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Autumnal Equinox 2019

September 23 2019 07:50 GMT

Summer Solstice 2019

June 21 2019 15:54 GMT

It’s not a lack of things to say as much as a lack of time to say it…

On any day I have a multitude of thoughts, it’s just I don’t always have the time to express it to others.

It’s really hard to express how much I feel we all need to take time out of our lives to create a sense of community by sharing that which makes us who we are, our passions, our triumphs, and our fears.

I know, do as I say, not as I do.

In this time of division and hate, I feel it’s particularly important that we take time to reach our to others and listen, as well as speak. At our core, we’re all very much the same, and want the same things — I’ve learned that through my travels. No matter what the culture, all humans share a connection and a common core which unites us.

It’s sometime hard to listen to ideas which offend you, and sometimes the venue makes exchanging those types of ideas illegal. Respect each other, respect the letter of the law, and respect the spirit of building bridges, not walls.

Vernal Equinox 2019

March 20 2019 21:58 GMT

Winter Solstice 2018

December 21 2018 22:22 GMT

Autumnal Equinox 2018

September 23 2018 0154 GMT

Summer Solstice 2018

June 21 2018 10:07 GMT

Vernal Equinox 2018

March 20 2018 16:15 GMT

#MeToo

I’ll open by underscoring this is my personal opinion.

I’ve read and watched a number of individuals come forward about being sexually harassed in the past — and I think that’s a great travesty that people would take advantage of another based on their position, social status, wealth, or power — but let’s wake up here… that is how the world has operated (and we’ve all turned blind eyes for years, decades, millenniums), so let’s ratchet down the (false) indignation and work for a newer world order where harassment is a thing of the past.

I see this as an issue were we need not only looks at who did what — but when it was done.

Yes, the standards 10, 20, 30, 40, 50… years ago were very different than it is today.  And the way things were done might be appalling by today’s standards, but none the less that’s how they were done and we all knew it (don’t even try to pretend you thought all those stories of the “casting couch” and “sexitaries” was just locker-room banter… you knew it was true, and simply chose to do nothing about it).

Here on MLK day I’ve decided to share my thoughts — though let’s not pretend like MLK was a saint… he too was a sinner. He too (seemingly) had issues with equal rights for all (you didn’t hear him mention women, you didn’t hear him mention races other than white and black, you didn’t hear him mention gays).  The one thing Dr King did do: he opened up dialog which started to move this country forward from a long period of stagnation.

My feeling is actions which happened many years ago need to be looked at in the light of the prevailing time… those people need to be admonished at minimum, but if they didn’t cross what was the norm at the time that needs to be the end of it.  We just need to make sure that we update our image of the past and those personalities to include that they failed to treat everyone with the respect they deserved, and failed to take a stand to end harassment.

However, when similar things are happening now, or within the past several years — that’s different.  Clearly these events are transgressions that go far beyond the accepted norms.  Not only do we need to admonish these individuals, but we need to take action to insure that they and the industries they are in change.  That change needs to occur sooner, not later.

Should they be fired — yes — if they don’t have the courage and integrity to resign.

But should individuals who committed transgressions many, many years back when times were different be fired — that’s a little more complex; we need to look at the individual now, appraise what changes have been made to their life, and if they are still that same person.  If they are — then they’re out; however, if they’ve made change… we can give them a little time under the microscope before we make our final decision.

I’m all for zero tolerance, but zero tolerance never seems to be that (just check when the local school’s sports hero crosses the zero tolerance line, there always seems to be tolerance for at least a second chance — so something else we need to be honest with ourselves about — rarely do we really have zero tolerance, it’s just a catch phrase).

Personally I abhor harassment of any kind, I abhor those who feel they are better than others and can get away with it, I abhor those who help hide it and punish the victims… but this is a problem where we have to start to resolve today, and not get carried away with witch-hunt after witch-hunt of “dark” figures from out past.

Winter Solstice 2017

December 21 2017 16:28 GMT