Cee’s Share Your World 10/30/17

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

Where do you eat breakfast?

I have this crazy “nest” on the floor of the family room where I sit a great deal of the time.  The base is a large zabuton and I have a big bed/back rest thing sitting on the rear portion of it.  The back rest also came with a big wedge pillow to put your legs over.  The combo keeps my hips nice and flat and keeps my knees bent enough to both hold my laptop (or, as the case may be, breakfast 🙂 ) and keep my back in a good position.  I like to sit there for breakfast.  I usually watch TV and I save benign (i.e. no explosions, gun fire, forensic examinations of bodies or medical procedures) shows like “This Is Us” or “Jane the Virgin” to have something pleasant to watch while I munch on my homemade granola or eggs and then sip on my one cup/day of coffee.

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want have a evening with?

I assume this is inviting me to dream up a famous person, but when I really think about it, it just seems uncomfortable.  At this point in my life the famous person would have no particular reason to want to spend the evening with me so I think I’d be anxious and uneasy.  I’d like to pick a couple of the great friends with whom I’ve been blessed and make them a nice dinner over which we can commune deeply and savor one another’s company.

When I’ve sold a book that does well or picked up a million blog followers 🙂 and they have reason to want to meet me as well as me wanting to meet them, I think Charlie Rose and Oprah Winfrey would be very interesting folks to have dinner with.

If you could be a tree or plant, what would you be?

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Spring at Lexington Cemetery

A Weeping Cherry, I think.  Thirty+ years of yoga have taught me to relish having a combo of strength and flexibility and weeping cherries and willows seem to me to embody that notion very well with their strong trunks and flowing branches.  Plus the cherries are so awe-inspiring in the spring, it would be nice to bring that much pleasure to others.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

When the notification showed up on my phone last Friday that indictments are starting to come down in Russiagate, I felt pretty happy.

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Cee’s Share Your World 10/16/17

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

If you had to move to a country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why? 

Toss up between the south of France near the Italian border or Canada –probably Vancouver.

I’ve had a fascination and love for France since childhood and my favorite area (of those I’ve seen so far) is Provence, especially Nice to the border.  It’s an area that’s passed back and forth between Italy and France so the influence of both is there, in food, language and “flavor”.  Since I also love Italy, it’s a nice combo for me plus California-like weather.

Lately as I’ve watched current events I’ve pondered where I would go if I felt I just had to leave the U.S. and Canada seems the easiest — not only close, but of course same language and similar culture.  And nicer…  Climate, that’s a bit of an issue for me.

I have a long love affair with Vancouver (though I’m not exactly next door any more 🙂 ) because of going to law school in Seattle and heading up there for weekend getaways, then making longer visits every few years for quite a while thereafter.  I’m pretty good at holding maps in my head so I think I’d be able to pick up on getting around again quickly.  I’ve moved a lot and I’m pretty tired of starting over so the idea of a familiar place where it would be easier to adjust sounds good.

What color would you like your bedroom to be?

Pink and green.  

What makes you Happy? Make a list of things in your life that bring you joy.

Well, I have a whole toolkit of things I do to stay in or return to a place of calm and balance and I would say they all bring me joy.  Since I wrote a post about it not long ago for Dungeon Prompts, I’ll refer to that post for the list of those things.

Morning Coffee

A couple of smaller things have been my daily joys for quite a while.  I love coffee but I try to hold to one cup a day.  I spring for pricey but especially good coffee from La Coppa in CA, make it in a stove-top espresso pot and look forward to savoring every sip at the end of breakfast.

A couple of years ago now I started an almost-daily habit of heading out to our enclosed (heated/AC) sun porch, rain or shine, to write and read and enjoy the only truly sunny room in the house.  I drink it in and feel grateful and happy every time.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

I used some money I got for my birthday to get a DNA test and to join Ancestry for six months.  I love history and doing genealogy research.  As I keep growing the list of names that are “mine” and noting the amazing migration of names from Virginia to Kentucky and discovering that I’m a “Mayflower Descendant”, etc. I’m increasingly aware of how little really does separate us.  We all have tens of thousands of cousins we don’t know and will probably never meet.   It brings the spiritual notion of “oneness” home to a physical reality that sends chills up my spine.

Share Your World 10/2/17

Cee’s Share  Your World this week:

If you were given the opportunity to ride in a helicopter would go?

I’ve ridden on a helicoptor– a sightseeing trip from Grouse Mountain outside Vancouver out a bit into the mountains.  I’m terrified of heights so it was a big challenge, and, while beautiful, I’d say here’s my sense of future helicopter rides after the experience:

  • if there’s a raging inferno and a helicopter is the only way to get out, yes, I’d ride one again.
  • if there’s no immediate danger and other forms of transportation are available, no I wouldn’t want the ride.
  • If it’s sightseeing and getting a different view, I think I’d prefer to live without 🙂

What are some of your favorite type of proteins to eat? (meat, seafood, eggs, soy, cheese, nuts)

I really like all sorts of protein and I have a body type that does very well with lots of it.

