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[6-16-2009 Update Insert: Most of what is in this space is now moot. I found out what I was doing wrong and have reinstated Archives and Labels searches. They do work. However, in certain cases you may prefer Labels to Archives. Example: 1976 Today begins in November of 2006 and concludes in December of 2006, but there are other related posts in other months. Note: Labels only shows 20 posts at a time. There are 21 hubs, making 21 (which is for 1976 Today) an older hub.] ********************************* to my online poems and song lyrics using Archives. Use hubs for finding archival locations but do not link through them. Originally an AOL Journal, where the archive system was nothing like the system here, this blog was migrated from there to here in October of 2008. Today (Memorial/Veteran's Day, May 25, 2009) I discovered a glitch when trying to use a Blogger archive. Now, it may be template-related, but I am unable to return to S M or to the dashboard once I am in the Archives. Therefore, I've decided on this approach: a month-by-month post guide. The sw you see in the codes here stood for Salchert's Weblog when I began it in November of 2006. It later became Sprintedon Hollow. AOL provided what were called entry numbers, but they weren't consistent, and they didn't begin at the first cardinal number. That is why the numbers after "sw" came to be part of a post's code. ************** Here then is the month-by-month post guide: *2006* November: 00001 through 00046 - December: 00047 through 00056 -- *2007* January: 00057 through 00137 - February: 00138 through 00241 - March: 00242 through 00295 - April: 00296 through 00356 - May: 00357 through 00437 - June: 00438 through 00527 - July: 00528 though 00550 - August: 00551 through 00610 - September: 00611 through 00625 - October: 00626 through 00657 - November: 00658 through 00729 - December: 00730 through 00762 -- *2008* January: 00763 through 00791 - February: 00792 through 00826 - March: 00827 through 00849 - April: 00850 through 00872 - May: 00873 through 00907 - June: 00908 through 00931 - July: 00932 through 00955 - August: 00956 through 00993 - September 00994 through 01005 - October: 01006 through 01007 - November: 01008 through 01011 - December: 01012 through 01014 -- *2009* January: 01015 through 01021 - February: 01022 through 01028 - March: 01029 through 01033 - April: 01034 through 01036 - May: 01037 through 01044 - ******************************************************* 1976 Today: 2006/11 and 2006/12 -- Rooted Sky 2007: 2007/01/00063rsc -- Postures 2007: 2007/01/sw00137pc -- Sets: 2007/02/sw00215sgc -- Venturings: 2007/03/00216vc -- The Undulant Trees: 2007/03/00266utc -- This Day's Poem: 2007/03/00267tdpc -- Autobio: 2007/04/sw00316ac -- Fond du Lac: 2007/04/00339fdl -- Justan Tamarind: 2007/05/sw00366jtc -- Prayers in December: 2007/05/sw00393pindc -- June 2007: 2007/06/sw00440junec -- Seminary: 2007/07/sw00533semc -- Scatterings: 2008/08/00958sc ** Song Lyrics: 2008/02/sw00797slc ********** 2009-06-02: Have set S M to show 200 posts per page. Unfortunately, you will need to scroll to nearly the bottom of a page to get to the next older/newer page.


Monday, January 8, 2007


Rooted Sky 2007 - II. Dancing in the Void Letter (May, 1970) Recently, Arthur C. Clarke, a well-known scientist and science fiction writer, quite intelligently speculated that those beings of other planets who have advanced much beyond our stage of development must be peace-loving, for their only alternative is annihilation. If this is so, we are living in the most critical era of our race and, undeniably, our most needed virtue is wisdom, the allying of ourselves with the forces of life. Yet, ambiguous creatures of polarities caught up in change, we are constant mysteries. No philosophy, no ideology of ours has ever fully sufficed: Plato's Republic, Communism, Democracy. Just keeping close to Balance, our one Utopia, takes all the awareness we can command. But this awareness--what is it, and how does one know he has it? Purely, no human has it, but let me approach this negatively. A man in the United States says the Communists are atheists and must be killed; a man in Russia or China says the Americans are imperialists and must be killed. Neither of these men is aware. A college student thinks he is superior and calls a policeman a "pig"; a white worker thinks he is superior and calls a Negro a "nigger". Neither of these is aware. War and violence are allies of fear and death, and this little planet cannot sustain them. Our bellies and our self-centered pride must not hold sway. Yet I know, as who does not, the power of the flesh and emotions, that no thought sparks in a corpse. Food, shelter, gods. A person who thinks property is more sacred than human life; a person who cannot weather criticism and respect differences, is not aware. A person convinced that patriotism means being a sheep before the government, that the United States is necessarily and forever the greatest country in the world and that any country or minority thinking otherwise should be subdued, is not aware. A person who thinks that having a "decent" job or having enemies is ultimately more practical than having a fulfilled life or having friends is not aware. The stones he throws will bury him. Awareness begins in knowing one is not aware. "We must love one another or die." [ "Letter" was previously published/ in several newspapers, one of them being the Eastern Illinois University paper. ] ------- Brian A. J. Salchert

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