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50 Years Ago June 5, 1968, A Great American Was Assassinated   3 comments

50 Years Ago June 5, 1968 BULLETIN (AP)

This is the actual copy from an AP Teletype machine just to the right of the one I was working in the STRACOM tech control room, Sukiran, Okinawa, 4:35 PM J.S.T., June 5, 1968.  Like many, I had been following the primary closer and was shocked by what I was reading.  A few hours later, the following came over the AP Teletype:




R.F.K.    “Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others. Or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.”

“Whatever people may say and whatever history may write about Bobby, and whatever history may write about Bobby, he had a genuine compassion, a real love of people, humble people, poor people – I think the word now, is underprivileged people – not in a pompous or pedantic way, but genuine.” The words of former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan (74 at the time) have appeared on television

History shows that Richard Nixon went on to be elected president and we only speculate what the last forty years would have given us if Bobby Kennedy had been elected.  Would we have chosen faith in people over fear?  Would we have required sluggish bureaucracies to respond more rapidly to social needs?  The following is shared from June 14, 1968, Time Essay:

“John W. Gardner put it best at Cornell’s commencement earlier this month when he imagined himself as a 23rd-century thinker. He had discovered, he said, that ‘20th-century institutions were caught in a savage crossfire between uncritical lovers and unloving critics.  On the one side, those who loved their institutions tended to smother them in an embrace of death, loving their rigidities more than their promise, shielding them from life-giving criticism.  On the other side, there arose a breed of critics without love, skilled in demolition but untutored in the arts by which human institutions ate nurtured and strengthened and made to flourish.  Between the two, the institutions perished.”

Content in this posting first appeared on the 40th anniversary of his death. At that time I ended the posting with this:

“Now, forty years later Joy and I are getting ready to travel to Austin to attend the Texas Democratic Party Convention at another historical time in American political history.  Hopefully, this will in time be looked back upon as a time in our nation’s history when emotion conquered reason.” 

(The items contained in this posting are from scrapbooks I kept during 1967-68.)

— kenne

Poppies, Things Of Poetry   Leave a comment

Esperero trail to the RidgeMexican Poppy — Image by kenne

Things of Poetry


line the canyon trail,


each hiker’s way.

Passing greetings

share the joy

as the morning sun


the canyon colors

brilliantly reflected

by each poppy,

the things of

O’Keeffe poetry.

— kenne

Christmas Past #8   Leave a comment

Lake Woodlands Christmas 1999 peace & love blogChristmas Past #8 (Lake Woodlands Christmas 1999) — Image by kenne

“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory,
like a thunderstorm,
and we all go through it together.”

— Garrison Keillor


Panorama — Tram Road In Sabino Canyon   1 comment

Phoneline View_Panorama1 blogTram Road In Sabino Canyon — Panorama by kenne
View from Phoneline Trail in Sabino Canyon looking toward the Visitor Center and Tucson.

SCVN Training — Day 1   3 comments

SCVN Day 1

Sabino Canyon Tour Led By David Wentworth Lazaroff (September, 2011) — Image by kenne

Yesterday was day one of training for the 20115/16 Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) class. It was just four years ago that I was part of the 2011 class. This year, as then the first day included a tram tour of the canyon by David Lazaroff, naturalist, author and founder of SCVN.

Like a kid, the first day of class was very exciting, getting to know fellow classmates, our naturalists leaders and meeting David Lazaroff. His book, Sabino Canyon — The Life of a Southwestern Oasis, is a must read for all naturalists in southern Arizona. 

Yesterday’s first day for the new class brought back many memories as I was there to greet the new class members. This morning, before writing this post, I viewed again a video I made in 2011 of Lazaroff’s tour of Sabino Canyon. As per his request, the video is available only for SCVN members.

I love going to Sabino Canyon!

I love going to Sabino Canyon,
a place to come together with nature.

I love the people there,
sharing feelings with nature.

I love being able to see
the beauty of nature.

I love going to Sabino Canyon!

I love being able to reflect
on the art of nature.

I love close-up encounters
with all things in nature.

I love capturing the moment,
drawing inspiration from nature.

I love going to Sabino Canyon!

I love learning new ways
to connect with nature.

I love getting to know me
by connecting with nature.

I love finding surprising things
by getting to know nature.