What would be your preference, awake before dawn, at dawn, or awake before noon?

Awake before noon.  I’m a night owl.  While my current schedule has gone pretty awry and I’d prefer not to be up as insanely late as I am and to get up earlier than I have been, my aims lean more toward before noon than dawn…

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

Haven’t been outside enough nor taking walks enough (for spirit; I do lots of exercising indoors) but I managed to get out on a lovely evening a few days ago:

 

Share Your World 9/25/17

When Cee announced in late August that she was taking a couple of weeks off I quit watching for the Share Your World posts and that’s all it took to get me out of the habit 🙂  But I finally remembered this week slightly before it’s too late…

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

 

Lying in a hammock in my backyard.  Not too far from the refrigerator or the bathroom…  And if I don’t have to be in some kind of competition about how far or how fast I like to take short walks (because of a knee issue I’ve learned it’s best to keep it a mile or–preferably–less if I don’t want to be rubbing lineament and popping ibuprofen).

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?

Drive.  In fact I’m such a nervy, bad passenger, I think most drivers prefer that I not be a passenger 🙂

If you could have three wishes granted for you alone, what would they be?

Finish this entire long drawn-out healing process instantly and be full of energy and vitality for the rest of my days.  If I could have that one filled I don’t know that I’d need more wishes.  But I’ll name two anyway…

Enough money to live comfortably without worrying about it and then be able to offer my movement work and my writing about peaceful activism anywhere and everywhere for free.

Take cooking classes in France and Italy.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I think my most exciting moment this week was following a genealogy trail and figuring out my 10x great grandfather came over on the Mayflower.  Totally unexpected.  And since I’ve mostly found my family to have been poor and full of poverty consciousness, I’m feeling some kind of shift of consciousness because he was not only on the Mayflower but a prominent citizen.  Changes my view a a bit.

Share Your World 9/11/17

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2x Great Grandfather, Knoxville

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

Would you want $200,000 right now or $250,000 in a year? It’s safe to assume all money is tax free.

I could wait, so I’d rather have the extra $50 thousand.  I know people who could probably turn the $200,000 into $300,000 in a year but I’m not one of them…

Is it more important to love or be loved?

To love.  If you love I think being loved will follow.  If you need to be loved, for the most part you won’t  be…

List things that represent abundance to you.

  • All my friends and family being well and fed and happy.
  • Owning a home with no mortgage.
  • Being able to travel any time any where
  • Having a savings account so huge you could need a new foundation, a new car and a new roof all at once, and you could just move the funds to checking to pay for it.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

While waiting for Ancestry DNA results I went ahead and got a paid membership for the first time in a long time.  I mostly wanted it so I can follow up on the results, but I’ve been happily poking around and following trails, constantly inspired by another find to look for more..

Republicans, Harvey and the Wall

Initially I was shocked the other night to read that Republicans are proposing to take one billion dollars away from the Hurricane Harvey relief fund and direct it to #45’s wall instead.  Then upon reflection I wondered why it surprised me…

I found myself wondering how all those Republican voters in Texas feel about this.  Personally I feel appalled at the callousness and at first my heart went out to all the suffering Texans.  Then it occurred to me we’re talking about staunchly Republican Texas and this is exactly what they voted for.  This is who Republicans have always been and lots of people have been voting against their own interests and in favor of the 2% for decades now.  So, I’m wondering if losing recovery help in favor of building the pointless wall a billionaire wants will suit them just fine?

On the chance that they’re going to feel thrown under the bus by this, a little part of me is wondering if this is a Machiavellian maneuver by fed-up Republican politicians to turn the tide of approval away from #45 so they can get rid of him without consequences?  Or at the least to put him in yet another awkward position, in that he’s trying to pretend he gives a crap about what’s happening in the flood/storm zone and yet he wants that wall?  Which will he choose if these are his only options?

Interesting times we’re in. Lots of folks operating out of world views I seriously do not understand.

Meanwhile I’m still chanting and meditating on heart and compassion, etc.  Seems needed in these times… At least I apparently still need them.

Share Your World 8/7/17

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

What was the last URL that you bookmarked or saved?

I so seldom bookmark anything any more I don’t know…  Generally I get URLs either to link to something in one of my posts or to put on a Pinterest board or to share something on Facebook.  The last such shared link was a story about a mobile library for refugees.

Do you believe in the afterlife?  Reincarnation?

