Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Big Short Film: "Capitalistic Gut Punch"

This movie is a brutally funny, and painfully accurate of our long and sordid affair with greed.

Howard Lyman Visits Portland 1/23/16

The incredibly endearing Howard Lyman came to town this pats weekend, and spoke at the Unitarian Universalist Church to a couple of audiences. On Saturday, he spoke at a NW Veg volunteer appreciation potluck, so it was a nice intimate time spent with him, and his inspiring ideas.

He first came to prominent attention when he went on Oprah in the late 90s and told the public the cattle industry was feeding cows to cows...turns out making a  herbivore into a cannibal during the Mad Cow Disease panic wasn't such a great idea. This started a legal firestorm, being sued for "Food Defamation" from the major players of the cattle industry.  He has gone on to become an outspoken advocate for a vegan lifestyle, and the main takeaway from his latest speech is a call for vegans everywhere to embed themselves in all types of organizations-from the PTA to the Sierra Club-and plant seeds of veganism.

I told him about my lifestyle, and he gifted me a signed copy of Mad Cowboy!

Howard Lyman Wikipedia

Howard speaking on Friday:

Monday, January 25, 2016

#FEELTHEBERN PDX Rally 1/23/16

We had a little Bernie Sanders rally at Pioneer Square on Saturday, and I stopped in for a bit. I was on my way to my usual Saturday Portland State farmer's market pickups for Food Not Bombs. I saw a few familiar activist buddies, and the crowd of about 1,000 people sure made a big showing downtown.

I"m not one to put a lot of faith into the top-down conventional politics(as we live in a corptocracy), but it is nice to see that Bernie has a real shot at winning, and pushing the progressive envelope further. I'll probably end up doing some volunteering for the campaign at some point, like phone banking other states to help swing votes his way.

Oregon Live Bernie Rally

Feeling the Bern. :)

My Friend Amitzi's pictures of the rally

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Dr Michael Greger Lecture in Portland(!!!) 1/19/2016

I miss his beard. <3

On Tuesday the 19th of January 2016, I and about 400 others, had the distinct pleasure of witnessing one of the best vegan minds out there today. I first came across Dr. Greger early on in my transitional days, chancing uponthis pretty no-frills nutritional video on Youtube, showcasing some of that classic Greger wit. 


Years later, Dr. Greger is still absolutely crushing it with science, His website is an outstanding compendium of everything A-Z for vegan nutrition, sourced from prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals, and other realms of rigorous scientific inquiry, all packed into easily digestible videos.

He also just released a new book How Not to Die, which is currently a New Yorks Times Best-Seller.

The presentation he gave Tuesday night(which mirrors the video below), drops some jaw-dropping wisdom bombs. Not only does it covert how our health on a plant-based diet affects us, but the insidious and pervasive relationship our society had with cigarette smoking in days gone by, and how that mirrors the present day ubiquitous nature of animal consumption.  I implore you to watch this video...there is much at stake....beyond just the health and well being of you and your loved ones.


Kaleidoscope Community Yoga spotlight on KGW

I've been involved with Kaleidoscope Community Yoga for several months, now, first sharing in it's joys a year ago at a housewarming for the Brooklyn Collective. Logermund Nathamandi-the founder of this practice- was there, and he personally led us through wholesome, heart-centered group poses.

For the last 3 months, I've been going almost weekly to the free(donation-based) class at People's Food-Cop at 10am on Wednesdays. KGW(local news affiliate) just did a little piece on our community, and they even included my little soundbite about "living in the spirit of the gift"! I've really come to cherish this unique's a very pleasant, and enriching to connect with others in this way!

KGW Video: Portland-instructor-teaches-unique-yoga-concept

Kaleidoscope Community Yoga Youtube Channel

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Naomi Klein "This Changes Everything" Movie 1/10/15

"This Changes Everything poster" by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.

Last Sunday the 10th of January, I went with a few of my Touching Earth Sangha mates(Andy/Satya) to a viewing of "This Changes Everything", a film inspired and based on the now uber famous book by Naomi Klein.

The screening was held at Heart of Wisdom Zen temple up in NE Portland, affiliated with Great Vow Monastery, and the same place I went for this past New Years Eve ceremony.

Before the showing, we had a bit of atechnical mixup, and we very nearly showed we started to dive into a bit of vegan debate....I think in retrospect I would have prefered Cowspiracy, just for the impact alone.

"This Changes Everything" synopsis:

Directed by journalist and filmmaker Avi Lewis (The Take) and produced in conjunction with Naomi Klein's bestselling book of the same name, this urgent dispatch on climate change contends that the greatest crisis we have ever faced also offers us the opportunity to address and correct the inhumane systems that have created it.

The film did a solid job of visiting numerous problem aras of Climate Change.

Alberta, Canada— Crystal, a young indigenous leader inTar Sands country, fights for access to a restricted military base.

Powder River Basin, Montana— Mike and Alexis, a goat ranching couple impacted by oil from a broken pipeline. They organize against fossil fuel extraction and form an alliance with the Northern Cheyenne tribe to bring solar power to the nearby reservation.
Halkidiki, Greece— Melachrini, a housewife opposed to mining and drilling projects by Canadian corporationEldorado Gold; against the backdrop of Greece in crisis, [5]
Andhra Pradesh, India— Jyothi, a matriarch fighting a proposed coal-fired power plant that will destroy a wetland.

