Why Black Friday Matters--- by Jonathan Zap
During this day that I now call Black Friday Eve, my thoughts and feelings turn with joyous exuberance to this day that has come to remind us of what this country is all about and what really brings us together. Although some still feel that the annual retail festival of 12/25 is even more holy, I have come to view that date as merely a reminder that the next Black Friday is only 338 days away. Although Black Friday is mostly a day of much euphoric opportunity, I feel that it is also a day to gather together with some of our most cherished possessions, and remember those less fortunate than us who have fallen and been trampled while trying to be among the first to reap the greatly discounted retail harvests that most of us will enjoy through the grace and generosity of this day, a day that unifies us as a people with a feeling of common purpose. That's why Black Friday matters.
Listen to this interesting panel discussion I was part of at Sonic Bloom 2013. The discussion occurred the morning after a tragic night in which a nineteen year old lost his life to a toxic combination of chemicals, the first fatality to haunt this wonderful and inspiring festival. The tragedy stirred us to talk about deeper things, though not all of us saw eye-to-eye...
Finally, I've found the steampunk son I never had. He's 240 years old, has six thousand parts and is arguably the first programmable computer. And he's a writer!
This image my friend Rob Brezsny just posted has a lot to do with what I've been working on, my fantasy epic, Parallel Journeys, which could easily take the next twenty years of my life to complete (if I'm lucky enough to be able to see that through). As I've mentioned before, the predawn hours are the magical zone for me, crucial for fantasy writing and recently I've been getting up---without an alarm---as early as 2:45am. I started the morning of the Equinox and every morning there has been content waiting for me. Most of it has been back story and the writing has been in the form of voluminous notes, but as of this week I've started the rewrite of book one. I'd love to get your feedback about chapter one which is just under 4,000 words. No flaw is too small to point out especially since the first few pages of a book are crucial for drawing readers in. You can post feedback here, or email me at email@example.com Image: Cameron Gray, http://parablevisions.com/
Don't Hate, Discriminate--- A conversation with a friend, and another with what appeared to be the spirit of a recently deceased friend, is the source for Zap Oracle card #660, entitled Don't Hate, Discriminate. When we experience some thing, person, situation or whatever that we don’t like it is fine to discriminate---discriminate in the sense of discern---that it is not for us, not something we approve of, want to participate in and so forth. It is quite another thing to actively project hatred toward the object of disapproval, however, especially if it is a person or group of people. Hate is a potent emotion, and the origins of the word “emotion” have to do with movement, a movement of the soul (In Latin, “emovere” which can mean to move out or agitate. The prefix “e” means “out of” and the root is “motion.”) Hate is kinetic, it is like an active physical force and is often compared to physical forces like fires and acids. Hate is a force that can damage both the object of hatred and the hater. See the rest of the card here: http://www.zaporacle.com/card/dont-hate-discriminate