New Year Resolution

Celebration of Freedom

The publisher, associates, and friends present

Freedom Glow

CONSIDERING:

Freedom is a state of mind;

Freedom’s tools are knowledge translated into action so others might know and act;

HAVING SEEN:

Each time such an action occurs a packet of light* complete with the unique frequency of an individual is emitted;

And each time an individual picks up a freedom tool and works it in their own life a unique packet of light with a unique wavelength is emitted; and

RECOGNIZING:

We see twinkling of Freedom Glow in New Delhi and New York, in Amsterdam and Tajikistan, in Tehran and Jerusalem, in Accra and Mogadishu, in Denver and Austin around the globe and into space;

Freedom Glow can be seen in art, and music, and economics, and politics, and philosopher’s musings, and medicine, and science—anywhere we care to look;

RESOLVES:

1.  To Present stories, one person at a time, to light a darkened world for all to see.

2.  To Unveil the creative nature of freedom wherever it is found.

3.  To Unearth a node in a grid for communication.

4. To Interview amazing people performing astounding feats.

*Light is energy and light is, by nature, a duality. We can think of light as a particle called a photon that emits or absorbs energy as moves between the veils of energy in an atom. Light also behaves like a wave with frequencies similar to notes played on a piano or violin. For example, red and blue are both light but different wavelengths.

Fun on the horizon:

The Big Roundtable founded in 2013 to promote the telling of true stories with anchoring values of journalism, voice, inclusion, and surprise.

Khabele+Strong Incubator, a learning community taking a pragmatic approach to prepare students for a rapidly-changing future.

Elena Achú and Elvira Urrelo, who belong to the Quechua indigenous community, and Nicolasa Yufla, an Aymara Indian who brought solar power to their village in the Atacama Desert after training at the Barefoot College in India.

Dream Interviews:

Michael Strong, Magatte Wade, Michael Lotus, James C. Bennett, Zudhi Jasser, Khurram Dara, Steven Hildreth, Fernando Prol, Leif Smith, Pat Wagner

Most Desired:

Your ideas, your posts, your contributions.

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Voices of Islam

Donkeys bray and elephants trumpet across acres of microphones manned by Wallpaper-islam-15679036-1105-884bobble heads masking a clash of ages inside Islam-reclamation and reformation. Demands to separate archaic cultures from the tenets of belief are rising. Voices of the Islamic faithful grow in volume as tales of personal and religious history unfold. These are the standard bearers of Islamic transformation through evolution or revolution. Human history is the record of such odysseys.

 Arsa Normani

Arsa Normani

Asra Nomani, author of Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam and Tantrika: Traveling the Road of Divine Love, is a woman of faith who came to the United States from India when she was four years old. According to a Fox News article published on April 14, 2015, “Nomani advocates a progressive, feminist interpretation of Islam, at odds not only with violent extremists in the Middle East and Africa but also with millions of non-violent fundamentalists around the world.” But, is this really the case?

Khurram Dara, a practicing attorney and author of The Crescent Directive and Contracting Fear, is an American Muslim whose parents came from Pakistan. During a January 11, 2012, interview with Relevancy 22 stated “… My understanding of Islam has always been one that puts everyone on equal footing.

Khurram Dara
Khurram Dara

I think you’ll find more of that here among American Muslims. It’s important to remember the role culture can play in behavior, and there is a tendency for culture to be confused with religion, which may explain the poor treatment of women in many of the Islamic regimes in the Arab world. In any case, my own belief and my understanding of Islam is that oppression of women should not be tolerated in any circumstances….”

Contracting Fear is an education in the history, evolution and implementation of Islamic Law in the Middle East and Middle America as compared to and contrasted with Law in the United States. Dara makes the point that ‘the sharia’, a law system that once protected the governed from potential excesses of rulers, is not what is practiced as Sharia or Islamic Law today.   In the Preface, Dara writes:

“…Recognizing the inconsistency between Islamic Law today and its function in the premodern world is not novel; most scholarship on Islamic Law is settled on this fact. But outside the academy, political rhetoric and public discourse in the Muslim world indicates this difference is neither understood not appreciated. In many majority-Muslim nations, governments use political propaganda to convince citizens that their administration of law is in accordance with Islamic principles—and that opposing this type of law is akin to opposing Islam. As a result, many in the region have contracted fear: they fail to challenge the administration of law because they fear doing so means challenging their faith. But, as I argue, they should feel no hesitation in criticizing or condemning Islamic Law as practiced today, nor should they feel any less pious for doing so, precisely because of the enormous differences between the classical sharia and its recent reinvention, neosharia law. The sharia as it originally existed also seems to be misunderstood. Despite its obvious religious connection, much of the sharia was the product of premodern Middle Eastern politics and culture. It was a pluralistic evolving, and dynamic mechanism for social order and political stability. These realities, I argue, should change the perception, especially among Muslims, that Islamic law is static, permanent, and incapable of change…”
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Velociraptors, Chaos, and Silver Bullets

Speedy, nimble thieves, velociraptors were savage predators and able

Laura Pressley, 2014 City Council Candidate
Laura Pressley, 2014 City Council Candidate

scavengers. Hunting or scavenging in small coordinated groups, facing a velociraptor tribe was terrifying. Teeth embedded in jawbones of large prey bear mute witness to the chaos of the kill and the return to order recorded in the fossil record. Welcome to the 21st century political stage, a reflection of global geopolitics. A world in which challengers become prey or carrion to establishment politicians who revert to 75-million-year old velociraptor tactics. This is, however, the 21st century and chaos also breeds creative heroes with silver bullets who will not be denied. The super-heroes of today come from all walks of life; engineers, secretaries, and chemists. They arise with ideas and solutions in hand. Today’s silver bullets offer people the tools of liberty and control of their own destiny. In a dark world, these heroes illuminate the ‘possible’ throughout the land from Niceville, Florida to Acme, Washington. Laura Pressley is one of the super heroes. She’s one light of liberty illuminating the dark Austin, Texas skies. Pressley is fighting and winning a battle to secure the integrity of the ballot box. Continue reading Velociraptors, Chaos, and Silver Bullets