Jun 25, 2015

Music, Song, Soul, Purpose, & Freedom

We have only one of two responses: we either sing and dance together
in common stream of the soul; or remain trapped in the individual's
room of mind-body, in the side-pool of the me, of self-centered world.

Real music and song play us: like a child at our door with a kite.
They are forms of the imagination's real and true flight.

In deep, reflective meditations of life; the soul opens like a flower to
the Sun, and taps into a music unplayable by all instruments, but
the purest human, heartstrings.

Don't forget that music and song were first created in primal, eco-village
communities; and that the original and authentic thing or happening informs
us of its real, authentic, unadulterated purpose, nature, value, and freedom.

The deep soul-self has found and re-entered one of our lost hunting grounds,
creating song and music.

Real and great songs and music need real and great receptions
by souls -- not just fans.

If music does not leave us in some kind of human deliverance;
it was not fully played, fully heard, or fully and accurately created.

Great music and song release some portion of organic, human nature,
spirit, being and eco-community that civilization has imprisoned.

To know why a tune or song exists; you have to ask, what people,
purpose, values and social sector embraced it and prospered by it.

Is the musician or songster on our side; or on the side of his
material riches, his vanity, excesses and personal empire?

Hearing music or song, we leave the ego-self, and are transported
somewhere between where the artist would have us, and where
our soul would have us. The more our innate, deep soul has survived
shallow, adulterating, oppressing civilization, the closer our soul
arrives, through liberating art, to its natural, function-dwelling..

Art is known for momentarily, or temporarily liberating the individual
artist and patron. But art should lead the masses out of the subjugations and
oppressions institutionalized by civilizations.

Consciousness itself must be liberated through re-naturalizations and
re-nurturalizations. Into restored, more natural relationships
with natural, ecological, objects and phenomena, like organismic family,
community, crafts and arts. This more simple, autonomous, human
condition preceeded our lure into civilization's elitist,
power-domination ethos.

We need to safeguard our children and childhood itself against the
artificial intelligence, senses, perception, studies, activities, relationships,
passions, desires, values, goals, et.al, that illegitimate elitist, plutocratic
power is programming them into.



Copyright 2015 L.S. Heatherly








Apr 15, 2015

Revolution by Songs: Love, Peace, Earth, Children

In late 2010, L.S. Heatherly,  added songwriting and recording to his life-
long mission for humanity's development, well-being and sustainability.

. As of April 2015,, Heatherly has written, sang, recorded and produced 24 songs
(in his bare-bones home studio). None have been released; as his purpose, here, is
writing songs to inspire improvements in all of humanity's well-being and peace;
while, having no aim at becoming a noted, recording artist.

Each of Heatherly's songs have US Registered Copyrights (in the Library of Congress),
granting him the above four ownership rights: Transformative fair use Lyrics, Sound Recording,
Performance, and Production.

These transformtive, fair use songs were inspired by songs consistently found
on most lists of {top 100,  200 or 500) All-time Classic Hit Songs. In fact, most
of Heatherly's songs are transformatives from the top 50 or 70 songs so listed.

Copyright and Fair Use: The Transformative Factor

In a 1994 case, the Supreme Court emphasized this first factor:
The Transformative Factor: the  Purpose and Character of Your Work;
as being a primary indicator of Fair Use.

. Has the material you have taken from the original work been transformed 
by adding new expression or meaning? 
. Was value added to the original by creating new information, new aesthethics,
new insights, and understandings?

Fair use Copyright Law also emphasizes creation of new meaning and message to
individuals and society..


Meeting the four factors required for Copyright fair use, and more; Heatherly has, through
serious, transformtive fair use creation, authentically created
25 transformative fair use songs-- derived transformatively --  from Great Pop,
Folk and light Rock classics. These transformative fair use songs include
transformative, fair use derivatives of/from songs of such artists as

6 of McCartney-Lennon's
3 of Elton John's
2 of Stevie Wonder's
1 of Neil Young's
1 of Bonnie Tylers and 1 of Whitney Houston's
2 of Bob Dylan's
1 of Billy Joel
and
8 Holiday and Spiritual Songs now in the Public Domain

ALL have BECOME, through fair use transformativeness,  songs of Earth, Love, Children, and Peace
and all have 3-4 of these 4 words in their (US Reg Copyright) titles and lyrics (Titles themselves cannot be copyrighted.)

