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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Ask The Tough Questions....

My beautiful wife and I live on a pretty small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean...It's 48 miles long and 26 miles wide at it's widest point...When the United States overthrew the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1893, and imprisoned Queen Lili'uokalani, a difficult journey began to transition to a country with many many more issues than the Hawaiian Kingdom...I've referenced some facts at the bottom of the Blog...Check it out man...


Dig this...At the same time (1893) the U.S. was doing what they do best (ie taking over!), the United States, consisting of 44 states, 88 Senators, and 356 members of the House of Representatives, were in what they called The Panic of 1893...Let me know if this sounds familiar....Unemployment was at 11.7% and the economy was failing fast....


Panic of 1893

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Panic of 1893 was a serious economic depression in the United States that began in that year.[1] Similar to the Panic of 1873, this panic was caused by railroad overbuilding and shaky railroad financing which set off a series of bank failures. Compounding market overbuilding and a railroad bubble was a run on the gold supply and a policy of using both gold and silver metals as a peg for the US Dollar value. Until the Great Depression, the Panic of 1893 was the worst depression the United States had ever experienced.

Again, sound familiar? You can check out the rest of this story at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panic_of_1893

Now to the point of this Blog....Sorry I got off on a little tangent AGAIN....

My point is that some of the cats and chics that are "in charge" of the big and small governments, haven't learned, or don't care, what works and what doesn't work to govern...The Panic of 1893 was only one example of many in the past 117 years, with both democratic and republican administrations doing the same destructive things over and over and over and over again....

I don't have the answers man, but guess what, the people asking for our votes should....I see so many politicians that look alike, sound alike, smell alike, and lie alike. It's time we start asking the tough questions...Heavy pressure needs to be put on everyone asking for a vote...Here's what happens, at least in the last 117 years, when some hotshot decides to run for some office and makes all these great promises to fix everything....Picture these scenarios in your minds...


Politician: "If I'm elected, I promise to balance the budget, create jobs, kill our enemies, stop the war, and offer everyone health care..."

Voter: "Oh man..That's far out!"

And that's usually about as far as it goes, especially if the voter happens to be in the same party....Now, dig this, here is a "pressurized" conversation and it doesn't matter what party anyone is in....The voter could say:

Voter: "Hey man...Break it down..How are you going to balance the budget, create jobs, kill our enemies, stop the war, and offer us health care...Oh, by the way man, what if my enemies are different than your enemies? What if I don't have any enemies man?"

Politician: "That's a good question citizen...I speak of the enemies of our country and of peace and of Christianity..."

Voter: "I don't know any of those cats...Who are they and what did they do man?"

Politician: "Well, ahhhh....They ahhhh....They're building weapons that jeopardize peace...Uhhhhh, just one more question, then I have to go to my $1000 per plate dinner....."

Voter: "Whose peace is being jeopardized man? Until we create peace, don't they need weapons to protect themselves, like we have? How many people are dead now for this peace you're talking about?"

Politician: "Thanks for coming everyone...I appreciate your support and your vote...God bless the United States of America..."

Voter: "Wait a minute man...we need answers on how you're going to do all these groovy things you promise..."

You wouldn't go into business without a detailed business plan...Why do we allow these people, that are deep into our business, into an important position without asking the tough questions...In the scenario above, the voter should be on the phone to the politician the very next day, putting the pressure on again by asking how, and when, and what happens if you don't, and how can you when so many others before you couldn't? These tough questions will help narrow the playing field...The ones that don't have the answers that satisfy you, write them off and move on...

Can you imagine how many politicians would turn and run after being embarrassed and humiliated because they couldn't answer the "how"? Now dig this, you have to share everything you learned from these tough questions, with every person you know, and they need to share it with everyone they know! If you and your friends and your family can't go to these political meetings, and town halls, and debates, and fund raisers, call these candidates on the phone or email them or Tweet them or Facebook them or text them or write them...If they don't contact you back, don't vote for them! If they can't accomplish the simple task and consideration of responding to your tough questions and concerns, why should you vote for them to represent you? Until we have a more effective and efficient system of government, vote for the "person", not the party....

"It's up to us man!"

This is just a little far out factoid about the Hawaiian islands....

