Today and tomorrow I have some thoughts and history on our Veterans.

Seventy three years ago the depression was causing pain across America. The economy struggled much like and much worse than our recession today. Jobs were hard to find. People needed money.

Years earlier, World War One soldiers were granted a veterans bonus. Extra money for services rendered. It was a grant by congress during the happier times of 1924. Payment, however, was postponed until 1945, the theory being it would help the vets in their old age.

The depression made many veterans feel old. Many were homeless and hungry and they wanted their money. Twelve to fifteen thousand of them marched to Washington and set up tents within sight of the capitol. The demand was shouted to congress. Money.

After three months about 5-thousand hard core vets remained to continue to pressure Congress for the money. Tension built and in July the men rioted. President Hoover called in the troops. General Douglas MacArthur led the army’s horses and tanks to push the bonus demanding veterans out of Washington.

No serious injuries resulted, but the country was shocked at the image of the standing army attacking veterans.

Hoover was in the midst of his presidential campaign against Franklyn D. Roosevelt. Many believe the action against the old soldiers cost him dearly in the campaign. Hoover lost the election and in 1936 the Vets won. Congress voted to pay the bonuses.

Check Your DNA

Check this out!

I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but there is a kit available to test your own DNA.

It’s new. It’s innovative and it’s possible it is the greatest consumer breakthrough since the year two thousand when scientists found a way to decode the 3.1 billion subunits of DNA.

The picture at the left of this post is that of the kit. It is available online.

The subunits are called base pairs and they make up the double helix of the deooxyribonucleic acid or DNA. The genetic instruction of what makes us unique. What makes me me and you you and us us.

One section of the original announcement reminded me of the fallibility of human kind.

It said, “most of the base pairs of DNA between genes have no known function and scientists commonly refer to these pairs as Junk DNA.”

No known function! So we label them junk! With all due respect to the scientists who worked so hard on this decoding, calling them junk, just because we don’t know what they do, smacks once again of human intellectual arrogance.

To me it goes in the category of the flat earth proponents and the early scientists who thought the sun revolved around the earth.

Wouldn’t it be nice if someday they discovered the junk pairs were really the stem instructions for the human attributes of grace, elegance, courtesy, kindness and compassion?


Some thoughts today on gratitude.

Life’s simple experiences, the ones we enjoy doing, our hobbies, our passions and even the ones that we don’t pursue, but are presented to us, sunsets, the feeling of a warm breeze, a field of flowers, a child singing, a lovers touch, a strangers smile, all of these things engender joy and appreciation, but rarely gratitude.

We take much for granted. Our sight, that lets us see the beauty of the world. Our hearing, that lets us enjoy the harmony of nature. Our freedom, both physical and political, that lets us follow our hearts and interests.

It’s not until we are shocked into loss or incapacitation through illness or injury that we begin to truly appreciate what we had and perhaps acknowledge that if we had it again gratitude would be part of our daily ritual of thanks.

Have a great weekend!

A New World

The world is changed. There was on Tuesday November 4th, 2008 a global quake, a paradigm shift that shook us out of old passions, ancient prejudices, and the archaic beliefs that color separates and diminishes the hope of being.

I have covered political campaigns and elections for over forty years. I have never seen one with so much intensity and intention as this one.

Not since the millennium celebrations around the world have I seen the oneness of people amplified by the joining together in shared and collective joy over one singular achievement.

I am still marveling at the tears, the emotion of so many who worked so hard for the manifestation of a result and then celebrated with the grace of wonder and to the relief of history.

I marvel at the enthusiasm of others around the world who now see hope in their future for they too have ethnic prejudices that need to be resolved.

Prejudice and fear, wherever we find them, must be tossed into the abyss of the past where they belong. If we hold on to these feelings we will inhibit the growth of humanity. We have some serious issues to solve and we can’t let those who fear inclusions keep us from a positive destiny.

Separation has always been the illusion of who we really are. Black, white, yellow, brown and red are the children of the Source. All of us have too often chosen fear to keep the light of our oneness from illuminating the truth of being.

Not anymore.

Welcome to the new world where all are invited to participate as equals for the benefit of all.