Returning to my website

Walking in my neighborhood in Patzcuaro

I haven’t done much with this website for years. Today I decided to start using it more. Let’s see if I can share a Facebook reel here.

Yes, it works! I just previewed it. Just remember to turn on the volume so that you can hear the music with it. Half the fun of creating reels from my photos and short videos is finding the right music to play on them.

It’s raining here and getting cooler, a welcome relief from weeks of hot weather in the high 80’s. The sound of the rain is so companionable and comfortable.

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Star Glyph Crop Circle from 2005

Visioning the Design of a Harmonious Community in the Celestial Glyph Squares Within Squares Within Squares

Originally Posted on the Crop Circle Connector website: Wed Jul 06, 2005 10:08 am Revised and Updated December 8, 2008 by Ariel Ky

We are with you all the time, in your dreams and at the edge of your thoughts, whispering notes of cheer and hope, giving you sublime moments of the ineffable. We are with you all the time, we have never left your side. We are your souls connected with Source. We love you all the time, but so often you don’t hear. So maybe you will see how we are you in the geometries of life.

What can be more beautiful than the pattern of a star? Yet it is only the humble square copied and turned slightly on itself in an overlay. Within this star, we have given you a beautiful design for building a community with an open quad in the middle, a sacred center. All of your complexes for whatever purpose, education, commerce, business, healing, need to have an open space that is holding the sacred energy of the mission for that complex.

Always know that there is a greater design that you hold a part of. Let us look at this design for a building complex. If you were to create buildings patterned after this design, the triangles would be greenpark or garden areas set in triangles at the middle of each side of the inner square. It’s possible to have parking for vehicles maximized along the outer perimeter of the star, but only small vehicles powered by a clean energy source would have entrance to the inner areas.

The squares outside the star perimeter could also be residences for people who work within the complex. Conceivably, some people might commute from outside of the community to work there, while the majority live within the community.

Within the building complex are more gardens and green areas. There are three sizes of buildings, large buildings, long and narrow buildings, and small buildings. You might choose to vary the shape of some of these buildings, including domes, arches, pyramids, etc.

Of the large buildings, there are only four located on the outer side of the four edges of the inner quad, the sacred center. Of the long and narrow buildings, there are 16 facing north and south and 16 facing west and east. Of the small buildings, there are 20 along the inner periphery of the square, with clusters of threes in each corner.

So within the square, there are 52 public buildings. The small buildings are the size of a small classroom which could hold 20 people. The long and narrow buildings have two floors with eight classrooms or work areas on each floor, with an outer corridor giving access to the rooms.

The four large buildings have an open design, with mezzanines that allow people to look down and view what is going on below. One of these is used for performing arts, community councils and social events, another for dance and yoga classes or movement circles, another for gymnastics and ball courts, and the last a large dining hall/cafeteria/café/restaurant. Even if the complex is used for business or commerce, these buildings are provided for members of the community to gather and enjoy a quality of life together in ceremony, celebration and recreation.

Along the perimeter of the star are private dwellings. There are 16 large dwellings that are dormitory-type buildings with two, three or four floors. Each of these houses between 20-50 inhabitants who share a common eating area. Behind each of the dormitories is a smaller house. This house is for a small family who are the caretakers of the dormitory. Between each dormitory are two smaller buildings which are houses for families. In addition, there are two buildings at the points of each star. The larger one of these buildings are homes for individuals who serve as priestesses grounding the sacred energy of the site and who carry out ceremonies for the well-being of the community working and living within the star. Small dome dwellings for singles or couples may also be sprinkled about the periphery.

The priestesses also have primary responsibility for coordinating the maintenance of the grounds and gardens. The smaller one of each of these buildings are for sacred animals: llamas, goats, cows, sheep, and/or dogs. These animals are not killed, but the coats of the llamas and sheep are occasionally shorn and used to make cloth and clothing, the cows and goats give milk which is also used to make cheese, and the dogs provide assistance with taking the other animals to pasture and bringing them back again.

Each priestess is responsible for a small number of animals and takes turns collecting all of them from their dwellings each day along the perimeter of the star to outlying fields and for returning them at night. So the community is arranged with a pastoral perimeter which supports the people in the community within the inner square.