The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom

The USS Boston's landing force on duty at the Arlington Hotel, Honolulu, at the time of the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, January 1893. Lieutenant Lucian Young, USN, commanded the attachment, and is presumably the officer at the right...





Date: January 17, 1893
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Result: Annexationist Victory

  • Hawaiian Surrender
  • Provisional Government Established
  • Queen Lili'uokalani Relinquishes Power


Belligerence.....

 United States - Hawaiian League                Hawaii Kingdom of Hawaii

Commanders and Leaders.....

 Lorrin A. Thurston                                      Hawaii Lydia Lili'uokalani
 John L. Stevens                                         Hawaii Samuel Nowlein
                                                                           Hawaii Charles B. Wilson

Strength.....

 1 Cruiser, USS Boston                               Hawaii 496 Troops
 1500 Militiamen                                         Hawaii 85-110 Police
 162 U.S. Navy and USMC                           Hawaii 332-337 Royal Guard
                                                                           Hawaii 8-14 Artillery Pieces
                                                                           Hawaii 1 Gatling Gun

Casualties.....

 None                                                          Hawaii 1 Wounded


Peace my friends and family...I don't expect everyone to agree with my thoughts and solutions...I'll be solid if my thoughts just help one more person make a positive change toward peace...Share this Blog with everyone you can...The more thought, the more debate, the more debate, the more solutions.....Peace


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Control Freaks.....

This is a rhetorical question because I doubt if any two answers would ever be the same; When did "We the People" begin losing control of our own destiny man? I ask this question out of concern and frustration and fear..."We the People", for the most part, have failed ourselves, our kids and grandkids, our environment, our peace...WE DID NOT GET PISSED ENOUGH!! "We the People" must now work very hard to educate the masses we're leaving behind to understand what went wrong, and why, and hope that they aren't too late to clean up our mess...This is a heavy load man! Who does the teaching? Who does the learning? How is what's learned used to guarantee a better future? Who implements what? Who's in charge?


A couple of things come to mind that I need to clarify before going on....I'm just an old hippie, so what is clear to me might be pretty far out compared to what is clear to most...So, dig this...Although the term "We the People" is famous for being the first three words in the United States Constitution, in my world it means "We the People" of the world...Also, when I say "We the People" failed, this hippie believes that by not doing enough to stop the madness equates to failing, and I'm as guilty as the next cat...Is this when we began to lose control of our own destiny? "We the People" vote or don't vote, we stand for something or we sit for nothing, we make noise or we stifle our thoughts, we demand representation or we invite self-serving politicians....He who takes a stand is often wrong, but he who fails to take a stand is always wrong...


I worry that my grandkids, and certainly their grandkids, will suffer...Will they be able to swim in the ocean or play in tall grass or breathe clean air or hike in the forest or fish in a mountain stream? Most of this world, including the United States, love using mass communication to talk the talk and bellow proudly about human rights and equal rights and religious rights and military might and environmental strides and world peace, as if they're talking to complete idiots....Is this when we began to lose control of our own destiny? Although I believe that some of these issues have improved, most of the world aren't even close to resolving their own interpretation of these buzz terms...What a trip man!


Sorry man...I got a little off the groove...Have you pondered the original question yet? Remember? When did "We the Peoplebegin losing control of our own destiny? This can't be answered because "We the People" can't even begin to define what losing control or destiny is....Is this when we began to lose control of our own destiny? In my humble hippie opinion, our world has been blessed with men and women with brilliant minds...These chics and cats, from the beginning of time, have designed and created and improved their creations over and over again, generation after generation, then they needed huge factories and powerful machines and cheap labor which made them very wealthy..Is this when we began to lose control of our own destiny? Everyone was so busy thinking and creating and owning and profiting far beyond what they ever dreamed, they forgot to consult with the Virgo's in their part of the world...In other words, they didn't think for one moment about  how to clean up their creative mess! Is this when we began to lose control of our own destiny? The land, the water, the air was quickly being destroyed...Although there have been environmental genius's around as long as there have been industrialist, it wasn't a profitable venture to clean up...Hmmm? Money got in the way again of common sense and accountability and concern for the future...Is this when we began to lose control of our own destiny?


