Did anyone really win Nov 4, 2014?

Wow – good thing I try to follow a different policy: “When you do it to the least of these, you do it to me.”(Matt 25) Not easy to do but is doable.

There was a time when policy did not rule the conscious and we took care of each other, we made sure folk were fed, clothed and were given treatment when they were sick. I think it is called being a village, being neighbors,,, I guess our jobs, our money, our stuff is so much more important than the well being of people – unfortunately this is bipartisan – each party has done a dis-service to the people they were elected to “represent”.  I am not sure that we as a nation will last if we don’t changed our attitudes.

We do not have a two party system that adheres to different policies, philosophies, or agendas. They seem to be the same but using different jargon so the average citizen is taken in to their rhetoric and are not able to see through it. But what are we to do? How can we changed when we have a population of drones who are being manipulated by remote control issues that no one is whiling to risk- their jobs, families, and what little security they feel they have.

Of course, how can the populace make informed decisions when the tools to get that information is manipulative by news media who are also being backed by particular ideologies that keep the mantra going that our ideas, policies, way of thinking is the right way:

“We have the answers, we know what you need to hear, don’t think let us do it for you – make life simple, easy and totally controlled by a machine that would rather have you live exactly how we want you to live. Your children are being programed with the curriculum we know is best – forget that the teachers who spent thousands of dollars in order to make sure your child learns and can think for themselves – that we have made millions convincing legislators who have no idea how to teach, so your children will be the drone workforce we need to run this country as we see fit. American Dream? Are you kidding – we control the American Dream and it is not for the masses but to those who control how the machine works.  So forget trying to work your way out of debt or your kids being able to go to college without coming out owing enough to pay off the National Debt. So get ready folks we politicians have it under control – Democrats and Republicans both – let us handle it. We will make sure you have no way of achieving the American Dream until we say so.”

Until the entire population of this United States has had enough of everyone – nothing will change. The party in charge will change, but what they are doing will not. It will not change with having more political parties created to run against the machine.  Because some of these are just as bad or worse that what we already have.

So what are we to do? Good question – my gut knee jerk reaction is full revolution against all of this mess but that can’t happen without an organized hub that is looking to be part of a solution that is about the greater good and not about creating the same thing all over again but “different”.

Jesus was the only one who successfully did this but even what Jesus achieved has been twisted and turned into a political agenda and use more as a weapon than as a way of life. See that is the difference is that Jesus was not spouting off a new set of rules or policies that enslave a people but a way of life so we can live with the intention to take care of each other, make sure we all have what we need, become community again.

Until we change the way we treat our “possessions”, that what we have is not what we are and be honest when die – well duh – all of that is left and we become the dust we were created from in the beginning. So think about what is more important –

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I am taking a writing workshop!

I started drafting this post yesterday while in a writing workshop for Professional Development for my new job: Elementary Music Teacher!  I am still seeking a pastoral position but still have to pay bills so I got my teaching license renewed and will begin playing with k-2 students! It will be a blast. Ok enough of that – saving for later.

Here is what I wrote before I really got into the workshop:

Ok, I am in a writing workshop to help be a better writer and be consistant in keeping up with this blog. Not writing as much as I would like, keeping a schedule has not been my strongest trait. LOL! So let’s see what I will learn.

Our workshop leader is Clayton Scott(http://www.claytonscott.com/biography/), Poet Laureate of Fayetteville, Arkansas and Poetry Slam Champion of Arkansas. LOVE this guy: likes lots of breaks, long lunch and getting out early!

INSPIRING QUOTES:

  • Writing is not about writing but observing what’s around and reflecting on it.
  • In order to teach writing a teacher must be a writer.(had a discussion on this and how we reacted to it)
  • Poets & Writers never die – words are immortal!
  • Leaving a legacy of language
  • Lean back, let it flow, let it go.(love this one – so Jimmy Buffettish)
  • On Writer’s block: Don’t stop writing, keep writing, don’t distrust the muse.
  • It is not about right or wrong but about weak or strong(use of words especially verbs)

He shared his recipe for a yummy poem which is applied to all types of writing. Scott was energetic and engaging.  He recited some of his own stuff and had us to do some writing also. The first excercise was love/hate about being a teacher. He also introduced us to CoCo Harris a fellow classmate from college who is not only a writer but a publisher, of personal journals and memoirs. Had a great discussion on how having a journal leaves your children a legacy that is better than photos. One person shared how much a journal of her grandmother’s meant to her now after her grandmother’s death.

Our last exercise was a streaming of conciousness writing and while we wrote Scott was going to call out words that we then needed to use in our piece. This was way cool for me and each time he called out a word, it was a word I needed at the time in the spot I was completing – freaking awesome! So I want to share that exercise with you(unedited – which he said should be our first draft – just write and then come back to edit. We may write 500 words but only one sentence may be used as a seed for a later work.) The words he called out I put in bold print.

Roaring From Inside of Me

What is it that keeps me from creating the art?  I have the ideas, but I get bogged down in the mire of THINKING. I need to do, make, draw, write.

The stuff is oozing from my pores, orifices, all places of my being. The problem of this oozing is that it has nowhere to go but down my arms, flowing into an abyss of nothing if I don’t get it on paper to remember. Remembering is the key, but I than lose the thunderous passion of the first nuggett of an idea, the seed to express what is happening in the moment it is happening.

Taking the pottery class is helping but not in my other creative areas. Like catfish, the sparks of creativity lie on the bottom of my being, mozing along. I want to awaken the lion, the majestic cat of all cats, raoring with a voice, bringing the challenges to the surface: collage art, print art, song writing, playwriting.

It seems to be too much but when you have the lights and sounds of a carnival-like muse spurring you to places you haven’t tried, you should at least try.

Ideas, words, art popping from the toaster of my brqain and heart like the fudge-filled, chocolate icing poptarts from a morning breakfast waiting to be eaten and enjoyed. Not like the flipchart way – writing it down then quickly moving to the next page.

Broken dreams and ideas become reshaped and mended to relay theinventiveness of the artist, who is me.

How will I do this? How will I keep the passion, the roaring within me going? When I do I will celebrate with the masses what they have given me!

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Wow – had alot penned inside of myself and that’s what I want to do with this blog: share, challenge, encourage, empower. With practice I will. So I will be practicing more than I have before. I may share some journal entries from way back – do have one of those journals and it has gotten me thru some tough times. Until next time – PEACE!