I believe we are eternal, spiritual beings living in a physical body.  And that that spirit inhabits different bodies in the space time continuum, which translates to reincarnation I guess.

If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels?

Novels.  I like to be able to stretch out a story and am not that good at the succinctness required of short stories.  And poetry, to me, requires a patience about carefully choosing each word; it’s a patience I lack.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

A friend thanked me for the positive space I’ve been creating with my posts on Facebook.  It’s been a concerted effort on my part to point out the good stuff.  Her gratitude sparked a realization in me that it is life changing to spend time every day looking for the good, finding the good and sharing the good.

Share Your World 7/31/17

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

If you had to have your vision corrected would you rather: glasses or contacts? Or what do you use if you need to have your vision corrected?

In an ideal world in which my eyes tolerated them better, I’d wear contacts.  But I struggled for decades, had various pairs that docs who specialize in “sensitive” patients were sure would be perfect and never in all the years could I wear them all day long…  As the muscles around my eyes have unwound my vision has improved quite a bit and I’m nearsighted so I read well without anything and I can see TV well enough without.  The changes mean my prescription is constantly shifting and I can’t afford to change glasses all the time so unless I’m driving or doing something that requires being able to see more clearly, I don’t wear anything.  Keep an old pair of glasses in the car to wear to be legal.

Are you more of a dog person or a cat person?

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I love both but I’ve only had cats for many years.  Unless I can afford to hire a dog walker at some point I think it will continue to be cats because I can’t imagine me out there walking a dog every day no matter what 🙂

If you were to buy a new house/apartment what is the top three items on your wish list?

  1. fabulous kitchen — I enjoy cooking but how often I cook has always depended on how good a kitchen.  I’d love to have my dream kitchen.
  2. a large shower with a bench/seat and a hand held shower head
  3. as much space between me and my neighbors as possible — like a house in the middle of 1,000 acres sounds good 🙂

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

At a party, one of my friends thanked me for the positive stuff I’ve been posting on Facebook and I suddenly realized how happy it makes me to seek out good news and spread the word — so I’m inspired to do more!

Share Your World 7/24/17

Cee’s Share Your World this week:

List some of your favorites types of teas.

Not a big fan of tea.  There are some brands of Darjeeling and Earl Grey I really like — also some brands of both I can’t swallow…

After YEARS of searching for an herbal tea I could tolerate, I landed a few years back on Bengal Spice and I drink it a LOT and add it to my turmeric ginger tea to help the flavor.  Most herbal tea tastes to me like a cup of hot water that something flavored has been swiped through once.  Bengal Spice is nice and robust, so for strong-coffee-drinker me, it satisfies plus it’s a combo of spices I really like.

I also steep tea of all sorts longer than anybody I know — STRONG!

If you had to describe your day as a traffic sign, what would it be?

Okay, we had this question once before and I did the serious job of thinking about what really represented me.  This time, I just love this sign–which probably does say something about me:

What are a couple of things could people do for you on a really bad day that would really help you?

Remind me to breathe deep and stay in the moment.

Irregardless of your physical fitness, coordination or agility: If you could be an athlete what would do do?   Remember this is SYW, dreaming is always allowed.

The thing is, not having great fitness, coordination or agility I never had dreams of being an athlete.  Nor do I like to watch most sports.  I do love figure skating–and I actually did skate as a kid–and I would totally love to take it up again and learn more.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful the storms around here didn’t do any damage to us–unlike Maysville, KY, which could use some prayers.  This week I’m going to a gathering in honor of a friend, Allis, who moved away and is back for her first visit.  The gathering is in Danville, where I have a crowd of friends I don’t see often, so looking forward to seeing everybody but especially excited to see Allis.  The next day is a fundraising concert/party for a friend who’s doing the Susan Koman walk in San Diego and it’s another group that hasn’t been getting together much any more so I’m looking forward to seeing those folks.  After two social events in a row I’m looking forward to having nothing to do for a few days 🙂

Start the Revolution Without Me?

This is one of those posts I’ve debated about for a while — which blog?  which blog?  I’ve been doing some occasional political pieces on the Scribblings blog, but ultimately I decided this one has messages that suit both.  So I’m posting on both– not even a reblog just the same post in two places…

Lately I’ve been slowly realizing how everything I’ve done since college has been adding up to something forming in the now; a purpose and direction born long before this spiritual journey began as a conscious process.

I got to Northwestern University in 1970 and by the end of my freshman year I was radicalized.  A lot of revolution talk floated in the air around the anti-war movement and I felt both excited and unnerved by it. Puzzled by the enthusiasm being expressed by “peaceniks” for a process usually containing violence and horror — however great the outcome might be. (Though really, historically speaking, I’d have to say an awful lot of revolutions made things worse instead of better….)