Ideally, all rights to these tranformative fair use classics will be sold to the artist(s)
of the original hit songs. Excepting, of course, those with Public Domain music. A few of these
having PD music, Heatherly plans to release himself.

*               *                 *                  *

         L.S. Heatherly's Offiicial Biography  (childhood to 2010):

                         L.S. HEATHERLY:  
FLOW of LIFE, HUMANITY, TIME and BEING on EARTH


I. BREAKTHROUGH-VISION, REBELLION and TRIUMPH

L.S. Heatherly (essayist, poet, songwriter) recounts having a 30-45 minute, mesmerizing, trans-like "human revelation" in early March of 1977, triggered by a revealed, key idea, missing in his own, and, seemingly, all other Western, "civilized" philosophies and thought systems. Reportedly, this core idea released inundating streams of thought, completing all his life's previous flows of thought and conceptual reservoirs. All his conceptual understandings became united; as natural and organismic as a vast, flowing conceptual watershed upon our Human-Earth continental body of humanity and our natural consciousness. Here was a unity of diverse, philosophical-psychological-sociocultural-ecological-metaphysical-epistemological-human developmental-human evolutionary propositions, theories and/or theses, constituting "the West's sixth, complete system of philosophy, and much more" ( See the Preface to The Last Human Spring). Heatherly holds this system to be a unprecedented unity of philosophy and science: a unified field of theory-thesis, a unified vision of our 200,000 year-old Homo sapien's human nature, being, identity, spirit, reality and sociocultural condition. A vision and account of our original, ecologically legitimate, humanity: the humanity authentically fitting and belonging to us. Heatherly affirms his vision to be a bright, unprecedented, deep enlightenment: of Earth's natural, human condition, past and present, as well as, the past and present violations and adulterations by civilization of our Earth's evolved, natural humanity.

Following this deep, human revelation, Heatherly, alternately pacing his room and sitting, at times with tears of joy, was haunted by one question, why him? Why, he asked, was this conceptual treasure, bearing seemingly unbearable responsiblity and burden, revealed to him? The surprisingly simple answer lay in the question itself, and came to him the next morning: only he had blazed his particular, original, rebellious pathway, which had become an excavation, deep into the roots of our ecological-ontological-psychological-phenomenological-epistemological sociocultural origins; into our development, well-being, and sustainabilty-- into humanity's organismicity sprouting out of Earth-life itself, into a natural humanity, revealing the what, how and why of the human condition, prehistoric, historic and contemporary.

Other original rebels, scant in number, and seeking our deeper, original unadulterated humanity, blazed their own trails. Mainstream thinkers, on the other hand, were guided and confined by one or more particular fields, movements, and schools; such conformists were, then later, forced to respond to the Modern intellectual shortfall, with eclectic and multidisciplinary, reconstructive surgery on the Modern disintegration of psyche, education, consciouness, family, community, socioculture and human lifeway. Heatherly holds "Specialization has held steady to its tunneled visions, a malady widely treated, but left inaccurately diagnosed and uncured. Our Age of specialized education, careers, and scientific enterprise have simply removed the natural prerequisites for natural, whole, human understanding, consciousness, intelligence, socioculture, as well as for natural Earth's ecosphere, encradling, creating and sustaining Earth's natural humanity."

Learning, years later, of Jean Jacques Rousseau's famous moment of "illumination," Heatherly regards his and Rousseau's deep enlightenments as largely similar in nature, but, sees his as deeper and more expansive in makeup. Ten years after this revelatory experience, after having gathered sufficient strength of mind, heart and life-wholesomeness; this philosophy, these "understandings," subsequently took over his journal of miscellaneous thoughts; therein, setting him down, on August 1, 1987, to the often interrupted presentation of that system in manuscript form, completed in early 1999 (See Reviews below).

L.S. Heatherly was born a seventh-generation Appalachian in the Stoney Creek area of Tennessee [(GGGGreat grandson of Ewings Heatherly, an Original Land Grantee, 3/19/1775 (originally leased from the indigenous tribes in 1772 as much of east Tennessee and most of Kentucky)]. LS arrived in Phoenix as a young child with parents, an older brother and a much older, half sister. He was nominated for class President in the 5th, 7th and 8th grades, declining always in favor of VP, and declining later to take college courses in high school. LS remembers sharply the entrance of TV into his home at age 7. A few days later, it struck him vividly and deeply: how evening, family interaction had ended, and nearly all attention to programmed, vicarious, distant, filmed phenomena had begun. Later, he banned TV (and home telephone) from his life twice for five years: from age 18 to 23, and age 35 to 40.

