Peaceful, Easy Feeling

I stopped smoking pot in 1969. Glenn Frey didn’t know that when he turned toward me in the control room of Studio B during the making of One of These Nights. In his outstretched fingertips was a smoldering joint he had just rolled and ignited. “Here, man. This is da kine. Tommy had to go all the way to Tarzana for this.”

“No, Glenn, I can’t smoke that stuff anymore. It gets me too fucked up,” I argued. He looked taken aback. His hand lowered just an inch or two and his eyes narrowed imperceptibly as he gazed through a rising haze. Tilting his head ever-so slightly, he uttered a phrase that catapulted me back to the safe womb of…

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Our insect future

The future will belong to the insects. Even now, unseen by men, enormous hives of insects are amassing under the earth, prompted by an evolving insect intelligence. Unlike ours, their intelligence is a group intelligence, and it is telling them that humans are an invasive, destructive species.

We will soon be at war with the insects. They will rise from beneath us, and burrow into our homes, and consume our foods. For every hundred of them we kill with poisons, there will be a thousand more, and a million more behind them. They are the most populous creature on earth, and they will soon rule it.

When the end comes for us, it will come with wings.

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Do nothing. Rest afterwards.

Meditation. The word is everywhere, even though people misuse it and misunderstand it. Folks think that it’s an activity. Yet, in order to use meditation fruitfully, it has to be exactly the opposite of activity. One wise teacher said, “Do nothing then rest afterward.” That’s closer to it.

To understand meditation and why it has a well-deserved reputation for promoting physical health, longevity, clear thinking and peace of mind, it helps to know what meditation isn’t. I’ve had scores of people over the years describe their so-called stress reduction methods and somehow refer to them as meditational. One guy told me he had “a handle on stress. Yep, I come home, pop a cold one, put my feet up and…

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My Two Cents

Let’s start with a little math, rounded up to the nearest number: There are four, 15-minute segments in each hour and 24 hours in a day. That means four times 24 or a total of 96, 15-minute segments each day. So, in round numbers, 15 minutes is one percent of your day. That means two 15-minute segments is roughly two percent of your day. Two cents, as they say. Remember that.

Your mind is indisputably the most powerful tool you have for making change in your life. Unless it starts in the mind, it’s not going to happen. Period. And doesn’t take a scientist to know we basically have two parts to our mind: an intellectual, analytical part called the…

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Heart on Fire

The last time I was at M’s Pub was about a month ago. It was after our work Christmas party and my friend and I had decided we were going to stretch this Sunday Fun-day out. So we hit our favorite haunts, making M’s our second stop.

After our first round of drinks, I decided to step outside for a smoke. My friend joined me, even though she doesn’t smoke. As we stood there chatting, we saw a woman bend over in the middle of the sidewalk. It took us a minute before we realized she was peeing. Right in the middle of the sidewalk.

About 30 seconds later, a large group of well-dressed business types fresh from a dinner…

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Water, water everywhere

Water will cease to be potable in the next five years. A previously unknown pathogen will find its way into our water supplies, and, despite our best efforts, will render drinking water unsafe. It will be something that cannot be boiled out or strained out, and will possibly be of extraterrestrial origin.

However, the pathogen will not be able to survive in alcoholic drinks. We will see the return of "small beer," a lightly alcoholic ale, for everyday drinking, even for children. Even milk, with its high water content, will be unsafe unless mixed with alcohol, and even children will grow up drinking fermented and intoxicating beverages.

For those whose religion forbids traditional alcohol, they will drink mead, made from…

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The Eyes Have It

Imagine we lived just about 100 years ago and I pulled you aside and said it was possible to touch a couple wires to your chest and tell you if you might have a heart attack. Not only that, show you how each heartbeat can trace a line on graph paper. You’d be skeptical. But within a couple years, the electrocardiograph machine would be doing just that.

Even today, most people probably don’t understand why or how such a common medical tool like the EKG works. Few would stop to consider such an essential diagnostic device is a perfect demonstration of the holistic nature of the human body. The fact that each heartbeat produces an electrical charge that can be…

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Bud Rising

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—MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

i SAGITTARIUS...

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So the other day I was once again wanting to codify some behavior characteristics just to share with others. It seems to me that adjusting one’s life...

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