Facebook chat with the daughter-in-law of an Auburn football great who became a pretty darn good Birmingham lawyer, re my escape from the Vietnam draft via a miracle at the Birmingham Draft Board, as reported in yesterday’s homeless people, Nazis, draft-dodgers, bigots and atheists – Florida Keys and USA post.
Sloan, Do you remember the lady’s name at the Draft Board in Birmingham? My father in law’s (Gusty) mother worked there and I have heard many stories of her doing similiar things. My daughter is named after her (Adrianne Yearout) and I have had people recognize her name and tell us their draft board story. Kim
I never knew her name, Kim. From what you wrote, it sounds like she had more to do with the divine intervention than I have long thought. Sounds like she might have disappeared that application for a student deferment. Might be fair to say I’m a bit blown away by your sharing this. If you remember, give Gusty my fond regards. Thanks. Sloan
I will. Hope you are doing well.
Someone I knew as Leaf when I lived in Boulder, Colorado, after reading that three nights before 911, I was asked in my sleep if I would make a prayer for a divine intervention for all of humanity, and that the angels told me that Hurricane Sandy’s visit to NY City was karma for the way G.W. Bush and Barack Obama and many Americans reacted to 911, wrote:
Willow Arthur the night before 911 I dreamed that America was a bloated pig, about to cut its own throat! Enjoying your stories Sloan 🙂
Sloan Bashinsky You really dreamt that the night before 911?
Willow Arthur yeah I really did.
Sloan Bashinsky Shazam!
Judy Jack of the Summerland Key area launched this discussion yesterday:
simple as this: if not for men..there would be no wars…can’t they stop the insanity…if they can’t negotiate the issues…why are they still in control??? jj
Bucky Montgomery I agree 100%.
Carl Hagensen BULLSHIT!!!!
Sloan Bashinsky Yep, Judy, but if not for women, there would be no men, although I suppose some religious people would disagree.
Doug Bittner I’m with Bucky !!!
Deborah Belford Amen
Sloan Bashinsky I once knew a very wise woman named Dora Kalff, who studied under Carl Jung and then developed Sandplay therapy. Most of her students, including my wife in that life, were women. She often told her students, in order for real change to happen on this world, the women will have to go first. I argued about that with her once, in her side yard in Zollikon, outside Zurich, but she said I was mistaken, the women would have to go first. I suppose if women withheld all their favors from men, until men straightened out their behavior, that might have an effect.
Elaine Coyle Yes Judy. True. And I don’t know why. I do believe once it was the opposite
Sloan Bashinsky In some aborigine cultures, and in other areas of the world, women sometimes had more influence in their communities, tribes, civilizations, than men had. Western civilization, however, is skewed into masculine dominance, the three dominant religions – Judaism, Christendom and Islam – seem to be influential. Most of this species today, perhaps some aborigine cultures differ, is male-dominated. About a month ago, I was asked to make a prayer for a divine intervention of the feminine into the United States of America, and I made that prayer. In my experience, in me, in my affairs, in what I see in other people’s thinking and behavior, and in their affairs, the feminine is really different from the masculine. She is introspective, she waits, she moves with the flow, instead of trying to control the flow. She is fond of the word no.
Carl Stephenson NOT True anymore sorry…It is a mindset..women too..unfortunately..
Sloan Bashinsky The feminine did not change, people did, women, too. If she is returning, it will help, a lot, but the changes might not be easy.
Jewel Jones They no longer are in NH. Women controlled now : )
Richard Lapidus I’d pick Women leaders any day over Men!
Sloan Bashinsky Well, I probably wouldn’t pick Bachman, Palin, Rice or Pelosi … but, for sure, men sure have made a mess of things and that’s not something they can wiggle out of, although I have lots of confidence many of them will surely try …
Sloan Bashinsky Someone I knew as Leaf when I lived in Boulder, Colorado, after reading that three nights before 911, I was asked in my sleep if I would make a prayer for a divine intervention for all of humanity, and that the angels had told me that Hurricane Sandy’s visit to NY City was karma for the way G.W. Bush and Barack Obama and many Americans reacted to 911, wrote:
Willow Arthur – the night before 911 I dreamed that America was a bloated pig, about to cut its own throat! Enjoying your stories Sloan 🙂
Sloan Bashinsky – You really dreamt that the night before 911?
Willow Arthur – yeah I really did.
Sloan Bashinsky – Shazam!
Another woman I knew when I lived in Boulder, after reading of my escape from the Vietnam draft, wrote:
Paula Heikens-Mathewson I love to read your writing….. and then what happened?
Sloan Bashinsky And then what happened? Not enough ink and paper, but a lot of it got told, still gets told, at goodmorningkeywest.com (the oldest website), goodmorningfloridakeys.com and goodmorningbirmingham.com. Probably a year of reading there. Darn wild ride, doubt I could pay the light bill by selling tickets for it. Hope you and yours are doing well. I hear the world ends on Dec. 21, end of Mayan Calendar. God only knows how much money some people made peddling that exit strategy. Maybe it will be the end, or the beginning of the end, of what ain’t working too good, and the beginning of something that works better.
Paula Heikens-Mathewson every day is the beginning and the end, right? We are all well here. Doing the best we can. Thanks for being out there.
Sloan Bashinsky Out there, Paula? Yeah, off the grid out there :-). Love the donkey in the well story. Knew you and Leaf in Boulder, she’s younger than you, met her in maybe 1993, you were back in Vermont for some time by then.
On Paula’s Facebook page:
One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.
He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down.
A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.
As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!
MORAL : Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.
Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred – Forgive.
2. Free your mind from worries – Most never happens.
3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less from people but more from yourself.
You have two choices… smile and close this page, or pass this along to someone else to share the lesson .
Here’s another donkey in the well story, of sorts:
Hidden In Plain View Grand Opening – homeless art, poetry, music exhibition reception 6-9 p.m. today, November 16, 2012, Studios of Key West, White and Southard Streets, homeless people and mainstream people all invited
The show features compelling images of our homeless community by photographer Sheelman. Also on display are a variety of multimedia images, films, poetry, quilts and the art-heart connection book, combining the work of established local artist with the poetry, drawings and written words by homeless people. A raw and revealing exhibition giving a human face to what is typically ignored. Walk on White – Hope to see you on Thursday. XOE Erika Biddle
“Teasers” from the Hidden In Plain View Facebook page, lots more there to peruse, but this exquisite work of art, the exhibition itself, and all its unique parts, really can only be seen and appreciated at Studios of Key West, also known as the Armory.