Drive-by sightings of a large kindergarten, evoked such tearful objections from LS, his parents allowed him to skip it in favor of his village-like neighborhood. They had to coax him into the first elementary grade with a nickel for an after-school visit to the Mom and Pop Ice Cream Shop. LS, nonetheless, got straight As. At home, maintaining an intimate, childhood relationship with Living Nature, he helped tend the fruit trees, roses, grapevine and other plants in the family yards, irrigated via a redevelopment and extension of prehistoric Hohokam (c. 400 to 1400 A.D.) irrigation canals. At age 11, LS started his own flower and vegetable beds. He watched approaching monsoon storms, at times, climbing a backyard tree, hugging a branch, to be tossed around as part of tree, storm, wind-gust and sky-- a late childhood tree-hugger. Through force of unfettered instinct Heatherly was proposing humanity, innately, a part of Earth's living nature.

During high school, he kept an hour each day on his back porch, as day ended and night began, for contemplation and union, in consciousness and spirit, with Earth-life's field of being. LS was a porch whistler of many songs, and a responder to bird song. Upon intellectual awakening with puberty, he favored the writings of Thoreau, Emerson, Frost and the Romantic poets, writing some poetry of his own, as well. At age 16, LS responded fully to his abandoned, half-nephew's separation-rage lasting several days, successfully forming the crucial child-parent bonding, and becoming his surrogate parent, providing physical, speech, play, as well as all therapies inherent in parental love. Heatherly, thereby, lead the way for his parents to accept the helpless, Cerebral Palsied, 3 year-old into the family. Heatherly had saved a helpless child from a short institutional life; and grown another tap root into the sources and essences of natural humanity. An infant's tragedy of palsied development became Heatherly's early path into parenthood: an essential developmental experience, otherwise to be denied him through his unique destiny. Later, he wrote, "Whom heeds the call of free humanity's life and lore is rich; whom deeds the will to imprisoned, type-set words is poor." (See 9/3/10 entry in Heatherly's blog)


II. EMERGENT REBELLION

In grade school, Heatherly pulled off his shoes in favor of barefooted, free and agile play (and sports) on the playground. Some of his friends followed suit. Before starting school, he went barefooted, if at all bearable, (grass, dirt, sidewalks, indoors) before he started school. He was the Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer type before he heard of Twain's fictional, childhood characters. With an ear more keen on finding comedy, lead-in material from teachers than finding lessons, he reigned as the class-schoolyard wit and humorist from 6th thru 12th grades. He was allowed out of 7th grade music class for injecting jest into lyrics; sent to spend that hour practicing his running and jumping skills; won numerous ribbons at multi-school meets, breaking his school's high jump record (barefooted) for his weight class. As an All Star Little Leaguer (wearing mandated shoes), he got the only hit for his losing team in the Phoenix Championship play-off game.

From the 4th grade thru 8th, he went an hour early to school, huddled in grass and spontaneous talk with friends, and afterwards, playing extemporaneous ball games on the schoolyard's field of dreams. In the fourth and seventh grades, he sometimes stealthily climbed out the open window into the world of the hedge-birds-Earth-sunlight and Springtime. So respected by the 8th grade, Heatherly achieved some unthinkables. Twice, he led symbolic, successful, momentary rebellions against a bit roughish, 8th grade teacher; while maintaining the teacher's respect owing to Heatherly's wit, humor and general, exemplary, class and schoolyard leadership.

Once, while on the schoolyard, a friend came with word of a pending fight between Eddie, a top 8th grade fist-fighter, and Albert, a likable, new boy in another 8th grade class, to whom LS had been ceremoniously introduced days earlier. Arriving on the adjoining, side street, LS, small in physical stature but large in presence and earned respect, saw each boy surrounded by a dozen supporters, and proceeded to approach Albert, asking "What happened? Why are you guys fighting?" Smiling and glad to see LS popping the question, Albert replied, "I really don't know why we are fighting." A walk over to Eddie's camp, Heatherly's question, again, produced a smile and "I really don't know why we are fighting." With good cheer, LS announced to both camps: "Hey, man, let's wait 'till you guys have a reason to fight! Come on!" Walking between both boys, now exchanging words of respect and friendship, midst smiles of relief and good cheer, LS lead the throng of classmates (some disappointed but resigned to boyhood, schoolyard leadership in action), back onto a seemingly brighter field of dreams.

