Thanksgiving, 2015 Sometimes it is difficult to write these blogs. Today is one of them. The problem is that Thanksgiving is supposed to be about gratitude. And many of us — the homeless or those faced with homelessness, the starving or hungry, and the lonely or alone– look at our own lives and feel despair. Too many looking at the world through their own eyes legitimately ask “what have I got to be grateful about?” Last week a close friend and I discussed whether he should commit suicide. My friend explained he couldn’t envision a future that he wanted; a world that would get better to a point where he could again experience the joy and passion, which he had long been known for. I mostly listened. I told him moods change. I suggested he keep a journal for a week and revisit the issue after that. The next morning I called a pastor friend and we prayed the depression which held him would be lifted. Thankfully, it worked. My friend continues to journal. Truth be told, a few days before this discussion I also struggled with similar thoughts. But I had trouble with the concept of taking my own life rather than those of the elites which had created the conditions of despair for most of the world’s peoples. It wasn’t so much that I was afraid to die. It was that I knew that my dying would only serve their evil goals and their conquest of our world would continue … Continue Reading
News article after news article, television reporters, and even the (see no evil) Seattle Times have reported recently that homelessness in Seattle is a full scale emergency. How did this happen? In 2012 it seemed Seattle’s city council really wanted to find out. The Seattle City Council solicited bids from land title experts to determine what was going on. After a careful vetting process the Seattle city council hired a nationally renowned land records expert with taxpayer dollars to find out. The taxpayer paid expert concluded that many of Seattle’s foreclosures were void as a result of corrupt corporations being allowed to record assignments containing false statements by King County officials who routinely failed to follow Washington’s recording and criminal statutes. But, of course, government officials implicated in creating the problem did not want to hear this or have anyone else learn of the expert’s conclusions. So what did the embarrassed public officials do? They had one of their own demand the land title expert sign a confidentiality agreement to prevent her conclusions from ever seeing the light of day. But the land expert refused to sign the confidentiality agreement. The expert knew the conclusions in her report were accurate. The expert wouldn’t sign any agreement that allowed the City to bury her report and not consider its forthright and honest conclusions. Meanwhile the City was getting zinged with public disclosure requests demanding the Seattle City Council release the report. So the City reluctantly released the report including the City’s own nonsensical 3 … Continue Reading
Spiritual Synchronicity Grows Well in the Soil of Tyranny… History demonstrates seeds of hope can grow robustly in the soil of tyranny because oppression leads us to crave light and liberation. I am not the leader or founder of Church of the Gardens (COG). COG is a growing movement of spiritual people called together to pursue an imperative mission. My observation is COG grows through spiritual synchronicity and the free exercise of faith. COG is presently a small movement of conscience. It will need members to grow into a groundswell politicians and judges will take into account. Rising to the needs of the day together we can be the change we seek. I want to thank John Wright of the Piggybank blog for the work he has put into this production. I am proud to have been involved in COG’s formation. I am also proud to be the advocate for the Church, its members, and those persons COG was created to help and protect. COG has no single spiritual leader; as a spiritual movement it personifies the natural inclusiveness of a garden. Gardens are composed of many different types of creations, together making up a whole greater than their sum. Through complementarity we embrace a fresh approach. COG seeks to establish community with other faith-based organizations to network the distribution of hope, food, faith and good will. Please join COG.
My friend DiAnna Baker Malone gave my words a face, that I want to share… The Church Was Crowded November 12, 2015 That astrophysicist sleeping on the church floor once had two Maseratis and four houses… The lawyer twitching next to him was rated a super lawyer from 1997 through 2003… The 70 year old widow of the newspaper owner was shivering on the church step just outside the main entrance… Even now, even here there was an order to things… Many who had slept here before now rested in wooden boxes below the ground or had become part of the air we breathe after they were cremated by the empire.
Full Spectrum Advocacy in 2016. The United States Constitution was devised to protect us, the people, from abuses of power by the federal government. Washington’s Constitution was written not only to protect individuals from our State government, but also from those corporations and elites which prey on the people to create and maintain their wealth. A primary means by which the authors of both the United States’ and Washington State’s Constitutions chose to protect us was by separating and arranging governmental branches and offices in such a way so that each might be a check on the other. Today, the wealthy have figured out a way around the check and balances enacted by our founders to ensure the inalienable rights of all individuals. Today, the wealthy simply purchase the government, lock, stock, and barrel. What looks like three cars is really only transportation for one; the person who owns all three cars. Similarly, wealthy corporations and people use their money to purchase the strings of government to manipulate the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of federal and state governments for their own benefit. They have become the puppeteers of each of the branches so that they can stage a tragi-comedy of government they expect us to take seriously because they have the money to get away with it. Our framers predicted tyranny would result if the checks and balances they created to protect us became corrupted. For example, Alexander Hamilton explained in Federalist Paper #78 that judges needed to be … Continue Reading