.

Let me explain a bit. I have 'travelled' in many ways. One set of those ways included behavior such as traveling 10 or 20 days without sleeping in the same bed twice. I have traveled two and three years at a time stopping only long enough to fill my wallet. Not so long ago I took two trips in on year on both of which I travelled over 40 days without sleeping in the same bed twice. In deed some nights I tried more than one bed.

I may find myself trying two or three beds in one night in order to find one in a place quiet enough to sleep in. However, I no longer am interested in the kind of travel I've outlined above.
It is behavior that I intend to avoid. But it is behavior that I have strongly associated with 'trip' and 'travel.'

I'm not sure how to change my language or of what words to use. Today, I intend to try the verb 'visit.' So, might I not say, I feel like visiting as place or region which seems to offer me a good chance of experiencing pleasant novelty and variety. I feel like practicing exploration and discovery where I can enjoy the same good bed many nights.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Web Wide Affirmations

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Friday, April 09, 2010

Thursday, April 08, 2010

7000 BC

In 7799 BC the Earth had a polar precession of 11.75 degrees. What is the polar precession now? What is a polar precession?
What is a precession.

By 7000 BC there was metal working in Asnatolia and Jericho had a wall. Perhaps there was a Jericho with a wall 20,000 years ago and metal working in Anatolia 10,000 years ago,but our evidence for the 7000 BC time is much stronger. So, nearly all of our dates, for even as little as a 1000 years ago is a matter of probailites and relative strength of evidence. If you care to practice your own judgement a bit more, you can learn a bit more about the rules and practices of evidence and of sample gathering. On these pages be it known that the dates I give represent my best guesses at the moment. My guesses are usually based on the educated guesses of experts I trust.In the same 7000 BC time period records of an opium trade were recorded on clay tablets found in Mesopotamia.
La flor Iraca, flor beraca, ....
The trail from the Sea of Cortez north to what is now Arizona at Quirvaquito Springs and beyond has been used nearly contiously from about 7000 BC to about today. From about 150 AD to 1450 AD it was used by the Hohokam and then by Hai Cid O'odham (I still call the later Pima/Papago who live in the area today). Before that 150 AD time we can say that the routr was used by 'archaic period people.' In more recent time the trail has been used by smugglers, back packers, amd in documented immigrants.
7000 BC can mark a period of change in Mesoamerica. Before 70000 BC evidence suggest that man in the area was mainly a hunter and gatherer. After 7000 BC the climate became drier (had there been a change in precession?) and about the same time there was a marked increase in agriculture. Corn or Maize appeared. Corn of various colors as well as popcorn appeared.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Honesty

...is a long road,
a great adventure,
profitable,
and attracts women.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Thai Stuff or Wai to Go

  • Some Thai Chinese might be ranked among the worlds wealthiest people.
  • Thais tend to laugh at difficulties. To lose ones temper is to lose ones dignity. To lose ones dignity is to lose face. To lose face is a serious loss.
  • When in Thailand show respect. Go ahead, wai first. Show delight in your wai and be pleasantly surprised.
  • Display your Care for young and old. Display your respect for teachers and those dedicated to religion.
  • When people are treated with little respect, very bad things can result.
  • There are a dozen Thai cities well worth visiting.
  • Narcotics are well worth avoiding.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Hello Pligrim

We can find quiet and peaceful place in and around our homes. we can find spots that are more powerful or energizing than others. We often find our places of worship more sacred or holy than other places. There are public and simi-public places in every ad that have been consider energizing or holy in every land. Many of these locations, spots, and places have been the goals of pilgrims.

Americans don't have to go to India or the "Holy Land" to find such places of pilgrimage. There are many in each and every State.

There may be no one of them perfect of everyone. However, I bet that you can find more than fitting for you in your State. Please tell me of ones that you have found.

Below are some special places that I have heard of:

a. there is such spot in rural New Hampshire called America's Stonehenge.
b. Blanca Peak in Colorado, also known as Dawn Mountain or White Shell Mountain has been sacred to Navajo and others.
c. Sandia Crest: a Tewa sacred mountain known as Oku Pin may be in New Mexico.
d. Mt Kilauea in Hawaii is considered the birth place of Pele, goddess of volcanoes.
e. Saul's Mound, Oins Mounds in southwest Tennessee.
f. Crystal River Mounds, Florida.
g. Mt. Shasta, California; Special to Native Americans and certain seekers.
h. Lake Jackson Mounds near Tallahassee, Florida.
i. Mt. Humphreys, Doko O Sliid, Arizona.
j. Mt. Tamalpais, California.
k. Mt Kathdin, Main.
l. Canyon de Chelly ruins, Arizona
m. Sedona, Arizona; Europeans come to feel its "spiralling vortexes.
n. Old North Church, Mass.
o. Old Scotch Church, Oregon.
p. Mt. Denali, Alaska, known s Mt McKinley and as the home of the Shaman, Sa.
q. Serpent Mound, largest prehistoric serpent effigy in North America. Which State is it in?
r. In Indian Cove, J. T. Park, California.
s. The Big Horn Medicine Wheel(is it in Wyoming or Montana?) has been recognized as an intelligent energy place by the Crow, Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne, and other Native American Groups.
t. Old Ursuline Convent, N.O. Louisiana.
u. Voodoo Spiritual Temple, N.O. Louisiana.
v. Lands End Labyrinth, San Fransisco, CA. It's easy to get to. Take time to walk it twice.
w. Asia Art Museum, San Francisco, California.
x. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angles, LA, Calif.
y. Park Street Church, Boston, Mass.
z. Sakya Monastery, Seattle, Washington.