As early as age 12, he experienced quickenings of a growing awareness, and cultivation of, the original and maverick nature of his consciousness, thought, and lifeworld view of human nature and the human condition. Summer vacations to his many relatives in Tennessee -- some still retaining large gardens, milk-cows, chickens, home food-canning, spring-water, wells and outhouses -- contributed to a naturalistic view of human self, life and world. Smacking of the Thoreauean he discovered at 15, nothing was to be spared from a systemic, fundamental, spiritual-ontological-ecological evaluation. A self-evident mission was taking formation: the blazing of an original path toward some conceptual breakthrough, small or large, aphoristic or bookish in nature. Near the end of high school, the latter scenario becoming his largely, self-evident future.

Commencing with his HS senior-year, Heatherly stopped using the first person in writings toward achieving a more universal, self-less, non-egoistic understanding of humanity. This marked a formal culmination of an early and long-running identification with all humanity, affirming it as being innately good, rather than so naturally flawed as to require civilization's or religion's intervention. To most science and religions, it has been clearly held that humankind within civilization is afflicted; but, as suspicioned by Heatherly, were civilization and religion truly solutions or, instead, parts of the problem?

His senior-year, English teacher (fresh from college teaching), graded his first theme paper an A+, "rare" by her accounts. With permission from LS, she read it to the class; and subsequently, demanded nothing less than grade A performance from Heatherly. Her demand was refused verbally, 3 days later, in class (via a concise, nonchalant, lecture from LS) to teacher and later in the Principal's office, on the grounds that writing should not be for writing itself, nor occur upon demand, but, instead should flow from authentic, inspirational light revealing vital or important insights into the nature of the human condition. LS had begun to declare that regimented writing, as well as regimatated education was antithetical to true, natural learning and human development. She transferred LS out; and the Principal kindly advised Heatherly that the school board would back the teacher. This was more than enough (enough being continuously present) of formal education for one young philosopher; he graduated with honors, his contrary views on the nature of good and real education, notwithstanding.

Heatherly marked his 21st birthday by moving from the family homeplace into a rented, small, mobile home resting on 3 acres of citrus and horse pasture. One evening, midst radio music, reading and drinking, he experienced a deep, long scream, expelling suppressed, excruciating, spiritual-ontological pain. Upon reading, a few years later, of Janov's "Primal Scream;" LS identified his scream, likely, as fitting the term. A few months after turning 21, LS drove nonstop (too liberated, by quest itself, to sleep) to Dallas TX. Here, he could "cut a clean swath" (See Thoreau's Walden), have greater autonomy, put his emergent philosophy of life to a fresh, urban test, as well as more keenly direct the ongoing growth of the nature of his human spirit, mind and soul. For food, clothing, shelter, books and an old car, LS worked at (a) a "Big Boy" restaurant, where he innovated a new, faster way to clear tables, setting a sales volume record for any of the 4 Big Boys in Dallas, then declined a shift manager proposal; (b) as an evening manager of a convenience market, where he increased sales some 70% and was offered and declined a store to manage; and (c) at a large Country Day School, as custodian over grounds, 9 classrooms, 2 offices, lobby and auditorium, where, despite having a gift with children, he declined to fill-in for late or absent teachers. He lived in Dallas alone for five years, four of which were in a rustic, garage apartment.

