Tuesday, November 29, 2016

recommended resources


-- Recommended Resources -- 


I really enjoy sharing resources, links, networking opportunities here in this section for anyone interested in having a positive impact with their time on this earth. Lately, I've been studiously going through the thousands of lectures put out by the TED institute's participants. It's a popular site. I look at it as free education, but more on the enlightening, inspiring, awe-striking knowledge and possibilities for our future. There are a surprising number of online educational and inspiring sites like this. It is exciting to see how much work is being done to create a better world. We can do our part by sharing the info we enjoy. So - why don't you help me by spreading the word about this blog, or sharing links to specific posts you enjoy? Or leave a comment, question or invitation for networking on the wide array of topics our blog offers. Perhaps you have an article, resources you'd like to share, or quotes that have inspired you. Maybe you are a poet. If so I'd love to hear from you and would definitely consider publishing it here on this blog to help you reach out to more people. But readers need to do their part too, by sharing / liking our blog - or starting a topic on something they've learned of / were reminded of. 


Today's theme of all three of these talks below: The truth about today's rate of violence, and finding ways to deal with conflict without violence:



Steven Pinker charts the decline of violence from Biblical times to the present, and argues that, though it may seem illogical and even obscene, given Iraq and Darfur, we are living in the most peaceful time in our species' existence.




In the Maasai community, cattle are all-important but despite open killing of lions, lion attacks were growing more frequent. In this short, inspiring talk, the young inventor shares the solar-powered solution he designed to safely scare the lions away.



Even with a long history of tribal wars, long before the present conflicts, one artist discovers that his "enemy" is really a loving friend. 





Saturday, November 26, 2016

poetry



-- Poetry -- 

Well, it has been an awfully long time since I shared any of my published poetry. I thought I'd toss one of my favorites in the genre of "environment". I always thought it would make a good song. lol A couple of my poems have been, actually, made into songs via local musicians. Interestingly, so had my late-father-in-law's poetry. Anyway this one is about the environment and can be found on page 120 of the first book of poetry I'd written: Towards Understanding (3rd edition).  If you look to the left side bar on this blog you'll see links to our books in both e-book and print. 



How can they be so cruel?


Yeah, I heard from a friend
Mother Earth's life will end. 
In explosions of death, sorrow and pain.
And they tell me the cause is men.
How can they be so cruel?

Yeah they hurt her, and purge her,
They burn her, and poison her rain,
They chop her down, right down to the ground.
Tell me why aren't they ashamed?
How can they be so cruel?

Don't all children treat their mothers
With anger and blame?
They'll hurt her, abuse her
'Til she cries out her pain.
Her restless children - untamed.

Now these children fight one another each and every day.
They are consumed with their own personal gain.
So they rob her and rape her, 'til she bows down.
And there's nothing left but unfertile ground.
Her violent children - untamed.

Now this mother, like all mothers,
Forgives all that she can.
And she still holds out her nurturing hand.
Though she dies - we just build more tools
How can we be so cruel?

Yeah, we rape her, we purge her, and poison her rains.
Cut her forests, burn her soil and feed on her grains.
We are stealing her soul, it's beyond her control.
We've got to stop it somehow - stop it right now!
How can we be so cruel?