LOOKING BACK ON 2004...
I like each year to look back, to take stock, reminisce, and let friends and family know what I-z been up to.
۞ Friends and Family - Was fortunate to attend my Dad's birthday party in Florida and my daughter's happenings - including a fabulous Yiddish culture program she organized and her teaching Shira & Shira by Shira (poetry and song by Shira). Shira is in her last year of college on her way to becoming the best woman cantor on the planet. Helped my son move from NJ to Texas, continuing his work for a large computer consulting firm.
۞ Writings - My most important activist project continues to be a Ph.D. thesis that outlines a transition from the mechanistic/death-centered vision of nature, the mathematical of physics, chemistry and commerce....to a more life-centered one - what I believe is at the core of modern inner and outer crises. Teaching a health course, Secrets of Health and Vitality, has helped prepare over 100 pages of writings toward this aim.
۞ Political - I was privileged to head the 24th Congressional district-wide Kucinich campaign - coordinating 32 volunteers in 12 upstate New York counties.
۞ Spiritual - Co-formed a Gurdjieff/Sufi group. Western culture is on a collision course with Islamic culture, whose ancient wisdom is overshadowed by modern violence and extremism. While missing Christmas mass, celebrated Christmas at Elat Chaim, a Jewish mystical retreat. Lastly attended a local Sufi Zikr, full-moon drumming and a Wicca solstice ritual in & around Oneonta...This all helped make the year's passings more sacred.
۞ Community-building - Each year I'm committed to visiting local or distant intentional communities. This past year, my travels took me only briefly and nearby - back to see old friends at the Chardavoyne Barn (Warwick, NY) and to Elat Chaim, a special Jewish retreat center and intentional community in Accord, NY. Also planning, with friends, pot lucks in & around Oneonta and for brainstorming a local intentional group formation. As social structures decay around our planet, it becomes important to envision idealistic alternatives.
۞ Holistic Health - As mentioned, I started a lecture/discussion/support group entitled Secrets of Health and Vitality. Over the past four months these efforts have helped members reverse chronic conditions and assisted me as well. It has allowed me to strengthen my own health regimes and to prepare more materials for the PhD thesis.
۞ Business - Started a new venture where half of the activities, under the name Legal Cash Now, are for the good Samaritan helping of poor, disabled clients to get emergency cash advances. The other half, under the name Solving Cash Flow, involves larger $ transactions - planning to fund community building projects with the profits.
۞ Real Estate - Each year I take on one renovation project. In 2004, 121 East Street was renovated and came out pretty good. Neighbors wanted to enter the house in the local best-renovated category, in a contest locally.
۞ Athletic - I partook in local short races, including Oneonta's 10K Pit Run - improving the time with each race - and coming in second (in my age group) in the Davenport race.
۞ All other things - With a new business, there's been less time than usual for travel and the arts. Still....
☼ Memorable Movies - Fahrenheit 9/11, Maria Full of Grace, and the Korean Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
☼ Memorable music/performance - Shira's cantorial performance, Yiddish poetry and juggling, chanting at Elat Chaim, piano improvisations in New Orleans, NPR's jazzed Christmas carols, and Kitrina's friends' Reggae band bashes.
☼ Memorable Art - Jeanie's preview at the Halloween party.
Finally, thanks to all friends who accompanied me on this journey.