For growth of his life, mind, and spiritual-ontological growth, LS pondered past and present humanity, and read 6 to 12 hours per day-- the books of heart, mind and soul's selection, a scant few from college book stores, most from book mail order catalogues. Heatherly's early view of books has held through the years: "The purpose of reading is to find books that are almost impossible to read; that evoke with each paragraph so much thinking on the part of the reader, that the reader's own thoughts override and outflank the written messages of the book." "The great book says: find in me, your messages to humanity." ( See Heatherly's 9/4/10 blog entry, "Great Literature")

III. EMERGENT TRIUMPH

Back home in Phoenix, Heatherly frequented the nearby Sonoran Desert for communings, experiencing 3 (of perhaps 6 to 7) lifetime, mostly solitary 'rebirthings' or regenerating "re-natualizations" -- of consciousness, mind and spirit. Heatherly, later, became active monthly in local, Phoenix poetry (Treasurer of GPS and Historian of ASPS) from 1998 to 2006, spearheading two state Spring Poetry Festivals, and served once as chairperson of the ASPS's, officer nominating committee. He mustered enough support to remove a PHDed officer who had been trashing some members, its quarterly, contest chapbook, and the poetry society itself. LS read three of his poems before an audience of some 2000 at the Glendale Jazz Festival in 2001; as well as readings at Poetry in the Park, Willow House, and the state society's Spring and Fall gatherings.

A few years after his 1977 "human revelation," Heatherly partially overcame his shy, reserved nature regarding women(growing up with no sister), and, at last, came to enjoy the fulfillments girlfriends can manifest within one's life. Never encountering a compatible life-partner, however; he remained married solely to his mission for humanity's re-naturalized and re-nurturalized development, well-being, and sustainability.

His major, "truly ground-breaking" work, The Last Human Spring ( See below) was published in 2002 and again in 2009, containing, with bibliographical references and index, 446 pages: ten chapters of prose, along with Ch XI, consisting of 47 poems. He published an Author's website to share a small portion of his ongoing writings in 2003 and beyond. He began a blog of his own latest poetry, aphorisms and short essays in September of 2009.( See below for both). From late 2010 to the present, LS joyfully added ecological, philosophical song lyrics to his repetoire, replete with demos, aimed at eventually spreading his teachings to a larger, wider audience of global humankind.

Poetry

Heatherly holds that his poetry (and prose) represents something of a new genre: deep and thick with advocacy, ideas, and explosively seminal with multidisciplinary theses, clearly producing an unprecedented literary synthesis. Here, poetry, attaines to a philosophy of Humanity within Earth-life, generating wide and deep thrusts into many branches of philosophy, into psychology, and many fields of human and social science; all manifested through his thorough-going system of philosophy, termed, human authenticism. He affirms his philosophy as especially rich with anthropological, psychological, ecological(environmental), sociological, epistemological, ontological, spiritual, moral, cultural, historical, and human evolutionary philosophy. His poetry is about half free verse and half nonfree; a few could very well be slammed.

Published Works

His major work, The Last Human Spring, presents what Heatherly affirms as the sixth, complete system of Western philosophical thought, teachings and commentary. He holds the book to be an unprecedented event in all of history's 5000 years of alphabet-literature, stemming from the following affirmed attributes: (a) the West's sixth, complete system of philosophical, psychological, sociological, phenomenological, sociocultural, ecological thought, and enlightenment (b), presented in one volume (c), to both laymen and professionals in psychology, human sciences, social sciences, and philosophy (d), outflanking the iconic ideas of Freud, Jung, Darwin et.al. (e), laying the foundations for the the merging of philosophy and science (f), achieving, through deep, revelatory-breakthroughs, the basis for the reconstitution and regeneration of civilization's thought, consciousness, literature, education, meaning, purpose and reality (g), completing Darwin's inadequate account of natural selection, as it applies to social primates and particularly to humans (h), presenting the astounding discovery of our "human nurturome," the missing partner to our human genome, and, moreover, of far greater importance than our genome in our struggles to decrease human sufferings and inequities, as well as, to systemically meet the accelerating threats to civilization itself, including the global ecocrisis (i), redefining both "nature" and "nurture", resolving the nature-nurture debate (j), presenting a revolutionary, diagnosis of and systemic treatment for humanity's oppressions, inequities, ecocrisis, global warming, climate change (and as forecast by a growing, small minority, the coming collapse of civilization); therein, reconstituting and redefining (k),the Environmental Movement (l), the Sustainability Movement and (m), presenting all this, and more, in both prose and poetry.

Recognition

REVIEWS and COMMENTS(excerpts):

"an amazing book, truly ground-breaking...I acknowledge the vision... I hope the book is widely read."
--GARY SNYDER, Pulitzer Prize winning Author of 20 books, translated into 19 languages.

