11 August 2011

VIRTUAL FRIENDS : RV's, pool time... & Meatloaf AGAIN?????

Skype. What would I do without it? When no one comes to Mexico Skype dates are the next best thing to being there - family photos - a walk around the yard ;  Dkish is on a mission to climb Yosemite - she's not quite living the dirt bag life - but living out of a custom van with her climbing partner, the VERM. 
My usual question is, "Where ARE you now?" ....we laugh from afar ; we still make each other laugh ; share photo tips and geek out on what the photo industry is doing ; we're both taking Digital Story Telling workshops - and each of us following our passions ; Jason is running the photo center - is house sitting for DKish. One day he sends photos of the NEW pool while Dawn's gone - just never know what he'll come up with next, but its sure to be good -virtual summertime.

She sent me this video about RVing about life on the road
if you've ever worked 'on location' with a video/movie crew this is HILARIOUS....
Be forewarned contains  LOTS of ##$$(@&!! expression.

When friends are faraway.... BEWARE  anything could happen. 

Absent but DEAR....
MEANWHILE on FACEBOOK Class reunion means something completely different. 
It has been amazing really; some of us liberal; others more right than right itself; the lines of division of the social order we grew up with blurred and we discover one another for all the diversity of a lifetime. 
It's been truly inspiring and endearing really - and I find myself Laughing out loud hysterically at times. We give each other marital advice; recipes; calls to action; birthday shout outs ; support ; watch the kids and the gardens grow; go on first dates;  lament lost loves and cats; celebrate new loves ; meet the wife; the husband; breakup; make up; and rekindle new friendships.  I mean really, who needs reality TV when the characters who star in your own life are just as real if not more ? 
 Sometimes I wonder WHY some people want to be friends but you never hear from them anyways; or you might not agree with a 'Friends' political stance especially these days but they're like family and the point counter point can "un-friend" some and people you've never met ' become more than 'friends'. 
It's a phenomena of Social Media. So how to start your day ? with a little song; a photo; some love; and forgiveness. Exercise our first amendment rights and get proactive on issues that mean something to you. Here's  a little shout out to the world to share some of my dearest and funniest - 

Class of FHS 83 with Geoff Gonzales and Skip Spackeen on my last visit to Tucson.

I grew up with some great people who make me laugh out loud thirty years later. They make you smile at the irony and oddness of life's little je noi se quois .....  This was classic. 
Many of us were in Mr Bame's 7th music class. Rocky theme song was one of our favorites. 
Darrin played Sax; and we were in the flute section. Our Facebook reunion has been a startling heart felt connection to the Flagstaff we knew and loved; we laugh out loud wherever we are. 

Try to not use the word "STILL"; just DO IT.

 Ceramic Artist  EvaZeisel: 
Making art at 104

"the playful search for beauty 
was called the first activity of Man"

"Still" is not a word Eva uses when discussing making art. 
What I find inspiring is most of my friends in the 60s,70s,80s are DOING their work with passion and gusto - there is never enough time in the day it seems no matter what age when there are things to learn and one remains curious about the world. Eva lived through some of the most interesting times as we are now. So many people overwhelmed by the fast pace; the impersonal; the destruction of the environment; meanness and apathy abound. So what of it? 

So will the world as we know it END? I don't think so. I perfer to think of new beginnings - and that's where the dream begins . How do you  envision the world? How does one be ? and what can one do? Don't buy into the fear...and never think you're too old for it; We live in such amazing times and hearing Eva's reflection on life and see how she continues to do her art is truly inspiring.

I came across this beautiful quote from an old love letter from years ago. It holds true for these times as well. 

“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting.”
— T. H. White, The Once and Future King

Oct 30 2009: I find it interesting when she says, "the playful search for beauty was called the first activity of Man". I think Joseph Campbell once said something along these lines. There is a point in the history of humanity, around 500,000 years ago - I think - in which you start finding stone tools that are not just useful but also very well crafted. Tools with excellent symmetry, shape and proportion. It's what Robinson Jeffers called the "divinely superfluous beauty". The British Museum in London has some of these stones on display, and there you see very clearly that whoever cut those stones was making not just a tool but also a very nice object. Campbell says that no animal would do things like that. So, may be, this is what defines us as human beings: the search for beauty, in objects, in words and in what we do. I think this is why we care about design. Usefulness alone is not enough.


10 August 2011

Manifest Destiny & Fake Snow


San Francisco Peaks wiki 

The HOT SPOT... Needs to COOL DOWN.Pray for Rain.

Klee Benally being singled out during a peaceful protest at Macy's Coffee House.

The  Sacred Mountain.

Photo by Jason Hasenbank ; After reading all our posts about Klee's arrest
Jason ran into him in downtown Flag after the storms surrounded by rainbows 

Manifest Destinynounthe 19th-century doctrine or belief that the expansion of the U.S. throughout the American continents was both justified and inevitable.I was taught Manifest Destiny was a good thing. I remember Arizona and US History for the charistmatic teachers we had- reflecting back on it over beers 30 years later with Skip and Geoff we agreed we were a teachable group of kids - with teachers who took us out on field trips to all the amazing historical sites around the Flagstaff region.

The word came up recently reading Inga Musio's new book ; LOVE in Violent Times ; She refers to it as frontier mentality - I have God's right to do what I want to the land and have dominion over  the people, whatever I want and whatever I say. 

