"All governments suffer a recurring problem:  Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible."                                                                                                                                                                    - from Frank Herbert's Dune

                                                                                                 - Photo:  Frank Satori

                        NEW RELEASE 29 April 2016:  DISOBEDIENCE  http://watchdisobedience.com/?utm_medium=email

Don't forget that Denise Chávez will be at the Village Library Friday, May 6th ...... R.S.V.P. to 575-531-2141

AND ... 

Isabel y Roberto Gutiérrez Invite You for a reception with the author following the library presentation. The reception will be at the San José.  Welcome and please come! It is almost certain that you will find a bizcochito under the table cloth. Just look for GT.

El Salón de San José 400 E. Av. de Jesús Carreón

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Greetings Sean, Marvin came by the other day with a 1998 edition of Earth Quarterly in which Gordon Solberg did a very nice article on you in the "Paper House" Special Edition. The first image below is on the cover. I wrote to G.S. and asked him for the photo and he said he would look through some old boxes, but I found the image online and I've added a couple of others.  (I let him know that I found it, and I also gave him updates on you and quite a few others after these 17-18 years.  He mentioned that Bill Knauss was getting ready to move here to work with papercrete, haha, so I told him that Bill, indeed, had arrived and that he'd moved on to biochar now.) We'd love to have a current photo of you and the much cooler and lusher Canadian landscape. Is that a possibility? A. (ps- Melania Trump's family name is Knauss ... )

British humor?  Check out this sketch with Patrick Stewart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptfmAY6M6aA

"After (conservative Parliamentarian & Home Secretary - ed.) Theresa May said Britain should leave the European Convention on Human Rights, Patrick Stewart, Adrian Scarborough and Sarah Solemani expose the problems in the Conservative plan for a UK bill of rights. This satirical take on the classic Monty Python sketch asks: 'What has the European Convention on Human Rights ever done for us?" - The Guardian

(Sir) Patrick Stewart is an English actor whose career has included roles on stage, television, and film. Beginning his career with a long run with the

Royal Shakespeare Company, his first major screen roles were in BBC-broadcast television and film during the mid-late 1970s, including Hedda and the miniseries I, Claudius. In the 1980s, he began working in American television and film, with roles as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and its successor films. - Wiki

Plants may produce digestive fluids (as in the case of carnivorous plants - fly catchers!) as well as a range of toxins, toxins which may be contrived. Toxins produced by GMOs may not have benefit nor evolutionary intent for consumption by human beings. Rather, their makeup is solely for their own survival without providing nutrient to the consumer nor ecological cooperation. The "pitcher" in the image of the plant below is a "modified leaf". It is a brilliant and natural development with intent - a "pitfall trap".

A Vellose pitcher plant (Nepenthes villosa) grows a spectacular pitcher some 3200 meters altitude on the slopes of Mount Kinabalu in Sabah state in Borneo. Mount Kinabalu National Park is a key forest reserve, covering a range of elevation zones and associated forest types from the lowlands up to 4000 meters.

Pitcher plants are carnivorous plants which have modified leaves known as pitfall traps—a prey-trapping mechanism featuring a deep cavity filled with digestive fluid liquid.                                                             

Photo:  Christian Ziegler

Why is our FOOD being made by the world's largest PESTICIDE manufacturer?

38 COUNTRIES HAVE OFFICIALLY BANNED MONSANTO:  Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Malta, Cyprus, Greece, Bulgaria, Russia, Serbia, Croatia, Italy, Denmark, Hungary, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, Austria, Poland, Slovenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Luxembourg, Ukraine (although there is massive GMO contamination in the “European Breadbasket”country), Norway, Switzerland, New Zealand, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, Bhutan, Saudi Arabia, China, Belize, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Algeria, Madagascar. The picture on GM cultivation bans across Africa is not clear due to the current pressure being put on many African governments by the Biotech industry and the Gates Foundation to lift long-standing bans on the import of unmilled GMO seeds or unmilled GMO food aid.

