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Retired, reformed capitalist, recovering consumer, quasi-luddite, artist, self-published poet, spiritual growth activist, animal rights advocate and Reiki master - originally from New Jersey, now living near the great urban experiment called Detroit.

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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 13, 2012
The Great American Money Myth A discussion of the fallacies surrounding the concept of wealth in America, with the central premise that the possibility of becoming wealthy as it is held out to the average American is a willful deception .
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(32 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 21, 2016
Long as You Buy, Big Food Doesn't Care If You Live or Die The agriculture, dairy, food processing and retail industries only care about squeezing out every penny of profit - at the expense of the public's physical, emotional and spiritual health. The consumer's health and happiness are of no concern, despite the industry propaganda.
Maoi, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 3, 2014
The Alarm From Easter Island The story of Easter Island provides a clear warning about the exploitation of cultural and environmental resources.
Image created from image crediting, From Images
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 1, 2017
Third Eye Chakra Mandala One in a series of stylized mandala designs representing the 7 chakras. The Third Eye Chakra is the sixth chakra, symbolized by the color purple. Located at the brow, above the base of the nose, it is related to intuitive knowing and facilitates clear thought in spiritual contemplation and self reflection.
Series: Chakra Mandalas (7 Articles, 13463 views)
Heart Chakra Mandala, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 11, 2017
Heart Chakra Mandala One in a series of stylized mandala designs representing the 7 chakras. The heart chakra is the fourth chakra. It is symbolized by a lotus with 12 petals and the color green. This chakra is located in the center of the chest at the level of the heart. It is the center of love, warmth, caring and compassion for self and others.
Series: Chakra Mandalas (7 Articles, 13463 views)
Throat Chakra Mandala, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 25, 2017
Throat Chakra Mandala A stylized mandala design, representing the throat chakra. This is the fifth chakra, and it is symbolized by the color blue. Located in the neck, it is related to the acceptance of one's originality, the expression of one's authentic voice, and the ability to speak one's truth. Besides the mandala's basic meditative benefit, they have also been infused with Reiki healing energy.
Series: Chakra Mandalas (7 Articles, 13463 views)
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(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 18, 2012
The Religious Right? Wrong! A look at the motivation and effect of radically conservative Christian ideology on current American political and social policy.
Ishi Wilderness, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 5, 2018
Manna's Gift The Old Testament story about the Hebrew's wilderness encounter with manna speaks to me about the truth of self-discovery and what it means when we decide to leave our own personal wilderness.
Series: Poetry (3 Articles, 4014 views)
Donald Trump supporters, From FlickrPhotos
(36 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 29, 2018
The Cult of Donald Trump Fanatical Trump supporters have connected their psychic wellbeing and self-worth to one person, a savior they would follow to the gates of perdition.
Crown Chakra Mandala, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Crown Chakra Mandala One in a series of stylized mandala designs representing the 7 chakras. The Crown Chakra is the seventh chakra, symbolized by the color white. Located at the top of the head, it is the Divinity center, associated with the mystical experience of oneness with the divine.
Series: Chakra Mandalas (7 Articles, 13463 views)
Aldersgate -- Welcome to a Revolution, From GoogleImages
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 3, 2016
The Christian Church In America is Dead - Donald Trump's Election Proves It! The Christian church in America is dead. The ultimate proof? How else could Donald Trump, a candidate who so clearly embodies anti-christian beliefs and attitudes be elected President in what is proclaimed to be a "Christian" country? The Church is left with a choice. Either upgrade its software (mythology) to become more user friendly (relevant), or stay with a comfortably familiar but no longer effective way of healing
From farm2.static.flickr.com/1591/25184053463_5f406091d6_n.jpg: Donald Trump - Caricature, From Images
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 18, 2016
Is Trump Actually Trying to Lose the Election? Facts to support the possibility that Donald Trump doesn't want to be President.
Solar Plexus Mandala, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 6, 2017
Solar Plexus Chakra Mandala One in a series of stylized mandala designs representing the 7 chakras. The solar plexus chakra is the third chakra. It is symbolized by a downward pointing triangle with ten petals. Its color is yellow, and is located between the navel and solar plexus. It is the center of self-worth, self-confidence and self-esteem.
Series: Chakra Mandalas (7 Articles, 13463 views)
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 14, 2017
Trump's Plans for White House Renovations (Political Cartoon) A political cartoon using the White House as a metaphor to describe the effect a President Trump will have on politics and government.