Add another special place or two. Tell us much more about one of the places of pilgrimage already mentioned here.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

8500 BC, 8000 BC

8500 BC
Men in South America had already developed a technology for the cultivation of gourds and peppers. What else was going on then?

8000 BC
Remains of a lakeside dwelling in central Oregon buried and preserved by the erupting of Mount Mazama showed that people there probably ate sage, bison, rabbi, bear, sheep, elk, choke berries, hazelnuts, and blackberries. How does your diet compare to theirs? These same people used baskets and wore sandals. I bet they helped their children to a similar diet and skill set.
In Nevada people hunted many species of large game including the ground sloth and the mammoth. Native Americans tell of these hunts in songs, chants, and stories. An 'atlatl,' the spear thrower was used to hunt these large animals and had been used to hunt such large beasts far back into the preceding Ice Age. Bow and arrow and atlatl and spear technologies were quite different. Native Americans developed and used excellent ways to pass on the 'hows and whys' of their technologies. My we do as well.
The most recent Ice Age was truly over and humans were eating chiltepines in Mexico. Mexicans eat them today. Be cautious if you intend to follow their example.
There is again the development of framing an settled village life in Anatolia. There may have been close decedents of Noah in those villages.

Are you intereste in these times? earlier times? later times? Why? Why not?

We and Us

Good governance provides well for freedom, justice, and order. As we as individuals in our society improve the quality of information we are getting about the realities of our society and governance, so we improve our society and our governance. However, the less we discuss the nature of freedom, justice, and order among us, the less we form a functioning we, body politic, or society. If we truly want freedom, justice, and order among us, we must maintain a dialogue on freedom, justice and order among us.

Adrenal Damage

A person with a damaged adrenal system may eat huge amounts of salt.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Word

In mind, word configures energy. The word in mind configures life.

A word is used to stir mental activity. Word in mind is central to my life. Each word may be used to mark the center of all.

Words are vehicles for men. Words bring men to envision, to doubt, to seek, to do, to hope, to quest, an to test. Words have lead men to lay out things of the mind to the view of their fellows. Words are bringing men to question, to ask, to pray, to inquire, to invite an informative reply. Some men and women are finding that to ask shows an attractive and modest humility.

Need

What do I deserve?
What do I really need?
I dare to speak as though I know a great deal about the nature of a human being because I am one. Also I am reviewing a bit of what we can learn from Abraham Maslow.

One of the ways in which health may be approached is through the concept of need. 'Need' is a word so only contains the energy we put into it. It may be no more useful than is 'lack,' or 'want' or a number of other words, but for the moment I choose need.

When I want it in my head, in my hand, in my heart, when I want it all over, I probably need it.
If, when I don't have it, I get sick, I probably need it.
If I tend to stay well when I have it, it is probably a need.
If when I ge it back I begin to feel better, it is probably a need of mine.
If I usually prefer it over a number of other things I find good, I probaby need it.

Now, what in the world is it? What is it?
To know it I need to discover it, acnowledge it, identify it, to recognize it, to clarify it.

To do this recognizing, clarifying, etc. we may use some of the info from above. In many cases you have probaby already done so. If you are sick or dying you might check the quality and uantity of the food, air, water, shelter, sex, and sleep you are getting. We already know lots of its. I believe we can benefit by attending a bit more to some of them.
If I am dreaming about one of them, when it is my main present interest, when it is uppermost in my memory, when my stronger emotions relate to it, when it is the first think that takes my eye, when it is what I want, then I probably really need it.
When the lack of something is negatively effecting my physi cal or mental health, I need it. My health is my responsibility. I have the righ to alliviate certain lacks. I deserve to fill certain needs.

Naming needs is often helpful. Various ways of doing so are more or less helpful. We might sort them into kinds. What kinds of needs are there? Maslow has suggested some by name. He has divided into the following caegories: physical(like the ones we just looked at), safety, love, esteem, the desire to know and understand, beauty, and what he has called self-sctualization.

We may look at needs in many different ways. The more helpful ways are often the ones we call systematic. Being sysematic helps us to know what we are doing, where we have been, where we are headed.

My environment effects the my needs. I live in a society so I may have social needs. Social needs I have discoverd include, freedom, justice, honesty, fairness, and order. Kinds of freedom needs may include freedom to speak out, freedom to inquire, freedom to defend myelf.

Maybe I'll find the strength and will to post more about needs and their fulfillment soon. Love fulfillment may prove inresting.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

I Don't Know the Future.