I love going to Sabino Canyon!

I love the feelings of being alive
by walking with nature.

I love knowing that
forever is the life of nature.

I love knowing that
all that is, is nature.

I love going to Sabino Canyon!

— kenne

This video was first posted on this blog March of 2010, a few months before we moved from The Woodlands, Texas
to Tucson, and a year and a half before beginning training to become a naturalist.
Viewing this video now reminds me how little I knew about the Sonoran Desert,
still it’s a reflection of my love for this southwestern oasis.

To the new SCVN class: If you like Sabino Canyon now, you will learn to love it!


Invoking the Mystery, Revisited   Leave a comment

Sunrise On The trail (1 of 1) art III blogInvoking the Mystery By Giving Of One’s Time — Computer Painting by kenne

(The following was first posted on September 26, 2009, on this blog. In the process of writing about my dear friend, Linda Ricketts, who passed away recently, I was doing a tab search on this blog when this posting was among those identified. So much has happened in the intervening years that make the premise of “Invoking the Mystery” even more critical and timely, especially with the Supreme Court’s deeply flawed 2010 decision in Citizens United.)

The book club to which I belong, “The Society of the 5th Cave,” comprises members, all-be-it old educated professionals, males who pride themselves in being specialists in many areas, but with age accepting the reality of being skilled in few. Mostly politically right of center seeking to help me see the light, convinced that those with opposing views are also conducting their act of ministry. Wrong, oh truth sayers! Although I may debate a position, I don’t want everyone to agree with me, and I want each person to think. That’s why I selected Life Inc. How The World Became A Corporation And How To Take It Back by Douglas Rushkoff for September reading. (Click here to see Rushkoff on Colbert Nation.) It is a book that can help people better understand many of today’s economic and financial issues, which Rushkoff feels are not a problem of reality or nature but a problem of design. Are corporations evil? No! Neither are the people who work within their controlling environments. Instead, there is a convincing case to be made for redesigning a poorly designed invention of our culture by identifying non-market ways of developing gift-exchange institutions.

We humanize the corporation, so much so that many who may take a road-trip vacation tend to seek out a McDonald’s in which to eat rather than going to a local establishment. If this is your comfort level, you don’t want to be traveling between the tiny Dakotan hamlets of Meadow and Glad Valley. According to Stephen Von Worley on the Weather-Sealed blog, this is where you will be hurtin’ if you suffer a Big Mac Attack.

Most of us are products of the corporate mentality and lifestyle. I have worked hard to get to an age where I’ve collected enough assets to make money by having money. Even though recognizing that my life and my fortune are controlled and manipulated by our corporate state, I’m now working hard to become part of the gift economy –- doing something for nothing and stop behaving like corporations who “express charitable and community impulses from afar.” A gift economy is a society where goods and services are exchanged without any explicit agreement for immediate or future rewards.

“By donating to charities in the same manner as our corporate equivalents, we succumb to the proxy system that dissocializes in the first place.” Instead, we can start reclaiming what has been lost by accepting that small is the new big and that through a highly networked world, we can begin making local impacts that it spreads. Rushkoff gives many examples of local, sustainable efforts that effectively trickle up in profound ways. The more we network doing something for nothing, the more one voluntary act encourages another. The act of giving is a social phenomenon that should be a fundamental life skill. As Walt Whitman wrote in Carol of Words: “The gift is to the giver, and comes back most to him – it cannot fail.”

Rushkoff’s belief that commerce has been separated from the people who are doing the stuff and his reference to the gift economy brought to mind Lewis Hyde’s excellent book, The Gift – Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World. Written over twenty-seven years ago, his insight and guidance are even more apropos given today’s economic and financial challenges. Here is how Hyde summarizes The Gift:

“The main assumption of the book is that certain spheres of life, which we care about, are not well organized by the marketplace. That includes artistic practice, which the book is mostly about, and pure science, spiritual life, healing, and teaching…. Therefore, this book is about the alternative economy of artistic practice. For most artists, the actual working life of art does not fit well into a market economy. This book explains why and builds out on the alternative, which is to imagine the commerce of art to be well described by gift exchange.”

In his chapter titled “The Labor of Gratitude,” Hyde uses the folk tale “The Shoemaker and the Elves,” a tale of a gifted person, as a model of the labor of gratitude. In the tale, the shoemaker makes his first pair of shoes to dress the elves, which is the last act in his labor of gratitude. When Hyde speaks of labor, he refers to human endeavors such as “writing a poem, raising a child, developing a new calculus, resolving a neurosis, invention in all forms,” as distinguished from “work,” that we do by the hour. Labor has its own schedule. Things are accomplished, but often we as if wasn’t us who did them. This is always a bit mysterious. It is the mystery Federico Garcia Lorca was referring to when he wrote at the bottom of one of his drawings he did in Buenos Aires — “Only mystery enables us to live.” Invoking the mystery is to gather the Duende.

Suppose we value the mystery and the categories of human enterprise that invoke the mystery, such as family life, spiritual life, public service, pure science, and artistic practice, none of which operates well in the corporate marketplace. In that case, we must find non-corporate ways to organize and support them.

— kenne

When I Walk In The Desert   Leave a comment

Baby Jesus TrailStacking Rocks Graveyard — Image by kenne

When I walk in the desert
My eyes are the aperture
Through which the
Desert perceives itself,
Becoming conscious of its beauty.

When I walk in the desert
My ears listen To its harmonies
Expanding our presence,
Becoming conscious of its reality.

When I walk in the desert
My mind gathers
The words to say
What can’t be said,
Becoming award of its language.

— kenne

Capturing The Moment — First Saguaro Blossom This Spring   Leave a comment

Saguaro Blossom (1 of 1)-2 blogSaguaro Blossom, Spotted on the Seven Falls hike today — Image by kenne

Like so many plants this year, this saguaro is blooming very early. Generally, saguaros bloom in late may and June.


Stopping for Lunch Along the Trail — Mammoth Lakes Revisited   Leave a comment

Photo: Ken & Joy at Rainbow Falls. (To see additional photos, click here.  )

This posting first appeared, August, 2006.

So much to see, so little time in the eastern Sierra Nevada.  Before leaving the Mammoth Lakes area, Rosalie and Jerry were kind enough to hike with us to the Devils Postpile and Rainbow Falls.  There are many beautiful sights to see from the trail, many of which were first seen from the many Ansel Adams photos taken here.   We stopped for a trail lunch at the base of the falls.


Our Table of Thanks — 360 Yahoo Blog Revisited   Leave a comment

Our Table of Thanks, Entry for November 28, 2006
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Photo: Our Table of Thanks

Our Table of Thanks

On this magnificent fall day
Observing visions past
Creating images for future memories
Around our table of thanks

Visions dancing on beams of light
Provoking pose for thanks
For the moments not forgotten
Becoming tomorrow’s fabric

To mold our future being
Obligating acts of relation
In life’s vault for safe-keeping
Around our table of thanks


Posted June 10, 2009 by kenneturner in 360 Revisited, Poetry

360 Yahoo Blog 1st Anniversary, November 28, 2006   5 comments

360 Yahoo will be closing down the 1st of July, so I have been posting some of those entries on this site. After one year into my first blog, I make this entry. Anniversary, Entry for November 28, 2006
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Prose and Photography, like Life, has its own Justification

One year ago, 135 entries later and aproximately 9,500 hits
(I read recently where there are now so many blog sites
that the average number of hits per day is one.), this blog
began with the purpose of sharing existence through the
experience of one with the desire to generate
other views on our place in
time and space.
In doing so, I have come to the realization that
this poetic gesture may be nothing more than
bullshit to someone else.

So, on the anniversary I’m taking this moment to
share a few words from the renowned moral philosopher,
Harry G. Frankfurt:

“One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so
much bullshit. Everyone knows this.  Each of us contributes his

And I would add, some more than others.
But then, one person’s truth is someone else’s bullshit.

“As conscious beings, we exist only in response to other things,
and we cannot know
ourselves at all without knowing them.
Moreover, there is nothing in theory, and certainly
nothing in
experience, to support the extraordinary judgment that it is
the truth about himself
that is the easiest for a person to know.
Facts about ourselves are not peculiarly solid and
resistant to
skeptical dissolution.  Our natures are, indeed, elusively
insubstantial – notoriously
less stable and less inherent than
the nature of other things.  And insofar as this is the case,

sincerity itself is bullshit.”

This view may cause some confusion.

But, not in our upside-down world
in which the normal order of things
seem to be completely reversed.

This often exist because the
, “. . .more you try to stay

on top of water the more you sink;
but when you try to sink, you float.”

Effort is good, but effort exceeded
can have the reverse effect.
The key is knowing how
to assess the effort.

. . .remember to assess the effort,
but poetry and photography, like life,
has its own justification.

Happy Anniversary,
and all that bullshit!

(I  love to receive your comments and suggestions.)

Posted June 9, 2009 by kenneturner in 360 Revisited, Commentary, Information

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Are You Able To See the Picture?, Entry from March 04, 2008   1 comment


Image by kenne

Are You Able To See the Picture?

Most people “don’t understand the show” because they cannot see the picture. Okay, I admit you see something, but what do you see if the image is not clear? Just as with a digital image, the clearness or resolution depends on the amount of information in the picture. The more information, pixels in the cast of a digital image, the better we can see the picture, from which we can reason. Whether we utilize deductive or inductive reasoning, each is dependent on observations. If no observation is made, or if the observation lacks clarity, then any ability to reason is based on “blind faith.” Therefore, some are perceived as being conveyors of information “is not engaged in the enterprise is all” and are indifferent to the truth – or at least an indifference to finding the truth. It is more common in today’s world to hear the statement, “It is the truth.” rather than, “Is it the truth?”

Thomas Jefferson’s famous line, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal . . .” is considered by all as a statement of truth, but is it? It is more a statement of belief that should always be guarded by the question, “Is it the truth?”

The other morning, while working at the computer, I listened to the President’s news conference – not paying much attention, that is, until I heard a reporter asking a question referencing the $4 a gallon for gasoline. As the reporter continued his inquiry, Bush interrupted, as if suddenly waking up, “Wait — what did you say?” The reporter responded that many analysts have to project. (Actually, some pumps in California already have reached the $4 level.)

“Oh, yeah?” Bush said. “That’s interesting. I hadn’t heard that.”

This comes from a president that wants to continue allowing tax breaks to oil companies. Bush’s bewilderment brought back memories of when his father’s supermarket counter moment demonstrated a similar lack of knowledge of something so common to life in everyday America. (It must be a “DNA” thing.) In the president’s “Is it the truth?” dialog with the reporter, it was apparent that his lack of any environmental-scan knowledge of the economy was not a question of seeking the truth but one of reasoning based on an indifference to the truth.

As for seeing the picture, for some of us, the picture is changing, which brings to mind the John Clare poem, The Flitting:

Time looks on pomp with careless moods
Or killing apathy’s disdain
– So where old marble citys stood
Poor persecuted weeds remain
She feels a love for little things
That very few can feel beside
And still the grass eternal springs
Where castles stood and grandeur died

— kenne

With Eyes Wide Open   2 comments

Image: “Angel Novus” — Paul Klee

With Eye”s Wide Open,
It’s Hard To Believe the Situation We Are In.

Today’s leaders continue to justify yesterday’s mistakes. Five years ago, we began what has become “. . . a nightmare of spiraling violence, sectarian warfare, insurgency, roadside bombing and ghastly executions.” (NY Times, March 20, 2008) Over 4,000 American military have died, and 160,000 are daily in harm’s way. In addition to the US troops, over 180,000 contract civilians and several thousand civilian government employees are stationed in Iraq. It is difficult to obtain exact numbers, but it’s
estimated that the total number killed, wounded, and displaced is in the millions. All these five years after we invaded Iraq.

The administration and many in Congress continue to create their own “facts” for its “war on terror” as they continue their work on the “dark side,” to use Cheney’s words.

“A lot of what needs to be done here will have to be done quietly, without any discussion, using sources and methods available to our intelligence agencies, if we’re going to be
successful. That’s the world these folks operate in, and so it’s going to be vital for us to use any means at our disposal, basically, to achieve our objective.” — Meet the Press, 9/16/2001

Usually, I spend a lot of time trying to learn more to better understand the human existence. But, every now and then, I turn to what I already know and have experienced, from which there is still much to learn. Just taking the time to listen to the music, art, and books I have -– taking the time to internalize the magic of the music, carefully read the depth of the words, and look anew at that which makes the “visible” visible. Why seek more before making use of what I already have. Plus, what good is life without using what we already have because life is given only once?

