The Era of Lost Language

10603893_10152254246665974_2358123289302262715_o.jpgIt seems as if Syria and Washington are mirror images of one another: impossible partisanship, corruption, lack of fear of war in fact acceptance of bloodshed and acceptance of slaughtered children at the hands of long-distance missiles and drones... 

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Stepping Back And Taking A Good Long Look

10626673_10152250648865974_2524532814663575932_n.jpgLife passages like birth, good fortune, love, a friend's death - invite us to step back and take that panoramic view of our lives. Something from the terrible summer of murderous cops and beheadings and the Earth's ongoing disasters has run straight into the good things, like receiving such gifts from you our electronic congregation (as well as physical neighbors on Sherman Street in Brooklyn) so that now we can go to Ferguson and sing and go to Monsanto's headquarters and have an organic and very public Thanksgiving meal. So, despair and radical change, the past and the future are dueting, like our emotions during a life event. 

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Wacky Brave Organic Seeds

1622165_10152242926685974_5710384923434671865_n-1.jpgThings are going so badly now in the world and in our country that our activism feels like we are laying down a marker for a future that we can barely see. But life beyond the corporate state will be made unimaginable by the corporation. Of course. That is marketing’s job. So now our imagination needs your imagination. We'll have to keep each other going for awhile, and it might feel like our feet are off the ground.

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When

10660276_10152236256175974_4252916063819486648_n-1.jpgWhen the oceans have rolled into the cities
And we cannot protect our children
We will all be activists.

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WAKING UP WITH THE FEELING I DON'T HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT IT WILL TAKE.

People say "I'll be dead anyway" to my face. We pretend our grandchildren will wear flotation devices and burn suits to pre-K? The migration of millions from the coasts we treat like a TV show in re-runs. We have adopted the purposed forgetting of the Hiroshima and Holocaust survivors, but now we do it in advance. 


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Consumption and Population

safe_image-4.jpgPushing the Earth into the wrong spin, and now the imbalance (or new arrangements that endanger our children) are accelerating. 

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Whipping up the gall and thrall

10486199_10204147892720195_5581579115980437104_n.jpgJust enough for the next activist transgression. Or as we say - "transformative trespass." I'm back in San Francisco this morning. about midway between the end of the last Joe's Pub show in New York's Public Theater and the return to that radical cabaret for the holiday run in November. 

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Bakersfield

10628382_10152220145775974_118392531280913405_n.jpgWhen I’m alone, and it’s late morning, and it’s Bakersfield, California and I'm sitting there with a coffee and a red, white and black crane truck pulls up across from me and big guys swearing at each other get out and start a job. And I'm alone in a peculiar way, noticing this aloneness quality, in the desolate town of Bakersfield – Oh! -- I realize that here is a moment. 
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Art of the Power Prayer for a Vanishing Bee

10612714_10152213867530974_6692441597255581804_n.jpgSavitri kneels before a flower in the Queen Bee gown with swirling hive as the crown, while Lena watches from deeper in the grass. Near the Giant's Causeway west of Belfast (the Irish Sea is just beyond the horizon of this picture) are the haunting sea-cliff meadows. the home of last of the Colette's Bee. These are not hive bees, but "solitary bees" that burrow down in the turf of this windy grass and flowers. This year a right wing rich Irish-American is buying the land and converting it to hotels and golf courses. 

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Can the bees start us singing again?

1948057_10152210323440974_3602532395757124733_n.jpgThere is something the Information Age cannot say. The crisis of the Earth is reported to us as numbers. A hurricane has a category number, a minimum and maximum wind speed, and a cost in number of dead and number of billions. This is classic for the dot com era, where public talk is abbreviated, snarky, and a wet cat doing chin-ups can go viral like the 9th Symphony used to. 

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