Sometimes other people can better say exactly what you mean...

In the evolution of political economies 
Of the late 20th Century 
There is an emerging pattern 
In which yesterday's vitrues 
Become today's vices 
And vice versa 
Vices virtues.

We hope this signals the demise
Of either dollar or gun manipulated
Political puppetry's
Overwhelmment of humanity.

Throughout the past state
Of innate ignorance of the many,
The informed few
Told the uninformed many
What to do
So that the many's coordinated efforts
could produce most effectively
The objectives of the few.

An omniwell-informed humanity
Does not need to be told
What needs to be done
Nor how to cooperate synergetically;
It does so spontaneously.

History demonstrates without exception
That successful soveriegn power seizers
And successfully self-perpetuating,
Supreme physical power holders in general
Will always attempt to divide the opposition
In order to conquer them
And thereafter keep the conquered divided 
To keep them conquered.

Controlling the sources
Of production and distribution
The self-advantaging power systems
Keep the  conquered divided
By their uncontestable fiat
That the individual's right to live
Must be earned
To the power structure's satisfaction
By performing one of the ruling system's
Myriad of specialized functions.

The top-gun, self-serving power structure
Also claims outright ownership
Of the lives of all those born
Within their soveriegnly claimed
Geographical bounds
And can forfeit their citizens' lives
In their official warfaring,
Wich of psychological necessity
Is always waged in terms
Of moral rectitude
While covertly protecting and fostering
Their special self-interests.

To keep the conquered
Controllably disintegrated
And fearfully dependent
"They" also foster perpetuation or increase
Of religious, ethnic, linguistic,
And skin-color differentiations
As obvious conditioned-reflex exploitabilities.

Special-interest sovereignity will always 
Attempt to monopolize and control
All strategic information (intelligence),
Thus to keep the divided specializing world
Innocently controlled by its propoganda
And dependent exclusively upon its dictum.

Youth has discovered all this
And is countering with comprehensivity and synergy.
Youth will win overwhelmingly
For truth
Is eternally regenrative
In youth.

Youth's love
Embracingly integrates,
Successfully frustrates
And holds together,
Often unwittingly,
All that hate, fear and selfishness
Attempt to disintegrate.

-R, Buckminster Fuller


Cabin Fever...

Last Saturday, The Daver and I were the honored hosts of Permaculture 101.  After a bit of networking, we were provided with the finest conference room in the Greenest building on this side of the Mason-Dixon.  We had 26 students and 4 hours of class time which consisted of a basic intro to Permaculture, a virtual tour of PC in the PNW and interactive design scenarios so everyone could get involved.  The final assessment was a job well done and we made a grip of friends who hope to help us with the whole East meets West ordeal.

After finishing up this and a few other fun projects, life here at home is proving to be a little short on adventure.  It's a fine change of pace though and as you may know I rarely get bored.  My time has been well spent making and wrapping presents, sending out postcards, chatting with friends and family and reading up on the world these days.  I'm also helping my mom get ready for the influx of holiday visitors... wraping gifts, baby proofing, decorating and right now, I gotta go peel some potatoes.



Culture shock cuts deep.  Metaphysical deep, like a snake eating its own tail.  Nevertheless, there are lessons to be learned from all of this and learn them I will.

With that in mind, I am revisiting my native homeland but with a new pair of eyes.  Old habits, old friends and old haunts are all offering new ideas and new opportunities.  But I am also bearing witness to the bigger picture and it hurts to look at...

I've just spent 9+ months in a microculture of self relience, holistic perspectives and regenerative relationships.  I've just been dropped into the reality of America where the aforementioned qualities are scarce at best.  It has come to my attention just how much my thinking has evolved, and how critical it is to remember where I started and the path I took. 

As fun as it is to preach to the choir, it is my intent to help those who need it the most.  To do so,  I must fluidly move between these two worlds.  I must develop a hybrid dialect to communicate the values and needs of each to the other.  What this sounds like... I have no idea.  Write me, call me, talk to me and we can work on it together. Until then, Namaste'.


Starting Up...

I figure, if your planning on a seriously transformative collection of resolutions for the year 2009, you had better get a running start.  As of right now, I have been Sober Grover for about 2 1/2 months of a total 365 days.  I am simultaneously working on 3 different design projects and organizing a half dozen teaching opportunities throughout the winter months. 

In the 2009 I will be designing the foundation of my multifaceted career. The facets will be Landscaper (design & build),  Educator (workshops & guest-lecturing),  Artist (illustation & design) and all around producer for myself and for all those who may need it.