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#77986 - 10/12/05 11:55 AM off topic but maybe not - maybe on
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Registered: 12/19/03
Posts: 5400
Loc: Pasadena, CA
it struck me this morning -

about how we work so hard to fit these high end structures we have created for ourselves -

we abuse ourselves and society to get
the kind of home furnishing or lifestyle -

that would make us --- something?

satisfied - is that all that does it?

yet most of us are angry - a lot and in pain -

lonely - sad - to some degree -

i spoke with young japanes woman yesterday about my experiences with a japanese kid in 1975 who had freshly come to the states - and i helped teach him english - we were both 7

and back then 30 years ago - he demonstrated a real kind gesture which he said was his
custom - in japan - to bring a gift
to me at my home for inviting him to play

the japanese woman said to me - those times are so past - she said nobody has the time or knows that anymore -

i had brought a gift back to him when his mother and he invited me to go their home -

but i remembered the older customs of the small town i grew up in too - a small Quaker town of 8,000 in New York -

Where am I going with this - ?

It is a humanity issue

I think the real triumph of our humanity
will be the survival of our traditions -

why we do certain things -

why we are polite -

why we treat each other with diginity

and perhaps will not be just -

the abundance or access to abundance -

NOT THE QUANTITY OF and IN OUR LIVES
BUT THE QUALITY -

I think this may be most of all important -
So that - as humans jam pack this world
with high tech nonsense -
and so overcrowd it too

hopefully there will not be craziness beyond

any kind of recapturing or preservation of
a happy existance -

i am sure it will happen -
it might take a while --
old european culture was not built in a day -

and perhaps sooner - than later -
our humanity will develop a healthy disreguard
for techno crap -
- i hope so -

_________________________
"...do not look outside yourself for the leader."
-wisdom of the hopi elders

"...the sign of a true leader is service..." - anonymous



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#77987 - 10/12/05 11:57 AM Re: off topic but maybe not - maybe on
markgreyblue Offline
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Registered: 12/19/03
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thanks

_________________________
"...do not look outside yourself for the leader."
-wisdom of the hopi elders

"...the sign of a true leader is service..." - anonymous



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#77988 - 10/12/05 01:26 PM Re: off topic but maybe not - maybe on
markgreyblue Offline
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Registered: 12/19/03
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Loc: Pasadena, CA
for example -

when we moved into our house in that little town

all the neighbors in the small - somewhat remote neighborhood - came out to greet us

mrs. kennedy - the realtor's wife
made my mother a huge lasagna for the first night's meal

neighboring wives - brought groceries and things to help

the fathers and children filled the yard -

it was an event-

we kids played with our dogs -
and talked

samantha the golden retriever - who belonged to a neighbor - about a mile away -
would wander often spend the night on our back deck -
and asked/ "begged" for food - in the morning when we all woke - and then go back home -- \:\)

the kids showed us through a part of the woods on our property to the old stone wall just beyond it's clearing -

we learned we had about 50 yards of raspberry and blackberry bushes -

a bonanza in the spring and summer!
jams - pies - and just good eating!

over the stone wall - was 'old man' Hoag's place -
Poor guy - a real white bearded old dutch farmer -
he and his wife kept that place to perfection -
so beautiful and colonial - white clapboards - black shutters -

lovely rolling pasture like garden -
separated from us - by the piled stone wall of the early farmers of that area -

the kids showed me how they would pick the fruit off his trees - which drove him to shouting!

what thieves! - to reap such a delicious benefit of his hard hard work!

but that sort of thing was common -
there were neighbors - but it deteriorated -

our town and neighborhood became chic - a whole new group moved in
and forests were plowed to put up condos
and expensive efficient housing -

i am glad we left -

but i was so alone amongst that
stuff - that i was not alone -

the winter sunsets - through the barren east coast trees -

the brook at the bottom of the hill -

you should have seen those tadpoles -
freakin' huge -

and crayfish too -

ducks -
canadian geese -
deer
racoons -

and a wild blueberry bush in the front yard!

crocuses! up through the melting snow!
tulips!
daffodils!

mossy rocks!

wild bunmies!

hehe

ok - time to start the day -

bye

(()))

_________________________
"...do not look outside yourself for the leader."
-wisdom of the hopi elders

"...the sign of a true leader is service..." - anonymous



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#77989 - 10/12/05 01:29 PM Re: off topic but maybe not - maybe on
markgreyblue Offline
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Registered: 12/19/03
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Loc: Pasadena, CA
i remember the yellow forsythia too!

and blue jays - and robin red breast!

_________________________
"...do not look outside yourself for the leader."
-wisdom of the hopi elders

"...the sign of a true leader is service..." - anonymous



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#77990 - 10/12/05 01:31 PM Re: off topic but maybe not - maybe on
markgreyblue Offline
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Registered: 12/19/03
Posts: 5400
Loc: Pasadena, CA
and those wild red cardinals -

the rare bluebird -

the owls i would hear but never see -

ok

enjoy the day -
\:\)

_________________________
"...do not look outside yourself for the leader."
-wisdom of the hopi elders

"...the sign of a true leader is service..." - anonymous



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