There are eight points of the star with eight homes for priestesses. 16 dormitories with 16 homes behind each one. The two family homes along the perimeter of the star between the dormitories add up to 32 homes. These are for couples with children and may be one, two or three stories high.

All together, there are 72 dwellings for people (basic design):
16 dormitories
16 caretaker family homes
32 family homes along the star’s perimeter
8 priestess dwellings (and 8 animal dwellings)

This community can thus accommodate the following numbers:

16 dormitories (20-50 single people) 320-800 people
48 single family homes – one story, two stories, three stories. A single-story home may accommodate a family of 3, a two story home may accommodate, a family of 5, a three-story home may accommodate a family of 7. 144-376 people

A base community of about 500 people would suffice to create a largely self-contained complex. Of course, you might have as many more people who commute in to work/ study/recreate/pray/meditate in this complex.

Each of the corners of the inner square has three small buildings that are classrooms bordering an open square that is a park area. These are dedicated for instruction of the children. The children also have access to the four large buildings with scheduled times for physical activity in the gym and movement buildings, as well as art, music, writing, and performing activities in the theater building.

The children often stage performances or ceremonies for the adults on their lunch hours and in the evenings. They learn to cook, bake, prepare and serve food in the dining building. They often attend at least part of community councils and are trained for active citizenship and responsibilities in governance. The children also train in the workplace with adults on an ongoing basis, in small amounts of time when they are younger that increase as they grow.

Of the open areas between the buildings, there is first and foremost the sacred center. This will have a large fountain or labyrinth in the middle and extensive gardens with paths. There are four large open areas at each corner of the inner quad. Two of these at opposite corners are playing fields and two have trees planted in a sacred grove for picnics, drumming circles, and outdoor ceremonies, meditation groups, qi gong practitioners, social gatherings, and such. Some of the children’s instruction is held outdoors in these spaces when the four schools are brought together.

There are hedges and/or trees surrounding and dividing buildings and spaces. The hedges have both large and small entrances allowing passage between areas, some public and some private.

Of the four large open areas, there are three smaller open areas at each corner (the fourth corner being off the inner quad). Of these three small open areas, one is an open area for the children to play (and adults to exercise at alternate times), one is for growing flowers and herbs, and one is for growing vegetables. The children are primarily responsible for the flower and vegetable areas (with some adult supervision and assistance). The children also rotate duties to assist the priestesses in care of the community’s animals.

The 16 dormitories each have an outdoor swimming pool or some kind of outdoor recreational area, tables, benches, and chairs. They are surrounded by fruit trees that are picked in season to feed the community: apple, pear, plum, cherry, and quince. There is enough grown in a good season to trade with other communities for fruit not grown in this one. Each of the four triangular areas along the sides of the inner square also have nut trees such as walnut and hickory trees (varies by climate).

The inner square has an elevated running path with hanging gardens on trellises around its perimeter. Berries, beans, and flowers are grown on these hanging gardens for consumption of the community. An irrigation system is deployed along these hanging gardens.

Employees have large discretion in deciding when they choose to go for a run. From the wee hours of the morning to late at night you will find people running along the walkway. This also keeps a certain level of casual security for the complex. Members of the community may choose to be trained to develop their telepathic powers to communicate any alarms and to keep track of children and others’ whereabouts when needed.

Many of the rooftops of the buildings have gardens and patio areas for dining, relaxing, and visiting with others. Some of the long, narrow buildings are built over indoor swimming pools. Some have lily ponds at the top level for hydroponic gardens. Others have tiers of sun collectors to provide passive solar heating of water and inner spaces. The community’s buildings are designed to collect enough energy to meet the community’s needs.

At each point of the star (past the priestess houses and animal shelters), out much further in a larger perimeter, stands a windmill. Wind power is harnessed to grind grain for bread and for energy to be harnessed by generators to be used by the community.

What more do you need to create a sustainable community that holds the best of the past and what the world offers today? This is a template for building community that does not compartmentalize our lives.

