Thanks for the update on Mr. Johnman. I've been wondering.
He's living in an apartment with his son, with no internet-BUT he's fine! Mona was speaking to him on the telephone just two days ago, while I was chatting with her. He was sending messages via her, and seemed to be in good enough spirits.
I've been wondering if anyone's heard from him and has any updates on what we can do to help. If so, please advise. Thanks.
I don't know the whole story but for pieces from GDean but Johnman had his internet cut off. He hasn't posted around the parts for some time. I hope he is all right going into the winter season.
Too anyone who helped him out (you know who you are) a sincere Thank You! and let's hope our beloved cookie monster Christian minister returns.
Ohh wait. I have God on the other line. It seems Johnman had an early number in The Rapture lottery and was one of the first to go.
Johnman has been a kind voice on this thread and generous with his advice. He is going through hard times right now. He is losing his home and he and his son & dog might become homeless.
He knows there are a lot of other worthy causes in the world but if you could dig a little deep for this loveable cookie monster and kindly old soul it would be much appreciated.
You can PM him or myself for an address to send donations to (Try him first). I sent a check the other day because I appreciate his voice on this thread and other places. Hope you do, too!
NFA! ( ~ ) ; ~ )
You know our love will not fade away!
Not fade away
Not fade away!
Love is Real not Fade Away........
Sums it up for me, and if we are going on the religion side I choose NONE. No Religion.....now Spirituality, well it could mean so much to so many people. Personally My beliefs are straight out of the Biblical Sense.....However I am by no means one to judge others beliefs. I know that I'm spiritual and I also do know there is TRUE LOVE going on in this community of People. I love you all!
I also just realized how I reached all these epiphany's with a little help from a notorious band's Energy and Spiritual Relief......The good Ole' Grateful Dead.......
Love is REAL!!!
Thank you lamagonzo from the bottom of my heart.
Makes my posts look even more rambling than usual though!; you're showing me up here! ha ha!! The gonzo as succinct as ever!
And that's pretty surprising regarding the Furthur show. Weird! In a family area that's busy, then i'd agree but otherwise.....
I like that sentiment too; recharge then pass it on. i shall have to do it more often.
Reading the last 20 posts I find Marye's admonishments to be over the top in this thread, Why dictate? Humor and satire are not necessarily bad and can be instructive. Marye has bashed me for throwing a joke in this column also. I resent it, so I don't post in this thread anymore. There are people here who THINK they know the truth about everything.
I agree with 95% of Jonapi"s comments, especially the last one with the graphic images of starvation in the horn of Africa coming in. But a lot more. I got a good laugh about his joke. It was funny.
As for Jonapi's general sentiment I agree completely. Walk the walk. Religions SHOULD come with a warning label! Though I have no problem with parents who wish to induce good tendencies and charitable beliefs. The coolest parents take their kids everywhere and then say "you decide, even if nothing".
I saw a lot of fundamentalist Deadheads on the current Furthur tour acting like the Taliban. I was accosted by one young man for smoking a joint in the "lawn" area of a very uncrowded show. I don't resent them, mostly because they offset a lot of the opiate crowd out there yelling "Dirty needles, peanut butter & used underwear here!" I DO resent their poor taste and temptation.
Anyway, I agree wholeheartedly with Jonapi that we would all do a lot more good by practising our beliefs in our communities most of the time with a proviso that everybody needs to take time for themselves to recharge with their Divinity.
I must confess that I was an ordained monk in the order of His Holiness The Dalai Lama for 12 years. Few listen, few learn, few progress on the spiritual path.
"Religiously" try to avoid?.....ha ha!!
Hey, no worries. Like i said, i wasn't out to offend anyone. I guess it can come across as too angry but i feel that sometimes it is justified. On occasions, enough is enough and it's time to pierce the lethargy and "oh, well, nevermind" approach and cut to the chase. That day was one of those.
I appreciate your reply. To make clear, i was not a victim of anything that appalling, although i have friends who were. They too switch between moments of compassion, forgiveness, and blind rage. The most important thing is to discuss it which hopefully now others will.
As i wrote in my initial post, i applaud and am fascinated by different schools of thought; but in times of such immense suffering maybe relying on this just doesn't help enough. To rest on one's laurels as it were is dangerous. The safety zone too close to being complicit.
But this is a Friday; the clouds here in London have parted and the blue in view.
I would like to offer positivity to everyone, not negativity. Have a glorious weekend.