Archive | June, 2014

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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Col Ann Wright

Colonel (Retired) Ann Wright | Our leaders wouldn’t lie to us

IN DECEMBER 2001, I volunteered to be part of the team that reopened the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan. A month later, a few of us went to Bagram Air Base in Kabul to wish Afghanistan’s interim leader, Hamid Karzai, good luck as he left for Washington to attend the State of the Union address. We encouraged him to secure commitments for military and development funds, knowing that America’s attention seldom […]

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