We only give you one rule for building this kind of community: The people who live in the community must provide their own maintenance and provenance. What does this mean? First and foremost, that cleaning, cooking, and grounds work be done (as creatively and equitably as possible by preference/rotation/lottery) by the residents of the community, not be a subclass of outsiders who are hired to do what is considered menial work.

The reason for this is twofold: first, that all members of the community work with the land in some respect in an awareness of the seasons of planting and harvesting, of weather, of the cycles of the moon and sun, and animal life. Producing as much as possible of the food needs of the community teaches a sense of oneness and interconnectedness with nature that is sorely lacking in the universities, businesses, and commercial centers of today. Also monitoring energy usage and producing the community’s own energy for its needs is an important exercise in staying balanced with the ecosphere. And secondly, these activities, including cleaning, care of animals, gardening, and grounds work, are good for the soul and provide a balance of meaningful physical activity often found lacking in people’s lives today.

This complex is also designed so that children are more integrated into the daily flow of activities within the community. Much thought and consideration might be devoted to the social needs of different age groups and how these might be mixed and matched in creative new ways according to the desires of the inhabitants. An example of this might be a small cooking class offered by an older individual for children and any interested adults which might include men, women, teenagers, and other older individuals. Children (at various ages) who have acquired and mastered a new skill like designing a website, weaving a plant holder, or using permaculture to garden, might offer instruction to older individuals.

Storytelling/drumming/dancing/chanting/toning/singing/meditating could be an integral facet of community life that brings together different ages.

This is a design for those of us who want to lead creative lives in harmony and community with other people and all life. This is a design for those of us who want to live in such a way that every moment is sacred. This is a design for those of us who want to survive and lead a joy filled, sustainable lifestlye.

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Cheran Trip

When I first came to Michoacan at the beginning of June, I flew part of the way from Hermosillo to Guadalajara, and then I took a bus again to Uruapan. Along the way, I saw the small town of Cheran, which for some reason, really intrigued me.

This video was taken under cloudy skies on a rainy day. Lucille drove us. Sarah and her friend Aurora came, too. You can see photos of the four of us at the end, where we stopped at a little road side restaurant that Lucille knew of, and had lunch. We had a bit of a misadventure in the actual town of Cheran as Lucille was driving us around for me to get photos. Without realizing it, we went the wrong way down a one-way street and got stopped by the police. Fortunately, we got off with a warning, but we all had different ideas on how to interact with the police. Let’s say we were definitely not prepared to be stopped by the police.

I had learned a little about Cheran before our trip, and how this small Purupecha town high in the mountains had relied on timber for income. When Narcos came in and started illegally logging their woods, the women of Purupecha defended their livelihood in a confrontation where they blocked the logging trucks from coming in their road to town, arrested the loggers and set their trucks on fire.

After this successful resistance, the town of Cheran went a step further, and declared their independence from Mexico, which has been recognized by the government. Today they govern themselves in an unusual system of several councils. i would like to learn more about how they regulate their affairs. If I have any detals wrong in this account, please correct me in a comment.

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How I Came to Live in Mexico

Coming to Mexico was my fallback plan if I couldn’t work where I was living in Spring Valley, Arizona. My Social Security wasn’t enough to live on there, but my attempts at office work and substitute teaching while recovering from uterine cancer, after the subsequent hysterectomy, chemotherapy and radiation, were all spectacular failures on my part.

I made the decision to move to Mexico, though, not so much as a practical survival measure, but in reaction to Trump’s aerial attack on Syria in April. I’d had enough. I needed a break from the militarism, authoritarianism, clasaism, sexism, ageism and divisive politics in the U.S. I tried to make the best of my reduced circumstances, but it didn’t feel like I was fully living.

At first, after reading expat blogs in Mexico, I decided to go to Uruapan in Michoacan. At the last minute, though, I found out about a housesitting position in nearby Patzcuaro, and decided to take it. What I found in Patzcuaro was almost idyllic, a small town where I could walk everywhere, and wouldn’t need a car.

The housesitting position caring for two dogs, two cats, and a yard was okay at first, but turned into a nightmare as the dogs escaped four times, and the younger cat disappeared a few times that last week, too. I decided that housesitting was not for me.

