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You are Here, Now: a Geology Report

You are Here, Now: a Geology Report Breaking news!  Continents Clash! But slowly.  The Pacific Ocean once beached near here where Ashland later grew.  The whole continent we now know as North America slowly slid westward over the hot magma underlying it.  The remnants of southeastern Oregon mountains started as volcanos blasting out of the same huge hot spot that now underlays Yellowstone.  The hot spot didn’t move; the continent pushed westward above it.  Similarly, Hawaii is pushing northwest over a hot spot now generating…

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Earth’s Eden: Love it or Lose it

And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. (Genesis 1:31) We are born of and live in Eden, and it lives in us.  We are made of it and for it. By Eden I don’t mean a mythical land of a biblical past, I mean the actual garden bible writers once loved, and I mean the rest of the garden that we should love.  Eden suffers both blunder and attack by us humans, exponentially-so in the last two hundred…

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AMA connection

I barely understand a new way to publish and get feedback called Ask Me Anything.  But I am signing up under a Religion and Faith category (mine being Ecological Religion) and posting a "proof" photo here as part of that process. Evidently, I'll be hosting an event related to this process this Thursday, May 3, at 3 PM.  (I assume 3 PM Pacific Time.) Hopefully, this will connect me with interested parties also using the AMA system.  If anyone from AMA comes here, look around at…

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Gurus

Gurus My first night in Bombay, sleeping on the woven mat cot, a small lizard dropped on my forehead.  “Yeow!” I jumped. “What happened?” I heard from the other room. “A lizard landed on my head!” “Very auspicious,” they said, laughing.   In the hot summer of 1971, at age 26, I had left my seminary to tour India with my guru/friend, Dr. Vasavada, and to meet his guru, the Blind Saint of Vrindivan. By the time I got my funeral director’s license in 1967…

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Bodies

Bodies I saw life and death in bare detail working for a funeral home. The dead body, having festered for four days, reeked.  The stench of its rotting flesh filled the embalming room and, unavoidably, my breathing. Fortunately, in such situations, our smell system overloads and goes numb after a half hour. When a person dies, their body dies gradually.  At first, the stagnant blood turns blue and the body heats up.  Rigor mortis sets in after about four hours, lactic acid locking the muscles. …

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Edsel

Edsel The unveiling of Ford’s new mystery car, the Edsel, was to have been a momentous occasion.  Instead, it was a big embarrassing flop that would mark a dwindling of the car capital of the world – Detroit. Born Hiroshima Day in nearby Pontiac, it seemed to me all the cars in the world seemed to come from Detroit.  During the Second World War, Ford Motors had produced one B-24 an hour out of its massive Rouge River Plant, iron and aluminum in one end,…

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Todd Miller interview, author of “Storming the Wall – Climate Change, Migration and Homeland Security”

I and Jason Houk interview Dr. Todd Miller, author of "Storming the Wall - Climate Change, Migration and Homeland Security at KSKQ radio in Ashland, Oregon on November 14th, 2017. Miller discusses the militarized over-reach of the Trump government, out 100 miles from our southern border, effectively creating a surveilance state and a standing army on American soil, a Trumpian "constitution-free zone." This project uses a 12 fold increase in funding, from $1.5B to $20B, more than what the FBI gets. When the Berlin Wall…

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Harvesting a Good Bounty

  How easy it is to take the goods of life for granted. I realized this in the usual way – by having something injured.  Who notices how well their thumbs work?  I don’t; they just do.  But bang it a few times and infection sets in, making it throb with highly noticeable pain, and you’ll realize all the ways there are to bump it again and again doing ordinary things.  Put a key in the lock?  Ouch!  Open a package?  Oww!  Type a sermon? …

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Tesla Factory a Shrine?

Because I’m a minister long-concerned for the ethics of how we get and use energy, my recent trip to tour the Tesla factory to the San Francisco bay area (Fremont) had an inspiring feel to it, like going on a pilgrimage to a shrine. Tesla doesn’t advertise or use dealerships, yet it is rapidly transforming the car world.  This isn’t just for money.  CEO and early investor Elon Musk’s life-intention has a “massively transformative purpose.”  Above the doorway to the factory it reads, “Our Mission:…

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