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The Growing Divide & What it Says About Us

As mid-term elections draw near with the likelihood that some of the crazier – and nastier – fringe elements of the far right will be heading off to congress the attached address by film maker Michael Moore provides important context for the swirl of wackiness sweeping the country. http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/316-20/3627-in-the-souls-of-the-people When unemployment throws people into economic
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Antisocials and the Unfortunate Costs of Business as Usual

(Note: The following was originally published as a column in the August 2010 Issue of the “Kickapoo Free Press”.) It’s been a tough few years for American families. In fact, with near financial ruin of Wall Street, the triumph of nastiness in national civil society and now an ecological catastrophe that reads like it is
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A speaker of truth in a time of lies

The Gulf Coast British Petroleum disaster continues unabated. Oil tar balls, smelly sheen and worse are appearing on beaches further and further from the BP well site. It rained oil in New Orleans a few days ago. Wildlife is dying in greater numbers. Though nobody can explain what triggered the explosion that led to this
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Tragedy is just business as usual for BP, oil industry and ourselves

As of today the British Petroleum (BP) oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico continues. The Gulf waters aren’t the only thing getting murkier; we still aren’t getting accurate numbers on the scale of the rupture as federal officials play timid handmaiden to BP corporate headquarters. With the equivalent of a new Exxon Valdez oil
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Drowning in an oily sea of our own desire

A few weeks ago, early in the Gulf Coast British Petroleum disaster, as giant plumes of oil gathered silently beneath the surface of the water and cooperative winds kept the mess offshore, FOX News commentator and oil industry apologist Brit Hume asked snidely, “Where’s the oil?” Well, that question has been answered over and over
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BP Oil Crisis Ruptures the Limits of Language

Going into its second month of disaster the British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon oil well fiasco is threatening ever more sensitive Gulf Coast marshlands, estuaries and islands. As of today, May 23, reports are that the rusty sludge continues to migrate, now showing up on beaches west of the mouth of the Mississippi. Reports vary
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Speeding up only for it all to break down

We are of two basic mindsets. The first is geared to respond to immediate danger and threat to survival. The second is to provide rest and rejuvenation. The first is the throttle; the second the brake. Our internal body functions are governed by the autonomic nervous system, which is located in the limbic part of
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Our scattered shards of character

(Eigth in a series.) As the sixth blog in this series on mindfulness noted, parts matter. Just as a pot can be reconstructed from broken shards and that reconstructed pot can add to understanding of a whole civilization or ancient trade routes, the “shards” of our daily behavior reveal much about our character and place.
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Finding the universal whole in all the fractured parts

(Sixth in a series.) We live much of our day in the illusion of separateness. Each person and problem, every wrinkle and minor disaster are seen and approached as discreet – separate – events. In the rush to get on with the day we are usually blind to the cascading reality of inter-relationship that binds
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Mindfulness in motion … and not a moment too soon!

(Fifth in a series.) Mindfulness is more than sitting on a meditation zafu or an exercise in slowly savoring a spoonful of delicious food. If it is not in motion – active in the both the individual and larger world – it becomes just another self-indulgent blip in the American self help video. From the
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