All in all, the movie provided a solid look at these very troublesome areas, but didn't touch that much on personal solutions, such as simplicity, veganism etc...lots of renewable and big systemic political challenges mainly...but it was nice to see the grassroots direct action movements highlighted.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

E.B. White On Why He Wrote Charlotte’s Web.


“A farm is a peculiar problem for a man who likes animals, because the fate of most livestock is that they are murdered by their benefactors.

The creatures may live serenely but they end violently, and the odor of doom hangs about them always. “

Full Article

The Truth About 'Squats' - Inside Londons Most Controversial Eviction - The Camden Mothership

Interesting development in London about The Camden Mothership Squat/Community Center, please watch the videos.


Saturday, January 2, 2016

New Year Intentions 2016

Another year has passed.....let's take a look at last year's intentions.

Intentions for 2015 

1.) Less Screen Time (unplug!) 

Nope, I actually increased screen-time, especially in fall/winter 2015...and I'm glad. More blogging, more connecting, more expansive knowledge...just have to keep my balance of face time "IRL".

2.) Expand Vegan activism/health by eating more whole foods, up my fruit/veggie intake

Yup, though I still eat not enough nutritionally packed food stuffs on the daily....lotta bagels...

3.) Connect more with like-minded persons "doing the thing"


4.) Spread word/mission of sangha to more people, bolster our weekly meeting

Kinda sorta. For the first part of the year, I was gung-ho, then I stepped back from the core sangha in the summer, but I still practice with them from time to time, hang out/do FNB stuff frequently, and still hold them in high regard.

5.) Continue dog caretaking/sitting for rent monies as well as volunteering(Pixie Project)

Sorta.  Since Auguest I haven't done any work really, nor have I done more volunteering at places like Pixie Project.

6.) Get more involved with Micro-Housing for houseless/low income

Nope. Just a few facebook shares and some general knowledge gleaning.

7.) Thrive primarily moneyless

Nailed it. :)

8.) Visit Moab in Fall?

Sure didn't. Suelo is actually in Fruitia, Colorado full-time, taking care of his ageing parents.

9.) Attend Summer Programat Great Vow.

Didn't happen, but a few of my good buddies are attending there longer term, and also did the summer program. I really honor what Great Vow offers, I just feel more impactful, imbedded in community, able to be more pro-active/varied and less focused on full-time, intensive practice.

10.) Get into alternative green building/living systems more(veganiculture. Earthships etc)

Sadly no. My greenthumb is still laying fallow, as it were. I will say with this whole #ABAWD food stamp debacle going on, it has shifted my attention a bit on securing more of my own/others food security needs via growing it, rather than relying on government assistance or FNB waste stream. This seems like the natural evolution...get to the root of the issue by supplying our own food needs directly.

11.) Let go of videogaming/Netflixing away hours.

Reduced gaming in general, still watching a fair amount of streaming shows/movies, but those have fallen back a bit too. Not like binge watching Lost in 2014(UGH!)

12.) Be open to a romantic partner to join on similar path.

Definitely open 2015 I wasn't pursuing that intently until about maybe late summer/fall...OkCupid turned into just a random "people watching" sort of past-time...nothing much fruitful from that, though it did elucidate me on what I'm looking for. Still tried to get out there to meet potential partners, especially in the vegan community later in the year.
I have a blog post I'm working on about this's very alive for me right now....almost so much it's distracting me a track mind and all....

Intentions for 2016(in no particular order)

1.) Manifest Romantic Connection/Partnership.

2.) Plug into more food security systems(growing, veganiculture, community/Omstead garden) #ABAWD #WarOnPoor

3.) Crowdsource my Activism.

4.) Consider other areas to live/visit, especially conducive to vegan living/warmer. (Hawai'i, Costa Rica, Belize etc)

5.) Keep exploring NVC/Authentic connections/T-Group/Solsarra interactions

6.) Continue to "shift the paradigm" via activist outlets-Veganism/Enviro etc

7.) Keep up 3x/week yoga practice at People's.

8.) Truly optimize diet/ on all cylinders.

9.) Strangers are just friends I haven't met yet. #Venture&Gain

10.) Spend more time maintaining/supporting friendships/connections

11.) Strengthen connection in the Brooklyn Collective between the houses

12.) Revisit concept of moneyless living/right livehood in more detail(blog post in works)

13,) Network and connect more with peers in similar lifestyles,,,claim acceptance/validation

14,) Look into internships/free educational opportunities(Cultural Catalyzer example)

15.) Ask and receive.

16.) Join the Q Contiunumm #Notenoughtimeinthedaytodoallthethings

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately.” — Henry David Thoreau, Walden"

What did Thoreau mean when he said he wished to “live deliberately?” It’s an odd word to use to describe a way of living. Did he mean “deliberately” in the slow, steady sense of the word? Or did he mean that he wanted to spend his life deliberating—the way one might carefully deliberate over a decision to accept a job or buy a car? Regardless of what he meant, I prefer how I’ve always interpreted the line: I believe Thoreau wished to live thoughtfully and intentionally. In other words, to live deliberately would be to live life with forethought. It is to live with your values, ideas, goals, and principles in mind. To live deliberately is to live your life actively (in which you wield control of your life) rather than passively (in which you let life happen to you).