I prefer that my knowledge of the past more closely approach truth and reality that it does lies and falsehoods.

By piling up specific, communally shared information children learn to effectively participate in cooperative activities with other members of the community; me too.
I'd rather that the information I shared in be fairly true and real.

If we are in this together I'd like the information we share to be honest and true. I certainly don't it to be a web of falsehoods and lies or even just a lot of mistaken ideas.
I'd like the adults in my group to be able to transmit high quality information to the youth and children who depend upon us.

Isn't a group better off sharing high quality truthful information among its members?

We don't have to fool ourselves, or lie, in order to choose and promote our best traditions.

Honesty is the best policy about what I do know.

Is this a conversation starter?

Tax Dollars at Work

To the extent that we form a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, I am willing to pay plenty of taxes. I am willing to pay more taxes than ever. However a government that makes secrete plans for seemingly immoral ways to manipulate the opinion of the people in favor of various wars does not seem to be of, by, and for my people.

Has a government of, by, and for the people, kept life and death secretes from itself? How can we govern ourselves when we don;'t know what we are doing?

Have you checked into Northwoods, or the Northwoods Operation? Do you remember the Main?

Avocado Oil

Avocado oil is not only very good for ones health, but also has a very high smoke point. Its high smoke makes it more appropriate for cooking than other oils with a lower smoke point. Chilean food quality is expensive at 50 cents an once.
Can you tell us where to bu it for less?

Have you heard that capsicum cream used to help counter pain and inflammation may also greatly reduce cardiac damage if used shortly after a heart attach. Who can tell us how topical application of such a cream might protect heart tissue or reopen blocked blood vessels? Who can tell me how to make a safe and effective cream I can try on myself?

Monday, March 08, 2010

Milk That Cow In Comfort

There seems to have been a certain continuity of Bronze Age culture between about 2000 BC and 1000 BC in what we now call Scandinavia and north western Europe.

During that period people and animals were housed together in what we may call Longhouses. The milk cow was very important. Milk with it's by-products was an important dietary item. Cheese was made. During or just prior to this period a gene against lactose intolerance my have emerged amongst these people. Cows may have been kept inside to encourage continuation of milk production through cold winters.

These people may have been raiders and subject to raids by others.

The above mentioned practices were found among Saxons and Frisians of a later date.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Around 1500 BC

There was notable seismic upheaval.

The Shang dynasty in China was in full career. Beginning with the Shang we have well documented history of China. Great bronze work was being done. A dictionary of 40,000 characters was printed.

Tin was being mined in England. Phoenicians transported tin from mines in England to places around the Mediterranean. Phoenicians became the predominant trading power in the Mediterranean area.

The library in the Hittite capital had tablets in eight languages.

The Rig- Veda was written in India.

Chiapas de Carzo, an early settlement in Mexico, was founded.

The Dorians conquered the Peloponesus of Greece.

Hammurabi, king of Babylon, published his famous law cod. The Hmmurabic code included guidelines for medical practices and permissible fees for surgeries and treatments. Babylonians were using highly developed geometry as a basis for astronomical measurements. The Zodiac was used as a teaching tool.

Amenemhet III had the Great Labyrinth of Egypt built. A first Suez canal was probably built at this time. Contraceptives were in use in Egypt. A series of labor strikes occurred at Thebes.

Speaking of Labyrinths, the first palace of Minos at Knossos, Crete was built. Minos palace had light and air shafts as well as bathrooms with running water.

Troy was.






Saturday, March 06, 2010

My Health Blog

I've deleted my Health Blog. I'll do most health related posting here in "A Journal" from now on.

This Blog is Not Accepting My Comments

I've just tried, twice to respond to a comment to the post Cherry Blossoms. What I tried to say was that ------I expected that I would try audio books again some day and that I had just begun to use a local public library after not having done so for years. I said that I was reading two library books at present. One is "The song of Hiawatha and Other Poems" by Longfellow. Said that I believed that I had probably called him Wordsworth. Mentioned that "Gerry" probably remembered Gitchi Gumi.
The second book looks to be one of the best works I have ever read. It's "The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History" by Ibn Khaldun, translated by Franz Rosethal and edited and abridged by N. J. Dawood. I added that perhaps I just liked abridged and condensed books that the Hiawatha book was put out by The Reader's Digest Association.

History Is Here Now

Just watched the film "Everything is Illuminated" directed by Liev Schreiber. Worthwhile as an illumination of our condition and an interesting treatment of the material. Listed artists are Elijah Wood, Eugene Hutz, and Boris Leskin. I believe it was largely filmed in Ukraine.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Cherry Blossoms

Just enjoyed the German Film, Cherry Blossoms. It takes place in Germany and Japan. It deals with grief and reality and relationship from a novel and attractive perspective. I was ignorant of the artists: Elmar Wepper, Hannelore Elsner, Maxmillian Bruckner, and Nadja Uhl. So much English was used that the sub-titles were little needed.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Don't

When I feel bad, frustrated, upset, angry, down. I often find it good to don't. When I just don't know what to do; I don't.
I don't recall. I don't imagine. I don't think. I don't examine. I don't control.
I'm not sure how I don't. I'm sure I don't don't perfectly. I do know that when I intend to don't, I feel better.
I have found the following helpful:
  • Don't recall: let go of what has passed.
  • Don't imagine: let go of what may come.
  • Don't think: let go of what is happening now.
  • Don't examine: don't try to figure anything out.
  • Don't control: don't try to make anything happen.
  • Rest: Relax right now and rest.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Haiti First.