Series: Political Cartoon (6 Articles, 6660 views)
The Outsider by Albert Camus, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 22, 2017
Intuitive Anarchy: Not Your Father's Utopia The term, Intuitive Anarchy, expresses the idea of a novel way to deal with social and political authority. Instead of taking an oppositional stance like other forms of anarchy, Intuitive Anarchy bypasses authority altogether.
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(34 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 9, 2014
My Run-In With The Law (of Attraction) A personal experience raises questions about universal principles. Does a metaphysical force respond to human thought and intention?
Alternative Truth, From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Kellyanne Goebbels (Poster) Trump's minister of propaganda, Kellyanne Conway, has invented a term to describe the new administration's political reality.
Series: Political Cartoon (6 Articles, 6660 views)
Cattle Feeds, cattle minerals and cattle cubes :: Ark Country Store, From GoogleImages
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 3, 2016
Donald, Hillary and Animal Welfare What do we know about where the candidates stand on animal welfare? A quick FYI.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 1, 2015
Thirty-eight Miles of The Kalamazoo A Poem about the disastrous oil spill on the Kalamazoo River in Michigan.
Series: Poetry (3 Articles, 4014 views)
Modern Wasteland, From ImagesAttr
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 20, 2016
From Fox News to Fake News: Propaganda vs.Truth and The Struggle to Save Our Cultural Soul A toxic symbiosis of politics, big money and culture has created a Political-PopCulture, with each using the other as fodder for propaganda to further cynical purposes and selfish ends. What the Political-PopCulture presents as truth is a fraud. It's a pseudo-culture based on fads, appetites and the lowest common denominator in social craving.
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(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 25, 2017
Reality Strikes Mrs. Mnuchin In The Comfort Zone Bursting the bubble of delusion reveals the real human hiding behind the facade.
The Underage Loves of Roy Moore, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 16, 2017
Roy Moore Controversy Shines Spotlight on Evangelical Culture The allegations against Roy Moore for "dating" teenage girls when he was in his 30s has shined a spotlight on a subset of evangelical Christian culture that encourages older men to do exactly that, and encourages young women to be receptive to it.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 27, 2017
Sacral Chakra Mandala One in a series of stylized mandala designs representing the 7 chakras. Each has been infused with Reiki healing energy. The sacral chakra is the second chakra. It is symbolized by a six-petaled lotus holding a crescent moon. Its color is orange and is located in the pelvic area, above the root chakra. It is the centre of feeling, emotion, pleasure, sensuality, intimacy, and connection.
Series: Chakra Mandalas (7 Articles, 13463 views)
Perception, From ImagesAttr
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 10, 2017
The Consciousness Underground A silent but powerful transformation is taking place right now -- and it's happening on a global scale. There's evidence to support the belief that humanity is entering a new phase of evolutionary development. This underground movement is the most significant social, political and spiritual phenomenon of our time.
Series: Conscious Evolution (1 Articles, 1250 views)
2017.02.04 No Muslim Ban 2, Washington, DC USA 00521, From FlickrPhotos
(28 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Conservatives Fiddle While America Burns Comment on a recent newspaper editorial that missed an opportunity to confront the real issues we're facing as a country. In so doing, it used a common conservative tactic of attempting to divert attention from the present by re-introducing the past.
Root Chakra Mandala (C) Ron Nilson, From ImagesAttr
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 21, 2017
Root Chakra Mandala One in a series of stylized mandala designs representing the 7 chakras. The root chakra is the first. It is symbolized by a lotus with four petals and the colour red. This centre is located at the base of the spine. It is related to instinct, security, survival and also to basic human potentiality.
Series: Chakra Mandalas (7 Articles, 13463 views)
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 3, 2017
Shadow Is No More A poem in time about time (not). A poem in time about time (not).
Donald Trump, From MyPhotos
(26 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 18, 2016
Twenty-Six Reasons Why Donald Trump Should Not Be President Does Donald Trump really want to be President? If in fact he does, there are plenty of reasons why it should be denied him.
Free photo United States Donald Trump America President - Max Pixel960 ├-- 710 - 122k - jpg, From GoogleImages
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 7, 2018
Donald Trump's Secret Plan to Rule the World (Satire) Could Donald Trump's mad infatuation with Mr. Putin be part of a diabolical plan for world domination? Could Trump be an evil genius who has figured out a way to fulfill his egomaniacal dream of world conquest?
