October 6th, 2007

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Good Morning!!

I just learned that the smaller the bubbles, the finer the champagne.   I never knew that and it seems like there is a lesson in it, though I'm not sure I can figure it out right now.  Perhaps it is to notice each moment, and package it as tightly as possible.  Bubble;  Bubble;  Bubble, like hot-air balloons floating in a warm blue sky.

I saw the Blue Angels  yesterday.  I was driving down the freeway and thought, at first, I was seeing six birds, flying in formation, and I suppose in a way I was, but then, I shifted perspective and thought of the  human beings navigating inside.   Wow!

I saw the movie, the Jane Austen Book Club and loved it.  Creative, funny, and romantic.

The painting is now done in all but the bathroom and that has a primary coat which means no showers for a few days, quite a few.   Tim returns on Monday to do the basic coat.  Meanwhile I am getting things back in order and enjoying doing  it, and some things are in piles to discard.  It is amazing what a new coat of paint can do.   We ready our nest for fall, and another glorious fall day is ours to nestle into and nuzzle and toss like balls in play.  


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When I read that China and other countries continue to prop up the dollar so we can continue to buy products that distract because with the artificial propping they are so cheap, I think of how the Chinese leaders tried to keep opium out of China knowing it would distract and weaken, and the British just kept ramming it down their throats, until takeover was easy.   Distract the people.  Make them complacent.  Take away community and connections.  Isolate them so they play alone with addictive video games.  

We are being doped with the equivalent of opium with ipods, video games and picture-taking cel phones.  Just reading the instruction manuals takes time and we can keep up-grading because the products are deliberately kept cheap for us.  A German ordering Halo 2, the new Microsoft Xbox 360 game through Amazon will pay twenty-six percent more than Americans for the same product.

Meanwhile the NY Times has an article today on the wealthy who buy a condo for $20 million and spend years and millions re-modeling.  More and more children have no health insurance.   This country once had leadership and vision.  I don't want to be cynical, but can anyone point to one example of that right now?

Read Bob Herbert today and weep:   http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/06/opinion/06herbert.html?th&emc=th

And journey outside and enjoy this glorious day.
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Positive notes to play -

I challenged you to give me something positive in today's world and I found it for myself.  I have been reading the November Shambhala Sun magazine which is jam-packed with great articles.  I will present some here today, but the one I am with right now is a book review by Bill McKibben of Paul Hawken's new book, BLESSED UNREST: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw it Coming.

Paul Hawken estimates that there are around two million groups working workwide for social justice and ecological survival and that these groups constitute " a kind of nascent, invisible superpower."   Because there are no leaders, logos and very little media coverage, we are not always aware of these grassroots groups that believe there is more than one bottom line in the world, and that simply adding up the GNP  is not the way to tell if life is getting better.

Hawken says currently we treat goods better than people.  What if we reversed that and treated people better than goods.

Bill McKibben, a powerful environmental force in his own right,  says that when he was rinsing pepper spray from his eyes from the protest of the WTO in 2000, that he looked up and saw "Wake up, Muggles," printed on a large balloon floating overhead.  It's good advice.

"Wake up, Muggles."   Unite!!

I am also with a comment Jane made to me yesterday.  She works for Kaiser and is one of the first to be informed of their new advertising campaigns.  The Thrive campaign did well and now they have a new promotion.   A 90 second commercial aired last night on Gray's Anatomy.   It sounds like this ad is oriented to making people feel more comfortable with cancer care.  Who could argue with that, and yet I am still bothered by advertising health care, even if it is done with a positive message and intention. 

I wonder about using advertising for education and guidance.  I'm grateful the Paul Hawken book shows we can get together and manifest change and do it on our own.  Of course, his book will be advertised and sold to us, and so the circle is complex, and our zeal for change can still unite individuals together in ventures that are compassionate, far-seeing,  and bold.