How do we make Mother Earth's gifts of land, air, and water more valuable than money? How do we ensure that decisions made by a handful of people truly represent "We the People"? When do we realize that sending 18 and 19 year old college students to war because the "enemy" isn't Christian or "free" is doing NOTHING but killing 18 and 19 year old college students? God I wish I had the answers to all of these questions, but I don't...Is this when we began to lose control of our own destiny? I am certain that there are brilliant peace makers among all of us in every region of the world...When "We the People" discuss regional and global issues and solutions in our living rooms, in our ohanas, in our huts, in our tents, in our casitas, in our boats, or anywhere else we gather, take your best thoughts to the next level and make them known..."Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world, indeed it's the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Meade..."We the People" MUST stand up, make noise, demand changes AGAIN!


This old hippie really digs "We the People"...I have confidence in "We the People"...I have faith in "We the People"...I am depending on "We the People"...


Just some final thoughts man...Our system of government has failed and we have failed our system of government...As groovy as it would be to have a peaceful, effective world order without being so dependent on wealth and power and might and religion, it will never happen in my lifetime...For now, I think it's important to do two things...First, rap with your family and friends and young people and old people and politicians and anyone else with thoughts and opinions, about what went wrong and how "We the People" can repair the damage done, live a shameless fearless life, and sustain a clean, healthy earth...Second, identify the ones amongst you that have the gift of gab to talk with, and keep the pressure on, your local and government representatives...They should be, and need to be, for now, our voice...Always always always keep that in mind...Until "We the People" demand and implement a better system of world and national organization, I'm afraid we're stuck with our existing systems of governing...By the way man...Dig the actual definition of the word "Government"...Scary huh?

gov·ern·ment - government is the organization, or agency through which a political unit exercises its authority, controls and administers public policy, and directs and controls the actions of its members or subjects.


Pass this along to many...There truly is power in numbers man! Post your comments man...Let's start here!

Peace





Saturday, July 24, 2010

Influence....Good and Bad

Dig this....The actual definition of the word Influence is: the capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of others...That could be a powerful word in the positive or negative sense man...We're influenced by somebody, in one way or another, from the day we're born into this world...We're influenced by "mom" to either unconditionally love, trust, and help one another, or to love for personal benefit, distrust, and deceive....We're influenced by "dad" to either work hard, provide, and stand tall and proud for family and country, or to take advantage, provide by support from others, and live carelessly with a lack of pride and ambition....We're influenced by classmates to either play well with others, share, and protect each other, or to overpower others, obtain by force, and disrespect....Teachers influence us by either appreciating knowledge, encouraging positive interaction, and cultivating personal growth, or by closing minds, stifling interaction, and limiting personal growth....


Far out man...Now we're adults...Can you dig it? Although we've had ample opportunity to influence others ourselves during our adolescence and teenage years, now we feel empowered to influence others, especially those with less impressive titles and paychecks....When did this happen? Where, during our first 18 to 20 years of life, were we influenced to believe that those with more money and groovy looking business cards with lengthy titles are better than those with less? I don't mean to say that everyone thinks this way, but I sure see it more now than I ever did....When I speak to young kids now and ask them what they want to do when they grow up, I hear things like; "I want to be like Paris Hilton." or "I want to work for a big company because then I can make lots of money." or "I want to be a rapper so I can drive nice cars." I'm guessing that these influential examples derive from television...


Unfortunately, our very freedoms and choices have diminished over the years because of money and political influence, which are mostly one in the same...We, and I mean "we" as humanity, seem to make very important decisions, both personal and political, based on what's at the top of the Google search list. we're influenced! We'll listen to the crap on expensive television commercials telling us how safe it is to drill for oil within our precious oceans, we're being influenced...Our small business environment is being swallowed by big business, then big business is asking us, the taxpayers, to bail them out of a jam they themselves created....How weird is that man?  Dig this crazy statistic man...For every Super Walmart store built, an average of 80 small local business' and distributors go bankrupt...That's from solid research man....It wasn't Googled! The freaky part is that we have been influenced through high dollar television ads and overpaid politicians to believe that Walmart is a "FUN" place to shop, and big business brings terrific jobs and tax dollars to the community, when in fact, the small business employee that worked for $12.00 an hour but lost his job, now has to work for Super Walmart for $8.00 an hour to try to provide for their family...


