Friday, January 4, 2019

Hyper-intelligent Alan Watts

“Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.” 

“We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.”

“This is the real secret of life -- to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”

“The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”

“You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.”

“Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.”


Thursday, December 20, 2018

The year in space

From SpaceX to Voyager to Ryagu to New Horizons to Sagittarius A to Comet 46P... but for the Space Force, space in 2018 was nearly a Drumpf-free zone. Farout.


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Book fests, Nazis, Buddhists...

I've been attending the annual Southern Festival of Books in Nashville for three decades now (and participated as an author once, in '01), as it turns 30 this year. I'm going to head down there again in a bit,  just as soon as I can tear myself away from the Wisconsin Book Festival, live on BookTV (channel 231 on my cable network). It's a fascinating and uplifting exchange featuring a former Nazi skinhead who's now a PLUR ("Peace Love Unity Respect") and a Buddhist, AND his Sikh co-author (The Gift of Our Wounds). It's never too late to stop hating. (For example: I'm a Cards' fan... but Go Brewers!)


Pardeep Singh Kaleka Arno Michaelis
10/13/2018 - 10:30am
Central Library - Community Rooms 301-302

These are tumultuous times for race relations in America. The President of the United States is routinely accused of being a racist for both his words and his policies. White supremacists are marching in the streets. Hundreds of thousands of Dreamers are being threatened with deportation. In these divisive times, two men from drastically different backgrounds have come together on a mission to stop hate. In The Gift of Our Wounds: A Sikh and a Former White Supremacist Find Forgiveness After Hate, Arno Michaelis and Pardeep Singh Kaleka, with Robin Gaby Fisher, tell the remarkable story of how their friendship grew out of a horrific hate crime. This gut-wrenching book provides a vital understanding of how to combat racism and white supremacists in order to build an inclusive society based on unity and respect.

In August 2012, Wade Michael Page, a white supremacist, opened fire in a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, WI. He murdered six people and wounded four more. One of the men killed that day was Pardeep’s father, Satwant Singh Kaleka—a proud American immigrant and devout Sikh. At the time of the attack, Arno, founder of one of the world’s largest skinhead organizations, had left his racist life behind. When he learned Page came from the same skinhead world he used to live in, he felt a wave of guilt and an immediate need to take action. Pardeep, devastated by his father’s death and infuriated by the attack, was trying to make sense of what happened. His search for answers led him to email Arno. The two men met and connected on a deep level. That first meeting planted a powerful seed—as Arno puts it, “A brown Sikh and a former racist skinhead, together, talking about unity and oneness.” Arno and Pardeep went on to form Serve 2 Unite, an organization that works to create inclusive, compassionate, and nonviolent climates in schools and communities.

The Gift of Our Wounds offers readers an intimate and brutally honest view of both men’s lives. That Arno and Pardeep were able to become friends and allies despite the extreme differences in their backgrounds is an example of how to bridge cultural divides. It’s not easy to read how Arno became a skinhead and the stories of his brutality. Pardeep’s account of the attack on his temple brings the full force of that tragedy to light. The lessons and awareness that come from Arno’s and Pardeep’s stories are invaluable. Readers will be inspired by their strength and vision for a better world.

About Presenter Pardeep Singh Kaleka

Pardeep Singh Kaleka is a licensed therapist, specializing in utilizing a trauma-informed approach to treat survivors and perpetrators of assault, abuse, and acts of violence. A native of Punjab, India, Pardeep grew up in Milwaukee. As a former police officer and educator in the city of Milwaukee, Pardeep understands the difficulties our communities face, both locally and abroad. Both in and outside of his practice, Pardeep’s passion remains one of healing and recovery. An example of this is Serve 2 Unite, an organization he founded in response to tragedy. This organization engages youth and communities at large in service learning, artistic response, and global engagement to build positive school environments and peaceful communal identity, ad- dressing conflict from a trauma-informed lens. Over the past five years, the work of Serve 2 Unite has been locally and internationally recognized as the recipient of the Guru Nanak Award and the Parliament of World Religions for the work of building safe, inclusive communities. Partnership organizations include Arts@Large, Against Violent Extremism, the Forgiveness Project, Interfaith Council of Milwaukee, and Not In Our Town.

About Presenter Arno Michaelis

After spending over a decade as a successful information technology consultant and entrepreneur, Arno Michaelis is now a speaker, author of My Life After Hate, and very fortunate to be able to share his ongoing process of character development as an educator working with Serve 2 Unite. S2U engages students creatively with a global network of peacemakers and mentors in partnership with Against Violent Extremism, the Forgiveness Project, Search for Common Ground, and Over My Shoulder Foundation. Michaelis has traveled to Abu Dhabi, Bosnia, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and all across the United States working in counterviolent extremism efforts. He has appeared on The View, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, the BBC, and MSNBC and in The New York Times, the Huffington Post, and The Washington Post. His workshops and keynotes leverage the noble qualities of compassion, curiosity, and kindness to engage all human beings, building foundations for diversity appreciation and cultural agility. He also enjoys spending time with his daughter, art, music, and all forms of fearless creative expression, along with climbing things, being underwater, and the wonderful natural beauty of our planet Earth. Learn more at

Monday, August 27, 2018

Poet, Biographer, Baseball Bard Tom Clark, RIP

Tom Clark, a prolific and empathetic lyric poet who hitchhiked across England with Allen Ginsberg, wrote a biography of Jack Kerouac, served as the poetry editor of The Paris Review and wrote verse about baseball, died on Aug. 18 in Oakland, Calif. He was 77.

His wife, Angelica, said he died in a hospital a day after he was struck by a car while crossing a street three blocks from their house in Berkeley.

Mr. Clark — whose influences included Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams and Wallace Stevens — gracefully wed lyricism to modernism, added humor, cosmology and a love of the natural world, and demonstrated in his use of language a grounding in the poetry of British masters like John Donne and Andrew Marvell.

“His poetry was music to the ear — poetic, but not obtrusive like Dylan Thomas going ‘clang, clang, clang,’ ” Ron Padgett, a poet and friend of Mr. Clark’s, said in a telephone interview. “It was something subtler. You always came away elevated.”

Friday, August 24, 2018

Go, Noodles!

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This is Noodles. He had brain surgery earlier this year, and today, he returned to his favorite park. 14/10 nothing stops Noodles Accelerating Intelligence News