Washington D. C. — “New Rome”

washingtonDC-cherry-blossomsArriving, you automatically know Washington D.C. is both the capital of this powerful nation, and also a Southern city—moving swiftly and slowly—simultaneously. Acres of concrete, grand monuments, and suits are everywhere. Buildings with names like,  “Fulbright, Mellon, Geraldine R. Dodge, Corcoran, Luce, David and Lucile Packard, and Annenberg” jump at you… names that have channeled power and influence for a very, long, time.

Hot and muggy, with a thunderstorm threatening, men in short sleeves and women in summer dresses mingle in casual-tenseness around and with the many uniforms that inundate The District. Metro City Police, the Park Police, the Secrete Service Police, Homeland Security are just a few.  Members of every branch and rank of the military are present in such numbers that it is impossible to forget where you are.

But “New Rome” also carries every social issue present in each of its states. Poverty, mental illness, addiction, homosexuality, prostitution, crime, domestic abuse, and illegal aliens are tips of the iceberg. This blog will attempt to free readers of a few of the mental and spiritual chains that bind us negatively to these problems.

Is homosexuality a “problem”… or the attitudes our social engineers tell us to view this issue from? And why is the religion of Peace currently shaped into a spear wielded by preachers inciting us to “Kill Muslims,” instead of practicing the Love that overcomes all evil?

This week, the International AIDS Conference is being held in Washington. African Americans continue lead all ethnic groups with new rates of HIV infection. Doesn’t it strike you as a giant,“FAILURE” that black churches aren’t leading the ranks of volunteerism in caring for our own people? Needle Exchanges, Hospice work, and meals for the sick are just a few of the ways the African American church could demonstrate Christ at work today. Instead, it seems to be letting the CIA-sponsored Religious Right Wing-nuts  dictate marching orders of shame and cowardice in the face of all these opportunities.

Mainly this blog will discuss what I see as I travel. Not only the opportunities masquerading as “problems,” but I will seek to raise the reader’s awareness of how he or she can increase the quality of life in various parts of the world.

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The Perfect Small Farm Cow … Dexters

The concept of moving to the contry after a lifetime spent in urban America is daunting, but part of the fun is dreaming about what types of farm animals I’ll raise. So far I’m certain about the two breeds of dogs … and I know there will be both chickens and Guinea Hens, but I’m still undecided about, “Goat or Sheep?”

But last week I read an article on Dexter Cows. Not those big, intimidating things that “guard” countryside fence lines and stare back at me with unblinking eyes … not them. I’m talking about Little Cows. Not pygmy cows or miniture cows … a real breed of bovine … that’s naturally small. Cool.

I don’t have a family so a “normal” size dairy cow would have me making cheese, ice cream, and butter on a 24/7 hour basis. But Dexters give smaller amounts of milk and every web site I’ve looked at swore they are “gentle.” Have a look:Dexter Cows