Making Happy

November 24, 2010

I was having myself a little pity party. All this TSA theatre is bringing me down.Then I decided to re-read some of my meditation book Coming to Our Senses. I dunno but I think this is what Jon Stewart was trying to say in his interview with Rachel Maddow

from The Taming Power of The Small in Coming to Our Senses(link above)

We are wont to villify particularly egregious emergences of ignorance as evil. This allows us to assert categorically our own identification with goodness in contradistinction. It is a gross and ultimately unhelpful gloss, even if there are elements of truth in it. Both views, of others as evil and of ourselves as good, may be better characterized as ignorant. For both ignore the fundamental disease, the one that manifests in human beings when we fall prey to unawareness of the preciousness of life, and wantonly or witlessly harm others in seeking pleasure or power for ourselves.

Coming to Our Senses is going to be a book I buy to read again and again.

These vids/ orgs make me HAPPY!!


Electronic-Take Back Coalition

chaotic notes:

microscopic art slideshow (#8 is my favorite)

10 ways to be gracious

Opening to You: Zen Inspired Translations of the Psalms, Norman Fischer


Diamonds in the Ruff

November 1, 2010

Reading and Listening to All Along the Watchtower and watching streaming Netflix National Geographic Program Collapse (short video link) got me thinking how beautifully prophetic Jimi Hendrix’s song is.

All along the watchtower
Princes kept the view
While all the women came and went
Bare-foot servants to, but huh
Outside in the cold distance
A wild cat did growl
Two riders were approachin
And the wind began to howl
All along the watchtower
Hear you sing around the watch
Gotta beware gotta beware I will


Princes will always “keep the view”. The wind and the growling wildcat aka environment/ activism?

There are three NatGeo programs I have watched recently. I started with Guns Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. Next I watched The Human Family: Tracing The Human Journey Through Time. Finally I watched Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive. It was quite a trilogy. Jared Diamond appeared in the first and last of the Documentaries. This page is a list of his Awards and Honors, impressive if you ask me.

Here’s a few that are relevant to Guns, Germs, and Steel as well as Collapse.

I really like how Collapse ends. It ends on a decidedly positive note. We have a choice now that we know. What will we each choose? Collapse projects we have 20 years. I personally feel like we are seeing the beginnings of it~~~large spaces abandoned in strip malls, anyone?

What can we choose to amplify? I  would like to see these programs “amplified”!!  J. Stewart, Jimi, and Jared are diamonds in the ruff if you will.

P.S. thanks J. Stewart for that moment of sincerity: video and text.


October 13, 2010

This is a great review of Shaun the Sheep from

Shaun is a Sheep who doesn’t follow the flock.

In fact, he leads them into all sorts of scrapes and scraps, turning peace in the valley into mayhem in the meadow. Shaun and his pals run rings around their poor sheepdog Bitzer, as he tries to stop the Farmer finding out what’s going on behind his back.

I titled this KidMedia but really, I am the one who loves Shaun the Sheep. Kiddo likes it now that we are on the second viewing of season 1. She really would prefer if we watched Backyardigans. I’ve gotta give a shout-out to Laid Off Dad for this one. Laid Off Dad is one of my bloggy hero’s, I have been reading him for a long time. I wouldn’t have ever heard of Shaun if it wasn’t for him.

This book recommendation goes out to Laid Off Dad and any others looking for a good kid read. We listened and re-listened to Lost in Spice while in the car driving to home state, Great North. We started talking like Uno Ojo in the car and at random times when giving directions. It worked. Talk like an alien when telling your kid to do something and they giggle and do it.  Judy Schachner is my children’s book author-heroine. Adults and children love Skippito or SkippyJonJones.

Have I mentioned that I think the recorded book is one of the cheapest and most underused technologies that can help readers of all ages? They are life savers for me when I am overwhelmed, tired, and just want to enjoy a story with my kiddo instead of having to read it. And when you get a book that has been recorded by it’s author it is even more entertaining. There’s a bonus of being able to put the cd in and leave the room too. 🙂

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