Tag Archives | Defying Conventional Wisdom

Jane Mary Curran | Tales of the cactus

Tales of the Cactus | Second Wind The Christmas cactus was lovely this year, big bunches of blossoms coming on in November, lasting ’til March when the last shriveled and fell. Outside dead oak leaves clacked in the wind. Dirty snow melted and froze again in a muddy monochrome time.   One snowy spring morning, from its dormant complacency, the cactus exploded in brilliant buds of new blossoms. A vernal […]

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Francisco Ramos-Stierle | The Unfathomable ManzanITA

you whispered verses in the soul as I sat on your brown flying carpet of dreams… Oh! ManzanITA how do you go beyond mind and matter and money, really? how is that you don’t need a five star hotel because you’ve been staying in a 300 billion star hotel for years and years in one way, shape or form until my life is oriented to serve others with the volition […]

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Pancho Ramos-Stierle

An atheist on the spiritual transformation of the world | An interview with Pancho Ramos-Stierle

Francisco (“Pancho”) Ramos-Stierle was pursuing his Ph.D. in astrophysics at the University of California at Berkeley when he learned that the University’s Los Alamos and Livermore Laboratories had contracted with the federal government to develop the next generation of nuclear weapons. The news transformed his life: he “stopped cooperating” with the institution and became a more involved activist. As a result of that decision, he has at times been houseless, […]

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Lucia May | Puzzle from Paradise and other selected poems

Puzzle from Paradise A curious knot God made in paradise: to eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and suffer labor and banishment, or to abstain forever and relax our sinless, flabby bodies that need only to refuel our incurious brains and futile, opposable thumbs. We would assign names to beasts and flowers and swat at legal trees’ low-hanging benign fruits and sing the praise […]

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