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Month: August 2016

REVIEW: SURVIVAL OF THE NICEST

REVIEW: SURVIVAL OF THE NICEST


PRODUCT (book):  SURVIVAL OF THE NICEST:  How Altruism Makes Us Human and Why It Pays to Get Along

Author:  Stefan Klein (translated by David Dallenmayer)

Publisher:  The Experiment Publishing [2014]


Stefan Klein writes engaging books about big, important subjects.  His last book, THE SCIENCE OF HAPPINESS, was a #1 International Best Seller.  It won Klein the Georg von Holtzbrinck Prize for Scientific Journalism.

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POST-MODERN MEANING AND MANA

POST-MODERN MEANING AND MANA

In my own art and poetry, I am wanting a “Polynesian aesthetic” in my work … what I hope is a “native” feeling to it.  Even more than that, I’d like it to be a part of my business.

This Polynesian aesthetic incorporates three things – a high level of skill, indirectness, and mo’olelo (story).

What makes an object a work of art to me is a feeling that the thing is “special,” imbued with a sense of the person who made the thing and the place where that person grew into the artist he or she is.  Art evokes presence, I am thinking, and that is why it is special.

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THE END OF ETERNITY

THE END OF ETERNITY

“N.K. McCarthy” is a pen name that a friend who is a regular at the Maui Live Poets uses. She says, “Writing poetry, to me, is about capturing a thought, feeling, or idea, and putting it behind glass before it flies away and is lost forever.  This poem is about those rare moments in life when we forget our own name but remember we are part of something much bigger. ”

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OTHER PEOPLE’S OPINIONS: Another IPS (Inner Peace Symptom)

OTHER PEOPLE’S OPINIONS: Another IPS (Inner Peace Symptom)

Another IPS (Inner Peace Symptom):  an understanding that the wish for other people’s approval makes you about as sturdy as a block of jello.  [The balance for that seems to be knowing where you want to go and walking towards it, all the while looking for obstacles and for workarounds.  If you do that, you’ll be too busy to worry about what They think….]

Other people’s opinions are so important to you when you’re a young person.  It’s like everybody wants to tell you how to bend yourself into some kind of pretzel or other.

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INNER PEACE SYMPTOMS: The Start

INNER PEACE SYMPTOMS: The Start

For a number of years now I’ve played around with sharing little bits of thoughts on walking through the world – lessons I’m still learning.   I stuck them into my Facebook offerings and folks seemed to think they were cool.  I’ve got over 1,850 of the things (and still counting).

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MASH-UPS IN POETRY

MASH-UPS IN POETRY

“Mash-ups” is a new word for me, but an old art-strategy.  You mix or fuse disparate elements or types of media that don’t normally go together and somehow synthesize new meaning out of the mix.  This is what you do when you play with what artists call “mixed media”.

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A QUESTION OR TWO

A QUESTION OR TWO

Oh, here’s a biggie.  I’ve been re-reading Po Bronson’s WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY LIFE?:  The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question.  Every time I do I find something.  Bronson makes a case for the fact that “What should I do with my life?” is the modern, secular version of the great timeless questions about our identity, such as “Who am I?” and “Where do I belong?”

He says the “bottom-line reality” is that we can search for identity only so long without making ends meet.  Being a “seeker” does seem to imply that you never FIND anything…otherwise, why would you keep on seeking?  However, that isn’t the whole story.

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LEAVES IN THE WIND

LEAVES IN THE WIND

Wide Garcia is a co-founder of the Maui Live Poets Society and is the fearless leader of our group who meets in the Makawao Library on the third Wednesday of every month. He had this to say about this poem he wanted to share:

“I watched a woman in Lahaina raking leaves, and the wind kept blowing the leaves back.  It made me think how automatic she was being and perhaps attached to busyness.  After this thought became my first line, I later saw a man mowing just half of the lawn  at Lahaina Library Park. I discovered that the lawn was half owned and operated by Maui County and the half owned and operated by the State of Hawaii.  It reminded me that humans complicate things and cause waste. All the divisions in society that hide hunger and starvation while we destroy fruit.

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WHOLE BRAIN PLAY

WHOLE BRAIN PLAY

I notice that many of the people making comments about the offerings in this thing seem to be separating Left and Right Brain like this:

This is Creative —–> [Right Brain]

< —– This is NOT Creative [Left Brain]

The thing is we (people) are really not half-a-brain.

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