The world's leading producers of GM crops are: the US, Canada, Brazil, Argentina & India.

Major polls conducted in the US by the Mellman Group, Consumer Reports, NYT, Washington Post, MSNBC, ABC, and RT show between >>>>> 89%-93% of people polled in the US >>>>> favor GMO labeling <<<<<.

Other polls from Gallup, Pew, PBS, HuffPost dropped below the stunning supermajority percentages. Without exception, though, they carried high majorities.

Organic: 5 digit beginning with 9 ........  GMO GE: 5 digit beginning with 8 ........ Contains pesticides: 4 digits

It is unlikely that there will be a strong participation in Luna County.  GMO-FREE NEW MEXICO is mobilizing in Albuquerque with a series of events. The most demonstrative and coinciding with other countries spanning six continents will take place on Saturday, May 21st.  

"The intention of this march is to raise public awareness and bring increasing political pressure to bear regarding Monsanto's corporate farming and business practices; to fight for bans of foods that contain genetically engineered or modified materials."  

                                                         - Chris Perkins; GMO-Free New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

>>>>>>>>>>  The GLOBAL MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO is a peaceful, informational protest.  <<<<<<<<<<

"Monsanto is bankrupting farmers, causing soil infertility, mono-cropping, loss of bio-diversity and bee hive collapse.  Furthermore, their practices pose a very real threat to organic farming and loss of native plants.  It is causing dependency on a centralized food system.  In aggregate, this is a recipe for global famine."  

                                                           - Daniel Romano; Gateway Greens, St. Louis, MO

"GMOs (or 'genetically modified organisms') are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, or GE. This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.

Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. None of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit. Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.

Are GMOs safe?

Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In more than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs.

In the U.S., the government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale. Increasingly, Americans are taking matters into their own hands and choosing to opt out of the GMO experiment."  

Learn more here:


                                                               - contributed by Lynn Faulkner; Luna County, NM

Peru has signed another 10 year ban against Monsanto though South America, along with the United States, is lagging in the movement.

Other SA countries banning Monsanto are: Ecuador, Venezuela and Belize.

“This walk is about the poetry of hidden connections that I had missed as a writer and foreign correspondent.”                                                                                                                  

"Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek is retracing on foot our ancestors’ migration out of Africa and across the globe. His 21,000-mile odyssey began in Ethiopia and will end seven years later at the tip of South America."  - National Geographic                                                                                                       

Of those reading in, it is likely that many of you have met or heard the stories of our neighbor from the Village, Paul Salopek.  It is hard to believe that he is already three years into the project - his 21,000 miles journey from Ethiopia to the tip of South America. He is currently in the 'Stans - Kazakhstan to be precise.  Paul opened his very first dispatch from the field with the lines of one of the greatest Sufis and poets ever, Mevlana

Jelaluddin Rumi of Balkh (1207-1273) (who appears in the library of our website http://www.cityofthesunfoundation.org/Masnavi-by-Jelaluddin-Rumi.php):

Come, come, whoever you are - wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving. It doesn’t matter, ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vow a thousand times, come, yet again, come, come.”

That Paul has told a group of Harvard students at the beginning of the project, that the walk is about the "poetry of hidden connections" overrides any ordinary meaning of such a project, like: "Oh, this is a good story ... we'll send somebody on a seven year walk and document it. So, who do we get to do it?"  This walking, this traveling, making a journey is what the old teachers use to get up to.  They would send their students out like that, and some didn't return until the end of their lives.  Others returned after a number of years, profoundly changed. Who wouldn't be? There is some necessary capacity needed in a case like this. It would be very interesting to understand what the lines above mean specifically to Paul Salopek.  

We may have to wait another four years or more to find out, so in the kind while, for those who haven't been following the journey and would like to, here is a link for Paul's dispatches and archives:


                              Photo:  Darlene Horman

                                              Photo:  Kala

Monarchs cannot survive without Milkweed; their caterpillars only eat Milkweed plants (Asclepias spp.), and Monarch butterflies need Milkweed to lay their eggs. With shifting land management practices, we have lost much Milkweed from the landscape.

