All our unending thanks must go Hilary
Whose serious attacks against tyranny
In government, religion and the military
On our behalf, have been mounted daily, endlessly
Though weariness inscribes its boundless gravity
Upon that lovely brow, there is no stoop in those sure shoulders
Not bowed before the screeching rabble of the right.
I’ll work for you, I’ll vote for you, I’ll devote years
I’ll travel miles, never so many as you do
To give you what you need to do
Whatever you determine
Now needs doing.
If grateful eyes could give you more than adoration
What would I not give for your well-considered smile.
Goddess, never was there one more noble
Words whispered in what passes for a prayer
In these religiously embattled years
I offer up on your behalf, for you
Have risen once again and yet again
Yet still reside among us
Your stiffened spine protects the child
Protects the village and the shrine
Our grateful eyes embrace your character
Your grace, your studied mind
Your urge to dance and mingle
It takes a woman, truly, such as you are
To give the world another way of seeing
As you continually do against all odds
You are a truly wondrous human being.
Life is the inhabitation/excitation
in patterns of Energy
Matter attracts, retains, emits, repels
Life is the result
Of energy being taken, acted upon
When matter releases energy
It moves until captured by
Drawn to, converted by mass/matter
into patterned orbital,
Catalyst, reactor, reaction, phase
Until energy breaks out of form
Pattern, programmed being
No longer trapped by
Used by, formed and refracted
And absorbed by matter/mass
As protein, virus, DNA
Matter plays with, dallies with,
Enjoys, enshrines and longs for
Energy to transform,
Embrace until the cell, nucleus,
Seed of life can no longer contain,
And time, it moves ON.
The drive to privatize or end Social Security is a clear example of willful blindness. The only proposal from Republican pundits is to raise the retirement age to 70. It ignores the inability of many people to keep working that long.
Imagine if young workers were forced to support their destitute 68-year-old parents who can’t work or get Social Security. How will those workers afford kids? How will they rent apartments or marry? Nearly 30 percent of American college graduates now have to move back in with their parents. They can’t buy homes, furniture or dishes or sign up for their own cable or satellite service.
The Social Security and Medicare “shortfalls” have been carefully crafted to look like an emergency to justify cutting benefits or raising the retirement age. Simply ending the exemption on income over $112,000 a year would solve the problem.
And why are dividends, interest income and capital gains all exempt from buying Social Security and Medicare insurance?
Even the wealthiest among us collect Social Security on earned income and rely on Medicare, although they could afford private health insurance. And their kids and grandkids benefit from Social Security and take whatever benefits they can get from Medicare and Social Security.
Sarah Palin, who can clearly afford to take care of her kids, gets Social Security for her disabled youngest child.
Do CEOs and leveraged buy-out billionaires imagine that impoverishing others will make them richer or more secure? Are they willfully blind to the riots in Greece, England and France? Are they willfully blind to the possibility of that happening here? Again?
Q: Who is really in charge in our so-called society?
A: Actually, corporations, religions and the military run things, not women or men. Unfortunately, men now mainly run these entities, and when women are excluded, balance goes out the window.
This can lead to stupid decisions, like drug makers selling drugs they know are killing people who take them. Hopefully, women are less likely to think their own paychecks are more important than the lives of their customers. We can’t be sure until a lot more women are CEOs and board members. Continue reading →
Why do people think the American dream is to work hard and get ahead? Most people do not dream of hard work, they dream of an easier life and many other things like laughter, love, freedom, travel, sports and freedom from pain or hunger.
They dream of being free from worrying about having to take care of others, freedom from sickness, freedom from harassment by governments or religions or neighbors or family members. Continue reading →
When I was 21, I had been a coffee addict since I was 16. I drank it black by the pot full. I had terrible migraines, and one day I went to see a chiropractor to see if he could help me. He looked at the dark circles under my eyes and said, “Something is poisoning you, and I’ll bet it’s caffeine.” Continue reading →
I was suffering off and on from nasty leg cramps at night. Nothing seemed to help. I tried exercising early in the day or late at night, stretching, yoga, both hot and cold. I took aspirin, but it made my stomach burn. I tried NSAIDS but my stomach rebelled again. I tried prescription drugs, but they made me groggy and stupid without stopping the pain.
Finally, a chef in a Chinese restaurant told me that some people get muscle cramps and migraines from tomatoes, eggplant and other vegetables in the nightshade family. Continue reading →
If you have an unexplained gut ache and/or diarrhea and/or constipation, your doctor may have sent you to a specialist for a lot of expensive, awful tests. But you may be able to easily, quickly rid yourself of whatever they diagnosed you with by one simple step. Stop eating potato peels in any form.
The reason people carefully peeled potatoes for centuries is that the leaves, stems and peels of potatoes are poisonous. If I eat them I get a horrible gut ache that can last for several days and that doesn’t respond to any type of medication, even prescription pain pills. Continue reading →