However, I had met a local woman who said she was renting rooms, and we worked out a deal where I have been renting a room in her large antique house with a dozen bedrooms, two inner courtyards, and thick adobe walls. I’m sitting in the dining room right now, because there is a good Internet connection here.

This is a blog that I’ve had for a few years now that I inherited from my son, but I don’t like the layout. I may start a new theme for this travel blog in Mexico.

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Kindness Rap

Kindness Rap

I just finished reading the book, “Kids’ Random Acts of Kindness, with a foreword by Rosalynn Carter.

At the end of the book, she gives the words to a “Rap Song of the B.H.C.” by Lakesh Maxshure and Tommie Lynn Walls. I have recorded it for posterity, and possibly to use when I substitute teach.

Kindness Rap

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Vision for 2018

Vision for 2018
peacevisionary Uncategorized January 5, 2018 2 Minutes
2018 will fulfill all the expectations of those who fervently worked towards the paradigm shift in 2012, which is finally picking up momentum. There is an opening for humanity to change course from the suicidal direction that we have been following.

In the future, 2018 might very well be called the Year of Women’s Collective Power, as this will be the turning point for what happens in the world. Women are being activated to step into their power collectively, and make significant changes to what is happening politically in the world as they create new social structures. I will be reporting on this phenomena in my blog as they come to my attention.

The power women wield differs greatly from the power men wield, and women are just discovering how it works and how great it is. First, women’s power works collectively, not individually. It works in cooperation, not competition. Social media magnifies the nurturing power of women exponentially, making the Internet the greatest tool women have today. However, it is not the only tool available to women to change the world.

Women have always nurtured their families and circle of friends. Many have also contributed greatly to their communities. This nurturing capacity gives women many tools to expand their impact, as they create new ways to nurture collectively to impact events, policies, and laws. Not only will women collectively be exerting tremendous clout in what happens in the world for the first time in thousands of years, they will also be creating new social structures.

This impetus of women coming together to exert their collective power will happen at the same time that the male dominated structures collapse, making it possible for a fluidity and rapidity of movement that will astound everyone. In 2017, I predicted a stock market crash that did not transpire. However, it is overdue, and bound to happen soon. The longer it goes without crashing, the more severe the dislocation and disruption will be when it does.

When the stock market crashes, it will be like ice breaking up in the spring thaw, when the solid, deep layer of ice suddenly melts. Such cracking, booming and swirl of water as ice breaks, moves, and melts, is stunning to see. Not only will the stock market crash, the value of the American dollar will also crash. Seeing this happen will shock, stun, and stagger people all over the world.

And yet at this moment, when the seemingly solid structures of Wall Street, the American government and military collapse, is when women will start moving collectively to create new structures for a more equitable world where all life can thrive, a world of peace and harmony, of fantastic new developments in the consciousness of humanity.

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The Revolution of Love Creed – Reading by Ariel Ky

The Revolution of Love Creed Reading

This is my recording of The Revolution of Love Creed, written by Rev. Felicia Parazaider in December 2016. I am taking part in the Prayer Rope that she posts on Facebook. If you are interested in learning more about her vital work, visit her website at She is now based in Los Angeles.

While I was going through cancer treatment last year, I was very grateful for the prayers made for me from people involved in the Prayer Rope. Many people were praying for me, and sending me healing energy. I never felt so loved in my life, which was the greatest gift of my cancer journey. I believe that the power of prayer saw me through.

The pillars of light in this video are from selenite wands. Selenite clears energy and raises your vibratory level so that you can invoke angelic protection and engage in spiritual work on a very high level.

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Peace Visionary Blog on Open Salon Deleted

This past week has been a bit upsetting, as the Peace Visionary blog that I’ve been posting on Open Salon for several years has been deleted. I only found out when I tried to log on and post an opinion piece that I’d written about Syria.

Dandelion Salad has carried many of my articles, and Lo posted the one I wrote on Syria, so it did get out there, but usually I post anything I write on my own blog first. Now it’s gone… by stealth attack. And all of my work has been wiped off. I can’t even post a comment on someone else’s blog on Open Salon.

