BLM and Partners Excited About Condor Release on National Public Lands Day!
Today, the BLM, The Peregrine Fund and partners will release three California condors in the BLM-managed Vermillion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona.
The California condor is a magnificent and prehistoric bird that is an important part of the ecology of western states. Utah is excited to be part of the establishment of more condors. – Greg Sheehan, Director of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
I appreciate working with Chris Parish and The Peregrine Fund biologists. They’re good people and they work hard to keep the condors alive. Justun Jones, Rancher, Kane and Two Mile Ranch, Arizona
To me the condor recovery program is a positive success story; one that is a testament to man’s good nature to do the right thing to bring this species back from the brink of extinction. BLM Vermilion Cliffs National Monument Manager Kevin Wright
The annual release coincides with National Public Lands Day, and you can join the celebration on social media! Follow using the hashtags #CondorsOnTheRise, #WelcomeCondors and #NPLD on BLM’s Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram.
Learn more about the annual event and condor recovery: http://bit.ly/condorsontherise
On Keeping a Notebook by Joan Didion - A great essay about making notes that gets to the very core of the writing process
Write Like a Motherfucker by Cheryl Strayed - Raw, emotional advice on the role of humility and surrender in the often tortured world of the writer
Thoughts on Writing by Elizabeth Gilbert - On disicpline, hard work, rejection and why it’s never too late to start
Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard - “Do you think I could be a writer?” “I don’t know… . Do you like sentences?”
Why I Write by George Orwell - On egoism, a love of beauty, the quest for truth and the desire to change the world — Orwell’s ‘four great motive for writing’.
Despite Tough Guys, Life Is Not the Only School for Real Novelists by Kurt Vonnegut - A beautifully argued defence of the role of teaching in developing writers.
That Crafty Feeling by Zadie Smith - A lecture by a great essayist and novelist on the craft of writing.
A Place You All Know Well by Michael Chabon - On the central role of exporation in writing.
The Nature of Fun by David Foster Wallace (excerpt) - DFW on what drives writers to write
Uncanny the Singing That Comes from Certain Husks by Joy Williams - “Who cares if the writer is not whole? Of course the writer is not whole, or even particularly well…”
For The Masses:
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A California redwoods hike you won’t forget
by Zach Urness
When the world’s tallest trees are just one highlight of a hike — and maybe not even the main highlight — you’ve found a pretty spectacular place.
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park fits that description.
Located in the heart of northwest California’s redwood empire, Prairie Creek blends 300-foot trees, coastal canyons, sandy beach and roaming herds of Roosevelt elk in a destination 50 miles south of the Oregon and California border, off Highway 101…
(read more: Seattle Times)
photo by Zach Urness / Statesman Journal
The interim president of a historically black college in Kentucky is giving up a quarter of his salary so that 24 low-wage workers can get a raise.
Calling out the plutocrats and their Robert’s Court power grab.
Money is not speech. It’s money.
The problem with living in a society focused on punishment and reward is how it impacts our understanding of justice.
The important part of growth is not who is right, who is wrong, who’s in trouble and should be punished, and who’s validated and should be lauded. For those walking an honest and compassionate path, growth means allowing our current understandings and assumptions to give way to further discovery and unfolding.
Whereas for those who are lost in causing others suffering or wallowing in their own, growth means rehabilitation. It means healing and learning from the past so as to meet the future with honestly and openness.
It’s not about enforcing identities of being a criminal or a bad person. If that is the context in which we operate, we paralyze the potential for real evolution.
Now apply this to justice and injustice. Justice should never make a person feel powerful. Justice is bigger than the individual. It encompasses the whole community and planet. That means justice is about harmony and balance. It is only when we make justice about ourselves or individuals that we then feel powerful.
Police officers shouldn’t feel powerful, they should feel humble as they approach their duty of laboring for the populace. This is why the populace then offers their respect. Putting on a uniform and badge doesn’t make you respectable. But honestly giving yourself over to the motivation of benefitting others regardless of your own well-being is what we naturally recognize with gratitude and honor.
Therefore injustice is not a question of power. Power does not nourish harmony. Harmony can give birth to power but without harmony there can be none of it. Imagine the difference between being in sync and out of sync during tug-of-war.
Your burden is not to take responsibility for or single-handedly fix the injustices of the world. Fixing injustice or enforcing justice only addresses the symptoms. It doesn’t cure the disease.
Harmony, which is the only justice worth the name, requires us to recognize the confusion and delusion that lies at the heart of injustice. Only then can we directly address the underlying cause.
This starts with you. Recognize and become aware of your own ignorance and confusion, and then aspire to grow through them. Then you shouldn’t feel so powerless because you are definitely the fuel for such a transformation.
From that inner peace comes the potential to encourage outer peace.
Otherwise you might feel inclined to punish injustice according to your limited perception and favor justice according to your limited sense of identity. Throughout history we have had one dictator replacing another, one oppressor replacing another, one oppressed replacing another.
Maybe it’s time we stop looking at cultures, races, ethnicities, religions, and start looking at ourselves.
World peace through self-peace. There is no other way for it to occur. And yet once you have found a measure of self-peace, the matter of world peace is no longer a hangup. Instead, it is more of a passion and inspiration.
Someone’s got to make the first move and start cutting away their own bullshit. Why not you? Buddhists call such a noble individual a bodhisattva. Bodhi means “to awake” or “to notice” and sattva means “existence” or “purity.”
If love and world peace and inner peace are your jive then you may appreciate looking into it.
Namaste :) Much love.
“Socialism was a confused and hybrid movement because it tried to achieve the liberal goals of freedom, peace, and industrial harmony and growth—goals which can only be achieved through liberty and the separation of government from virtually…
You should probably pick up a history book and first read about social democracy sweetie pie, you seem to have a severe case of misunderstanding between communist authoritarian states and what a socialist democracy actually is…those would be countries like New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Australia, Iceland, Denmark, or any other nation that offer some of the highest degrees of living and economic freedom, in others words nations with free market economies and a welfare state. These nations also understand a free market is a regulated market because the natural state of a market is monopoly, the total opposite to what the oligarchs constantly try to preach in Amuurikkka or Russia.