Sorry man! I got off on a rant....There is too much influence and not enough common sense, experience based discussions, and old fashioned research (please don't believe the first thing you read or see)...."WE" must put the pressure on the politicians that already make too much dough, and say they represent "US", by calling, writing, texting, faxing, or visiting them to make them listen to our specific thoughts and ideas, show them no mercy....Don't allow all of the influence around us to change what you know is right or wrong....


In my personal fantasy world, there are job positions that don't get paid money...Some of them are; politicians, foster parents, most lawyers, and most spiritual leaders.....


Peace


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Friday, July 16, 2010

Sign Sign Everywhere a Sign.....

I live by Charley Young Beach on the island of Maui. Kaiau Road ends into a small lot for dropping off people and supplies for a beautiful day in the Maui sun. I walk through there mostly every day...This morning I listened to the record Sign Sign Everywhere a Sign by Five Man Electrical Band; yes I still listen to records....I was inspired by the song to look closer at our once more beautiful landscape while walking toward the stairs down to the beach. I counted 15 signs saying “do this don’t do that” within the drop-off area alone! Play the video below to hear the song "Sign"...You'll remember it and love it all over again.....

video


I like to share real numbers with my readers when researching facts on any topic I chat about...I had a difficult time this time because there were so many inconsistencies throughout states, counties, cities and towns regarding their "sign rules"...I'm not a real fan of excessive rules anyway, but "sign rules" blew me away man! The research I did just helped validate the waste and bureaucracy each of us experience everyday, whether you pay attention to it or not...I have a hunch that if a few changes were made, without jeopardizing safety, and realizing that common sense will typically prevail, if allowed to do so, we could balance budgets and take our beautiful landscapes back...

Here are just a few of my thoughts with alternatives that may help the "sign rule makers", who are usually the "sign rule breakers", save a little bread....Dig this...First and foremost, change the way the sign budget is determined and spent....Too many times, the "sign rule makers" overestimate their sign budget to have extra money for incidentals and unexpected expenditures (I wonder what a sign emergency might be?)....Are you diggin' this bean counter jargon I'm layin' on you? Anyway, if the "sign rule makers" don't spend their overinflated annual budget in time for next years budget, they will buy many and any, sometimes completely unrelated, items they don't need just to justify the budget amount for next year....Maybe the "sign rule makers" should include a specific amount of money in their budget to find money saving efficiencies, for next years budget, that are at least equal to or more than the budget amount spent for finding the savings anyway....This is getting deep man! I hope you can dig what I'm saying even if I'm not saying it right....

Dig this...Do we really need a sign, every five miles or so, that tells us how far we are from the next town? Cut those in half man....Do we really need a sign that tells us how many hotels and restaurants and restrooms and gas stations there are in town? Take them all down man....Do we really need a sign that tells us the specific decline percentage of a hill we're approaching? If it's that informative to truck drivers, let them pay for it...Do we really need a sign to tell us to use the handrails? If you think you might fall, use the handrails....Now, the grand-daddy of them all....BILLBOARDS! Do we REALLY need a 50 foot long sign with a chic showing her bountiful cleavage, telling us to EAT AT JOE'S in just 19 miles ahead....Not only are we trying to see if those monster mams are real, we're trying to read all of the details about JOE'S and how to get there while driving 75 miles per hour with an 80,000 pound truck only 60 inches away....Billboards have become more massive, colorful, electronic, and distracting...Is the risk worth the message? There are a million more examples but I think you get the idea man.....

Now, back to the little beach on Maui...They just added another sign to the drop-off area, telling us not to drink alcoholic beverages on this beach.... Apparently, some of the residents living nearby complained that some of the volleyball players were being noisy and drinking beer...The "sign makers" thought it necessary to act unreasonably on the complaint of a few part-time residents....

Most signs don’t deter, or encourage, people to do what the “sign makers” are wanting them to do; they only take away from the landscape and are very seldom maintained....Most people are good....Good people will play volleyball and have a few beers with good friends....Good people will share some wine while in awe of the slow moving sunset. Some will play loudly with their children screaming joyfully. Common sense tells us these are good things. The “sign makers”, and you know who you are, tend to think that creating rules and signs will stop good people from making poor choices (it won’t)....It only punishes the good people making good choices....Personally, I will continue to enjoy a little wine with my lovely wife, while sitting on my favorite beach enjoying the gifts God has given us no matter what the signs say. I consider myself a good person making good choices....
Tell your local government representatives to reduce the use of so many signs....It will help balance the budget crisis they so carelessly created and help maintain and enhance the pride we all have in our landscape and environment....

