Tuesday, May 28, 2013

rest in Peace, brother Albert

on sunday, 26 may, 2013, albert martineau traded-in this relative-world experience for the upgrade: an ethereal date with josephine.

while we (who are left behind) feel a deep sense of loss, that sense can only exist if there was something of great value that we'd experienced in the first place.

thank you, jo and al.

(albert) was 89. ..here's a replay of his 85th birthday, with a wish of "happy birthday, dad!

it means the same now... as it did back in 2008.
eighty-five [1]
by y. o. ungatheart

eighty-five lit candles
eighty-five new ways
eighty-five short years (that’s over 30,000 days)

eighty-five new jokes (a little sparkle in his eyes)
eighty-five quick quotes, still taking notes, at


  • it is difficult to determine the impact of any, one action (and its resulting ripple-effect).

  • it is impossible to imagine the amount of laughter, life, learning and Love that result from the millions of ripple-effects that are born during an 85-year play, in process.

  • each of us (here, tonight) has played a role during this ongoing, uplifting play.

  • albert, thank you for every, single, continuing moment…including:

    • early-morning wake-ups, every morning, before you went to work
    • family-centered sit-down dinners (every night of the week)
    • sunday afternoon joy-rides in the station wagon
    • cleaning the shop on saturdays, so that we could have… things like... shoes

    • turning simple things (like thunderstorms) into family entertainment
    • fishing, picnics, family feuds, and family re-Unions
    • french fries, at spring lake beach
    • the opportunity to sing “blinka, blinka, blinka,” all the way from mineral spring avenue to the dairy-dip
    • (“look at all those tiger lilies”)
    • do’s… and dooooooon’ts ………….and “dittos”
    • laughs, and laughs, and laughs, and laughs, and then more laughs
    • integrity, honesty, assertiveness… and human-ness
    • stability… in a world of chaos
    • Love, wrapped-up in an assortment of packages
    • …and… (drum roll, please)…
    • having the wisdom to marry a True, living Angel

  • may each one of us have the wisdom to consciously create our own ripple-effects, in our own way, as we chart our own courses during this magical journey called life.

[1] martineau, l. (8-2.1-2008). book 63: Free Spirit. © 2008 www.wellnesseducation.us.

below: the reading of this poem (9 minutes, 33 seconds)

* way back on 8 august, 2009, which was a year after this video... i called home to wish al a happy birthday. ..on that day, al shocked me into silence when he uttered these three small words, one after the other, in succession:

"I Love You."



Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Monday, May 6, 2013

the east coast is bugged



it is hard to imagine that this year's cicada love fest will dwarf 2011, but those who study bugs warn that the east coast hasn't seen anything like this is 17 years.

being half-deaf (at least this summer) might have its advantages.


rain [i]
by renee anne indrops

light, but then torrential
darkness, wetness, pain
liquid from the sky we either play (or cry) with rain

water from the sky we either live (or die) with rain

[i] martino, j. (5.6-1.2013). book 77: lao j. onitram © 2013 by wellnesseducation.us.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

hierarchy of needs

most people are (at least in some way) familiar with maslow's hierarchy of needs, below:

what is not noted, here, is that present day (middle class) american city-dwellers associate money (financial security) with the extreme basics: food, water, shelter.

why the middle class?

1. those on governmental programs understand that, even if they have no money, they can be provided for.  they can get their base needs met by depending upon others.  if all you need is base, and if someone else provides that, should you even care?  it's not a very good system for motivation out of poverty.

2. the upper-echelon has money, so their base needs are not an issue.  that is not to say that the super-rich don't have money issues, but rather, the issues are not 'base' issues.

3. ...but: there are members of the middle class who cannot imagine being 'cared for' by the government.  personally, i admire the individuals that go to work every day, who pay their taxes, and who try to provide a better life for their children.
...they see themselves as 'free', and have lived in a world where they have gotten many of their needs met, by doing what they hoped would help achieve the dream.  presently, however, they are re-cognizing their dependence:
    a. most do not grow their own food, nor to they have a well, for water.
    b. most do not own their homes (outright), and, even if they do, they recognize that association fees and taxes (and one accident or illness) can bankrupt them, instantly.
    c. most cannot envision 'depending' upon someone else for the basics.

with the constant barrage of news about global issues, the implosion of social security, and the real-i-zation that health 'care' is unaffordable, the average working person associates financial security with base needs.

the problem?  we don't have financial security.  it is an illusion, and people who read, research and/or pay attention recognize the problem.

                                                          what does this mean?

quite frankly, it means this: if someone who you love happens to act irrationally (like a trapped animal)... or if they withdraw completely (into depression) it might be because they are feeling the effects of financial insecurity.

their whole world is falling apart.  there is no security in marriage, there is no security in things, good health habits don't guarantee good health, we have no idea what is in our food/water, and we don't trust the elected officials who were supposed to protect out 'right to pursue' the dream. 

if you don't live off of the government, and if you don't own the government, there might be moments when you feel helpless.

don't give up.

the only security is in Love, and the secret is that it's not the receiving -- but the giving/feeling of Love.  once we let go of the idea of 'longevity' and 'security', we can tap into the top of the pyramid -- which is the jumping-off point toward Higher forms of Unconditional Love, the type that is not yet available to man-kind.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

mine-d field

mine-d field [1]
by karl albert boom

out there in the field
in here, deep inside
active, yet concealed
deep inside the mine-d

careful where you step (that’s when the problem is revealed)
problems, yours and mine-d (aligned?)
deep here, in the field

* each of us has a mine-d field: a protective array of explosive defense mechanisms that (unfortunately) harm us as much as our (purported) adversary.

* our mines are created by painful experiences, and are then buried (deep) to protect us from similar scenarios.  mine-d fields work: they express as anger, criticism, shame, blame, violence, escape, attack…  

* but the blast affects us, as well as those who (we believe) might harm us.  the blast also creates a mine-d field in them --  making it difficult to walk/play/live in each-others’ space.

* the only way out/in… is to re-Cognize when a blast occurs – and, at that moment, to look deep inside -- in an effort to determine the source of the original defense system. 

* if we can (somehow) re-Cognize that the person in our space (as s/he is, Now) is not the source of the original pain… maybe we can begin to heal the mine-d.

* maybe we can protect ourselves (from the painful behavior) by drawing boundaries and communicating discomfort, while still Seeing the scared, inner-child whose explosiveness is simply the result of he/r own mine-d field.   

[1] martino, j. (5.4-1.2013). book 77: lao j. onitram © 2013 by wellnesseducation.us.