When I do turn to my already gathered knowledge and experience, especially in times of unspeakable destruction that impales our future, I frequently turn to one of the most creative minds of the 20th century, Paul Klee. Among Klee’s paintings are a series of angels.

Like in one of his most famous, “Angelus Novus,” Klee’s angels are very fragmented creatures, appearing very elusive. Walter Benjamin was so taken by Angelus Novus that he bought the painting. In his interpretation of the painting, Benjamin seems to see in the angel the despair many of us feel in our inability to help the victims of yet another unjust war. Benjamin wrote:

“A Klee painting named “Angelus Novus” shows an angel looking like he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, and his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned towards the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling up ruin upon ruin and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which its back is turned while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.”

“Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.”

—Paul Klee

“Listen to what you see
You are blind to what you hear
Listen to what you see
Do not fear the truth beneath
Reach for roots beneath the trees
Listen to the words you seek
Don’t listen to a word they say
Do NOT listen to a word you’ve heard
Do not listen to a word you’ve heard
People are people we live for our own
Live how you think not by what you’ve been told. . .”
— Justin Nozuka – Don’t Listen to a Word You’ve Heard

— kenne

Posted May 30, 2009 by kenneturner in 360 Revisited

“Bad Voodoo” Is Good! Entry for April 01, 2008   Leave a comment

f655Image: Blue Ribbon Warriors – kenne

When “Bad Voodoo” Is Good!

It seems that people in power always use humanity, in the form of fundamental beliefs, principles, shared values, commandments, etc., to control the less powerful. One case in point is that of getting young people to fight an illegal war for reason of humanity. Meanwhile, the same doctrine is push on the remaining citizens as the patriotic thing, and therefore provide supportive to the cause, while remaining disconnected from the sufferings of the engaged.

In a recent PBS “Frontline” captured the realities of war in a segment titled, “Bad Voodoo’s War – 2008.

The Wall Street Journal — Nancy deWolf Smith

“… What kind of person can face months of such danger,
day in and day out? Only the brave, undoubtedly.
Beyond that, it is difficult to say much more specific
about the men of Bad Voodoo Platoon. Of its 30-something
members, only two have been chosen to speak at length here.
What they have to say is disturbing on many levels. …”

You can see it online.


Posted May 30, 2009 by kenneturner in 360 Revisited

Something for Nothing, Entry for March 06, 2008 On Old Blog   Leave a comment

Spoken Groove Image: The Spoken Groove at the Wizard Academy, Fall 2005 – kenne

Something for Nothing

Poets understand the experience of, “something for nothing,” since their subject is life, for which most people don’t make a significant connection. If they did, it would be apparent that life is best understood through poetry. However, sharing poetry is like giving something for nothing, therefore suspect — unless, it is considered an expected right. Okay, I know our basic rights, “…life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” but…

Still, there are those who suggest that we are a nation of people desiring “something for nothing,” as if a right of birth. But, what happens if the something for nothing is money? If we are a society expecting something for nothing, then giving away money should be easy, right? For most of us, giving money away is not a difficult task; just write a check to our favorite non-profit organization. However, what if the act of giving involved a situation outside what may be considered “normal?” What if the receiver perceives the act of giving as deviant behavior? Would the behavior reflect that of a society expecting something for nothing? Deviant behavior removes the element of trust, thereby neutralizing the desire for “something for nothing,” right?

Since attending a day workshop at Roy William’s Wizard Academy a couple years ago, I have been following the adventures of the Spoken Groove (Peter Nevland and Paul Finley) who provided some entertainment near the end of the day.

This week I received another email from Peter, which began:

“I stood on a street corner, cardboard sign in my hands, as the sun beamed overhead.
‘Free Money!’ it proclaimed as I held out
dollars to all who passed me by.

Their fingers stayed closed. Eyes looked away. Middle fingers raised in mock salute.
Voices cursed behind safety glass.
‘What are you doing this for?’
‘Give it to someone who really needs it.”

You can see what Peter experienced by going to:

It reminds me of a psychology class assignment, so what’s the lesson?


Posted May 25, 2009 by kenneturner in 360 Revisited, Life

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