It fascinated me, so I began to study.  Technically I majored in history and had an English minor, but I put together my own course of study.  An instructor with a forthcoming book on the “Power Elite” (the people of money who, behind the scenes, ran/run much of what happened/happens) ignited more fascination and I started taking classes on 20th century history, political systems, economic systems, political philosophy, political sociology, etc.  I wanted to know what the plan should/would be for a replacement if we wanted to tear the current structure down.  I wanted to find out if there was a path to change without violence.  I never lost sight of the deep questions about whether those who were shouting about revolution really understood the ramifications.  They also shouted about peace and the contradiction troubled me.

I tried to continue this work as a graduate student in sociology, but fellowship money wound up side-tracking me into the Center for Urban Affairs.  I learned more stuff that influences me still, not the least of which was a massive review of literature on crime statistics and the startling revelation that the probabilities of being a victim of most of the major felonies (robbery, burglary, assault, murder, rape, etc.) had not changed since at least the 1940’s.  (see previous post for more info)

I’ve continued to periodically check for updated studies and it has remained true to this day–and I now know the unchanged probabilities actually extend far back beyond the 1940’s.  It’s remained a central point for me, the realization that fear and perception of what’s real can be manipulated by how the facts are presented and what the media and people in power choose to bring to our attention.  And in these days, when positive news is available in a few seconds of internet searching, it’s also about what we choose to focus upon.

My law career was spent mainly on cases fighting nuclear power plants one way or another and I learned a lot about the real story there and how the utility companies, in collusion with the government, have tried to create a benign view of the nuclear industry that’s out of alignment with the facts.

I used to count all of those earlier studies and jobs out of my thoughts about how various elements of “my path” have added up to where I am now and what I am meant to do.  But as these wild times have ignited me to renewed interest in these big questions about politics and economics, I’m seeing how the Universe has guided me to gather what I need for my whole adult life, not just from the point when I began to explore myself as a spiritual being.  I still don’t see exactly where it leads, though that book I decided to write months ago on peaceful activism remains in the forefront of my thoughts.

Going back to the undergraduate studies, Oskar Lange‘s book, On the Economic Theory of Socialism, moved me, convinced me and provided the basic framework for what I would like to see that has guided my political thinking ever since.  While I love Social Democratic philosophy and especially how it has played out in Denmark, I remain aware that the U.S. has reached a point where powerful money forces have entrenched themselves so deeply in the political fabric that it may well require a revolution to make a change.

Through all the years I’ve watched the left leaning side of the Democratic party (and those who, like me, are somewhere left of the party but vote for it out of expediency), I’ve been amused and bemused by the unending chatter about changing this deeply rooted political principle or that deeply entrenched lobby group.  They speak of it as though just electing a few of the right people and/or passing the right laws will be all it takes to turn everything around.

My personal feeling has long been that it will take something far more earth shattering than electing “the right” people to revamp our system into a Social Democracy.   In an ironic sense I have a feeling the election of #45 may be the catalyst that does it, but that’s another rambling for another day…

My perspective now includes years of spiritual seeking, meditation, yoga, mindfulness, chanting, etc. and my beliefs have shifted to encompass a more spiritual and less political view.  I believe in peace.  I believe in compassion.  I believe in lovingkindness.  And I’m still striving to find a way to change the world without a revolution–or at least by fomenting a peaceful and compassionate one.

I’m unhappy about the anger and vitriol on display from both sides while at the same time understanding we probably need this time of erupting anger to clear a lot of buried stuff.  I’m unenthusiastic about “resistance” being the main banner of the movement for social democracy.

I am very clear it is more powerful to be “for” something than it is to be against something and I believe it is time for a platform of social change in which we are FOR equality, FOR universal health care, FOR equal rights for all humans of every race, nationality, gender and sexual orientation, FOR a basic decent quality of life for all humans–maybe FOR a new Social Democratic party?…  Time to stop speaking of our striving in battle terms and instead to be positive about what we’re doing to create what we believe in.

I am also clear that much of humanity discounts the role many of us have been playing as we have cleared old issues, struggled to become more loving, more kind, more compassionate…  Much of humanity doesn’t believe in peaceful means.  I understand that most people don’t get the web of all life or comprehend we are energy beings first and foremost; energy beings who are interconnected and whose thoughts and feelings as well as actions impact all of life.

I believe the biggest revolution may be the one that can and must happen in our hearts.  Which is not to say peaceful activism doesn’t also have a role.  But more than anything I believe now is the moment to clear any vestiges of fear and anger IN YOU, raise your energy vibration toward love, toward compassion, toward higher consciousness.  You can’t make anybody else change their thoughts or learn to meditate or choose peace.  Only you can do it. Only I can do it.  Peace begins with me.  Peace begins with you