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Saturday, January 28, 2012

A big shout to to my brother @bishopjselders and Pamela for their King week show! Check out Spirit Talk on Blog Talk Radio!
A big shout out to my brother @jselders

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

All this time I've been thinking my front porch was used to enter my house. NOW I realize many people use it for collecting debris!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Saturday, January 21, 2012

I don't want to seem like a horse's ass, and I'm all for hiring people with limitatios - IF they can actually do their job.
It's pretty sad when 22 degrees seems like a heat wave

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Yes, I would be the idiot that decided to shave last Sunday just before the sub zero temps set in. #bad idea #vanity

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

It isn't possible to authentically advocate equality for yourself without advocating equality for all people.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Did you hear about the new Jermichael Finley Packers Jersey? When you wear it you drop everything thrown at you.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

New topic: Whose baby would CBS Sports announcer Dan Dierdorff rather have? A: Ray Lewis. B: Ed Rice. C: Tom Beady. Talk amongst yourselves!

Friday, January 13, 2012

OK, so it was a really, really bad idea to try to shovel today before just going to get gas for the snow blower. #foolishness #ouch

The Art of Letting Go

Monks and nuns of virtually every tradition have historically avoided the media - most especially television, but also much print media with the exception of certain approved sources.  Ostensibly, those restrictions were put in place so they could focus on the spiritual life, and I am certain that was at least part of the reason they were actually implemented.  In the case of some monks and nuns with whom I used to associate back in the day, they still read The National Catholic Reporter and The Living Church.  Those publications are from the Roman Catholic and Episcopal Church bodies, respectively.  Whether or not Church media are any more objective than secular media is debatable, but at least the topics they cover are different.  The truth is that corporate secular media do not report the news that our society doesn't want you to know about.  I have a source within the Milwaukee Police Department who tells me that shots are fired every day by certain units - and the media know about it and don't report it - but let a street cop fire a shot and the media are all over it.  Just yesterday while I was working in the hood I heard a double-tap followed by no sirens, no reporters, no apparent response of any kind.

It can be overwhelming.  Life comes at us at break neck speed even if we only consider the parts of which we are made aware.  When you add to it the various organizations seeking to mobilize us with petition drives about everything from serious issues to how the people at Lego market their toys, things can get out of control pretty quickly.  Some of those petitions seems to have an impact, while others do not.  Whether or not the same objectives could be achieved through other means is debatable, what is certain is that the organizations circulating the petitions are little more than lobbying organizations the agendas of which we happen to agree with.  The problem is that the impact of all of this information, when coupled with the declarations of emergency that accompany everything from fundraising drives for political candidates to the aforementioned gripe with Lego marketing, can easily become overwhelming.  We can feel powerless, agitated, anxious, and/or any of a host of other feelings.  Do we abandon hope, disengage from society, and withdraw from the rat race?

Withdrawing can be an effective strategy, and a valid one at that.  The problem is that most people who assume activist postures are, in fact, activists.  Remaining withdrawn is very difficult for activists because it goes against their nature.  What to do?  The advice to "pick your battles" is rather ineffective, because to pick our battles we still have to expose ourselves to more of them that we can healthily engage - unless we learn to detach.

Attachment comes in many forms.  When I worked in hospitals for the first time in the mid 1990s I was surprised to see the nurses become extremely distraught when their patients died - not just the hard cases like young patients, but even the deaths from natural causes after a long life well lived.  They lacked the ability to detach, and so to them each death was like the death of a family member.  Of course, part of the problem in these situations is that our culture has a very unhealthy attitude toward death.  The other part of the problem was that they were unable to do the best they could to help their patients and then step back and allow the Universe to unfold as it will.  The same is true for activists.  All we can do is the best we can.  The outcomes of situations and circumstances simply are not up to us.  They are determined by almost innumerable factors, most of which are beyond our control.  We get in trouble when we try to take responsibility for things that we can only impact in a limited way.

Each generation has its crises.  The only thing they have in common is that good people do the best they can, and whatever will unfold does, in fact, unfold.  There is one other thing they have in common - the world keeps on turning.  If indeed we are spiritual beings having a human experience, we keep on "turning" as well.  In the interim, if we do the best we can and leave the outcome to the Universe we will find that we still sleep at night, experience much less anxiety, and even a growing sense of peace.  And, when we need to, we can take a break from the grind and trust that the world will not fall apart in our absence.  
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

FWD: I talked with a man today who was missing his two front toofs. Apparently that's not what he wanted for Christmas!
It just occured to me that in my small business I visit people once a month. That makes me like walking, talking menses!
if those fockers at Starbucks really cared, they would deliver coffee to me when I am working in the hood!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

there is amaomething vaguely disturbing about a man wirh a nice voice riding on a bicycle singing "I'd like to play hide & seek..."

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Monday, January 9, 2012

and to the stupid f&#ker who, after I indicated I would not be buying an Iphone, tweeted me some spam about winning a free Iphone, f&#k u!
I am frustrated enough by technology that I have had to resort to Deva Premal and alcohol.
I've had enough of half asses code on android apps. And no, I will not buy an iphone

Friday, January 6, 2012

To be quite honest, sometimes hysterical stuff pops into my head that I have no idea where it came from.
I am re-evaluating the amount of social media I use. How much is too much?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

"Hoarder" is such an unpleasant term. I prefer "curator.". LOL!
Can we agree that a grown man wearing a winter hat with a big, poofy pom on top is hard to take seriously?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

The are few commercial more juvenile that Southwest Airlines football referee based ads. I wouldn't fly them just because of this nonsense
The are few commercial more juvenile that Southwest Airlines football referee based ads. These ads, coupled with their attitudes toward LGt
I guess Jesus is just as tired of Tim Tebow as everybody outside of Denver is...
There is no invalid spiritual path, except the one that says, "mine is right, and yours is wrong."
Happy New Year!