The Week’s End

As we settle into the week’s end, think on this:

Stay away from what and who does not belong to you. That commandment, “thou shalt not covet they neighbor’s goods” is no joke! Why? Because what is not yours never will be happy with you–ever! It will harangue you. It will taunt you. At worse, it will cause destruction in your your world. Bottom line? It wants its own master, and YOU are not it. Remember this: What you are searching for is searching for you and for you only! Be patient while waiting for it to find you. The Psalmist tells us to “fret not thyself” and to “be still […]” and to “wait patiently […]” (Psalm 37). If you are preoccupied with what is not your own, what IS yours will pass on because it has no place to rest in your household. That which is your own is waiting for the right time and for the right place to come to you. Be prepared to receive and embrace it.

Happy Week’s End ~ to all of you!

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Inequality for All @ The Ross

Robert Reich

Robert Reich

You remember when on that elementary school playground or in that high school hallway someone picked on you just because you were breathing! You longed for that bodyguard who would take up for you when that bully came around the corner for its next punch or mean word. Who knew that we, as consumers, would need someone to protect us from inequality economics? Who would have thought?

Independent director Jacob Kornbluth did think it. His documentary Inequality for All is a heartfelt and very insightful commentary on the economic inequalities experienced by the majority of Americans. Kornbluth places at its core a concern for the American people; specifically, the film focuses on the widening gap between the rich and the poor and exposes extreme income inequality that eventually will marginalize the middle class.

Income Inequality Graph

Income Inequality Graph

The film’s anchor is Robert Reich, political economist who served as Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton and is now the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. His Wealth and Poverty class facilitates Reich’s concise but thorough lessons in economic theory. Reich is an effective, engaging, and passionate instructor, and you will enjoy each power point presentation as well as his detailed graphs. These classroom props certainly keep the attention of his students and the audience, and his approaches to teaching are accessible to any person coming to understand income inequality for the first time. These aspects are the film’s appeal. Reich’s bottom line is simple: a healthy middle class makes for a healthy economy. After all, the U.S. is a consumer-based economy. When the middle class has disposable income, Reich points out that the economy flourishes, jobs are created, homeowners increase as well as other growth incentives. He then supports this economic principle with a timeline to demonstrate when the U.S. economy was vigorous, and what historical events compromised the nation’s health.

Based on Reich’s book Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future, Kornbluth utilizes all of Reich’s expertise and charisma. The UC Berkeley instructor does not disappoint, as he mixes comedy, autobiography, history, politics, and some drama to highly the dire consequences of inequality for all.

Inequality for All plays through January 30 at the Ross Media Arts Center in Lincoln.

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The Week’s End

As we move into the week’s end, think on this:

Pottery

Honor the labor that you put into realizing any desired product. If the end result is not to your liking, don’t abandon it. Give it a proper ‘burial’. A negative assessment or a dismissal of your work could turn Frankensteinian. In creating her story, perhaps this is Mary Shelly’s warning to her readers, even to her world. You know the story: A scientist named Dr. Frankenstein devotes his time to study how to create life; then, he gives over every hour, every stream of energy, and all of his mental capacities to realize his dream. The experiment works, but he casts aside his creation as you would a Dixie cup at a frat party. What is worst, he calls it a monster. Well, that monster not only lives but it wreaks havoc on the community through murder. It stalks his ‘father’ until the very end. It’s just a thought, but had he stopped to call his labors ‘good’ and put away his product nicely, there might have been a different outcome.

So, honor your labors. They come from you. Why disrespect them? That you even have the wherewithal to labor is a gift from the Universe.

“And God saw that it was good!”
~ Genesis 1:10

Happy Week’s End ~ to all of you!

The Week’s End

As we move into the week’s end, think on this:

Be thankful for needful things–‘things’ being the operative word here. We are spiritual beings having a human experience, and while here on this earth, we have need for things. That car you are driving carried you to work because as of now, we have yet to manipulate our bodies to travel through time or to take wings to fly. Planes, trains, and automobiles enable us to do that! The kitchen ware made possible the preparation of meals for your family. The shelter you are in right now is protecting you from the elements. That cell phone, tablet, and/or laptop make possible communication with each other–even the world! Before Jesus performed his very first miracle, his mother Mary knew that he would need things, so she pointed Him to the empty 20-gallon earthenware jars at that wedding in Cana, Galilee. Such was the taste of the wine that the host remarked, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” (John 2:10). Let us give thanks for needful things–those things that are necessary for our spirits to see and use the world!

Happy Week’s End ~ to all of you!

~ K Lynn

The Week’s End

As we move into the week’s end, think on this:

Practice in earnest your very best self.
Reach for the Joy that is within you.
Luv heartily; cook boldly; prepare your table with beauty, then eat well!
Hold someone’s hand ~ smile at them …
Lean deeply into the crevice of your lover’s arm;
Embrace that lean and anoint it with a promise, ‘I am here. I protect you.’

Happy Week’s End ~ to all of you!

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