Haiti is one of the two republics on the island of Hispaniola. The other is the Dominican Republic.
Hispaniola lies about 100 miles from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Haiti has an area of about 11,000 square miles and a population of about 8,400,000 which is about 95% black. You may get more information of this sort at www.haitifocus.com . The Dominican Republic is a bit larger and has a population which is about 3/4 Creole.
Haitians created the first black led republic in the word. It is the second republic created in the New World. Looking at Haiti's history it seems that from its inception until very recently that most leaders of the Western world have intended to crush it or to keep it well ground down.

Even recently it seems that the UN supported the US in depriving the people of Haiti of their most popular elected president.

The U S blockaded Haiti from the day it freed itself from its colonial masters.

Thoughts About "Govern" Post

It seems that most individuals take some pleasure in governing their bodies to some extent.

A body politic may be called a single, whole, organized gathering of human beings.

To rule myself, It seems I must get myself together and get organized. Guess I'd benefit by reviewing what I know about the nature of organization.

The art of civil administration is called politics. 'Politics' is used to refer to the affairs of the body politic. The things we do as citizens is called politics.

As individuals and in groups we are guided, directed, and steered through life in various ways. We sometimes attend to those ways which seem to work for us.

We mostly agree that we are not completely rudderless.

Govern

What question have you that might relate to 'govern?'
Below are some questions that come to me about "govern" recently:
  • What does it mean to govern oneself?
  • How do they guide themselves?
  • How might I better guide myself?
  • How do we govern ourselves?
  • How can we guide ourselves?
  • What does it mean to rule oneself?
  • What ought we teach our children about governing?
  • Who are we to govern?
  • Why would we rule ourselves?
  • Where might I guide myself?
  • When ought they rule themselves?
  • What does it mean to exercise on-going sovereign authority over you?
  • Who do we govern?
  • What is governance?
  • What is government?
  • What is sovereign authority?
  • Who is the main ruler in your life?
  • Who rules your state?
  • Who says you must pay taxes?
  • What does responsibility have to do with rule.
  • What does direction and orientation have to do with governing?
  • What can you do about it?
  • What's authority?
  • Where is the House of Representatives getting its authority?
  • Who does it seem ought to have the power to decide and determine?
  • Who are the top creators in their lives?
  • How do you cooperate with them?
  • How do the cooperate with you?
  • What do you use for a rudder?
  • Who steers your ship?
  • What does the "ship of state" have to do with a metaphor?
  • Where do you stand?
  • What is a body politic?
  • When might it be politic to ask?
  • When is a politician a bad person?
  • What is a politician?
  • How might a politician be an aid in governance?
  • When did politics become something to avoid?
  • Which responsibilities are best avoided?
  • What do citizens do about their affairs now?
  • How do you know when it is your affair?
  • Where is their body politic?
  • What state are they in.
  • I what way are we in this boat together?

Ibn Khaldun

Ibn Khaldun is one of those who brought Arabic scholarship and wisdom to the West along with the learning of the Persians and Greeks.

Western scholars have called him the father of Sociology and the initiator of contemporary demography.

British historian Arnold J. Toynbee called Ibn Khaldu's main historical work, "the greatest work of its kind that has ever yet been created by any mind in any time or place."

British philosopher, Robert flint wrote of Khaldun that, "As a theorist of history he had no equal in any age."

Monday, February 22, 2010

No Comment

Now I find that not only can't I leave comments here, but that my comments aren't accept elsewhere either.
Have I been bad?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

No Commenets From Me

Seems that this blog program is not accepting comments from me!!

Used to. wonder what the deal is.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

"Shall We Dance?"

I Just enjoyed a 1995 Japanese movie called "Shall We Dance?" Koji Yakusho played the lead with a number of excellent female actresses. The dancing was great. Dance, and relationship of the dancers to it, was the true star.

Me

Me before my recent illness.
Now I am fatter.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

We Remember Their Names

They came in this order: Fir Bolg -- Fomorians -- Tuatha De Danann -- Milesians

The made Ireland their home.

Ethlinn

Ethlinn is an important feminine name in the early hist of the people of Ireland. Three example of the many variations of the name are Ena, Ethniu, Eithne. At the moment Ethlinnn seems the most congenial to me.



I'll call my notions of the story of Ethlinn, history. Others have called it myth or of a religious nature. Others still have called it just a story.



Stories are great, but Here I intend to only briefly outline my understanding of Ethlinn's place in history.



Her place is just between two important peoples of early Ireland, the Fomorian are one and the Tuatha De Danann the other. I believe that they were both on the island before the steel carrying Celts. I think it well to call both of these early peoples carriers of bronze Age cultures. The Danann may be important to the origins of people called Sheehan.