Bozo Trump, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Startling New Details of Trump's Plan to Make America Great Again (Satire) An imaginary interview with the President, in which he reveals new details about his amazing plan (slavery) to solve America's most pressing problems.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 20, 2016
Big Tobacco is Proud to Support the Mentally Ill How the tobacco industry convinced mentally ill people, using bogus scientific evidence and free cigarettes, that smoking was a good idea.
protesting monsanto in san francisco, From FlickrPhotos
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Captured: People in prison drawing portraits of CEOs who should be What a great idea! Prison artists rendering portraits of CEOs, and listing their crimes against the environment, economy and society. They can be seen in a book published by The Captured Project.
Good Kap, Bad Kap: What to make of 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick ..., From GoogleImages
(35 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 1, 2016
A Lesson In Civics and Sanity Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit for the National Anthem provides a civics lesson worth paying attention to.
Four Con-men of the Apocalypse, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 9, 2017
Four Con-men of the Apocalypse (Cartoon) Cartoon depicting Trump, Bannon, Flynn and Sessions in a satirical take on the "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse".
Series: Political Cartoon (6 Articles, 6660 views)
PILES AND PILES OF THIS KIND OF MONEY FILTERED TO SOLAR COMPANIES BY OBAMA. Need four more years of this waste of your tax dollars instead of small business loans that create REAL jobs?, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 4, 2017
A Myth in Pursuit of Happiness The quest for material wealth is a misdirected attempt to obtain the most basic of human needs: love and security. The myth suggests that these needs can be satisfied by having lots of money. However, this is based on two mistaken beliefs. First, wealth doesn't guarantee being genuinely loved by anyone. Second, it assumes that just having enough money can guarantee safety and security.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 1, 2015
Asylum Politics A Comment on the insanity of U.S. politics today.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Poster: White House Principals Pose for a Portrait Bannon, Pence, Priebus and Trump strike poses borrowed from a painting of Madonna & Child.
Series: Political Cartoon (6 Articles, 6660 views)
Violent Crime Statistics, From ImagesAttr
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 29, 2016
Trump's Big Lie About Crime In America Donald Trump claims that crime in the U.S. is out of control. FBI statistics prove him wrong once again.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 26, 2017
Sandcastles (Cartoon) The Keystone Cops-like administrative ineptitude demonstrated by the Trump administration in its first 60+ days has been staggering. Trump is plainly in over his head. One can just imagine him in cabinet meetings daydreaming about hotels and golf courses
Series: Political Cartoon (6 Articles, 6660 views)
Kool-Aid Liquid | theimpulsivebuy | Flickr750 ├-- 412 - 93k - jpg, From GoogleImages
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 6, 2018
Trump Mini Me: A Political Novice Wreaks Havoc in Middle America A cautionary Tale for the normally sane voter who might be tempted to drink the Trump kool-aid again.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 24, 2017
Ryancare Revealed (Cartoon) Cartoon commentary on the Republican plan to replace Obamacare. Whatever the stated intended goal, one thing should be clear - it's not to provide adequate health care for all Americans. It's sole purpose is to further enrich corporate coffers. After all, the free market cures all ills.
Series: Political Cartoon (6 Articles, 6660 views)
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 17, 2012
Addicted to Guns And Violence: America Needs An Intervention A response to the Sandy Hook School shooting. America has become a culture addicted to guns and violence and is in need of intervention to force us to face a painful reality.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 5, 2014
Sex And Fast Food A poem questioning the motives and values of our consumer culture.
Series: Poetry (3 Articles, 4014 views)
Image from Twitter User 1finekitty, From ImagesAttr
(27 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 31, 2015
Honoring Cecil: Compassion for The Compassionless A personal reply to hostile reactions following the killing of Cecil the lion.
Donald Trump, From MyPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Donald Trump and the Forbidden Planet The drama being acted out by Donald Trump and the GOP is eerily similar to the plot of a classic sci-fi movie from 1956, Forbidden Planet.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 21, 2014
In Awe of The Ordinary Awe is a feeling that comes from a mysterious place deep within the heart and soul. There, we connect with that which is beyond description and understanding - something that can ony be felt - something that can be shared, but not explained.
Thought Experiment, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 31, 2015
The Time It Takes to Make A Trillion A thought experiment for the math-challenged to better understand the quantitative difference between millions, billions and trillions
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 8, 2013
We've Been Converted! Introduction to a personal blog that tracks the author's experience with learning how to implement a nutrarian life style and diet, as prescribed by Dr. Joel Fuhrman.

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