Unalienable

We need some hippies on that bench.

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“‘The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality.’ (Really? Who ever thought that intimacy and spirituality [whatever that means] were freedoms? And if intimacy is, one would think Freedom of Intimacy is abridged rather than expanded by marriage. Ask the nearest hippie.”  ~excerpt from, Justice Scalia’s dissent (source)

As the nearest hippie, I’ll be happy to answer that one:  “Offering options grants more freedom, not less, and I’d say freedom of intimacy and spirituality falls under the heading of ‘unalienable rights granted by our Creator.’”

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~Stonehenge Summer Solstice 2015 ~

Among the wider understandings that emerged from the ’60s and ’70s is an appreciation for many of the Old Ways of humanity. What our ancestors did with so little can be humbling.

Musings of a Millennial Mind

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This Saturday Evening marked the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and having lived in our current house for a year I planned of attending the Druid festival at Stonehenge– I am a Christian but I wanted to dress up and experience the atmosphere and the setting of a free festival, nearby, that hosts 20,000 people all night with no tents. It was incredible, the wind was blowing warm wind all across the fields. I do admit I tried to make a headdress out of grass (it actually worked for a time) however after sitting on a camping mat for a good half and hour listening to bongo drums and inhaling a mixture of tobacco, shisha and weed from upwind we headed around the site and headed for the all important food stands. £5 Cheesy chips caught with a free drink caught my attention so we headed…

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Saturday hippie: Wheels

The Volkswagen bug and microbus have become icons of the era, as have festively painted school buses. So what were you driving? Or at least riding in?

It’s one more element of the Hippie Trails saga.

What do you remember most intensely? Fondly? Otherwise?

Wheels~*~

Hippies came – and still come – in all varieties. Saturday Hippie is a weekly feature that highlights a counterculture awareness and spirit, including a vision of a harmonious global commonwealth on the horizon. The work and the lessons didn’t end in the ’60s and ’70s. Here’s to the Revolution, near and far.

A committee all your own

One Friend in our circle insistd that when we make a decision, each of us has a little committee meeting inside of us, not just an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. In her view, many different values and expectations are lurking to erupt in conflict. When you’re dealing with money issues, it may even seem that you have a multi-ethnic corporate board meeting, all of them shouting and pounding the table: “Fire the president! Terminate the CEO!” That is, they’re trying to terminate you position in this dis-organization.

Maybe that’s preferable to having a rubber-stamp board of directors who go along with anything you desire.

But if you’re really in charge of this operation, you need to make sure each viewpoint is heard and considered while maintaining order at the table. Inconsistencies between your stated values and actual performance may be inevitable. You may hold a “small-is-beautiful” philosophy and still find yourself at McDonald’s – especially if children have any say in your decision. Life is filled with such confrontations. Keeping aware of these contradictions, rather than stifling that small voice of conscience, enables you to turn again and again toward holy uses of money, even as you swim in the current of daily life.

Welcome the exchange

A sharpened awareness of your values will enable you to set goals for personal fulfillment. As these goals begin to shape your spending, you may soon be reducing or even eliminating expenses that don’t contribute to your innermost objectives.

There are other reasons, too, for defining and upholding your personal values. Would you want someone with an “easy come, easy go” outlook handling your retirement nest egg? If you think that your values regarding money are unimportant, think again. They are.

Bringing your values into the equation leads to a recognition that your hours spent at your workplace may be among your least productive of the week, even though they’re typically the most hectic. For me, a poem I write, in contrast, may last forever. Yet, in the balance of my own life, one has depended on the other.

Also, as our money, values, goals, time, work, and possessions come into harmony and focus, we appreciate ways our transactions involve others, as well as ourselves. “No human being can live the inner life alone,” Jacob Needleman argues. “No one can live solely in the world of interior values.” Economic exchange accommodates respiration – breathing in and breathing out. When cash is hoarded, life chokes. The miser induces misery and a miserable existence. Cash dealings partitioned from the Spirit – rendered solely unto Caesar rather than unto God – become psychic red ink on life’s ledger. Keep your eyes open for ways all of this energy connects.

Research, or how NOT to write a novel!

When we writers sit down together, these are the sorts of things that fill our conversations. Along with more mundane things like, “How’s your appetizer?” or “Where did you park?”

Breaking the Angel

I came to a realisation yesterday that actually had me laughing out in the public library. I do this quite a bit; I suspect the staff think I’m a little strange.  I spend quite a lot of time in there reading war time articles in the British Newspaper Archives for free (I’d have to pay from my home computer).

The realisation wasn’t sudden; it’s been creeping up on me for a little while. Simply, I’m writing a book in an era I know very little about. I knew this when I decided to do it, back in July 2014, and I knew I had to conduct some research before embarking on the writing in order to help me plan and for the writing to have a certain amount of authenticity.

Now, I’ve researched before. I have 3 degrees, and have written 2 policy based dissertations as well as numerous research papers…

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