Our Ethlinn is the daughter of a Fomorian leader called Balor. She came to know a man called Cian and was the son of Dian Cecht of the Tuatha De Danann. Cian and Ethlinn married and produced a son who was called Lugh. I've written of the bog Lug in earlier posts.



That's it, Cian and Ethlinn through their marriage join two important peoples of earlier Ireland.

It would not be correct to say that they lived happily ever after. Still, their joining has been important to to the formation of the Irish people.


Ethlinn and here story may be associated with Tory Island, leanan sidhe, Birog, Gavida, Manannan mac Lir, the Dagda, strife, Ogma, Fir Bolg, Teltown and much more. Sidhe means something like 'the magic person of the fairy mounds' and is some times pronounced shee, which is the sigular of Sheehan.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Government We Deserve. The Government We Have Earned

A government is moving away from being one of, by, and for the people
and toward being one to the people, or in spite of the majority of the people.
Is it not, then, the people who are responsible?

Zinc

Seems most of us get plenty of zinc in our diets and that the zinc we do get is usually well balanced by our intact of other metallic minerals,

Foods with particularly abundant amounts of bio available zinc include:
oysters
beef pot roast
ground beef
turkey
pumpkin seeds

Bowel Prep Kit

Locked myself out of the house this morning. Car was locked and key was in the house.

Walked to the fire station and rang the bell. No answer. knocked on the door. No answer. Knocked on all the windows and doors available to me. No answer. Banged on the door. Nothing. My plan was not to disturb the firemen nor to exercise myself. I thought that the firemen might help me by letting me use a phone to call a locksmith.

Continued walking. Entered a real estate office run by the widow of the realtor who brokered the deal when I bought this house. She helped me find the number of a locksmith and to dial that number. I had locked my glasses in the house.

The locksmith said that he was on the low desert, but could be back in the area in less than an hour, probably.

Continued walking. Went to the drugstore to pick up a "bowel prep kit" for my coming procedure.

I am in the house now. Paid the locksmith $60, cash.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Health Blog

Seem to have lost heart for keeping up my health blog. Never was much of a blog anyway.


Can't Get to the Drugstor by Myself

No longer am I able to travel by myself. Now it seems I am no longer able to go to the Drugstore by myself.
This morning I headed for Algodones on the boarder. Took care or a few errands locally. The last two were to pick up cash a bank ATM and put gas in the old Astro. As I left the ATM I was called to by a man just a bit younger than I. He had my ATM card in his hand. I thanked him and headed for the gas station. Then I drove down 62 to 10, west on ten, cut over to 8, and on west toward Yuma. Turned south on the Andrade/Algodones cut off, past the new casino across the canal, and began the turn into the Indian parking lot. I was just than that I remembered that I had forgotten my passport. Turn around and headed home. Only got lost once.
I'll try again in the morning.

This is not the first time I have forgotten passport on this trip. Nor is it the first time I nearly lost my debit card. It is the first time I did both on the same trip.
I do have the excuse of being sick and headachy on this trip. However, I have been either sick or headachy or both most of the time for the last two years.
Might be getting close to time to give up.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Why Won't They When They Say They Will

Why do they say they will when they won't?
It is beginning to seem that the doctors I choose are liers or incompetents or both.

Dr Levy, my main doctor, has not been any help with my records.
He said he would get my records from Dr. Salhotra, but has not. He was to get my records from Dr. Zadeh, but has not. He has not seen fit to tell me that he has not. He has scheduled apartments on the premise that he has and has charged me for them. Dr. Levy has said he has sent records to Doctor Gutierrez three time, but Gutierrez has not received them. I have called Dr. Levy many times about getting records to Gutierrez and and have made three special trips to his office with out getting results. what am I doing wrong?

Dr. Zadeh has said that he would send my records to Dr. Levy but has not

Salhotra has records of mine , but wont let Levy have them. Levy has records of mine but wont let Gutierrez have them.
Zadeh has records of mine, but won't let Levy have them. Levy has said that he would get records from Salhotra and Zadeh, but has not. None of these doctors have contacted me.

Gutierrez does not seem to think this strange or unusual and says we may have to repeat a great deal of the work.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Us?

It's just talk.
What's talk?
Let's talk about it?
What was the question?
I was just asking!
What's it all about?
It's just words.
Words are about meaning.
Good meanings, bad meanings.
Moral meanings.
What's the moral?
Unreal!

"About"

What's the word?
About.
About?
Just.
Only.
Approximately.
Almost.
Reversed position.
Reversed direction.
What does she care?
No particular direction.
Here and there.
On every side.
How may sides are there?
The area.
You know.
Succession, order, sequence.
Act or process?
On all sides.
Which side are you on?
Surrounding!
vicinity?
Around and around.
The same as, almost.
Close to what?
Reference.
Just talk.
Just talk.
What's just?
What is it?
Outside of it.
Concerning.
Concerning what?
Outside.
Talk about it.
Just talk?
Tale.
Tell.
Told.
What about it?
What is it about?
Us.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Puppets

I've enjoyed the Hornblower series for over half a century.
Still I have never read Forester's "Marionettes at Home." Have you?

Suicide Bombers

Just finished rereading C. S Forester's account of suicide bombers with Forester's original ending. You may know it as "The African Queen."

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired, But Still Posting

Have you checked my history blog recently?
I have a stack of folders each filled with pages of posts. I no longer have the energy or patience to enter them. However, I have just managed to sort history posts.

El Alto, Sucre, and Potosi

El Alto is great. It is located on the plain above La Paz. It is something of a native American nation; important politically and something new in the world. I think that officially El Alto is considered part of La Paz.



I believe that Sucre is elegant and comfortable. I suspect that I could live well there. It is the constitutional capital of Bolivia.



I haven't been to Potosi, but suspect that there are facts about it that you can find interesting. Below, I've sketched a few of them for you:

~ You might say that it was built by European energy and initiative, motivated by European greed.

~ Its high. I'd guess that it is over 13,000 feet above sea level.

~ It's located at the foot of Cero Rico. It has been said that with the silver taken
from that 'hill,' a bridge from Potosi to Madrid could be built. I suspect tat it did fiance much of the latter part of the European Renaissance.

~ In 1650, Potosi may have been the most populate city in the world. In that year I believe it had a population of over 160,000 inhabitants. How many people lived in London that year?

Haiti First

Hispaniola, an island of two republics, Haiti and Dominican Republic, lies about 100 miles from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Haiti has an area of about 11,000 square Miles and a population of about 8,400,000(perhaps some fewer now)which is about 95% black. The Dominican Republic is a it larger and is about 3/4 Creole.

Haitians created the first black led republic in the world. It is the second republic created in the New World. Looking at its history, it seems that from it inception until very recently that most of the leaders of the western world have tried, with much success, to crush it.
Even recently, it seems that the UN supported the US in depriving the people of Haiti of their most popular elected president.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Hey LA!

Have a couple of your civil engineers make a book report on the following work by Jey Jeyapalan, "Advances in Underground Pipeline Design, Construction, and Management."

Eyes of Another

To my face and in writing students have described me as:

special, helpful, deserving of best wishes and thanks, deserving of the best of things and of love, an appreciator of student art, nice, a good story teller, worth inviting back, admiring of student ability and accomplishment, one who listens to problems and helps to get them solved, appreciative of student cleverness, being observed and judged as worthy, one who seems ready to appreciate cleaver creativity, liked by Navajo, worth writing to, interested, loved, worthy of blessing, liked, fun, funny, a pleasure to be with, worthy of having a 'crush on,' worth showing off to -- even in French, effective, worth being known by, worth helping, worthy of happiness, an appreciator of good sentences, too talkative, one who sits on the desk inappropriately, one who rocks in a chair too much, a good motivator, one who accept reminders of his bad behaviors with good grace, a nice guy, attentive to all, worth hitting up for some money, a great teacher for a couple of days, terrific, patient(a frequent and surprising comment), worth thanking, a good teacher, one one can learn from, #1, admirable for having a smile for all, deserving of happiness and fulfilled desires, a teacher, caring, one who's work is appreciated, worth being wished happiness, Worth being wished strength, one who shows another how to discover things for oneself, making learning exiting, one understands and appreciates, cultural differences.

Pressure Stuff

I don't know who can't get high blood pressure.

Hypertension may run in families. It may have inheritable factors.

Kidney infection may lead to high blood pressure. Emotional stress may trigger hypertension.

Physical activity helps. Blood pressure is significantly lower in men who are physically active men then in me who are sedentary. However, those who work more than 40 hours a week tend to have higher blood pressure.

It doesn't take much pressure to do one damage. An average pressure of 142/85 may give a 25 year old a death rate 150% above the average for his age.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

"Full Blast"

I have good excuses for the state of my body and for my behavior. Good excuses. I have been ill for nearly two years. Before that I had good excuses too. Further more, as enlightened as I am, I seem to be significantly out of touch with certain motives of mine.



For all of that, I find tat information which seems pertinent to y state sometimes sparks my interest and I am tempted to gather it.



Here is some information which sparked my interest. Its not completely new to many interested in weight loss and fitness; still it may nicely jog your point of view as it did mine.



I am getting this info from n article in Dr. Williams' newsletter, "Alternatives." In part, it might be called interval exercise. The deal with this fat burning activity seems to be, to do about half of a period of exercise at full blast. Williams suggests, for example, if one walks for, say, 5 minutes at a comfortable rate and the walk as fast as you can for 5 minutes, that you will burn 9 times more fat then you would had you continued to walk for 10 minutes at your comfortable rate. He suggests that when riding a bike for exercise, instead of just riding aerobically for an hour, it were better to ride at your normal aerobic rate for 10 minutes and ten to ride full-out for 10 and so alternating complete your hour. The result would be to burn 9 times the fat you would have burned with your regular aerobic exercise!



Similar interval exercise seems also to be better for conditioning the heart and improving overall circulation.



