Author: buddhajim

Hippies and High Tech

Hippies and High Tech

Sometimes the light’s all shinin’ on me; Other times I can barely see. Lately it occurs to me what a long, strange trip its been. – Grateful Dead, Truckin’     Just down the tree-lined street from where I write, over by the Veterans Administration (V.A.) Hospital of Menlo Park, California, is a dangerous blind …

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Ghosts of the Desert

Ghosts of the Desert

“The great sin of Enlightened Europe is to allow the women of Greece, the mothers of freemen everywhere, to be forced under the veil by the Turks.”  – Lord Byron   Ghosts of the Desert In the dim light of night traffic, in cars driven by men – always driven by men for the ghosts, …

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The Valley of Doom

The Valley of Doom

    “Let this be our national goal!  At the end of this decade, in the year 1980, the United States will not be dependent on any other country for the energy we need.” – President Richard Nixon, 1974, following the 1973-74 Arab Oil Embargo.  This goal has been a staple of American politics with …

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The voice of the river that has emptied into the Ocean: Hafez the Disciple

The voice of the river that has emptied into the Ocean: Hafez the Disciple

The voice of the river that has emptied into the Ocean Now laughs and sings just like God. –  Hafez In the legend of the Persian master poet, Hafez, there is a tale which illustrates the profound relationship of Hafez with his teacher.  As legends are prone, this story also acts as a metaphor and …

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