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John Hawkins: Vive Le Trump L'oeil (A Poem) Sonnet in anticipation of the coming revolution. Herds will roll. You too may end up a basket case. 1 1 Comment Count
MY OCTOPUS TEACHER Trailer (2020) Netflix A filmmaker forges an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest, learning as the animal shares the mysteries of her world., From YouTubeVideos
My Octopus Teacher: - a poignant love story between man and mollusc My Octopus Teacher review - a poignant love story between man and mollusc. There is amazing magic in this documentary of an extraordinary relationship.   It's technically a nature documentary but plays more like a magical-realism love story that crosses the species transom and unlocks some kind of deeper truth and awareness. Lots of creatures are clever and full of surprises, obviously, but what sep... 1 1 Comment Count
book cover THe BOston Massacre, From InText
John Hawkins: The 'Boston Massacre': Bring Your Milk of Amnesia A book review of The Boston Massacre by Serena Zabin. The author draws us into a complex web of intrigues and relations befitting a large family, which is what she reckons the Boston colonists were vis-a-vis the British. The Massacre was a precursor to the Revolution that followed a few years later, but, she argues it was as if a family were breaking up. The early Bostonians saw themselves as proud Britons. Union Jack's taxes. 1 1 Comment Count
Al Hirschfield: A Truly Global "All Along the Watch Tower" A very interesting (and surprisingly touching) version of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watch Tower" with musicians from literally all over the world, adding to the song from their respective countries and cultures. It features Warren Haynes (at the very end) who was one of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band. Quite tastefully edited and truly memorable. 3 3 Comment Count
book cover The Sinking Middle Class, From InText
John Hawkins: How the Middle Half Lives Book review of The Sinking Middle Class by David Roediger, a radical historian from Kansas University, who argues that the middle class, as currently construed, is not worth saving. Let's rock that cash bar. 1 1 Comment Count
Toots Hibbert .Country Roads. from A REGGAE SESSION In Memory of Toots Hibbert. This is his performance of .Country Roads. in .A REGGAE SESSION,. which was filmed at Fort Charles in Jamaica in 1988., From YouTubeVideos
John Hawkins: One Last Pressure Drop -- and You're Free My gratitude expressed to the late great Freddie "Toots" Hibbert, lead singer of the Maytals for 57 years. 2 2 Comment Count
Gary Lindorff: Outside One thing that is becoming more obvious to those of us who know there are different realities is, if we are going to change our fate, we are going to have to change the time line.
Illuminated Manuscript Anthology of Persian poetry, Walters Art Museum, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
Rob Kall: OEN Zoom Poetry by OEN Poets We do an OEN Zoom conversation every Saturday at 8 PM EST. This past Saturday a number of the participants read poetry. Some read famous poets, from Shakespeare to Rumi and some read their own poetry. I encouraged them to post the poetry to OEN. Here's a collection of what was posted that was read in the Zoom session. 1 1 Comment Count
Kate Jones: Three Poems Poetry inspired by current affairs and civilizational conflicts. 2 2 Comment Count
One of these days, Alice, one of these days! Bang! Zoom!, From InText
John Hawkins: Take Back the Night Like A Fresh Burning Star Book Review. Poetry by feminists from around the world. A lively, trenchant and lyrical collection of utterances that is a timely response to Trump and all his isms and a call to gather together an' resist de piece in the White House and his nonsense by any legal means necessary. Bring humor hat in case it rains. 1 1 Comment Count
The Journalist Puts on His Poet's Hat, From InText
William P. Homans: Two Poems at Two Memorials Two poems, delivered at Vietnam War Memorials in Washington D.C. and Chicago, mourning the deaths of our brothers in arms. Both are written in Shakespearean blank verse (unrhymed iambic pentameter). 3 3 Comment Count
The Kneeling Fireman, From FlickrPhotos
Marta Steele: Poem written on 9/11/2001 Indescribable. One of my colleagues requested that I submit this. 9 9 Comment Count
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Mike Rivage-Seul: Unforgetting U.S. Crimes: The Karmic Roots of Our Border Problems SUNDAY HOMILY: The problems at our borders are simply blowback from our country's own criminal missteps in Central America. 3 3 Comment Count
Find your Edges, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
Rob Kall: Edges I founded and ran a conference and would instruct all of the speakers-- up to 85-- to go beyond their edges, to stretch their envelopes. I wrote this poem in 2008, the year after I stopped doing the conferences, which I ran for fifteen years. 2 2 Comment Count
New York City, USA, From FlickrPhotos
150 Big Businesses Warn Mayor of 'Widespread Anxiety' Over N.Y.C.'s Future More than 150 business leaders in New York City joined together on Thursday to warn Mayor Bill de Blasio that he needed to take more decisive action to address crime and other quality-of-life issues that they said were jeopardizing the city’s economic recovery. The letter asserted that there was “widespread anxiety over public safety, cleanliness and other quality of life issues that are contributing to deteri...
