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My legacy —
What will it be?
Flowers in spring,
The cuckoo in summer,
And the crimson maples
Of autumn.
—Ryokan

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Sitting with a lovely Lebanese gypsy girl in Oregon one night (she was telling me about her love for owls), I said something about my love for the wilderness, generally.  We were on a porch, surrounded by lovely trees, a strip of city coming between the houses across the street.  “Of course,” she said.  “That’s what’s real.”  She motioned to the city.  “Everything else is just made up!”

We laughed for a long time.

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Humans have a strange disposition in the community of life; they imagine that work is necessary to survive, that life must be manufactured, created, quite literally made up. Strife of all kind is the cost of maintaining stability in a human-created environment. Even at the dawn of the agricultural revolution we can see this struggle in full sway: a fundamental shift occurred in which food had to be forced from the ground, it had to be worked for, instead of it arising freely of its own accord.  A fundamental faith in the giving power of the earth and our place within its womb turned to alienation, and a war of all against all.  Here I scorn Hobbes as much as Darwin.

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Possibly taking a cue from anarchistically-minded new-economic-paradigm peoples the world over, chain bakery, Panera, is trying an experiment whereby instead of having a menu with prices next to every item, customers may simply pay what they want. According to the AP article:

“The national bakery and restaurant chain launched a new nonprofit store here this week that has the same menu as its other 1,400 locations. But the prices are a little different — there aren’t any. Customers are told to donate what they want for a meal, whether it’s the full suggested price, a penny or $100.”

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Guest writer, Cody Meyocks, brings us an insightful ditty on drawn-and-quartered time and space. Beware ye of the many faces of segmented existence.

MOOOOOO!: The many corrals of the modern world

Corrals. Everywhere I look I see corrals. That’s the divine design of harvest: the squared off, the segmented. The fence. The enforced limit. All beings within are plundered of their spirits, domesticated, throttled by control…. Farms. Factories (the farmers of farms). Prisons. Schools. Mental hospitals. Offices. Malls. Capitals. All share the same structural foundations: the clock’s segmentation of time and the wall’s segmentation of space, whose combination forms the mechanical artifice of routine. If you don’t want to play the game of mechanized routine, just try it. They have places for you where a routine will be firmly enforced under penalty of bludgeoning, or drugs, or isolation, or death, or by making you pass more turns of the clock in their confines, until your lesson is learned. If you do play along, however, you’re corralled no less. You submit to the reins of routine, the the grand march of Civilization, of History. It’s a double bind, you see. It’s a double bind.

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A friend of ours is teaching a class in Brooklyn, NY this summer on starting your own religion. It sounds amazing. If you or anyone you know lives in the area and is interested in this sort of off-the-wall revelry, do sign up quick, as this might fill up soon. The class will take place on four Mondays beginning June 28th. To enroll click here. See below for the description.

Start a New Religion

While some perceive it as a pathetically static monoculture of oppression, religion in its most exciting form is actually an environment—a happening—of ever-evolving ideas, practices, and visual and sensual pleasures. Spiritual paths based on everything from chaos, to love, to dada, to eroticism, and to eco-radicalism have found their way into the hearts and minds of seekers the world over. By looking at examples of some of these traditions, and by using them as a springboard for developing our own religions, students will come away with a better appreciation for what it means to “be religious,” and maybe even have a radical mystical epiphany or two.

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I can teach you to write in 15 minutes or your money back!

We’re looking for someone to cover the NYC anarchomystical, pagan, psychedelic, magickal, herbalist, real-foodist, primitivist scene, with a special heart-warming interest in pieces that show or talk about where the latter group of fun words intersect (but we’ll defs take them a la carte!). We’d like our readers to hear about events, talks, happenings, shop profiles (botanica, wiccan, herbalist, apothecary-ist, etc), and all the rest that comes with the territory. Think you can get down with all that? Email us:

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For information on what we’re about and what we look for in a writer please check out this link.

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The organizers of the 2nd Annual Haymarket Festival in Springfield, Illinois, did so on behalf of the people of Springfield. Organizer Drew Duzinskas said, “It’s about coming together in spring. I like to see cool things happen this time of year.” His intention in participating in the planning was to put on an event that people would enjoy and take home a positive message, as well as engender a sense of community. Spring was in the air in the form of mild temperatures and intermittent rain sprinkles, but that did not quash the spirits of the dozens of people in attendance. A maypole was erected, and many folks (self included) had fun running around and around wrapping streamers around the pole, in memory of the traditional fertility rites of spring.

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Frogfish puzzled by tennis ball. Learning.

What is unschooling? What do we do on a daily basis? How does my daughter learn if she isn’t taught or isn’t forced to do homework? Is it legal? These are only a few of the questions we get about unschooling.

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