Peace

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Technology Meets Birth

Technology has entered my life in a groovy way man....My lovely daughter and her husband were expecting their first child on July 5th, 2010. Although she's not my daughter by blood, I love her as if she were my own and I never deem her my "step-daughter"....I feel the same bond with my wife's son....That's just a far out fact man....Anyway, my wife (her mother) and I live about 2800 miles south west of our daughter's home....We decided to fly there June 22nd because her due date was July 5th, which we thought gave us some extra time just in case she decided to deliver this groovy gift early...

Early Sunday morning, June 20th, around 5:30AM Maui time, my wife gets a call from our daughter to say she's in labor....It's one of those far out man! and oh @!*& man!, at the same time kind of things....It was our job to be there with her but it's tough to get off of this rock sometimes....So, she is on her way to the hospital, along with her very nervous, clumsily acting in control husband.....We're hoping at the moment that her Doctor might say "no worries, it's false labor so go back home and rest".....Well, they kept her! We're waiting patiently by the phone while my wife, crying with the fear of not being able to be there with her only daughter, is online desperately trying to find us a flight to the mainland....

On Maui it's now 8:00AM, no word.....9:00AM, no word....10:00AM, no word....Finally we get a call from our daughter telling us she's fine and her contractions are five minutes apart....My beautiful, usually very under control wife, is now crying uncontrollably....A daughter needs her mother during this special time....The odds of us making it in time to witness the birth of our grandson, is slim, what a bummer...My daughter invited me to actually witness the birth, knowing that I've never experienced this amazing phenomenon before, and I may not ever have the opportunity again....I was touched and honored to be asked....At around 4:00PM, Maui time, my wife gets a call to tell her her water broke and she'll be delivering our grandson soon....Here's the cool part man....Dig this...My wife's tears of sadness turned into bitchin' genius man....My brilliant wife asked my daughter's husband to get his laptop computer....This is the groovy technical part man....Sorry it took so long to get here but I'm freakin' jazzed man....She wanted to Skype the delivery!  How groovy is that man?  We asked our daughter if she was OK with this, and she said yes...For those that don't know what Skype is, it's a far out piece of software that allows you to video conference between two computers....Can you dig it?

The only flight we can get to the mainland leaves Maui at 9:00PM and arrives on the mainland at 5:30AM the next morning....The good news is that we weren't on a flight during the birth....Dig this...We sat comfortably in our home, 2800 miles away, and Skyped the birth of our adorable grandson....You got it man....We were able to watch and listen and communicate with anyone in the delivery room as if being there....It was truly the next best thing to being there....My wife's tears turned into tears of joy, as did mine.....So dig this....We were visually and soulfully present with our daughter for the birth of her first child, Daniel Victor.....We were physically there, at the hospital, at 7:30AM (California time) the next morning holding our grandson....Every heart and soul involved with this special child; parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins, friends, and God Himself, is happy and healthy and blessed....

Our daughter is home now with the new family dynamics...As for my lovely wife and I, we're home wherever we are......

Thank you Skype for making this possible....

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

As Simple As A Smile......


My dad was an incredible man...Dig this...He is considered a small man at around 5' 7" tall, slim but fit, a chiseled manly face considered handsome to most, and never lost a hair on his narrow crew cut groomed head...He spent almost 30 years of his interesting life as a combat soldier serving tours in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, yet he found time to create and support a family of 6 with his beautiful wife of 55 years, my mom...He didn't speak much of his military experiences, especially combat stories....This proud trained soldier for life, with untold stories of war, suffering, loneliness and loss, had such a huge infectious smile that made you think he spent his life checking coats at the Playboy mansion instead of fighting for his life, and others, in far away dark places...

Once he retired from military service, the local school district hired him as a crossing guard at a busy street corner to help people, mostly kids, safely cross the street...He did this for years and everyone knew him as the little old man that ALWAYS smiled and waved to everyone passing by his intersection....He alone changed lives with his smile and his wave of friendship...

Sometimes I get lost in the stories but this is all about smiles man....Smiles save lives, smiles generate more smiles, smiles produce peace, smiles create relationships, smiles initiate sharing, smiles are global, smiles launch love, smiles suppress hate....