Monarchs are becoming extinct because there is not enough Milkweed for them to survive.

Please plant Milkweed to support Monarch populations, and their incredible migration! Planting Milkweed is a great way to help other pollinators too, as they provide valuable nectar resources to a diverse suite of bees and butterflies.

For those of us in the desert Southwest, the Southwest Monarch Study has a resource on their website with desert southwest Milkweed providers and also provides more detailed information on establishing Monarch waystations in this region.”

Planting Milkweed (seeds and plugs)

“Sow Milkweed seeds by scattering them on the soil surface 1/4-1/2 inch apart, and then cover with about 1/4 inch of additional soil. Water frequently after planting until plants become established.

Plugs can be placed directly into the ground. First, dig a small hole to fit the roots and soil of the potted Milkweed plug/plant that you have. Place the plant plug into the hole so that the roots are entirely covered and the stem and leaves of the plant are above ground. Spread remaining soil from the hole around the plant and gently pack it 

down. Water frequently after planting until the plant becomes established.”*


* When plants are established, it is possible to purchase Monarch larvae or the caterpillars themselves to put onto the Milkweed to get going.  It is approximated that one caterpillar will consume 20 leaves to sustain itself before transforming into the beautiful Monarch butterfly.

  "Jenny Diski, 68, who died on Friday morning, April 28th, was a writer for whom no subject was taboo."

"Her cancer diary began as a monthly column in the London Review of Books, where it found many admirers, myself included. But it doesn’t read like a series of columns. And it isn’t just, or even predominantly, a “cancer diary”. When the Onc Doc tells her the worst – and it’s not just lung cancer she has but pulmonary fibrosis: a double death sentence – the future flashes before her eyes 'in all its preordained banality'. But the past, or a particular phase of it, also looms up – the experience of being taken in by Doris Lessing as a teenager."  - Blake Morrison  

Continue reading here:  


"Her remarkable first novel, Nothing Natural (1986), about a sadomasochistic affair, was feted and damned in equal measure. It has a quality that persisted in all her work: a refusal to censor, a breezy determination to keep it real (whatever “it” turned out to be). She was the least deceived writer imaginable, and she was never complacent. She once said she wrote each new book out of a feeling that the one before had been a failure. She did not stop her zestful experimenting: 11 novels, two collections of short stories, memoirs, travelogues and essays. Each book was a new departure, but she is likely to be best remembered for her nonfiction."  The Guardian

Microchips for your pets @ $6.50 - that's right!

$6.50 includes the microchip and a lifetime registration.  This service would cost about $60.00 if done by a Vet.

This is a microchip event only:

Saturday, May 21st

Columbus Fire Department

11:00 a.m. - Noon

Coming in June to Columbus Fire Department:  Mobile Spay & Neuter Van - date to be announced. If it is necessary to have your pets seen to before, pick up a coupon from Deming Animal Guardians for the full cost of the procedure and make an appointment in Deming.

Lynn Faulkner writes:

This is such a good article about the art of conversation. How many of us participate competently in real conversation? We don't!  We listen to and/or deliver monologues. We don't listen to the other person because we're busy preparing what we're going to say next. When someone says something we don't agree with, instead of asking questions, and listening to the answer, we jump to give our own opinion.Then they come back with their own opinion, in a 

raised voice, at which point we become defensive, and a full blown argument ensues. On the opposite end of the spectrum, we chatter about nothing at all in order to avoid unpleasantness. An exchange of ideas doesn't have to be unpleasant; it can be a learning experience, but only as long as we maintain curiosity and respect for what others have to say.

