Silence is a Commons

“Computers are doing to communication what fences did to pastures and cars did to streets.“ by Ivan Illich This article is from Ivan Illich’s remarks at the “Asahi Symposium Science and Man – The Computer-Managed Society,” Tokyo, Japan, March 21, 1982 Minna-san, gladly I accept the honour of addressing this forum on Science and Man.… Continue reading Silence is a Commons

Starting With Community

Discovering and co-creating, in consciousness, a new set of stories also takes being open to other ways of seeing things, and equally important, a desire to discover new ways of experiencing ourselves. The beliefs and stories that humans share the most, the ones that determine some of our most ardently defended experiences of self, are the ones that say we are separate, that is, separate from each other, separate from life, and separate from the Universe…

Sooner Or Later We Fall Silent

It seems that, due to the limitations and structures of language, the word Consciousness (being a noun) suggests that it, that is consciousness itself, is an object. However, Consciousness cannot be an object simply because it is that which is aware of all objects, including such things as nouns. Which would seem to suggest Consciousness is a… Continue reading Sooner Or Later We Fall Silent

Multidimensional Thinking

Beyond separation… My cousin (who’s writings can be found Here) messaged me the below. I was moved to reply to her with what follows. As I re-read my “Puzzled” blog post it occurred to me that a great many people, particularly those to whom that post was directed, do not see Trump’s FB posts, tweets, actions, etc.… Continue reading Multidimensional Thinking

In the Face of What Is Happening

Part One Something that may help, in the face of what is happening in this country and in the world, is to be willing to consider all of it in terms of what works and what doesn’t work. Not speaking does not work. Speaking in ways that increase delusion, misinformation, fear, reaction, anger and alienation also does not… Continue reading In the Face of What Is Happening

Cartesian Theology and the Axis of Separation

Part One The logical underpinnings, world views and mechanistic paradigms of what is predominantly a northern hemisphere Western/European, patriarchal, hierarchical and deeply alienated culture has colonized and subjugated indigenous, southern hemisphere, Eastern, feminine, matriarchal and nearly all other human ways of understanding, relating, experiencing and sharing the commons (world). All of our planet’s life’s ways,… Continue reading Cartesian Theology and the Axis of Separation


Part One It is Grace that brings about the final cessation of any identity of separation, otherwise called ego, to reveal all of manifest Existence as this Truth of Love that we also Are. No ego or identity of separation can orchestrate such a dissolution, nor can any illusion of separation “unite” with what has… Continue reading Grace

Wildness, Wilderness & David Whyte

Context Wilderness and wildness can be beautiful ways to recognize source made manifest, and to describe an enlivened earth as the larger terrain we and all of life are co-participants in.  In this view or metaphor, and for the purposes of this essay, wildness is understood to be the activity of wilderness, while wilderness is understood to be the manifest expression of awareness, source, life, consciousness, Goddess, Tao, so many… Continue reading Wildness, Wilderness & David Whyte


Seeing (Awareness) knows that it knows, and knows its own seeing or knowing, without any need of another (an other). This seeing is NOT of the eyes, ears, or any of the bodily senses. Metaphor, we must “move” with words such as these, allow them to carry us past (or prior) to words, and then “further,” past and prior to thought, emotion, memory,… Continue reading Seeing

God does not “see” sin

Part One God does not “see” sin… What the world calls “mercy” in common usage presumes a crime (or sin) has been committed, and that “forgiveness” is about something real, in other words a “real” crime, or sin. In such an ontology forgiveness and mercy serve merely to “make” separation more “substantial.” True (radical) forgiveness… Continue reading God does not “see” sin


To be an Unofficial HCR Discussion Group moderator… To start with, your own posts and comments will stand out a bit more, with a blue “moderator” tag next to your name…  This may give your posts and comments a little more weight, for some people, perhaps… As a moderator your own posts will go in… Continue reading Moderation

By Becoming Us…

Starting with Richard Rohr’s; “God loves us by becoming us…” As beautiful as these words are in their most obvious meaning, I believe they also include some deeper dimensions of understanding that many people are not yet able (or prepared) to hear…?  I believe they are also saying that God, and therefore the actuality and… Continue reading By Becoming Us…

To All UNOFFICIAL HCR Discussion Room FB Group Members

I have been the sole primary Administrator of the UNOFFICIAL Heather Cox Richardson Resource and Discussion Room Facebook private group since the previous sole primary Administrator, Rana Suzan, asked, vetted and then made me so on June 29, 2021… I had previously been an active regular member of our group for most of its existence…

On July 3, 2022, just a few days ago as I write, in what could reasonably be described as a hostile takeover, or coup, I was permanently removed and blocked from our group…

New HCR Discussion Group

Thank you for coming to explore the new Discussion Group we are envisioning. We have followed the daily Letters from An American written by Heather Cox Richardson for many months. She seemingly never fails to instruct us and cause us to perhaps dig a little deeper into what is happening around us…

Temporary Home

Thanks so much for following the link we provided to you. No, this isn’t a new Unofficial HCR Discussion Facebook group…..not yet. This is a temporary home for those of us who nurtured the original Unofficial FB page as we regroup and determine how best to move forward…

The Narrative Below…

The narrative further below, written by John Fridinger who was the sole Administrator of the Unofficial HRC Discussion and Resource Facebook private group for the past year, is his recap of what transpired just before July 3, 2022 and immediately after that day.   It shows clearly his different attempts to assuage the owner of the FB page to leave it, to let it continue to serve the 38,000 members it had accumulated…

We’re Up and Running!

On July 3rd I had no idea what had been happening behind the scenes on the Unofficial HCR page, nor that all of us would be affected by it.  It wasn’t until mid-evening, when I received a PM from John, that it became apparent…

The Elephant In The Room

I believe it may be time for at least some of us as a group to begin discussing our original group’s takeover, hijack or coup, whichever term you prefer, on July 3… ??

Discuss how we can come to some better terms, collectively, with what has happened, and how we want to go on from here…

At least that is what I am hoping to initiate, with this post… And in part this is also an attempt to set some context and parameters for some of our discussions in these regards… For that reason please consider taking some time to read, before jumping in…?

Climate Emergency

The climate emergency presents a “code red for humanity,” and its devastating impacts are
already here. More than 40% of Americans live in a county hit by climate-related extreme
weather last year. At least 656 people died as climate-driven disasters including wildfires,
heat domes, deep freezes and hurricanes ravaged the country, costing upwards of $100 billion.
These disasters capture only a fragment of the climate emergency’s global impact: intensifying food
insecurity, climate migration, political unrest and irreversible biodiversity loss.

Open Letter to Bec Kemp (aka Becky S. Kemp) of Rockland, Maine

You have co-opted, stolen (in fact if not law), destroyed and/or deleted the hard work, creative output and efforts of scores and scores of people…  Altogether a huge amount of productivity, creativity and shared efforts you did not even slightly participate in, and to which you contributed absolutely nothing…

Gaza & the True Second Coming

What is the blowback every time the holocaust/antisemitism card is played on someone who is legitimately criticizing the atrocities done by Israel and its supporters? They just created fertile soil for more people to become antisemitic. It can be taken as proof that Jews are all those antisemitic tropes that are vile.

The critics are silenced by a people so wounded that they cannot come out from behind the shield of victimhood that labels all criticism as an attack on Jewish identity. A shield that fends off all perceived critics as enemies. A shield created from the generational pain of persecution.

Blah Blah Blah, Selective Hearing

“BE STRONG! Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY! Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP! Blah, blah, WE WILL NEVER CONCEDE! Blah blah, blah.