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chickens

Hello, we are caring for the chickens now, at this Ojai permaculture farm.  Ming is the main person.  I think he is the Chicken Monarch.  Some roosters may not agree!  Isn’t this a pretty pic?  He’s glowing in the late afternoon light, having just thrown the compost out of the bucket. We’re doing the thing:… Read More »

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direct action

I want to change culture, and direct action is part of my life.  I think about direct action of different kinds–symbolic, performative, solidarity.  Some acts of service can be direct action also. statement Serving food to hungry people is a real way to help, but it can also be a statement.  Food Not Bombs says… Read More »

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burnout

I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’m on earth to do, including radical mental health and the Las Vegas Radical Mental Health collective.  I’d like to help do something meaningful and connective with many people, and radical mental health has been that.  The part that hurts is my own burnout. How do you prevent… Read More »

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fiction

Hey, guess what.  I wrote some fiction.  I read it to Ming on a walk–just 500 words. It’s kind of a ghost story.  Ming thought it was amazing and said something really smart about it.  He said it was straightforward, leading the reader by the hand.  He contrasted this fiction with my poetry–he said my… Read More »

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how I learned to do less

Last year I knew I needed to cut back on my responsibilities and activities, but I didn’t know how.  Everything I did felt crucially important.  But I needed to give more energy to myself, work on my health, and lower my stress.  It could be a matter of life and death.  I want to tell… Read More »

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serving

I returned to serving food with the Las Vegas Catholic Worker.  I took about a year off, and my perspective is different now. The whole setup is different now, since covid.  I used to do bread, which I thought was sacred and fun.  Bread of life.  That was a metaphor I enjoyed, for years.  The… Read More »

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new Sufjan Stevens song Sugar

Hopefully an artist leads you to a new place.  Hopefully they take you by the hand and are kind to you.  I always think a good poem teaches me how to read it. Sufjan Stevens is my favorite, and I’ve let him lead me to some weird places.  He can do a lot of different… Read More »

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moon option

media difference If you know me, you know I don’t watch tv or movies.  I don’t care for them 99% of the time.  Writing and reading are pretty easy for me–watching a movie or show is hard work.  My mind just doesn’t want to do that. I get the characters mixed up–they usually all look… Read More »