Well, is my own website, so I’m going to see what I can find that I’ve written and published out there, and post it here. Perhaps it’s time to do some work on this website. I have to evaluate how I feel about being censored in my own country, and what this means about freedom of speech.

I wonder if it’s because of the article that I wrote a couple of years ago, “Rico to the Rescue” which I posted on September 11, 2011. I suggested using RICO to hold the banks accountable that were deemed “too big to fail”, the ones which got massive taxpayer bailouts in the crash of 2008. A class action suit was subsequently filed January 15, 2012 against JP Morgan and several individuals using RICO. I also found that someone had made reference to my article on the Occupy website.

It’s still upsetting that all links to my articles no longer work. Everything is gone.

Perhaps my Peace Visionary blog was muzzled because of the political pieces that I wrote which were critical of U.S. military madness.

Here is an excerpt of the lawsuit using RICO to enforce violations of the Commodity Exchange Act.

2. Plaintiffs bring this action to redress Defendants’ violations of the Commodity Exchange Act (the “CEA”), 7 U.S.C. §§ 1 et seq., violations of the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”), 18 U.S.C. § 1961, et seq., violations of the New York General Business Law, and violations of common law, including breaches of fiduciary duty, as alleged,with respect to money that was unlawfully taken from the commodities customer accounts of Plaintiffs and members of the proposed Class held at MF Global and/or that Defendants unlawfully failed to segregate, and which have not been returned to them.

UPDATE: Apparently my blog, along with some other people’s blogs, were mistakenly wiped out in an effort to clean up spam. I’ve sent a message to the people who operate Open Salon, and hopefully I will soon have my blog restored again.

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We Declare an End to War

This was published on my Peace Visionary blog at Open Salon.  You can visit my blog to find my writing from the past year before I started this website at
LiJingJing is the Chinese name that was given to me while I was living in China.
JANUARY 5, 2012 11:12PM

We Declare an End to War

The Earth Council of Women declares the end to all wars of any kind:  hot or cold, declared war on another country or people, undeclared war, military, cyberspace, space command, economic or psychological, and most certainly, planned wars, in particular, WWIII.

We demand:

1.  Profit from wars must stop.

2.  NATO must be disbanded.

3.  Military bases must be closed.

4.  War profiteers must be prosecuted and reparations paid.

5.  The arms industry must be shut down and all factories and laboratories for production of any kinds of weapons, including those for chemical warfare, must be converted for the benefit of humanity instead of its destruction, or closed.

6.  Military budgets must be frozen.

7.  Mercenaries and politicians who’ve built careers on waging wars must find other employment or be imprisoned as a threat to humanity.

8.  The practice of torture must end.

9.  The militarization of economies must end.

10.  Peace treaties must be signed to transition to cooperation with all people of the world instead.

11.  Nuclear weapons and all weapons must be banned immediately.

The Earth Council of Women further declares that women will no longer sacrifice their sons or husbands to the practice of war.  All forms of violence, coercion, and use of force must end.  Women and children may no longer be abused in any way, shape or form.  We are taking back our world so that love and peace may flourish.

January 6, 2012

Signed by:

(Collect signatures of all the women in your life and present to your local city council, state or provincial government, central government and the UN.)

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From the Edge of Asia: An American Reports from Malaysia Volume I, Issue 3

Written by Ariel Ky in Kuala Lumpur June 8, 2012 (updated and expanded July 12, 2012)

Venus Transit

Well, I got through May and now we’re into June. The Venus Transit was a special event that just took place, putting into perspective our distance from the sun and it’s relative size to another planet. I was reading with amazement in the New Strait Times, an English newspaper available here in Malaysia, that a young man saved money just to buy a telescope in order to view this Venus Transit. It was a great event for him.

There is a national planetarium located here in Kuala Lumpur, and I’ve been to visit it because I generally like planetariums. There was quite a crowd of Malaysians there to observe the Venus Transit. One young man said it was overwhelming. However, for me, the Venus Transit was just a blip on the screen in my personal struggles. However, there may be some cosmic energies influencing the course of events and it may play a larger role in my life right now than I imagine.

