Candlelight casts one of the prettiest glows I know. The ulta in incandesent, it’s warm hues create a seemingly magical illusion, but perspective is everything and the illusion may be the reality in this world lit and powered by damning waterways, firing coal, and making nuclears (whatever they are) react . Best of all they hide the mess and my wrinkles.
Bowen Island is just one of the many communities hit by B.C.’s snow storm, rendering thousands without hydro. We’re fine, the landlord has a skookum propane generator that looks like a heavy duty Briggs and Straton. First priority, making coffee. Second plugging in a portable electric heater. Third, accessing the internet on a limited basis through backup dialup and laptop batteries. Yes we had to do some things out of the norm, like collect snow to melt and pour the water into the toilet tank after we flushed (we’re on a well and it’s an electric pump). And I do admit to missing things like wandering off into the bush to pee….there’s something about peeing outdoors that’s so nice….but the snow was too deep and I didn’t want to freeze me arse off.
It doesn’t take much when the power goes out to think about all the people who live without any on a daily basis. I like my comforts but I’m not so blind as to think being sans power is really ‘roughing it’. We were still warm, had food, shelter and clothing. It is enough to think of all the homeless in Canada. It is enough to think of all those in the world who live happy lives without zapping frequencies messing with their synapses.
Power then leads me to think of power-mongers. What’s with that? The structure of an hierarchy is such that if you wield power above another that leaves a space above for someone to wield power over you. Why would you want to give up your freedom like that? Liberation comes by acting in a circle. We need human power outages in the world.
The power plays over ‘Qebec as a Nation’ are falsely generated. We all know First Nations already are sovereign but the nuclear power plants (there’s those weird little things called nuclears again) go against natural power, the circle is based on nature’s laws and not polyester politics. It doesn’t take guys trying to prove the size of their kajones to state these false bounds. In fact, without false power they’d have major shrinkage.
Gerard Kennedy, liberal leadership candidate has said he does not believe in the ‘Quebec as a Nation’ bullshit, diversion power play. He’s concerned with aboriginal rights and other minorities. This is his powerplay of course, he’s gambling that by stepping away from the fray that delegates will pick up on the popular notion that this is all a kettle of red herrings and will cast his way. In the end, Kennedy, as far as I can tell, is just another guy with shrinkage. Shrinkage and balloon head syndrome….have these guys ever thought about going to the doctor? Good for Kennedy for taking the gamble though.
If you REALLY want to read about governance, nations and all that hoohaw, click on the MNN link on the sidebar. Look up the Iroquois Constitution. If you’re lucky you won’t have to read it by candle light. The IC is the truest form of democracy in the world. it is not a notion that Chief Phil Fontaine came up with, pretending to represent all natives. Phil must have some shrinkage going on too….but a growing bank account. Quebec seperatists could learn from circle too….after all, any plans they’ve come up with to date do not recognize or respect the inherent rights of natives and their traditional territories. A bit like the pot calling the kettle noir. Let’s get off the road of whining and look at the facts. Quebec, you are no more a nation within a nation because Canada is not a nation for it continually undermines its own rule of law regarding native rights. Legally, this makes you null and void.
Now if you’ll pardon me I have to go read the news online, just to see if the world exists anymore….it’s a daily game I play before taking the dog for a walk along the trails through the woods that help connect me to all the beauty in this world. Snow is beautiful too and I’ll really get my exersize today when I walk through the trails to meet a friend who’s going to Beirut tomorrow, having been beckoned to do some spiritual work there. OH OH, there’s that word, spiritual, that makes too many go ‘ugh’ because of the New Age Movement and and so many self-appointed gurus and women in purple robes with silver feather earrings (I make sure never ever to wear any). Some of us who are spiritual say things like ‘fuck’ and dress and act ‘normal’. Never ever trust a ‘spiritual’ person who doesn’t have a sense of humour and thinks power is some little nuclears going off in the ego.
Here’s sending good thoughts out to the homeless, as we call them, the ones who are down and out or displaced because of war or other circumstances. In Hawaiii, the homeless say, ‘Ah no , sistah, we not homeless, look all around, Hawaii is our home, we have a beautiful home. We is HOUSELESS’. Something to ponder because it’s that very attitude that give the Hawaiians so much strength working for their sovereignty. Love is their strength, they don’t use the word ‘power’ to describe their efforts. Love, or Aloha (which is not just saying ‘love’, aloha is spirit, the essence of love flowing through each breathe).
To all of you out there reading this, I love you even though I’m just in the kindergarden of life and love. I haven’t met any graduates yet.
Our power is back on, but if you’ll excuse me I have to fill some buckets with water, just in case it goes out again.
*NOTE, on the side bar under ‘useful links for activists’ is a comprehensive list of emails and site I put together for the Mohawk Clan Mothers. I can be used for many different things. You are more then welcome to put this ink on your site.
Underneath, YAYA CANADA has some more pertinent info.