book cover The Most Dangerous Man in America, From InText
John Hawkins: El Cid: The Most Dangerous Man in Amerika Book Review of The Most Dangerous Man in America: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis. It's an excellent limited account of a wild, street-fighting time in America (early 70s) and offers lessons for us today, esp. as we get ready to boot you-know-who out of office, one way or the other. 1 1 Comment Count
Harry Mo and The Colorado Reggae Unit  will offer chanting and drumming with acoustic guitar on Saturday., From InText
Meryl Ann Butler: Free Online Festival: Art, Music & Social Change: Sept. 14 - 19 The international No Labels No Walls + We Are One Festival, Sept. 14 - 19, is bringing people together from around the world to celebrate humanity and to create positive social change through the arts and creativity. It's all online, and it's free. 2 2 Comment Count
A segment of the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis., From InText
Is a Federal Greenway Act What the U.S. Needs to Recover from COVID-19? Better walking, biking, and transit could be had by connecting the various organization supported Greenways in all 50 states, say 160 such organizations. The coalition projects that the effort would create 170,000 jobs in construction and planning, and would generate up to $250 billion in local economic development. That’s a 50 percent higher return on investment than most highway projects, according to th... 1 1 Comment Count
Kamal Harris (kamala means lotus), From InText
John Hawkins: October Surprises: Trust Me (A Poem) Poem about the suddenness of change. And AstraZeneca has called off their Operation Warp Speed, meantto get a Covid vaccine to the public. A comparison of Turd Blossom and Lotus Blossom is in the offing. Putin laughs his ar*e off with his new Sputnik vaccine, making one wonder whether a new Internet is now underway. I'm easy with these times. Plus, my poem lacks rhymes, so you know it freely expresses. 3 3 Comment Count
album cover Bob Dylan Rough and Rowdy Ways, From InText
John Hawkins: FrankenBob: The Self-Made Song and Dance Man Review of Dylan's Latest, Rough and Rowdy Ways. It's a great album, with one reservation. Be sure to drink some of his Heaven's Door whiskey while your at it. Not bad. (That was a product placement.) 1 1 Comment Count
Rama and the ocean., From WikimediaPhotos
The Trail of Rama's Tale: Ramayana's Influence on India and Indonesia “The story of Rama was so popular that it flooded each and every corner of our country and overflowed to many countries abroad. We have seen ups and downs, rise and fall in the events of Indian history but the Ramayana remained an ever-lasting source of inspiration to every section of Indian people…Similar to air and water, the story of the Ramayana has become an indispensable constituent of the life of our count...
Paris Hilton 2009., From WikimediaPhotos
Paris Hilton Says She Was Abused at Boarding School as a Teen In a revealing new documentary, Paris Hilton opens up about a trauma she’s never publicly discussed. “I feel like the whole world thinks they know me because I’ve been playing this character for so long,” Hilton says in the film, “This Is Paris,” which then cuts to a clip of her 2000s reality show “The Simple Life." “That’s not me,” Hilton, now 39, continue... 2 2 Comment Count
photo of Minneapolis rioting after George Floyd murder, From InText
John Hawkins: Chauvinist Pigs: A Poem Poem that jazz raps a riff or two to George Floyd and its aftermath. All you need is love, said GW Bush. That's all you kneed. 1 1 Comment Count
Splendors of the Spirit: Swedenborg's Quest for Insight (Biographical Documentary) An examination of the life and thought of Swedish scientist-turned-seer Emanuel Swedenborg from award-winning producer Penny Price. Released in 2006 by ..., From YouTubeVideos
Al Hirschfield: The Amazing Emanuel Swedenborg Emanuel Swedenborg is one of those exceedingly rare beings who probably shouldn't have existed, but undoubtedly did. Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote of him and Dante, "They are not the kind of people you'd invite over for dinner. They're the kind of people you'd go see in a museum." And of Swedenborg himself, Emerson wrote in his "Representative Men": One of the mastodons of literature, not to be measured by entire libraries.. 4 4 Comment Count
Gary Lindorff: Three Poems For These Pandemic Times There is a lot of work to do on multiple levels. Our work is cut out for us for the foreseeable future. And I mean us poets as well as those of us who regard poetry as medicine.
Happiness Museum: Write This One Down For Your Post-COVID Travel ..., From GoogleImages
World's First Happiness Museum Opened in Copenhagen The Happiness Research Institute—yes, there really is such a thing—is the driving force behind the new Happiness Museum. According to their mission statement, the independent think tank’s goal in exploring why some societies are happier than others “is to inform decision-makers of the causes and effects of human happiness, make subjective well-being part of the public policy debate, and impr...
Cryptocurrency, From PixabayPhotos
Frederick Smith: Knowing Your Crypto: What Are the Main Differences Between Ripple and Bitcoin? A description of Ripple coin and a comparison of it with Bitcoin., In a Nutshell, From InText
Joan Brunwasser: Scrutineers Connect The Dots Between Voting Rights and Election Security I started the Scrutineers community to bring together the voting rights and election security aspects of the election protection movement, to create a place people could learn about the issues and how to take action, and to build a movement. We have over 600 members, a delightful combo of people brand new to the issues, those working on election protection for a year or four, and veterans who've been involved for many years.
'M' the capitalist child killer, leads kids thru hospital toward the Golden Arches, where Billion and Billions have been served, From InText
John Hawkins: Walls, Clowns, Wogs and Gardens A creative non-fiction account of the time I had to bring my daughter to the hospital. Unusual conversations. Bombings. China's Wall. American imperialism. Multiculturalism.Sickness. The Clown Christ of Capitalism. 1 1 Comment Count
Dawn Charles V Palace Alhambra Granada Andalusia Spain., From WikimediaPhotos
Arshad M Khan: Great Architecture Reflecting Multi-culture -- The Alhambra Article describes great architecture with a focus on the captivating Alhambra.

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