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aha.. I think I understand

You and I have had different kinds of exposure or encounters
with OWS. So our viewpoints are based on that, as much as
on other stuff.

I was thrilled by Occupy, the way it burst out -- for a few months
energetically supporting in many ways. But whenever I'd attend
a meeting which became complicated and unproductive, ego
land, my instinct was to focus elsewhere.

OWS reminds me of the contest between my heart and my head.

My heart wants things simple, clear, moving full steam ahead,
without ego, fear, or waste. My head gives me a million good
reasons why that's impossible. The reasons all argue with
each other until I have a headache. Heart keeps asking
for the same simple thing.

I absolutely believe that peace and change begins inside of
me. This isn't a small undertaking. In fact, it takes an entire

When I see change in myself, I recognize it is equally possible
in all of us. It's a profoundly beautiful process and just imagine,
if every person cleaned up their own shit, how clean the world
would be overnight.

Everybody has an interesting life story. We get our points
of view from there, from where we've been. I've never been
in a coal mine. I've been poor but never starved. There is
so much to learn from everybody, anybody.
Posted by Voice for Peace | Fri Jul 20, 2012, 02:58 AM (0 replies)

"There is a simple answer"

This seems the most logical to me:

There is a simple answer as to why Bain and Romney remain so steadfastly adamant that he had nothing to do with Bain during the runup to the 2002 SLC Winter Olympics.

That simple answer is that Romney and Bain appear to have used the Olympics as a vehicle for personal enrichment, and appear to have been very successful in their endeavor.

Posted by Voice for Peace | Mon Jul 16, 2012, 12:22 PM (2 replies)

ok, this is why I love DU

that's a great post.

secret leaders,
with secret followers,
and all of them... afraid

Posted by Voice for Peace | Wed Jul 11, 2012, 07:01 PM (0 replies)

rain!! rain!! rain!! rain!!

rain!! rain!! rain!! rain!!rain!! rain!! rain!! rain!!rain!! rain!! rain!! rain!!rain!! rain!! rain!! rain!!rain!! rain!! rain!! rain!!rain!! rain!! rain!! rain!!rain!! rain!! rain!! rain!!

<---- encore, encore!!!
Posted by Voice for Peace | Thu Jul 5, 2012, 07:38 PM (7 replies)

no, I'm not off base, please don't do that.

I'm a medical mj patient myself; I went to many doctors, for years,
who said this is wrong with you, that's wrong with you.

I had many different diagnoses, and was prescribed all sorts
of things that either made my conditions worse or did nothing.

Not only physically/psychologically chaotic, but it contributed to
a sense of hopelessness that I'd ever feel well again. Nobody
in the medical profession seemed able to help, or even seemed
to know what they were talking about.

Through those years I had a strong craving for mj at times, which
was, to me, peculiar, as it felt physiological, the way hunger
or thirst does. Rather than see this as a drug problem, or a
sign of being some kind of addict, I started looking at the craving
as information, something my body was telling me it needed.

I'm still exploring what works for me, using it medicinally --
not as a cure-all, but part of a whole picture, as I keep learning.
There are many like me, and as you know, tons of research re
medical benefits.

The man in the OP is self-medicating for something. A good
"pot doctor" (as I called it) would not simply prescribe pot --
but would be able to help the guy discern what his pot use was
about, & whether there were other underlying medical problems --
and guide him toward using pot in a beneficial way (if he continued
using it) -- and in addition help him educate his wife. I don't
think most doctors would look at or understand the whole

Locally someone told me he knows a probation officer who
helps his clients get signed up for medical pot. His reasoning
is that the person who keeps getting dirty urine is probably
going to keep smoking and shouldn't keep getting busted
for it, because there appears to be a legitimate need for
the pot as medication.

I hope this clarifies what I meant -- if you still think I'm
off base, let's just drop it, as I don't want to debate. I do feel
strongly on the subject for personal reasons. I know people
can and do misuse mj, and some people are better off without it.
But if people have a big urge in their life for it, as this guy does,
it's worth looking at why?

Posted by Voice for Peace | Sun Jul 1, 2012, 11:55 AM (0 replies)

Colorado fires


Photos of the heartbreaking devastation of the wildfires that have ravaged Colorado in the last several days have revealed piles of rubble where houses once stood before the flames engulfed the region, leaving more than 30,000 people homeless.

The photos revealed the Mountain Shadows area of Colorado Springs, where dozens of homes can be seen decimated by the fast-moving fire.

The raging wildfire that has encroached on the state's second-largest city and threatened the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Mayor Steve Bach said a more accurate account will be available later in the day of the damage from a blaze that has burned out of control for much of the week and forced more than 30,000 evacuees to frantically pack up belongings and flee.

Posted by Voice for Peace | Fri Jun 29, 2012, 02:37 PM (3 replies)

thanks very much for this post

I had a bit of a rough day on DU and it's great to get
positive feedback. I just wanted to add that there is
that same hopefulness in everybody. You see it in a baby.
We are born with it. It never goes away. It just gets
covered up with all the crap we acquire as we grow up.

Have you see those Russian nesting dolls? They are
like us. One self inside another, inside another.

Inside the adult is the young man or woman, and the
child, and the baby, and all the selves in between,
one inside the next. All those selves are still there in

The tiniest doll at the very center of the doll is
like our original self. It is not empty inside, it's solid.
That's where the perpetual hopefulness is, in that
part of us.

And you see it in nature, every spring, no matter
what, so much life comes up out of the earth,
with no judgement whatsoever of us wrecking the earth,
bringing us color, oxygen, fragrance, food. Nature is
the most hopeful of all.

Posted by Voice for Peace | Thu Jun 28, 2012, 01:12 AM (0 replies)

Unimportant in one sense - mortal, brief, forgotten

Your perspective is your own, but I wouldn't call it the "proper"
one. It's entirely different from mine, and therefore not proper
at all.

If you recognize the capacity of your own heart and intelligence,
surely you can see that we are more than "a minute little

Can you marvel at the amazing complexity of your own body,
not to mention your consciousness? This life, and each of us
in it, is constantly changing, constantly unfolding, & wondrous.

It's about while we are here, not whether we'll be here forever.
We know we won't. Even if our descendents survive we'll be
gone. But while we're here: we are not nothing, not by a
long shot.
Posted by Voice for Peace | Wed Jun 27, 2012, 12:23 PM (2 replies)

"The planet does not need more successful people"

Posted by Voice for Peace | Wed Jun 27, 2012, 11:49 AM (62 replies)

Colorado Springs on fire

Posted by Voice for Peace | Wed Jun 27, 2012, 10:58 AM (3 replies)
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