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Mid Summer Mourning

In mid summer, when the streets
Sag under hot tires and flip flops
The day awakens groggy
Disoriented

Reaching for that second
Cup of coffee she sighs
As she sweats
Sitting by the window fan
She recalls a sad memory

Her hand drops into her lap
The coffee looses its flavor
The artificial breeze no longer delivers relief

Wails from a passing fire truck
Bells from a distant steeple
Cries from a cranky child
Sighs from a parent locating yet another ounce of patience

We each arise to face the mid summer mourning

MMN Tisha b’Av

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The Effect of Empty StoreFronts on the Psyche

I knew it would be happening; taking the bus down 5th Ave day by day I knew I’d see more & more businesses close. It really started for me with Circut City. Once a massive presence on the corner of 42nd & 5th Ave it is reduced to dark, cavernous holes in the glazed walls of a slick city. Now little stores follow. A legacy of lost dreams, lost profits, lost support systems strewn about the canvas of our waking lives. Yet we ignore these gaps. We pretend they are not there like the homeless man asking for a hand up or the cross dressed poodle being walked down the street by a monkey wearing a hoop skirt. We don’t see, we ignore, we deny, we keep walking, we forget.

MMN

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I am against antidisestablishmentarianism

While I sit on an NYC bus heading crosstown to a community organising meeting tapping away at my Blackberry cursing the evils of big business I am utilizing many of the “gifts” these big businesses produce. It makes me wonder, if government is the problem & big business is the problem then who’s fault is this anyway?! It really is a handful of people actually running the place isn’t it? Have we replaced the King of England with an invisible Wizard of OZ?

I am asking myself lately “how can I make real change in my life, my kids lives?” Systematic change is damned difficult! It’s so hard to see, first of all. Change is gradual like the erosion of a mountain to a pile of sand on the beach. This stuff takes time.

We make change one choice at a time. If I want more power to the people then I need to choose items made by small business. Frequent the farmers market over buying frozen corn, for example.

My rant must end I’m at my bus stop

MMN

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New Theme for a New Mind Set

Change is the theme of the moment and so I’m changing my weblog theme to reflect the general mood of the streets where I live; dark, somber, a little depressing. But hope remains while the company stays true. Thus attention is put to fostering friendships, loving ones already loved, hearing those who need to be heard and being graceful with one another.

Peace.

MMN

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Invoke the Damour Act of Decency

December 2, 2008 1 comment

Black Friday was a black day, indeed, for a Jamaica, Queens family who will never be able to face an American Thanksgiving weekend the same way ever again. Jdimytai Damour was killed in a Long Island Wal-Mart by roughly 2000 people* stoned on hyper consumerism.

I am ashamed, deeply ashamed of my countrymen and women. I want to point my finger at those people; those stupid, selfish, brain dead idiots and yell “Murderers! Assassins! Cannibals!” but I can’t. The truth is I would be pointing the finger at myself. I am as guilty as the seething mob that blindly trampled on the body of a fellow human being to get to the next sale item. While I made a point of NOT shopping this past Friday or online the following Monday, the blood stains of that young man are on my hands too. I cannot turn away from this tragic, unnecessary loss of life. I wish I could just blame Wal-Mart and be done with it but we drove Wal-Mart to be what it is. Our culture demands that we demand our STUFF and so what if a guy dies getting in-between me and a great deal on a coffee maker or hair dryer or flat screen TV or what ever?

Not anymore!

Mr. Damour’s untimely and completely unnecessary death draws a line I refuse to cross. There is nothing more precious than a life. There is no bargain mark-down or tempting super-offer to make it anything remotely near to acceptable that he was murdered on Black Friday. It is NOT OK!

I propose we institute a Damour Act of Decency where upon we all pledge to put the value of each other above all material things in this world. I want to see TV commercials that tout the amazing properties of a genuine act of compassion, sale signs that promote hugs with every purchase, where the value of a smile and a kind word are splashed across giant billboards along the Jersey Turnpike.

Do not mistake this for some Polyanna remedy to all our problems. The world will still be a dark and scary place. We will continue to grope hopelessly for meaning to our existence but remember that we are capable of transcending our present reality. We are America; we generate possibility. Bring value to human acts of decency; bring value to Jdimytai Damour’s life. Remember him next time you go shopping and invoke the Damour Act of Decency.

MMN – 12/2/08 NYC

*Daily News|NY Local
Gould, Trapasso & Schapiro
Daily News writers Updated Friday, November 28th 2008, 10:46pm

status rpt

Ok, interruptions continue. I’ve not been able to get back to study hall. Now I know why we pay upwards of $100k to go to college…structure!

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Launching a Self Study in Economic Sociology

I’m officially beginning a self study in economic sociology. Having recently earned my Master’s degree in Media Studies from The New School I am pulled towards the economy and our communal reactions to its changes as the news unfolds every morning. I work for a bank – banking is a new career for me. It is a hell of a time to move over into this field and I am taking the opportunity to learn as much as I possibly can as reform sweeps over us all.

My area of interest has always been in sociology. I have spent a life time observing people, working out an understanding of why we do the things we do and how we get the things we need. My master’s thesis – completed over the summer – was on The Medium of Money and the Women Who Wield It which can be found on my LinkedIn page. My desire to combine my love of human behavior with economic theory is an expression of my own path toward an enlightened understanding of this economic world I live in. We use money every day in our society, money is as vital to our existence as water and food. It is worth looking into the behaviors that influence and direct the money we use, borrow, loose, lend, give, take and save. May it help shed some light upon the decisions we make over the next year for these decisions will have a far reaching impact upon my great grand children. I want a say in how it goes.

I will be posting periodic articles and critiquing various books that I’m reading. It will be slow going as I’m jamming this in amid a full time job, a full time family and a desire to boost my volunteerism in my community, but posts will be made. My goal is to observe the ways we are handling the economic melt down from a social point of view and bear witness to the new thoughts, ideas and actions that rise out of the ashes of our existing situation. While I am writing this particular blog post very much off the cuff I will be presenting a body of more finished work as I progress. For those who may be so inspired to follow my work, I welcome your comments and critique.

This particular posting is my way of “throwing the hat over the fence” on a project that I’m more than a little intimidated by. I have been thinking of starting this for a while now. I may be off the mark, I may be silly, I may even be down right wrong but I’m going to be in action.

Here’s to the future.

MMN