Move to the Travel Hub

At any rate, I have made another abrupt change because of my pride. I thought doing housekeeping would give me a little humility, but it didn’t. When I had two men at my previous hostel telling me that I was nothing, nobody, and not important enough to even communicate with or listen to, that nobody cared what I thought, I got so insulted that I up and left.

Now I’m at another hostel, the Travel Hub, and I’m not doing housekeeping here. I’m a paying guest. I have enough money to live on for perhaps another month if I’m careful. However, processing my work visa may take 2-3 months still. I checked with HR at UCSI on my status, and was informed that they are only just now submitting my documents to the Malaysia Department of Higher Education.

Poor Internet Connection on Skype

The other day, I was unable to give three lessons to students online because the Skype connection was so poor. I lost one of my daily students in Moscow because I was not keeping our noon appointment very well. A couple times I forgot when I got into a mindless state doing housekeeping. He was unable to reschedule to a more convenient time when I moved to the hostel and they wanted me to change sheets and prepare for new guests between 11-1:00. We tried to work around my 30-minute noon lesson with him, but it didn’t always work out. Other times our lessons were disrupted when I moved to Kuala Lumpur or I’d gone without eating too many days and lost track of the time.

Quitting Live-English

I also terminated my employment with another agency that was sending me a lot of students. I earned about $240 with them last month. They only paid me $10 an hour and most of the lessons were for 30 minutes, so I only got paid $5 a session… still, it was some income. However, there were problems with their website, and one day when I was having trouble with Skype, I couldn’t reach my student alternatively through their website by phone. My Israeli boss was unsupportive and considered the problem was caused because she didn’t think I was tech-savvy. This was her same stance as the last time that I had difficulty with her website. She took it down for an entire day after I’d had problems (but never apologized to me). It was never her problem, always mine, even when the facts were contrary.

So now I have to find another way to make some money. I don’t think that I want to teach online any more, at least not in my current situation. Staying at hostels doesn’t give me any privacy for my lessons, and I don’t have that great of a Skype connection. This hostel has a much faster Internet connection, but the Skype still isn’t that great.

The good news about having moved to this hostel in the Chinatown of Kuala Lumpur is that I’m now in walking distance to a large outdoor swimming pool. It’s true that it’s quite a walk. This morning I walked up the hill over Chinatown to swim at the aging, large outdoor swimming pool at the top. It was my second time to go swimming there, and I was pleased to find that it only took 10-15 minutes to walk there from the hostel where I’m staying.

A scarlet dragonfly with a bright yellow puffy back was flitting about the pool, so I was a little wary, having once been stung by one; it was worse than a wasp’s sting. There were several large trees around the periphery of the patio area alongside the pool. Workmen were moving first large potted palms, and then flowering shrubs on carts to change the landscaping. I watched them nervously because I didn’t have the coins to get a locker. Instead, I’d carefully folded my thin cotton dress over my Reeboks, stuck my change purse in one and set my glasses on top. So as I was swimming, I was watching those workmen carefully to make sure they didn’t disturb my things.

The water felt wonderful, and I luxuriated in the sense of using my swimming muscles again. I went slowly, trying out my new, slimmer body. Eventually, I swam a little faster, enjoying the feeling of being more compact. I usually did a kind of modified breast stroke for one lap, and on the return did a backstroke, looking up at the swallow-like birds coasting on the thermals and then flying quickly to get back into one. I have regained enough of a figure for the young men to notice and smile at me. It made me nervous. I’m more used to being ignored. Nevertheless, I enjoyed looking at their muscular swimmer’s bodies. It may be one reason I like hanging out at swimming pools. It was truly wonderful swimming in that pool.

A couple times one of the scarlet dragonflies landed on the side of the pool and sat there a while.  When I swam towards it, I stayed a little, looking up at it, and whistled to it, watching it shift its tiny eyes to look at me.  That dragonfly and I communicated, curious about each other.

I didn’t want to leave after swimming for an hour, but my skin was getting all wrinkled. So I stayed awhile playing, swirling round and round with my eyes closed, feeling as though I was way out in space. Then I was ready to get out, but two guys were coming down the ladder. I moved to the side to let them come in the pool, enjoying the up close view.

Now I’m staying in a 12-bed mixed dorm with men and women… all young people, backpacker types with their backpacks strewn across the floor.