"a mind-expanding series of short essays...convincing and thought-provoking...highly readable...uplifting and wonderful..."
-- DR. RICHARD JURIN in THE JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, 6/2004

"Astounding! [with]amazing clarity..it exudes enlightenment...eminently readable prose... in the best philosophical manner...my guide to life..."
--ENLIGHTENED RACONTEUR (literary blogger, reviewer) posted at BN.com 6/15/2009

"Absorbing, Enlightening and Fascinating..the ideas are as important as any I've ever read or studied...this is an amazing philosopher...the book has had a profound influence on my view of the human condition...I dare say the work may become as important as any by Darwin or B.F. Skinner...Bless Heatherly's soul for forming and publishing these ideas."
-- DARRYL K. HOUSE, Paradise California USA, 3/25/09

"I commend the diligence...engaged in what Thomas Berry calls the 'great work' of restoring harmony between humans and the rest of nature."
-- DR. BILL DEVALL, Author, and a founder of The Deep Ecology Movement

"offers concepts, reflections and visions of how humanity interacts with the environment...an intriguing survey of human life and meaning."
-- MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW



References
General:
search results at google.com in quotes: "L.S. Heatherly"

Biography:
See this authorized article posted online at nurturome.com 10/15/10.

Poetry:
See L.S. Heatherly's Chap XI "Ecopoetry" of The Last Human Spring: Silent Spring II,
Walden III, Nurturome I VS Genome: Breakthroughs!     Copyright 2002 -- 2009 L.S. Heatherly

Published Works:
See BN.com, Amazon.com, GoogleBooks.com, Google eBooks, Kindle,
Nook, and most ebook sellers.





Mar 16, 2015

What's Killing the US Economy

(quotes from Nick Hanauer, billionaire, 2/8/15 in theatlantic.com)

"Profits once flowed to higher wages or increased investment. Now, they
enrich a small number of shareholders [super-rich shareholders]."

"..economic power has shifted from workers to owners over the
past 40 years..."

"A 3.6 trillion budget shortfall has left... public infrastructure in disrepair."

"Federal spending on...research and development has plummeted 40%..."

"...public university tuition, adjusted for inflation, has more than doubled
in the past 30 years."

       "Where did all the money go?"

"...much of it went to stock buybacks -- more than 6.9 trillion dollars
went to stock buybacks since 2004 [alone]."

"In the past, this money flowed  through the broader economy in the
form of higher wages, and plant and equipment investment..."

"But, today these buybacks drain trillions of dollars of windfall profits
out of the real economy [the American people's economy] and into
a paper-asset bubble, inflating share prices [of the super-rich], while
producing nothing of tangible value [to the American Peoples lives,
well-being, incomes and future]."

[It should be added that the above chunk of the demise of democracy is
occurring in China, India, Western Europe, Brazil-- anywhere that an
upper 1% are stealthily, illegitimately, taking money from Earth's evolved
natural resources--the Earth's lands, waters, other
natural resources, and from Earth's masses of diverse peoples.--
L.S. Heatherly]



Creative commons


Jan 5, 2015

New Years: Youth, Age and Life


Man was born free and everywhere he is in shackles.
                                                              Jean Jacques Rousseau
None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest
love not freedom, but licence.
                                                                      John Milton
What is the nature of natural, innate, human freedom-- authentic
to our natural, human species? This is almost never asked nor answered.
To know, to have consciousness of, free human life and world; go to places
where there is abundant free forms of other social mammals, preceeding us.

You can identify human freedom by the company it keeps-- by abundant
free plants and the animals that preceeded our emergence from free
plants and animals. We come from the slow natural selection of freedoms,
interactive with, and dependent upon, many other species. Their
life and freedoms are a part of our life and freedoms.
                                                                           
What is the nature of natural innate free plants and animals?
These can be idnetified by the free, unadulterated lands and
waters they keep to. You will not find them in the city's land
and water-scapes! City-life is conquered and ruled by a quasi,
human organism, engaged in the pursuit of elitist power, rather
than Earth's ecological growth in interactive, freedoms of many
ecological species of life, of which, human being, life and freedom
is a part.
                                                                            L.S. Heatherly

To be truly free, it takes more determination, courage, introspection,
and restrant than to be in shackles.
                                                                          Pietro Belluscb

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men [often unknowingly]
dread it [the real thing].
                                                                      Goerge Bernard Shaw