High intensity exercise like weight lifting seems to have an effect similar to full blast intervals. Like full blast intervals, high intensity exercise continues burning fat after the ed of the exercise period for a longer time than many other exercises. They both also seem to raise ones metabolic rate for longer periods of time.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Our Founding Fathers

Would you please name a couple of our "founding fathers" for us?

How many of them are there away.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Little J. T. House

This sure isn't Camp Thunderbird. I doesn't have the richness or speciousness, ad much else. Still it has a good roof on it and I have a good view of the snow sprinkle on the nearby hills.


I'm able to handle the noise here so far. Most would consider it a quiet neighborhood, but neighbors have dogs, cars, and voices. I am sill surprised and a bit disturbed by the great amount of artificial light at night. Widow coverings are a necessity.


No tan round tails here. I there stead are fewer, but larger bushy tailed, gray ground squirrels.Font size

Friday, January 22, 2010

You Know what the Autistic Are Like

In his novel, "the curious incident of the dog in the night-time," Mark Haddon puts a joke much like this into the words of his protagonist, a young boy we might call autistic.

~ An economist, a logician, and a mathematician were on a train to Scotland. Looking out the window as they enter Scotland they see a brown cow standing parallel to the train.
The economist says, "Look the cows in Soctland are brown."
The logician says, "No,, there are cows in Scotland of which ast least one is brown."
The mathematician says, "No, there is at least one cow in Scotland, of which one side appears brown." ~

Haddon has his hero explain the joke like this " ...it is funny because economists are not real scientists, and because logicians think more clearly, but mathematicians are best."

Maybe one needs to read the book.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Family History

Interested in Sheehan family history in particular or in genealogy in general?
Click on my sister's genealogy site.

Powers and Elders

I tend to do better when I'm cooperative and attentive.

I tend to cooperate with powers that be and to attend to elders.

Not Working

I am dropping my rocketmail and yahoo acounts beginning today. They are nor working for me.

Light

Is the night sky getting lighter, getting darker, or staying the same?

Tavis Smiley

Tavis Smiley is a sweethart.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Amazon.com

I wonder if Amazon offers a book discusing mineral availabilty in various foods.
American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide

Can you tell us more about this book?  Might it help me find specific foods to help my zinc uptake.

Gerry's Genealogy

Gerry's Genealogy

Zinc, Zinc, in the Pink

What are some excellent natural sources of bio-available zinc?
Zinc supplements I've seen do not appear very bio-available and I'd like to avoid them.
What I'd like to have well in mind is a small menu of foods that typically contain high amounts of available zinc.
I understand that pumpkin seed husks contain a great deal o zinc, but I'd like more variety than that offered by husks. One item doesn't make a menu.
Have you heard of foods high in zinc that you would care to tell me about?

Why am I interested? Because:
Lack of zinc may lead to angina and I have experienced angina.
Lack of enough zinc may lead to enlarged prostate and I have experience enlarged prostate.
I have told I have atherosclerosis or similar circulatory problems including calcium deposits and some health professionals believe that they have fund evidence of a good cheating effect of zinc.
Zinc lozenges have stopped a cold developing within me.

Haiti

The deaths in the small area of the capital represents the most dead per squar kilimeter in the shorested period of time I know of.
I'd have bet that the number of dead whould not reach 40,000. Now it looks like the reality could be twice that.

Did you know that we have treated Haitians worse than we have treated Cubans and have treated them that way for a much longer perid of time?

Who are we.

Side Effects

I have felt a variety of unpleasant side effects from drugs I've taken to lower my blood pressure.
For example:
~ I have felt generally bad with general discomfort.
~ I have felt something like liver discomfort and slightly feverish.
~ I have had my ability to experience a and erection diminished.
~ I have ha a variety of headaches or varying severity and duration.`
~ Some diuretics have caused me crushing heart discomfort.

Usually I have had no practical understanding of the side effects I have felt. When I have called doctor's attention to those side effects I have typically be offered no enlightenment. When the effects were severely frightening I have quit the medication and the doctor. One side effect that seemed to find the most ready interest of a doctor was impotence.

I was interested in discovering that taking drugs lie Levitra and Viagra could lower my blood pressure while providing useful side effects.

Oneness

What is the state of our oneness?

Can a democracy or any nation long exist without well nurtured oneness.

Pogroms and Palestine

Modern Jewish immigration to Palestine began in about 1880 with pogroms in Eastern Europe.

From 1904 through 1914 other waves of European Jews were allowed to immigrate to Palestine. I believe that it was in the later part of this period that the British conquered Palestine. The conquering army included the Jewish Legion which contained many Zionists.

In 1920 Palestinians 'rioted' in resistance to the British giving Jews great rights to Palestinian lands.

Before 1922 Jews had created a military 'defense' in Palestine. In 1922 the League of Nations gave mandate over Palestine to Britain.

A third and fourth waves of Jewish immigration to Palestine between about 1919 and 1929 came against the will of the Palestinian people.

I about 50 years over 200,000 European Jews entered tiny Palestine to satay. Then, in a fifth wave of Europeans, 250,000 more came.

