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Election Endorsement

Please forgive my intrusion. I have never endorsed a candidate on my blog before. However, Karen Fraser, who is running for Lieutenant Governor of the State of Washington, is a personal friend and fellow parishioner at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church. I know her well. I would like to see her elected so that she can bring measured, intelligent, competent and responsible leadership to the Washington State Legislature–something that is desperately needed.

Again, I apologize for the intrusion. If you feel you can support her candidacy, please do!

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Backpacking usually involves walking as fast as is sustainable to a campsite, putting up the tent, cooking the dinner, and going to bed. Repeat the next day.

But sometimes it’s different. Recently, following a skiing accident in February, I was warned by my arthropod not to do any vertical hiking. Rather than joining my wife on her hejira to Black And White Lakes, I simply walked another four miles up the trail (very level). As I walked very slowly, stopping regularly to take in the forest, my awareness transformed. After about twenty minutes I felt like I was stoned. After forty, like I was tripping. After an hour, I became part of the forest.

Rivulets excited me and got my heart pumping. The breezes freshened my soul. The rock under my feet felt like divine support. The trees came alive and began to speak.

Rivulets, streams, and rivers are the circulatory system of the forest. Breeze and wind are its breath. Rock is the foundation of it all. My body was linking up with the forest, like a bird released into the wild. The forest dynamics at work that I saw, heard, felt, and inhaled blended with—became—my body. I was one with the forest. Movement seemed a violation.

I encourage everyone to do this. You will understand why so many of us are vehemently protective of nature. You will discover the wisdom of those who were at one with the environment before we came and trashed it all. It will nourish your soul.

Wilderness tripping is transformative and legal!

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Religions that disparage religions aren’t religions

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One under-reported aspect of ISIL is that it represents oppressed minorities worldwide. That, of course, is their most effective recruiting tool. Thus, it is not Muslims in general who respond favorably to ISIL, but oppressed Muslims wherever they may be. There is no question that minorities are facing widespread discrimination and oppression worldwide. For example, one reason some Americans support Israel over Palestine is that they view Israelis as White and Palestinians as Colored. The same with Muslims in General. Christians are viewed as White and Muslims as Colored. White is good. Colored is suspect.

Until we recognize and address the discrimination against and oppression of people of color in all societies, groups like ISIL will increase in number People of color increasingly recognize that they are the majority, yet are treated like minorities by so many nations. Beware: ISIL is just the first shot across the bow.

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  1. Demonize anyone who disagrees with you
  2. Accuse those who disagree as imminent threats to everyone’s existence
  3. Ensure that weapons are available to anyone who wants them

Sound familiar?

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LOndon Trauma Conference

One of the challenges facing practitioners who treat people from areas of the world that are characterized by ongoing political violence is the diagnosis of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), for there is no “P” to the trauma. I was very fortunate to be able to attend a conference devoted to this challenge. Hosted by  Kingston University in London, the conference was entitled:

Hopefully we shall be able to publish the proceedings. In that event, I’ll let you know where to find them

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in this post is a photo of the glaciers in 2010 on mount anderson in the olympic national park. the next post will be as they are today.SV300183

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A Christian Plea For Help In Gaza

This is an interview that I conducted with Rana Ayyad in Gaza in Novermber of 2014, following the 55 day invasion by Israel in August 2014. I met Rana in 1991 when we worked alongside each other at the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme. She continues to work there and is an integral part of their mission.

The interview is on YouTube at:

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Children and Trauma

Check this video for a report on the effects of war on children:

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