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.
                                                                       Victor Hugo

To know how to grow old is the master-work of wisdom, and one
of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.
                                                                    Henry Fredericc Amiel
Nothing is inherently and invincibly young except spirit.
                                                                    George Santayana
Behold! I do not give lectures on a little charity.
When I give, I give myself.
                                                                     Walt Whitman

That best portion of a good man's life,
His little, nameless, unremembered acts
Of kindness and of love.
                                                                   William Wordsworth



Copyright 2015  L.S. Heatherly

Nov 30, 2014

Garden of Being

            By  L.S. Heatherly
(dedicated to retired Gardeners)

Unchased, now, one woman,
Unpursueing, now, one man,
Untilled, now, one garden;

Yet, leaving no stone unturned,
One soul, believing no time is free,
Making its ancient rounds, diligently;

One being, one citizen of Earth's soil,
On watch over soil-life,
To recover something so faithfully earned:

Human culture-sproutings from Earth,
Once, innate part of us;
Now, a birthright lost:

Children, family, working, playing,
To discover their relatings in the maze
Of plant, blood, and human ways.

Yea, once -- before History's conquests --
Embraced and passed, equally, to all;
A vital part of human being's call.

Fingers touch soil, water and air of Earth,
Souls touch growth, and seeds of their birth.



Copyright 2014  L.S. Heatherly

Sep 30, 2014

The Road Retaken


                    By L.S. Heatherly


How long this trace of road has wandered,
Dying, now, from lack of human reasons,
From sieges of growth, burrowings and seasons,
Is what the human mind first ponders.

And what became of the dream abandoned,
That rebelled, and took this path to somewhere,
Hoping for no trace of someone else having been,
For chance at grasping deeper self now here remanded?

And how long this dreamer's dream:
The resprouting of a life and soul?
How much of one being's lost ground retaken?
Is what the heart would have the mind could know.



from CH XI, Think Verse, Soul Lines, Ecopoetry
in THE LAST HUMAN SPRING
Copyright 2002 and 2009 L.S. Heatherly

Aug 31, 2014

Why Poets Write

           by    L.S. Heatherly

They say a picture's worth a thousand words.
If so; then why do poets write?

Do techno shots on paper, in movie, or Iphone screen
Lack what science and art imply they mean?

Is this magic show a seduction without end
To hide some lies on which we now depend?

Does the poet's eye of spirit-mind
Refute the eye of science-gadget mind?

Does this condensation of our speech
Reveal some truths that science cannot reach?

Will the poet eye rise-up to defy
The rampage-minds illusion that Picture's don't lie. ?

Will the spirit-eye go blind,
From the techno-eye, so prettily unkind?


from "CH XI: Think Verse, Soul Lines, Ecopoetry"
in the book, The LAST HUMAN SPRING PB, HB, and EBook
Copyright 2002 -- 2009 L.S. Heatherly

Jul 29, 2014

Billionaire, Nick Hanauer on Plutocracy

(quotes from a Paul Solomon interview, PBS News Hour, 7-28-14)

Nick Hanauer, billionaire, venture capitalist:

"A fundamental law of capitalism is, if workers don't have enough
money[, businesses, [then] don't have enough customers... "

"the average age of fast food workers is 28 years-old, earning poverty
wages; and tax payers have to make up the difference-- in the form of
more food stamps, medicaid and rent assistance."

"Ceo pay went up 1000% in the last 20 years [or something like that (30 yrs)],
and worker pay went up 5.7 %."

"this ridiculous idea that a worker on Wallstreet, securitizing imaginary assets,
or doing high-frequency trading, is worth 1000 times more than an
educator teaching our children, a worker growing our food, or workers
throwing themselves in harms way, [this huge gap in the valuation of
workers in poverty and super-rich workers] is nonsense.!"

Hanauer calls his view "middle-out" as oppsed to "trickle down" or
"bottom up" et.al. economics.

"We have run a 30-year experiment in what happens to an economy
when you structure it to benefit the few, at the expense of the many.
And I would argue that for most people that experiment hasn't gone
very well....

"Its simply nuts that we have allowed this [Plutocracy] to happen.!"

What a relief, what balm, to hear Hanauer and a small minority of
degreed experts come around to what Yours Truly has been thinking
for over 40 years!


L.S. Heatherly  2014  Creative Commons