Between 1936 and 1939 Palestinians 'revolted' at what they experienced as a hostile invasion.

After 1945 England found itself in violent conflict with European Zionists and threw up their hands (washed). Soon the UN partitioned Palestine.

In 1948 'European' Jews claimed Palestine.

In "comments" please correct my errors or ad pertinent facts and details.

Dam Importanat In Yemen

and miscellaneous insights

Before 2300 BC there were elaborate earth dams and canal networks in what we now call Yemen. These works were carried out by a people of a pre-Saba'a culture.

The ancient town of Marib was once the capital of the kingdom of Saba'a, which may have been the kingdom of the Queen of Sheba. Saba may have been ruled by sixty female rulers before the Sheba of Solomon's time.

People of of Yemen might have been navigators of the sea and merchants before Moses walked in Egypt.

From good (not perfect)source I learn that after about 820 BC the kingdoms of Maan and Sheba arose in Yemen. And, that at the end of the 5th century BC two more arose, Quataban and Hadramaut. By about 250 BC Sheba absorbed Maan.

From another worthy source I 'hear' that Qahtans pre-dated the Saba and were the ones to begin the dam and canals at Marib. Some held the Qahtani to be in competition with the Adan and the Ma'ad.

We know that a source of historic difficulty is different people give differing names to a 'single entity.'

The earliest inhabitants of Yemen and Southern Arabia are often remembered as Qatani and have been identified with the Jokton of the Bible, a fourth generation decedent of Shem. (Sons of Sam?)

Close connections may be found between Nabataean Arabs and Quahtani. After about 70 BC there is evidence of important inland towns in the hands of Nabataean and Iturian Arabs near the Mediterranean end of the Arabian Penisula. (Petra I've written in other posts of the Nabataeans.

By 750 BC the Great Dam of Marib was one of the great engineering wonders of the world, efficient and beautifully clad in worked stone. By 500 BC it had been enlarged and remained a wonder. The Sheba or Qahtani remained the principle culture until about 220 BC. By 280 BC the Himyrarites dominated that Sabaenn cultur.

The present modern dam was completed in 1986 and is a fine piece of engineering.


Friday, January 15, 2010

Lost

Lost my Yahoo email
Lost my rocketmail email.
Lost my firefox browser.
Lost my email address book.
Contact me here or at:
rcarrollsheehan@gmail.com

I'm sorry.

!Viva Bolivia!

The effective help by Bolivians is being felt in Haiti right now!
!Viva Bolivia!

Not Happy

The days are beautiful. My family and friends are treating me well. My new neighbors are proving to be good sorts. Its great to be on good terms with my sister. Still I'm not happy. Not sure why.
I still have diarrhea, Camp Thunderbird isn't rented yet. I'm not taking very good care of my vehicle or of this place. Did have some more cement in the fence posts here today.
Dot sure whats going on with me, but know I'm not feeling happy. May be that this diarrhea has me feeling sick and I seem impotent to anything about.

Guess John Wayne would call this belly-aching.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Maladies

Well, Now I am in a real mess.
I not only have a badly damaged spine, but also chronic diarrhea and hypertension.
To add to that, I seem to be developing a case of real depression.
Haven't been able to find a doctor to teach me to take care of the above maladies, how can I expect to find an able therapist.

Monday, January 11, 2010

My Rocketmail Email Is Back

Without much hope hope of success, I clicked on http://www.rocketmail.com in my previous post and pulled up my rocketmail email account!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wonder how long I'll be able to keep it.

I wonder if http://www.foxfire.com will get my browser back.

Yahoo

Yahoo seems to be refusing any contact attempt through:
richardsheehan@rocketmail.com !!!!!

Still No Sigh of Rocketmail or FireFox

No help from Spybot or Norton.

Still No Sign of Browser or Email program!!!

Haven't Been Able to Get Help

Browser and email still gone.

No help from Yahoo.
No Help from Mozilla.
No help from Rocket mail.
No help from FireFox.
No help from Microsoft.
No help from Windows.


I can still be contacted here or at
rcarrollsheehan@gmail.com

Haven't Been Able to Get Help

Lost

Today my richardsheehan@rocketmail.com email account disappeared from my computer.
Rocketmail is a Yahoo account. My address boox and all my addresses also disappeared!

Also lost all evidence of my Foxfire-Mozilla web browser.

Both rocketmail. com and Foxfire were default positions.

What happened?

Why did it happen?

How can I have a safer and simpler web life??

How might I retrieve my address?

How might I retrieve my 'bookmarks,' and "favorits?

How best I retreat to a safer position?'

Monday, January 04, 2010

Mind

A meditation:
Death may keep me from changing my mind.
Learning means changing my mind.
Changing my mind means learning.
My learning is changing my mind.
My mind is changing my learning.
Learning changes mind.
Mind changes learning.
As I live, so I learn.
Live and learn!
Learn and live?
I learn as I live.
I live as I learn.
There are way to live.
There are ways to learn.
This isn't the whole story.
Sit with it a bit.

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