In this poem from the 2015 August Poetry Postcard Fest the fact I was reading Philip Whalen’s biography is reflected and because of that some Buddhist notions. Other factors include a touch of Subud cosmology and more of my summer 2015 fascination with chicory.
One of the truly remarkable gifts in the information age is the access to ancestral information. Within the last year I started an account with the Geni.com and in the last week my Brother Andrew dug up some information that affirms what has long been a myth, but never confirmed in our family, that we have Native American heritage.
Geni is solving the problem of genealogy by inviting the world to build the definitive online family tree. Using the basic free service at Geni.com, users add and invite their close relatives to join their family tree… Geni welcomes casual genealogists and experts who wish to discover new relatives and stay in touch with family. Geni is privately held and based in Los Angeles, California.
That is a pretty revolutionary concept.
And then this direct line:
That I have two ancestors who were named Salmon is ironic, given that I gravitated to Cascadia where the salmon is the totem animal. There are Dukes in the bloodline, Richard II, the Duke of Normandy and my ancestors apparently led the Norman Invasion of England in 1066.
Odd that I visited Rouen Cathedral last October and have a print of one of Monet’s renderings of the cathedral on my bedroom wall and yet did not know I have ancestors buried there! So far I have traced my ancestry to the year 830 in Norway and the night is young.
A DNA test is forthcoming so there will be more surprises.
For friends not on Facebook, your humble narrator continues to wade through the social media slop so you don’t have to. A couple of nuggets today:
First is this little test to determine where you fall in terms of the political spectrum. A little old-fashioned, as I would add nuance to some of my answers if given the chance, but good to see how someone outside North America lays out these things:
A salient quote:
Quite why Sanders is describing himself to the American electorate — of all electorates — as a ‘socialist’ or ‘democratic socialist’ isn’t clear. His economics are Keynesian or Galbraithian, in common with mainstream parties of the left in the rest of the west — the Labour or Social Democrat parties. Surely ‘Social Democrat’ would be a more accurate and appealing label for the Sanders campaign to adopt. While Sanders claims to admire particularly the Scandinavian model, he neglects to point out that a characteristic of all social democracies is a low defence budget, reflecting not only a degree of anti-militarism, but also social spending as a priority. Beyond tinkering, though, Sanders has no appetite for significantly cutting the Herculean defence budget or criticising imperial adventures. His urging for the World’s most authoritarian country, Saudi Arabia, to assert a stronger military presence in the Middle East is a bizarre position for a social democrat to hold.
Yet Sanders is the first major party candidate in my lifetime to come close to my own politics:
More on Bernie here:
and this one is significant:
and then there is this from The Revolution:
Although Jerry Libstaff suggests: