October 2016 Blog Posts (10)

Barry’s Blog # 176: Why Are We So Freaking Crazy? Part Four of Four

Be joyful even though you’ve considered all the facts. – Wendell Berry

I’m trying to get to the part where we talk about reframing this business of fear and denial, but I need to mention two themes first:

1 – This time of year will (or should) propel us directly into the absolute core of the issue: Don’t be scared! The roots of Halloween are in the profound depths of Old Europe – Samhain and All Soul’s Day. But for most Americans, it is a…

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Added by Barry Spector on October 28, 2016 at 2:48pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 177: Why Are We So Freaking Crazy? Part Four of Four

Be joyful even though you’ve considered all the facts. – Wendell Berry

I’m trying to get to the part where we talk about reframing this business of fear and denial, but I need to mention two themes first:

1 – This time of year will (or should) propel us directly into the absolute core of the issue: Don’t be scared! The roots of Halloween are in the profound depths of Old Europe – Samhain and All Soul’s Day. But for most Americans, it is a…

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Added by Barry Spector on October 28, 2016 at 2:08pm — No Comments

Land, Language, Silence: A Depth Psychological Perspective on Working with the Navajo at Black Mesa

When Jonathan Rudow goes into a community to conduct research, he is highly conscious of the fact that he arrives with a particular lens—a lens we each develop individually over the course of our lives evolving from our personal experiences, family values, and cultural conditioning. That lens never allows for the full picture, Jonathan insisted when he sat down with me recently to discuss his work with the Navajo…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on October 19, 2016 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Barry’s Blog # 176: Why Are We So Freaking Crazy? Part Three of Four

Denial and fear; fear and denial, all electronically mediated. Do you remember the anthrax scare of 2001 – and how it disappeared from the news once Congress passed the Patriot Act?

Do you remember how the government took this lunacy to its logical extreme with its color-coded alert system, how we all awakened daily to a degree of anxiety that shifted according to government “findings?” t1larg-terror-alerts-gi

 

Who determined the nature of these “findings?” How – and why? …terror_alert

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Added by Barry Spector on October 19, 2016 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 175: Why Are We So Freaking Crazy? Part Two of Three

The U.S. military coined the phrase “Shock and Awe” in the late 1990s and applied it to the invasion of Iraq a few years later. But I find it remarkably accurate in describing the American psyche.

Fear-mongering is the “shock” side. The “awe” side is represented by our old tradition of advertisers, real estate salesmen, stock brokers, hucksters, con-men and “public relations” specialists, as well as clergymen and politicians, who collude to reinforce our denial. Characteristic themes…

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Added by Barry Spector on October 14, 2016 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Barry’s Blog # 174: Why Are We So Freaking Crazy? Part One

On its surface, the myth of American Innocence sings of a people who were – and remain – divinely inspired, manifestly destined, to spread freedom and opportunity across the world. As such, we have always celebrated ourselves for our optimism, our practical, positive, “can-do” approach, our willingness to take risks and our sunny dispositions as we pursue happiness and model our success for all others.

That’s our story, and we’re sticking to it, because we are increasingly desperate…

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Added by Barry Spector on October 12, 2016 at 5:49pm — 1 Comment

Holistic Psyche...

Sometimes (all right all the time) I'm stunned by the psyche's attunement to life and lifestyle issues. Dreams pick up and comment on diet, exercise, quality of relationships and work habits. They want to get our attention so that we can be more attuned to self, health, and consciousness.

The psyche is holistic. It strives toward wholeness in body, mind, soul. A person related a dream about being sandwiched, near death, in between to slices of white bread.…

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Added by Paul DeBlassie III on October 12, 2016 at 1:45pm — 2 Comments

Entrepreneur Puts Prisons to Shame, Turns Ex-Cons into Bee-Keepers - Keeping them Out of Jail

Sweet Beginnings, located in Chicago’s West Side, is a social enterprise business that turns former prisoners into beekeepers.

Excerpt: VonKisha Adams used to run…

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Added by Gabrielle Jones-Price on October 4, 2016 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Message from Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

“We’re coming together because we were originally the custodians and there’s a responsibility to that. People may think that this is just an isolated situation, but I know the people, I know myself. No matter how angry I get… the love is greater and all I really want to happen is for everyone to have a sense of love. There’s a lot of forgiveness that happens here, a lot of forgiveness, and we’re doing it all from love. That’s native pride. That is true native…

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Added by Gabrielle Jones-Price on October 3, 2016 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 173: Cultural Appropriation? Part Six of Six

I think I’ll just let the mystery be. – Iris Dement

Thea Faye’s nuanced approach to the subject of the Celtic Wheel of the Year is a breath of fresh air in an intellectual environment where accusations and stances of purity (“The blood of Albion flows in these veins,” boasts one stalwart) seem to be the norm. And this obsession with doing things right…

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Added by Barry Spector on October 3, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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