January 2nd, 2010

alan - joshua tree bloom

The New Year!

It is the second day of the New Year and already I almost slipped and then I caught myself.  We were bustling about, excited to go see the first performance of Avatar at our local good theater when I remembered my commitment to Connection Well to write a poem a day.  Yesterday was easy.  I was primed, but what could I write today?  Ack!  The burden was begun, but then I sat and looked at the drops of dew on the trees and a poem came and I knew how clearly it is about the commitment, the honoring to and of myself.  

With that, came some thoughts on health care.  I feel concern when I hear a bit of self-righteousness on health care as though if we were all slim and working out, there would be no health issues.  I don't know how many outwardly healthy people I know who have had heart attacks.  There are innumerable causes for cancer and certainly the environment is a big one, but the biggest lesson I got when I was in treatment was that it wasn't my "fault."

We have been living in a country that somehow thought business could support ridiculously out of proportion compensation for CEO's. Where did people think that money came from?

We also need to recognize that we have united for health care, that most of us have been paying for health insurance, and now we want and need to unite one huge pool, the whole country.  We might have taken Medicare down to a younger age.  Everything I read on it, says it works, but no, we argue and divide, and argue and hate and that in itself is bad for our health.

I hope sanity returns to this country, and I realize that though I know our president is trying, he needs to make some speeches that lay it out there very clearly to all of us, rich and poor and those in between.  He has the gift of speech and he needs to be using it now even more vibrantly to lead us in the cause of humanity.  I see how clearly this is the year for each of us to speak out and to recognize we are already socialized and that is because we want to help those with whom we share the planet.  Happiness is there.

alan's marigolds

Orion -


Well, when it came right down to it, we each realized we were neither one interested in getting in a car - it has been many, many days now, so we walked to the store, and upon return, Orion magazine was lighting up the mailbox.  Oh, such delight, when Orion comes.  If you don't subscribe, you can also read it on-line. http://www.orionmagazine.org/  

I am caught on this note:

"I want to swallow the rainbow
 And learn how to bend like that."

- Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer
"Holding Three Things at Once"

I learn in Outside In by Jay Griffith that:

"The word private originally meant to be "deprived of public life."

"Similarly the etymology of the word idiot, from ancient Greek, refers to a "purely private person" - one who takes no part in public life."

There is also a new video game for children, called Neighborhood Explorers.  It is sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service and there is even a website of support, "Let's Go Outside."  One can't argue with the intent, and perhaps it is wiser to open the door and go outside.  Imagine the fun of that and it sounds like the stilted graphics are not going to compare to Modern Warfare, Assassin's Creed, and Grand Theft Auto, so maybe nature is its own best advertisement.