Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton

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Sylvia Plath was probably one of the greatest poets ever, but… she was a woman, and a mother, and committed suicide, and this in patriarchal societies has a brutal price. Fortunately, the 20th century has brought along an unprecedente revolution, and we might rescue a lot of people who made valuable contributions.

Winter_Trees_Faber_75This book is about 60 pages. I’ll try to record the play at the end of the book, as I did when I was a university student instead of writing a paper on her poetry because I thought that making her alive in my voice would be more valuable than analyzing/analysing her poems. The teacher was not thrilled and just gave me a pass mark, but invited me to speak about her in class. (Because I had complained he had skipped her. The program in US American Literature just included two women, Plath and Anne Sexton, and he…

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Greece: The Muscle of Corporate Capitalism

We Are All Greeks Now Posted on Jul 12, 2015 By Chris Hedges    A demonstrator waves a Greek flag during an anti-austerity rally in central Athens on Friday. (Petros Karadjias / AP) The poor and the working class in the United States know what it is to be Greek. They know underemployment and unemployment. They know life without […]

My Dying Wish

In a nutshell, I could be dying but the mind still works and I want to contribute to the world while I still can. This site is my contribution. I am an artist, educator and activist determined to make a mark on this great canvas we call life before it’s too late.
My mission is to inspire, educate and motivate people to take action and create a better, healthier and sustainable world for our children. We are in a state of crisis. Climate change is real and if we don’t take action now, it’s going to be too late. We are almost past the point of no return. Our Earth is sick and so is our society. We are all polluted and living an unhealthy existance.

Unfortunately, I have not been blessed with good mental and physical health, have a lump in my breast and suffer from many ailments. To name a few, some of my diagnoses include: bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, orthostatic hypotension, degenerative disc disease, arthritis, GERD, IBS, chronic migraines, sciatica, folliculitis and staph infection. I have had staph infection countless times but this recent one is the worst one I’ve ever had and I have been on and off antibiotics for about two months now. Just when I think it’s gone, it comes back. I have to take frequent bleach baths and be fastidious about my hygenie which is difficult for someone who has hot flashes, lives in one of the hottest states and is always sweating. A few years ago, my health problems started to significantly affect my ability to work and worsened to the point where I cannot work at all.
Professionally, I was a trainer, a college instructor and a pharmacy subject matter expert. I enjoyed playing those roles very much for the most part and feel like I touched many lives in positive ways but now my career is over. I have no idea from one moment to the next how I will be feeling and am not functioning well at all. It’s a real accomplishment for me to do some housework or go out of the house. Not exactly the best days of my life…. Hopefully, the case worker I was assigned after a recent hospitalization will be able to help me get the proper care because some days I feel like I am dying. So here I am, with all this going on, plus a lump in my breast and I can’t afford the biospy. So, I wait, still not sure if I have cancer, uninsured and without income, for some financial aid. I applied over 4 weeks ago for benefits at the state level and my case is still “pending”.

My problems seem immense but are actually insignificant when you look at the problems facing us globally. Climate change, income inequality, mass imprisonment of our population, GMO’s, fracking, destruction of our environment, wars and millions of lives lost over wars based on greed, the erosion of personal freedom and our basic rights, inaccessible healthcare, low wages, high cost of living, blockades to transitioning to solar power, the relentless destruction and violence to perpetuate a system serving the billionaire class, black people being slaughtered and enslaved by a system designed to hold them back, genocide of indigenous people, the list goes on and on…. Life doesn’t have to be this way. There are so many possible solutions. Thousands, maybe millions, of innovative and creative people across the world have implemented or developed them and are trying to get others on board. Entire cities and communities have transformed into what it known as “the new economy”, “the sharing or sustainable economy” or “the next system”.  

Change is taking place, but not fast enough. Those of us that are doing the research and have knowledge to share, have a duty to pass it on. I hope it’s not too late for us. I hope I have enough time left here on Earth to make a difference. I hope I have enough time to see us creating a healthier world.

Each and every one of us can help bring about the kind of radical changes. Start now. Take action now. There are so many ways. One way to start is to consume less and adjust spending habits to support local, sustainable businesses instead of corporate polluters of our bodies, environment, economy and politics. Another way is to recycle and drive less. Read articles about sustainability, climate change, social justice, inequality… and then share what you learn. One by one, we strengthen our unity and only in unity can we peacefully heal our planet and save ourselves.
Love to you all. Thank you for taking the time to read this…

Australia’s Startup Economy

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Cloud based tech companies, scalability and disruptive technology. Small, agile startups rushing to innovate and find a gap in the market. It is activity on a scale that has never been seen before.

StartupThe way the world conducts business is changing rapidly and Australia has an unprecedented opportunity to transition from a resource and primary industry based economy to one focused on high growth, knowledge intensive and data driven businesses that compete on a global stage. If you need confirmation of how much the business world has changed, look no further than these four companies:

  • UBER: a multibillion dollar taxi service that owns no vehicles.
  • AIRBNB: an accommodation provider that owns no property.
  • ALIBABA: the world’s richest retailer carries no stock.
  • FACEBOOK: the world’s most popular media company creates no content.

The recent Startup Economy study conducted by PwC and commissioned by Google Australia projected that…

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Money Corrupting Politics? These Politicians Honestly Admit It

Jon Schwarz , at The Intercept, has compiled a list of politicians’ quotes that openly admit that money controls politics. Please check out his two articles below for many more juicy, damning quotes. “Yes, We’re Corrupt”: A List of Politicians Admitting That Money Controls Politics “You’ve Got to Cozy up”: More Politicians Admitting That Money Controls […]

“Beneath The River of Grass”

“Beneath The River of Grass”

And I pray,
Oh, River beneath rivers
Creator of All things
Innovator, Genius, deliverer of dreams
Hear my calls
Come to me
Break through this layer of invisibility
Grant me The Vision,
of truth I yearn to see

End this separation
Giving me glimpses

but holding away the totality

In this very acknowledgement, lies the key!
For I know better then to think that I am separate from Thee
How can I ever be?
You are the river beneath the great river of grass
you are the river beneath it all, nourishing life, glade and gator

The illusion of seperateness lasts as long as I disbelieve
In our interconnectedness and everlasting unity

Like Trees all growing and nourished from the same root
We live in a dark, dismal forest of self imposed separation
All silently linked to the source
But we, the trees, may stand there unaware
not seeing the global interconnectedness
Or perhaps some trees stand proud and tall, happy to see circular movement of energy
every tree, aware or not, plays a critical part
in Divinity’s Creation

The Ever Glades are a divine creation
and we are those trees, silently linked to the source, mostly unaware that we are tied together as partners in a delicate ecosystem where every element, every bird, every ‘Tree”, is tied to the river, The Great River, that flows and nourishes all life forms from the depths, from the depths, since the beginning of time. That river has given and sustained life for eons. We are a team. When the Everglades are attacked, we are ALL attacked.

We must protect her like we would our own Mother for in reality, like a Mother, she gives life to all of us and her love and gift of life is sacred. To be honored. To be loved. To be protected. To carry on infinitely.