I estimate that I despise Trump about 4 times more than the average liberal US american. Despite this, I am still aware of a small but important number of things Trump has made great again.
Steven Cobert is a very clever guy. But Trump gives him the raw material he needs to be brilliant.
Much closer to home, the Trump presidency has made my weekly phone calls to my mother great again. Hawina, Willow and I were visiting my mother on election night. It was a shared family tragedy. And now every week my mother and I rant together about the increasingly preposterous administration.
Because of her upset, my mother went to her first protest in her life as a participant.
But it is not surprising that this slash and burn President will cut some terrible government programs. True to his promise (which Hillary would have reneged on) Trump killed the terrible Trans-Pacific Partnership.
In a budget which will certainly get re-written, he has zero-funded the Mixed Oxide fuel fabrication facility. This expensive, ill-conceived program is designed to convert plutonium from weapons into reactor fuel.
We can only hope that while he is slashing the Department of Energy (which mostly funds the US nuclear weapons laboratories) he will pass on rescuing a Bankrupt Westinghouse.
I have numerous short stops that i make on most days at Twin Oaks. One of them is by Coyote’s room. We will chat about current community gossip and politics. He will ask me to get him another box of candles or a double cheeseburger with double onions. While in his room I often write a quick letter to Cassie ex, which he then completes and sends.
And sometimes, when i am lucky, he drop on me a piece of writing, a poetic bomb. Today was one such day. Coyote has been off the labor system for a while now and leads a quiet life mostly on the second floor of Ta Chai. He is an avid reader and writes to his favorite authors. He wrote to the poet and revolutionary Wendell Berry who sent him back the powerful poem HOW TO BE A POET (to remind myself). Which includes the lovely lines:
There are no unsacred places;
there are only sacred places
And desecrated places.
Coyote’s room is like a tiny gallery. He has copied pictures of the people important to him, famous or familiar. And is regularly rearranging these memories to suit his current desires. And tangled among these images are some of the most profound ideas of our time.
Part of it is that i am on some intentional community Facebook groups which have distinctly different politics generally than i do. One of these groups is the Intentional Communities Discussion Group, a group which has more interested spirituality than i am, there are some rugged individualists, some folks into gun rights. And they have questions. This was one of them:
Can you weigh in on this…?
The situation: Our community is roughly 40 adults. We are a non-profit, focusing on sustainable education. We offer lunch and dinner Mon-Fri with community members getting ‘credits’ for their cook and clean shifts (credits go toward their rent/fees). The schedule, ordering, organization and admin of the kitchen is managed by the kitchen coordinator.
The problems: We are having some difficulties running our kitchen effectively. We’re losing money (as we have to buy all organic ingredients). Cooks are uninspired to cook with variety (often cooking beans, rice and baked vegetables, over and over). People aren’t buying into our meal plans (perceptions of being too expensive, not meeting variety or dietary needs, etc).
The question: How do you run your kitchen? How do you keep costs down? Any tips on where to source cheaper organic ingredients? How do you keep cooks engaged in preparing *good* meals? How do you get community feedback on the communal dining experience?
*THANK YOU* for any input you can give us!!!
In the extremely close confirmation process for ruthless corporatist Neil Gorsuch, who has also recently been shown as plagiarizing , there is something you can do, but you need to do it quite quickly, because the filibusterer will start tomorrow, Thursday April 6th.
If you are from Maine, South Carolina, Nevada or Arizona you have a Republican senator who might oppose the “nuclear option“. You should contact them the using the their online forms (under their links) or call their office.
- Maine is Susan Collins – (207) 622-8414
- Arizona is John McCain – (602) 952-2410
- Arizona also has Jeff Flake – 602-840-1891
- Nevada is Dean Heller – 702-388-6605
- South Carolina is Lindsey Graham – (864) 250-1417
If you are not from these states you can send money to the campaigns designed to influence legislators in these states.
It has happened to almost everyone who drives these days. You put an address into your phone with the expectation that it is going to take you some where, and your phone has different ideas.
Oh, it might be your fault when you selected Hemlock Way, instead of Hemlock Expressway. More frustratingly, it could be that your multi-billion dollar internet miracle combined with sophisticated free sat nav software have sent you someplaceyou have not interest in going to. I call this a slip trip.
There is not a word in common usage for this situation, but i am hoping to coin it here. A slip trip is when ever you end up someplace you were not expecting by following instructions from a navigation system.
Abigail and i were hoping to go to the Monterrey Bay Aquarium. We faithfully followed the instructions we were given to get out of Santa Cruz, but quickly found ourselves in the slightly post apocalyptic dreamscape of Fort Ord.
There were dozens of boarded up buildings and even more that wished they were. I jumped to thinking about how these buildings so close to the ocean could be turned into communities. Later I would learn the compete lack of water and the over abundance of asbestos made these fantasies inaccessible.
Part of the Slip Trip experience is how you respond to this once you discover that it is happening to you. I have argued in the blog for nimble emotions around getting lost. Your GPS simply reroutes and keeps heading on it’s way. You could do the same.
More common is people getting upset, either at their machine or at themselves or sometimes both. There is little upside here. Perhaps it is gratifying to curse at your software, but not so secretly you know, if you are on a Slip Trip, most of the time it is because you messed up somehow.
The slip trip invites you to make your unforecasted destination and adventure.