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America Please RE-gain!

In the last few years  the American dream has become a nightmare. Yes democracy, virtue, and truth are no longer a dream boat rather a shipwreck.  Climate change, mass inequality, civil difference and a whole mentality of selfish entitlement has insanely transformed our culture, What saddens me the most is the waste and miss management of all facets of American life-where fiction trumps facts.  Disunity Is prevalent and a selfish disregard for respectful civility is the norm We spent over $5 trillion on Covid relief and that doesn’t include the $4 trillion we’re spending on our healthcare and those numbers are just the beginning of long-term the Covid costs. Bottom line no where can you see conservative or any regard for more frugal fiscal action or preventative measures that is bankrupting future generations . Our addiction to consuming is impoverishing us. Also corporate welfare is crippling people of all walks since the taxpayers pick up that bill Unless we invest in less wasteful 

Mending is Better then Ending

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Mend not end our future prospects. Everyday we can celebrate preserving this fragile planet for the next generation. Yes let's celebrate Earth Day not Earth DECAY! Essentially we have to downsize.  Less will be more if we wisely embrace the gift of thrift.   It is evident that climate change imperils our well-being and planetary health. Already at least 3.3 billion people’s daily lives are threatened by climate change from heat waves, diseases, extreme weather, air pollution and starvation. Let’s embrace conservatism in all facets of our life.  Better resource management can renew dangerous waste.  New economic opportunities are bountiful if we counter our self destructive consumption.  Proclaim Earth Day everyday.  Re-design more sustainable relationships in all your affairs. Any chance please reduce and reuse, lessen the decay. Kindly do your part to make this world more livable and enjoy these happy returns!

Things Are Picking Up

Let the beauty you love be what you do. Most people are unaware of how litter impacts us. Baby boomers grew up with ads of a crying Native American observing folks trashing the countryside. When I grew up, Lady Bird Johnson had a program called Keep America Beautiful. Today, this organization estimates we spend $11.5 billion a year on litter. The trashing of our roads is a tragedy affecting our economy and our environment Litter pollutes our water and soil. Litter decreases property values by at least 7 percent. Also, it affects tourism. How do you feel when you come to a place where cans, cups, plastic and all sorts of other things are discarded? It is not a positive experience. It costs millions of dollars yearly to clean Virginia’s roadways. More than half of roadway litter comes from motorists, and another 25 percent is from pedestrians. Significant roadway litter comes from vehicles with improperly covered loads. Most litter comes from people consciously choosing to litter on Virg

RECYCLED!

Wow after two years of social distancing the fog is clearing.  Getting older I find so many dear friends dying or disabled.  I do not believe in retiring even though I work a twenty hour year.   The last words I wish to say are “recycled.”  Time is more valuable than money. Sharing our greater interconnection brings me joy.   As I review my life experiences. I hope to best serve and depart with a legacy.   Planting seeds of the future  I wish to foster greater future purpose and potential.  The way leads the way when I can get out of my own way.  Almost 65 may I awaken with greater enthusiasm.  I find wisdom in seeing the power  of  a virtuous life.  Leading by example I vow to pass on something of value.  I experienced this when my oldest brother died over a decade ago.  So many memories of several departed loved ones inspires me to go forth.  I have been greatly misunderstood and challenged most of my life.  Overcoming my shortcomings and existential despair I hope to transform my cu

Re-joy

I am inspired how all things somehow work together.  To constantly remember my oneness or how the unifying spider web of all things fills me with profound joy.  I term this re-joy where I touch a miraculous heart and meaning experience.  These mystical inter-relationships recharge me with greater luminosity.  Since all things are transient and so is my greater self.  We all are tied to the collective connection of materials created by the earth, air, water, energy and other sources.  These elements both allow me to enjoy the sacredness of all things and to live.  I find liberation in our finite oneness. Here I find an unlimited treasure of joy and grace. When I look up to the star filled night sky this experience unites me beyond what words may describe.  Beyond my personal issues I lessen my sense of separation. For example when I get distracted about selfish silly wants I disconnect from hub or source of oneness. Less joy then results. Remembering to just simply reconnect, I awaken t

AWE- Awaken With Enthusiasm

Awaken With Enthusiasm - AWE  When I open my eyes to the divine my heart radiates with starlight.  My freedom comes when I go within and tap this enthusiasm of life’s wonder.  Thoreau exemplified this by stating; Direct your eye inward, and you'll find / A thousand regions in your mind / Yet undiscovered. Travel them, and be / Expert in home-cosmography. Every new day I rejoice the sunrise as a “morning star” heralding new awe to come.  Cultivating virtue I embraced inter/inner ways to connect with the divine. Awaken With Enthusiasm - AWE.  May I celebrate in 2022 the following values; - How may I help not harm so to unite not divide? - How may I benefit by giving and sharing? - What’s more awesome words or deeds? - Does awe and enthusiasm Increase my gratitude?  May 2022 be filled with much light, joy and wonder! Cultivate AWE — Awaken With Enthusiasm.  

TREES = LIFE

One of life’s greatest wonders are trees. For over 27 years I have been fortunate living in the woods backing to the George Washington National Forest outside Edinburg, Virginia. Enjoying splendid forest cover I have developed a profound appreciation for trees. According to legend the first settlers thought they had found the “garden of Eden” and it was first called “Edenburg”. Years ago it was the home of this country’s first Civilian Conservation Corps in the center of the Shenandoah Valley. 85 years ago Franklin Roosevelt kick off one of his greatest New Deal programs here. Two million men were employed and planted almost three billion trees.  Camp Roosevelt was were this Depression era revitalization program ( http://www.ccclegacy.org/ Camp_Roosevelt_68B9.php ) . Further west from where I live is where the seventh CCC camp was built in Wolf Gap. It has been estimated that about 5 billion acres of forest landscapes have been degraded. The annual economic benefits of rest

Virtues Trump Vices

If you choose to use your status and influence to raise your voice on behalf of those who have no voice; if you choose to identify not only with the powerful but with the powerless; if you retain the ability to imagine yourself into the lives of those you not have your advantages, then it will not only be your proud families who celebrate your existence but thousands and millions of people whose reality you have help changed. We don't need magic to transform our world; we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already; we have the power to imagine better.  - JK Rowling Vices today trump the values this country is blessed with.  Our President has been broadcasting unprecedented d angerous vices and failing to be the great deal maker.   Greater division in income reveals that 1% of the people are getting 82% of today’s wealth.    We have gone from being a world leader to a one of an unhinged bully.  True leaders embody values not vices.