Painting:  "Conversation" by Henri Matisse


Initially, the month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. Eventually it came to include:

All of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

National Endowment for the Arts w/ Hung Liu:


"Born in China and immigrated to California in 1985, Hung Lui is regarded by many as the greatest Chinese painter in the US. Combining a mixture of Chinese culture, contemporary and ancient visual language, Lui addresses history, gender, identity and Chinese politics and culture. With a focus on women and their place in society, Hung Lui elevates her central singular figures and emphasizes their dignity imbuing her richly decorated subjects with hope." - NEA

                                                            Bruce Lee (1940-1973)                                                                                 short clip:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zd5zS23a90M&nohtml5=False

Ancestor Lü says about this about the sword:  

“I do have a sword, but it is different to the usual: first it cuts off greed, then it cuts off desire, and finally it cuts off all mental disturbance. That is my triple sword-play.”

The Magic Sword Passage from the Wu Zhen Pian (Understanding Reality)

Zhu Yuanyu's Commentary:

"This passage is discussing the use of the golden elixir sword of wisdom. It is meant to be employed together with the previous passages discussion of ‘bathing.’ When the ancient teachers reached this point, they would be unable to suppress a smile, due to the strange coincidence of legends of miraculous physical swords which were analogies of the golden elixir’s non-physical sword of wisdom.

Now the method of forging these swords requires rigorous tempering with metal and water to complete them; the work of congealing the elixir likewise must be obtained through refining metal and water. The true qi of the two arcs of metal and water, one hard and the other soft, combine to form the elixir. This exactly resembles the miraculous sword which was created via the pairing of Gan Jiang and Mo Ye, which formed the treasure. The subtle employment of the two arcs requires oral instruction by a true teacher, which again resembles the necessity for Ou Ye to pass on the subtle secrets of forging swords. This is why the passage says:

Ou Ye personally transmitted a method for casting a sword;

Mo Ye, with metal and water, alloyed flexibility and strength.

When the qi of the two arcs is subtly joined and congealed, then the true fire of the oven of Kun tempers and refines it, transforming them into one qi, making a sharp sword that can cut a floating hair. This is called the sword of wisdom. The edge of this sword cannot be touched, lest you lose your life.

The marvel is in the three words Knowing Human Intent. 'Intent' is the true ruler of the yellow centre. Intent is this sword, the sword is Intent: there it stands before your eyes, but if you don’t see it, it might as well be ten thousand miles away.

At the time when the great medicine must enter the oven, if yin demons come to interfere, the use the sword of wisdom to its utmost, hitting them right on the head with the first stroke, immediately clearing even their shadows away. This is why the passage says:

When the forging is complete, it can read people’s minds

A flash of lightning, slaying demons for ten thousand miles.

The first two sentences discuss the structure of the sword of wisdom, the last two lines discuss its use. Note that there is not really a sword of wisdom that one can use, it is actually nothing but the single point of spiritual light from the primal heaven.† And there are not really demons to put to death: they are but the first stirrings you feel of thoughts—it is another way of stating [what is suggested in the second line of the the hexagram Qian in the Yi Jing]: 'eliminate the false'.

Ancestor Lü says about this very same sword:  

'I do have a sword, but it is different to the usual: first it cuts off greed, then it cuts off desire, and finally it cuts off all mental disturbance. That is my triple sword-play.'

This the the sword he was talking about."



"As you know, I approached your community in hopes of finding a community garden and animals. I believe animals add to the health of human beings. They help to lower our heart rates and they teach us things. They give us an opportunity to love and they provide a lot of humor and laughter." - Jewel Star

I missed meeting Jewel and her partner, Warren Talbot, when they recently came out to City of the Sun Foundation to look around. Soon after, good timing on a trip to the Village allowed me to find them at home in their 18 wheeler which I spied from a distance. Thinking, "that has to be them", I gave it a go and drove over. That visit began cultivating a serious interest in their general setup and what makes them pursue the lifestyle they are now living.

Most people at City of the Sun are either living or have lived an unconventional lifestyle. They will not be too surprised about a home on the road nor converting a tractor trailer rig into one. Yet, depicting the quality of Jewel and Tal’s existence is compelling. Life for them does not appear to have been set up to struggle nor to simply retreat. Rather, it affords them a setting which enhances creativity with an apparent gusto.