I suppose that I could ask the American Embassy to send me back to the U.S., but then I’d just be poor there without a job, and it’s a lot more expensive to live in the U.S. I wouldn’t be able to draw unemployment either. So my apparent tenacity is not so admirable, but more in the line of a necessity… like a mussel hanging onto a rock for dear life as the waves crash and recede.  Some people think the life I’m living is romantic, but being there’s nothing romantic about being this poor.

Last night four young people arrived late at the hostel, schlepping their backpacks and paraphenalia up the steep small-stepped stairs to the second floor. The guy at the front desk said there were only three dorm beds left. They conferred for a bit, and asked him if they could get the three beds and then two of them would share one. He agreed, but some of them hadn’t really thought that he’d let them do it, so they weren’t sure that they’d heard right.

The outcome was that in the dorm I’m sleeping in across from me a young couple are sleeping together, the beautiful long-black haired young woman giggling as they whisper. It’s so INTIMATE. And I’m so envious.

Egyptian Suitor

Well, I have a suitor of sorts, an Egyptian man who keeps telling me that I’ve finally found a husband. He shares his food with me, roti with hot sauce, large globular grapes, and pound cake. He is always singing and dancing, so I’m not surprised to learn that he’s one of those guys who sing at the mosque. If I married him, I wonder if I’d be wife #2 or wife #3, or maybe even wife #4.

Iranian Artist

The young man who works at the front desk is far too thin, and has shaved his head. Curious about him, I’ve talked to him quite a bit. It turns out he’s from Iran. I thought he might have AIDS. He has a delicate, precise way of doing things that I recognize from my own period of poor health after 10 days of diarrhea, when any effort takes enormous effort, and you parcel out your actions to match the depleted energy level you’re at.

His English isn’t bad, but he visibly struggles to express his thoughts. It turns out he is a very deep person, and that every topic of discussion, no matter how mundane, becomes a major issue of philosophy. Yesterday he told me that we’re not so different, that he’s in Malaysia for the same reasons that I am; because we don’t like the politics of our countries.  I found out that he’s an artist; he sketches when things get slow around here and keeps a sketch pad on the counter.  I haven’t peeked yet, but I intend to when I get a chance.

When I sleep here, my rest is rich and dreamy. Except when it isn’t. Sometimes there are two or three other guests up in the middle of the night texting on cellphones or laptops, and there’s a mechanical whine in the room that I’m pretty sure that nobody else hears but me because of my supersensitive hearing. And my dreams become mechanical and repetitive. I’m doing mundane chores endlessly or on the Internet in a joyless dreary search for information that is beyond my reach, a kind of purgatory existence.

Fantasies of a Home by the Sea in Italy

My mood flows and ebbs from satisfaction at the slice of life that I find myself in, no matter how uncomfortable, to wanting a small home somewhere by the sea, perhaps in Italy, where I can garden and have a cat or dog or maybe both, and walk along the beach. A place where I can wander into a cafe or restaurant and find congenial people to converse with, where I can watch the sun set on the sea, and feel a breeze blowing most of the time. I could perhaps find a small room to rent at a cheaper rate than what I’m paying at this hostel by the night, but I like the social life that is so easy to find here. I don’t really try to fit in, but I don’t need to.

I’m the only one in the living room of the hostel right now. It’s 9:57 a.m. and several of the other travelers are just waking up. There’s a crowd in the kitchen right now eating the free breakfast: coffee or tea and cheap white loaf bread with margarine and jam. They’re all beautiful young people who have been traveling together. I’m enjoying the sound of their happy chatter and laughter. I wonder why I never looked that good when I was younger, and what my life would have been like if I’d traveled like they’re doing with a group of friends.

Anxiety about Income

I’ve thought of some other ways to keep money coming in. I’ve been applying for work as an English teacher at jobs that are posted in KL. So far, no answer. I explored the neighborhood, crossing several lanes of busy highway to head west and see what was there. I found an urban university, and visited the HR to see if there might be work. Nobody was willing to see me just dropping in, which wasn’t promising, but I was given a business card to contact them, which I plan to follow through on.

