Monthly Archives: March 2011

My Back Pages: Poetry

Ehe Blind Behemoth

 

Brooding flicks at ivory keys beg the ice to

Melt bits of sky falling on pasts remembered through

Open windows, closed on caution to move into

Temporary philosophies grazing blossomed fogbells

Hung on haloed candelight

 

Claire Bowman, John Hitzel, Andrew Kindiger

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a damnable spirit

Feature by | jessica phillips

Down in the bottom drawer of my childhood dresser, underneath a carefully spread layer of old, musty clothes, lays year fourteen of my life – a collection of sermons on audio tape, pink pamphlets detailing the sins of cigarettes and high school dances, and an old church directory of names whose prayers I still fear as much as their disapproval. It would be wrong, however, to say this year of my life is hidden away, because I seem to remember it more vividly the longer these mementos stay buried… alive.

Church was a somewhat sporadic occurrence in my young life, life before year fourteen. My mom and sister and I – sometimes together, sometimes separately – seemed to go from church to church, usually Baptist or non-denominational ones, although there were a couple that one or all of us stayed at for a while. The most memorable were a First Baptist Church and a Church of Christ that I attended for fairly long stretches of time. I was exposed to many, though, including Methodist, Assembly of God, and Church of the Nazarene.

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DIY education in CoMo

by joey risch

Columbia Freeskool is a FREE, community based alternative to the strict curriculum of state monopolized higher education. Still in its early stages, Freeskool offers a range of events/classes lead by members of the community who submit their ideas for upcoming months at the Freeskool forum held in Como. Freeskool is whatever the members want it to be, and if anyone is willing to teach a skill or host an event, it goes on the calendar.  In addition, if people want to put an event on the calendar, they can email:

 

columbiafreeskool@riseup.net

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the food to raise your spirits- how to cook to glow

Food Column by Kevin Weiss

Qualifications: I have been practicing Yoga and meditation for 6 years, have read a few books on ayurveda, but most importantly have paid attention to the effect that food has on my system and can validate the claims made by Ayurveda with my own experience to the extent that I am able to grasp them.

A seeker of Truth once asked a great sage, Ramana Maharishi: “of all scriptural injunctions, which is best to follow?” to which the Maharishi replied, “that of taking modest quantities of sattvic food is best.”

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The World Social Forum returns to Africa

editorial by Marc Becker

Fifty thousand activists from around the world descended on Senegal’s capital city of Dakar at the westernmost point in Africa the first week in February for the World Social Forum. Meeting on an almost annual basis since its first gathering in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2001, the WSF provides a space to discuss and debate proposals and collaborative actions to build a new and better world.

The WSF first met as a response to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Instead of exclusionary spaces that placed corporate greed over human needs, the WSF championed the daring proposition that indeed another world is possible. The WSF now has a decade of bringing together social movements dedicated to a struggle against neoliberal capitalism and militaristic imperialism, and in favor of constructing a world based on humane fairness and social justice.

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