’’People will always come here. I don’t think it will ever stop’’ ... Don Ritchie.There is a far out story out of Sydney Australia about a guy named Don Ritchie....Mr. Ritchie is 84 years old with small round glasses and a shiny bald head...Like my dad, his smile is big and bright and real...Mr. Ritchie has lived across the street from Australia's most notorious suicide spot called The Gap....Since the 1800s, Australians have flocked to The Gap to end their lives...Bummer man...With an average of 1 person a week attempting suicide there, most would consider residency there a living nightmare...Mr. Ritchie keeps an eye on The Gap and considers it a gift to have the opportunity to change the minds and the lives of potential victims...He considers what he does as "pretty simple" and it's worked over 160 times....Some of the saved souls said that his smile was often their salvation...His "pretty simple" technique is to approach the troubled individual and softly offer a cup of tea and a chat with a genuine life saving smile across his honest face...

In 2000, a young distressed man was weeping and pacing back and forth at a section of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco, CA....For 40 long cold minutes, he hoped that someone, anyone, would stop and ask him what was wrong...One tourist finally approached him....and asked him to take her picture! Moments later, he jumped...He left a note that said if one person smiles at me on the way to the bridge, I will not jump...

Smiles saves lives and you'll probably never know it....Keep your head high and greet and smile often....

Enjoy some groovy quotes about smiles....

Peace


Groovy Smile Quotes

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A Maui Hippie Favorite: A smile costs nothing but gives much.  It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give.  It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.  None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it.  Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away.  Some people are too tired to give you a smile.  Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.  It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.


A smile confuses an approaching frown. 


A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you're at home. 


Everyone smiles in the same language. 


The shortest distance between two people is a smile. 


Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.


Peace begins with a smile.


All the statistics in the world can't measure the warmth of a smile. 


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Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Good, The Good, And The Good.....

My lovely wife recently reminded me in her soft caring voice that everything that is happening in our ever changing world is not all bad...She kindly reminds me that my blog is for sharing information...I tend to share things that I want to change or fix...She again lovingly steps closer to me, looks at me as if I just fell and scraped my knee, holds both of my hands, and reminds me that I can't fix all things...She, of course, is right AGAIN....

It's not a bad thing to be passionate about things that have an impact on our lives or others...I'm 50 something years old...The older I get, the more I think about the impact things might have on my grandchildren, and certainly the rest of the young population of the world...I consider myself a positive, happy hippie...I pride myself in typically finding something good in even the worst situation, whether it's personal to me or not...I admit that sometimes I do have a difficult time finding the good...So, thank you my wife for reminding me, in your special way, that if we remind people of the good things in the world, the energy of that will travel to others and inspire them to share, and smile, and aid....That's not only good, that's groovy!

There are some groovy things to share...Not only do we have two of the most amazing grandkids in the world, Jacob (12) and Haylie (6), we have another grandson entering our world in 3 weeks or so...How groovy is that? Our daughter Carissa and her husband Adam are both happy and healthy...Dig this...My wife and I are fortunate enough to be able to travel to them and hang out for a couple of months to enjoy this special gift....The beginning of a life gives us "elders", so to speak, an amazing desire to share stories and experiences with the kids in our lives, and hope that our wisdom will help influence them to become compassionate, thoughtful, and helpful to those in need all over the world....Check this out man....There's a place called The University for Peace which was established by the The United Nations....This is their Mission Statement....This will blow you away man.....

"To provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations." 


Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a Charter of this University in every community, worldwide, to offer an educational alternative to our young people? This is good news....


Another tidbit of good news is that there is "A Season for Nonviolence" which just ended their 13th season...The annual season is from January 30th through April 4th....This is a 64 day annual event...In my humble hippie opinion, it would be so far out if the media picked up on these kinds of events so the public could get involved and plan events such as inspirational speakers, educational events, games and food booths, and music....Besides the links for A Season for Nonviolence and The University for Peace, here is a link for 64 Ways in 64 Days, A Daily Commitment for Peace....You will really dig this....It is just simple good reading to remind all of us of what we can do personally to promote peace in the world....Wow man! That's more good news...I'm on a good news high man!


There is a lot more good news in the world and in our lives....We should all thank my beautiful wife for reminding us of that....


Peace and please share this with others.....


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