Words never cease to amaze me. I am in Disbelief over the destruction on the Mountain these days. Shameful for educated people to have such disregard for the First People Nations of Arizona.  I will add some of the comments from FB ; or join the dialogue. This is information about what's happening back in the hometown. heartfelt response; tough point counter point. 

  • George Breed 

    I apologize. No, no, don’t try to hug me or make me feel better. I feel fine. I apologize for thinking that trees and wildlife and a mountain and a sense of sacredness are more important than profit and revenue and tourists. No, no, I don’t need to sit down, thank you. I’m not that old. I apologize. I apologize that my values are different from the values of the wealthy and the politically connected. I apologize that I haven’t learned that the entire earth is open to plunder. What’s that you say? It’s not plunder, it’s development? See what I mean? How ignorant I am! Okay. I apologize that I have been thinking that development is plunder and pillage and rape. What? I am not to speak of development and rape in the same sentence? I am to re-read the pledge I signed? What pledge? Wait! Wait! I am not done apologiz . . . . . .

    6 hours ago ·  ·  13 people

  • Pamela Desertkid Krueger wish you were on the city council
    5 hours ago ·  ·  3 people

  • Stephani Sarnoski What's going on is disgusting and i wish more people were speaking out against it. It makes me feel powerless to just watch this happen to our trees and our mountain.
    5 hours ago ·  ·  2 people

  • Martha Shideler And now our young people--and others--who speak out.
    5 hours ago ·  ·  1 person

  • Christina Norlin Thank you George....
    5 hours ago · 

  • Pamela Desertkid Krueger Flagstaff has had the "small town environment" for so many years which entices many to come and live there. However, the more people who move there with different and new ideas, the more Flagstaff will become a bigger and more unfriendly town. Very sad...I would still be there if I did not like the snow and cold so much.

SOME RANDOM replies: unedited. 

Do they drink that treated wastewater? If so, then I suppose they don't consider themselves very sacred. I smell a phony scheme.
Jim,I heard about them having to come in and do some mojo to get rid of bad Bush spirits. That disgusted me so I felt like screaming. We should go down there and do a few human sacrifices on that oh-so-holy temple of theirs. Idiots.

Why didn't the Indians assimilate into our culture?

And another Native American group complained when one of the Apollo Program managers' ashes were deposited on the Moon -- because the Moon was sacred to them
Tough shit, it was sacred to that guy, too.

What did those Indians want NASA to do? Go back up there and get the guy's ashes?

What caught my eye and made my jaw drop....



All Mexico

After the election of Polk, but before he took office, Congress approved the annexation of Texas. Polk moved to occupy a portion of Texas which was also claimed by Mexico, paving the way for the outbreak of the Mexican-American War on April 24, 1846. With American successes on the battlefield, by the summer of 1847 there were calls for the annexation of "All Mexico," particularly among Eastern Democrats, who argued that bringing Mexico into the Union was the best way to ensure future peace in the region.[23]
This was a controversial proposition for two reasons. First, idealistic advocates of Manifest Destiny like John L. O'Sullivan had always maintained that the laws of the United States should not be imposed on people against their will. The annexation of "All Mexico" would be a violation of this principle. And secondly, the annexation of Mexico was controversial because it would mean extending U.S. citizenship to millions of Mexicans. Senator John C. Calhoun of South Carolina, who had approved of the annexation of Texas, was opposed to the annexation of Mexico, as well as the "mission" aspect of Manifest Destiny, for racial reasons. He made these views clear in a speech to Congress on January 4, 1848:
[W]e have never dreamt of incorporating into our Union any but the Caucasian race—the free white race. To incorporate Mexico, would be the very first instance of the kind, of incorporating an Indian race; for more than half of the Mexicans are Indians, and the other is composed chiefly of mixed tribes. I protest against such a union as that! Ours, sir, is the Government of a white race.... We are anxious to force free government on all; and I see that it has been urged ... that it is the mission of this country to spread civil and religious liberty over all the world, and especially over this continent. It is a great mistake.[24]
Manifest Destiny had serious consequences for Native Americans and African Americans, since continental expansion implicitly meant the occupation and annexation of Native American land, sometimes to expand slavery. The United States continued the European practice of recognizing only limited land rights of indigenous peoples. In a policy formulated largely by Henry KnoxSecretary of War in the Washington Administration, the U.S. government sought to expand into the west through the nominally legal (by United States law) purchase of Native American land in treaties. Indians were encouraged to sell their vast tribal lands and become "civilized", which meant (among other things) for Native American men to abandon hunting and become farmers, and for their society to reorganize around the family unit rather than the clan or tribe. The United States therefore acquired lands by treaty from Indian nations, usually under circumstances which suggest a lack of voluntary and knowing consent by the native signers, and in many cases a lack of authority by the signers to make any such transaction.

In the age of Manifest Destiny, this idea, which came to be known as "Indian Removal", gained ground. Although some humanitarian advocates of removal believed that American Indians would be better off moving away from whites, an increasing number of Americans regarded the natives as nothing more than savages who stood in the way of American expansion. As historian Reginald Horsman argued in his influential study Race and Manifest Destiny, racial rhetoric increased during the era of Manifest Destiny. Americans increasingly believed that Native Americans would fade away as the United States expanded. As an example, this idea was reflected in the work of one of America's first great historians, Francis Parkman, whose landmark book The Conspiracy of Pontiac  was published in 1851. Parkman wrote that Indians were "destined to melt and vanish before the advancing waves of Anglo-American power, which now rolled westward unchecked and unopposed."[30]

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