Your DNA and the Environment

Put a man on the Moon — Never! Have a video telephone — Never! Replace asphalt with plastic — Never! Your DNA doesn’t Change — Wrong! And so… skeptics once said, but who knew that multi-billion dollar industries would debunk them. The American culture has grown complacent and…

Starrdust: The Real Secret

At home, I am the first one to wake up. I start the coffee and wake up Pepper, the Parrot. I talk to him in that high-pitched voice we all have for babies and animal companions. I remove and fold the sheet that covers his condo-cage at night,…

Projects, Permaculture, Passion

Michi Meko, evolved from a middle-class family that questioned everything and took nothing for granted. Meko was raised in Florence, AL. His father, Sam Pendleton, was a City Councilman, championing his community. Pendleton and his wife Deloris Ann taught Michi and his brother, Actor, Cedric Pendleton, to give…

Countdown to Moksha

It is hard to leave without wanting to say goodbye. Day #7 Naina Devi Naina Devi, a famous historical temple of mythological Goddess Sati Located on a hilltop in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh in India. Deluder of difficulties, dedicated, disciplined, devoted and divine – The elder. The…

P.S. (Poetry and Song)

  PROPHETS AND POETS To all the singers and writers of song Now is the time of prophets and poets… Be true Now is the time of grand soaring sagas Of Truth I beg you be true, to the one true call I beg you be true, to…

Hello World

When I thought about the topic for this issue (passion), I remembered the many struggles, losses, and victories I have experienced — my anxious protective love for my son and nephews; my adoration of and sometimes frustration and anger with my overprotective husband. As is evident in many…

Parallel Passions

Sometimes I hear people say, “Find your passion! Live in your passion!” It amuses me that one might live an entire life and have just-one-passion. As the mother of 5 children and the GMAH of 14, boxer Mike Tyson would agree that me having one passion is “ludicrous.”…

Keep Crawling

Initially, I started this piece out by asking a question: I wonder what they would think if they knew I was okay with dying today? Would they hear me or would they go on with life as usual? Can you picture yourself in a desert? You’re not even…

Goin’ In: Two Perspectives on Guns

Hands Up.  Don’t Shoot! …this has become the war cry of the conscious ones of my generation, influenced heavily by the outcome in the shooting of Michael Brown, Jr., who was a recent high school graduate from Ferguson, Missouri. The details regarding his death are important but the…

Motorcycle Awareness

I’m pretty sure that my awareness of passion began in the fourth grade, in the early 1970’s, when my family moved to Butte, Montana in mid-winter. The air in Butte was so cold and dry that my nostrils pinched themselves shut if I tried to breathe without using…