The Butterfly Effect

Posted by on Dec 27, 2011 in 2011, anxiety, Choken Word, OccupyTogether, Revolution, Survival
The Butterfly Effect

Another year as nostalgia bites. As memories fight. So many tragedies. So much pain. Targeted. Politicized for monetary gain. As the calendar unfolds. The day’s story told and retold, again. Twenty-four-seven. For where have we been? Humans are capable of such magic. Some, gifted shamans create culture. Some, cursed vultures eat their own. Whatever media […]

The Hunt

Posted by on Dec 21, 2011 in 2011, Choken Word, Featured, Headline, Peace, Survival
The Hunt

Tribes holding tight to tradition. Stone aged warriors hunting boar. Bare chested women preparing for tonight’s feast. Ring nosed and ancient. Skin tight, muscled agents. Singing stories of ghosts and spirits, and the magic of the animals. All speaking unique tongues. Tribes living next to each other. Territory not marked but known. Land connected by […]

HOOAH Resume

Posted by on Dec 19, 2011 in 2011, Choken Word, Headline, Peace, Survival, WAR
HOOAH Resume

SUMMARY U.S. Army infantry. I raised my hand in two thousand two. I signed up to get some. How about you? Four tours in Iraq. One in Afghanistan. I lost friends. I lost my wife. I lost my home. I lost my rights. OBJECTIVE To find employment where my ability to take pain and not […]

Never too close

Posted by on Dec 16, 2011 in 2011, Choken Word, Featured, Headline, Peace, To Save Your Kind, WAR
Never too close

Too close to it. Too close to it. Too close to it. I want to reflect on the ending of the Iraq War. What the hell did we fight it for? No weapons of mass destruction found. But we did find billions in contracts to stick around. To rebuild what we blew up. To grow […]

Santa Claus is Dead

Posted by on Dec 13, 2011 in 2011, Choken Word, Headline
Santa Claus is Dead

Santa Claus is dead. He was shot point blank in the head coming down the wrong chimney. The Tooth Fairy’s teeth are rotten. He never flossed after eating. The Easter Bunny was run over crossing the wrong street. Those hard boiled eggs of chance. Colors dipped and dried. The myths we create control us. There […]

The Witness

Posted by on Dec 9, 2011 in 2011, Choken Word, Headline
The Witness

Glimpse, a foot smaller than your thumb. Look away, she’s crawling then walking some. Grasp, life streaming by. Gasp, she’s talking back without a cry. This whole thing goes by so fast. As the universe expands and contracts. Black holes are engulfing galaxies. Super novas are gamma ray tragedies. Gravity is the glue that binds. […]

View from the Tower

Posted by on Dec 6, 2011 in 2011, Choken Word, New Media, OccupyTogether
View from the Tower

Teaching and learning has not changed much at all, but the tools used to do so have been installed, upgraded, patched and begun to evolve. Where Aristotle might use a stick to draw in the sand, now a teacher draws on a digital blackboard for one hundred grand. Where face-to-face conversations were once needed, online […]

Occupy Insects

Posted by on Dec 2, 2011 in 2011, Choken Word, OccupyTogether
Occupy Insects

We will be here in the end, when the dust settles, when the grid goes down, when no one knows how to pick themselves up. We will carry the torch, and create light and starve to make it right, when others have laid down, we will stand. We will carve statues, from the rubble found, […]

Dear David Foster Wallace

Posted by on Nov 29, 2011 in 2011, Choken Word, Headline

As if this was the last thing I was to do. The last thing to ever see. Staring at this screen. Grasping for words of hope to leave you. To have something to lean on for me In case I wake up tomorrow. Another day, another sorrow. There is technology. There are miracles happening every […]

Fire in the Belly

Posted by on Nov 23, 2011 in 2011, Choken Word, OccupyTogether
Fire in the Belly

They think they will win. They have medicated us. Put us under their spell. Our lows are high. Our highs are low. No more roller-coasters. I am happy to be alive. The spell works so very well. Big Pharma the grease That keeps the machine oiled. We sit and see the destruction. We watch with […]

Mutating Words

Posted by on Nov 20, 2011 in 2011, Choken Word, Headline
Mutating Words

Some things in life I won’t defend. I am a mutant. I’ve always been. Different. Not understanding why. To learn of others like me is to demystify How my life has unfolded. All the voices I heard growing up. They were put there for one reason. To make me want it more. To make me […]

White as Snow

Posted by on Nov 17, 2011 in 2011, Choken Word, OccupyTogether
White as Snow

Tear it all down. It will come back again. Punch me in the face. I will double my pace. Momentum quickens with oppression. Protests multiply through opposition. The voice of democracy wins by who shouts loudest. There are thousands gathering to sleep in tents through the Winter with no solace. And it all goes by […]

Measuring the New

Posted by on Nov 13, 2011 in 2011, Choken Word, Headline, New Media, politics
Measuring the New

Put it under a microscope and watch it grow. What is the view? Does the single-celled organism multiply and divide? Does it become a network we can use to communicate the politics we often despise. Can we watch it from another height? Wait ten years and see if it has become more. Will a survey […]

I am Carbon

Posted by on Nov 11, 2011 in 2011, Choken Word, Headline
I am Carbon

My mother is Hydrogen. My father is Helium. The maker of Carbon. Of which I am made from. Elements from the sky. Stars dying by and by. For billions of years I am. Indigo the color I know. The color from which my soul flows. I was born to change the world. I have known […]

It’s 2005 YU55

Posted by on Nov 9, 2011 in 2011, Choken Word, Headline, politics, Survival

Look up in the sky. It’s not a bird. It’s not a plane. No, it’s a rock. Mouths drop. Pulses stopped. The size of of an aircraft carrier Buzzing by Mother Earth. Closer than the Moon. Is there enough room? Eyes fixed on the sky. It’s fast. It’s bright. It’s quite a site To see […]

We Existed

Posted by on Nov 4, 2011 in 2011, Choken Word, New Media
We Existed

No study is perfect. It casts a net on what it must. Its narrow vision is part of its crutch. To show what it wants. Illuminate what it chooses to. More research is always needed. Pointed out because it is deserved. The net is too shallow to serve. I think of Twitter as a device. […]

An Open Society

Posted by on Oct 30, 2011 in 2011, Choken Word, New Media, OccupyTogether
An Open Society

There are savages among us. They live next door. Waiting to know more. They are in your friend list. They are in our politics. Bending laws to rule us. We fear Stalin. We curse communism. Now the iron fist of data exists. We fear our information Being taken from us. But we want bliss. To […]

Graduating with Honors

Posted by on Oct 28, 2011 in 2011, Choken Word, OccupyTogether, WAR
Graduating with Honors

So many years in the desert. So many lives lost. Do you know why? For pride? For ego? So we can say we won? The desert is only sand. There is nothing to defend. Trucks blown up By IEDs covered up Each night after the roads are cleared. Body parts come back. I think your […]

Their Human Race

Posted by on Oct 23, 2011 in 2011, Choken Word, New Media
Their Human Race

  There are two ways through life. The way of nature and the way of grace. Grace is forgiveness and love. Nature seeks to put you in your place. How we wandered. How we ran through the woods. Walking sticks in hand. Defending our imagined land. The trees we climbed. The forts we destroyed and […]

Lady Eschaton

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in 2011, Choken Word, Headline, Peace, Truth, WAR

Painting by Ken Vallario Mystic clouds. A pyramid. The Sun. Magical. Surreal. A field. A valley.