It was a pleasure to interview Jewel three years into the experience. I'm sure you will enjoy reading her.  Don't miss her list of titles, travel blogs and great photos by Tal.  - Alima McMillan

Newsletter:  Thank you for the interview, Jewel. Would you give a little background about how a vision developed to live as you do and the moment when you knew you were going for it?

Star:  Before I moved in with Tal, I lived in a plush apartment in Las Vegas, Nevada. I had a nice car, jewelry, beautiful clothing, and worked for a top-end real estate company. However, my passion was to write books. Working 12 to 16 hour days to pay living expenses, left no time to live that passion. At sixty-four years old I was winding down in my ability to keep up with the younger and more energetic competition. I was looking for the formula that would allow me to be an author and not worry about paying rent and making car payments. I knew I loved to travel, and I could write from anywhere. I met Tal and the answer lay before me. When I walked into his wood-planked floor freight trailer, I knew I was looking at my future. Interestingly, Tal and I are doing this for different reasons. He is more the survivalist prepper, while I have always enjoyed travel and nature. Our common bond is that we both love being on the road and out in the wilderness. I also have prepper tendencies in that I have always enjoyed the art of food storage, canning, and growing gardens.  

Newsletter: You’ve published a book within the last year: OFF GRID LIVING REVEALED: The First 100 Days. Please tell us something of what it was like during the first 100 days juxtaposed with how it is now.

Continue reading the interview here:


Other books sold at Amazon by Jewel Star:  http://www.amazon.com/Jewel-Star/e/B00JIB6KVA

El Mosquito.  Although Luna County generally doesn't have a large problem with mosquitoes nor for what might be considered a significant length of time each year, the climate is changing and one probably shouldn't overlook that "the little gnat" is the number one killer in the world. Canadian researchers have come up with a very simple and highly effective way of controlling mosquitoes.  Not to say that one should keep old tires around, but researchers have used pieces of old tires to fashion a trap, and BBC has published a good article on the invention (with photo). Is it worth entertaining the idea of making a few of them for the Foundation and the larger community? It involves changing out an insert in the trap every couple of weeks, but it is simple and, best of all, no pesticides in the trap. You could read about it here:


(3 minute clip)

 "My Dinner with André"

Conversation About Reality


There is increasing publicity coming out from Barcelona with the anticipation of the official museum opening of Antoni Gaudí's Casa Vicens projected to be on Easter, 2017. The plans for construction site, main floor and facade date back to January 15, 1883. Gaudí was granted a construction permit on March 8 of the same year (Number 239-71; certificate 613). Although it was his first commissioned work, it was a work that was thought would never be completed. 

Antoni Gaudí is of interest because there are significant traces and details of his influence at the Foundation, particularly in the works of Sean Sands, Fran Gordon and Ted Specker.  His fabulous balcony designs, however, are meaningful as contemporary architecture has largely omitted detail in balconies in the massive designs that are being constructed around the world. 

Here is a link for a very nice, comprehensive site:


Images are of Casa Vicens by MG Photography

"How are you getting on with that memory training course you got by correspondence, Hodja?"  "I’m improving. Now I can sometimes remember that I have forgotten something."

"While on a trip to another village, Nasrudin lost his favorite copy of the mystical book. Several weeks later, a goat walked up to Nasrudin, carrying the book in its mouth.

Nasrudin couldn't believe his eyes. He took the precious book out of the goat's mouth, raised his eyes heavenward and exclaimed, "It's a miracle!"

"Not really," said the goat. "Your name is written inside the cover."

"Two children found a bag containing twelve marbles. They argued over how to divide the toys and finally went to see the Hodja. When asked to settle their disagreement, Hodja asked whether the children wanted him to divide the marbles as a human would or as God would.

The children replied, "We want it to be fair. Divide the marbles as God would."

So, Hodja counted out the marbles and gave three to one child and nine to the other."

For more Nasruddin Folktales, go here:  http://www.rodneyohebsion.com/mulla-nasrudin.htm