I also applied for another online teaching position, and registered as a TOEFL teacher with GalaU. And I still have one online student remaining.

Skype the only way to have a phone call

My cell phone battery seems to have died as I have not been able to recharge it. So I put some money on Skype from my Paypal account. Malaysia doesn’t have pay phones anywhere, so if you don’t have a cell phone, you’re out of luck. At least I can make calls from my netbook.

English Spoken All Over the World Today

It just occurred to me when I was younger that I couldn’t have traveled the world in the way that these young people do today because 40 years ago, English wasn’t spoken everywhere. That led to the thought that the U.S. has most certainly overextended itself in feeling that it needs to exert a global military presence. Nobody ever asked it to be a global policeman. And the abuse of human rights with the use of torture and manipulation of markets and predatory financial practices, aggressive wars and unilateral military actions have certainly undermined any moral authority it might once have had as a champion of democracy and freedom.

U.S. Has Global Presence with the Widespread Use of English

We’ve certainly won a global presence that would be conducive to doing international trade, by the widespread use of the English language alone. Instead of making movies full of violence, torture scenes, predatory vampires, and destructive controlling aliens, we could be showing movies that feature an emerging golden age of the planet. And we’d have a ready market.

Dynamic Music the Greatest Contribution U.S. Has Made

I’ve been discovering the music of the 20th century in the U.S. on Youtube. I have my favorites from the 50’s, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison, who I’ve been fans of for many years, but I’m also listening to some of the great black performers from earlier decades, Odetta, Big Momma Thornton, Little Richard, Lead Belly, Elizabeth Cotten, Skip Jones, Charley Patton. The vitality of this music continually astounds me.

The true greatness of Americans, it seems to me, is not in our military, but in our music in all its different genres, creativity and expressiveness.

Tamera and Dieter Duhm’s Latest Book, Towards a New Culture

What would it take to shift the focus of the U.S. in a healthier direction? There’s a model eco-village in southern Portugal called Tamera, which was started by Dieter Duhm, Sabine Lichtfields, Monika Berghoff, and a few other individuals from Germany who wanted to create an alternative way of living, a model community. I’ve been following their projects for several years and seen the community grow to 170 individuals.

Even though their website and community have been attacked at times, the community has thrived and they’ve carried out several of their projects, including an annual peace university that they hold every summer to bring young people together from Israel and Palestine to learn conflict resolution and leadership skills in peacemaking. I’m on their mailing list and intend to live there for a few months to learn from them, as I want to start my own community eventually, Terra Haven.

This week I received a book online from Tamera that was written by Dieter Duhm, Towards a New Culture. I’ve started reading it, and resonated immediately with the following line: “The success of our efforts to defend life and the Earth will stand or fall in the long term on our being able to develop our own new, concrete cultural and social approaches for our own future in which the psychic mechanisms of destruction between people can be fully recognized and brought into resolution.”

Resolving the Psychic Mechanisms of Destruction Between People

It would be fruitful to examine a way to resolve the psychic mechanisms of destruction between countries as well. More than wars between nations, I believe that what we face today is a class war between a tiny wealthy elite and everyone else. A management class buffers the elite and serves them, comprised of heads of state, corporate boards and management, mainstream media, and militaries that carry out their bidding. The presidents of the U.S. also serve them in carrying out their agenda.

The Answer:  End and Heal the War Between Women and Men

As long as women and men war against each other, my sense is that nothing will change. However, if women and men could mend and heal the rifts that divide them and come into harmony in their relations, this wealthy elite would not be able to get away with their power and control schemes. It is the basic inequality and lack of freedom in the relations between men and women that every other inequality, suppression and oppression is based on. I know this on a deep, intuitive level. It is one truth that I have access to, which my life has been based on.

I look forward to reading Dieter’s book because I think he may be one of those bold pioneers who is perhaps coming up with some real answers to the dilemma that humanity faces. Dieter Duhm is authentically living out his ideas, not some academic theorist such as Noam Chomsky, who I recently discovered is a millionaire in his own right, having profited from his position in academia and his writing and speaking engagements so that he has become one of the celebrities that serve the status quo as much as the management class does.

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