(Opinion) Afghanistan…Why are we still there?

The fact that Obama, a lawyer, has a war plan for Afghanistan is in itself outrageous to say the very least. Our Generals and the pentagon no longer plan war strategies and have actually become as useless as the United Nations and as laughable as the Nobel Peace Prize since Obama, a lawyer, was awarded it…go figure.

Congress and the Senate, all lawyers, also have no more business involved in war decisions of strategy and the release of information that endanger our troops. If we are going to be a warring nation, a country that tries to impose our capitalist ways and Christianity on everyone else in the world shouldn’t our generals, the pentagon, and Pat Robertson be running the country?

Scary and makes no more sense than Lawyers running a war and lawyers running our country…after all no one trust a lawyer!

Wouldn’t we be better served if top notch and trusted academics ran the country and the pentagon charged with building the best defensive military and stop the lawyers from taking us to war to satisfy their egos, greed, and bullying ways and to impose our ways on the world.

Back to my question (Afghanistan…Why are we still there?) It is a losing battle, a war we can’t win, there is no saving face. Afghanistan has a drug based economy and nothing to replace it with, i.e. it can’t be fixed. We should leave asap and stop the loss of American lives and the flood of money that would be better placed in the rebuilding and improvement of our countries infrastructure thus creating much needed jobs; what the money should have been being used for all along as well as the money spent on the presidents special interest entities—financial institutions and the auto industry…

D L Ennis © July 24, 2010

My Finale Miles

please slay the beasts
that guides my thoughts
and bind the angels
thy soul they wrought
in autumns life
and top of grey
my burdens mount
at dusk of day
the one way out
i cannot take
or my one love
I will forsake
disown the sweet
the gentle smiles
as I traverse
my finale miles

Copyright © 2010 D L Ennis

I’m a Dead Man

I’m a dead man
Wandering through this life
In the wrong time
In the wrong shoes
In a menagerie of blues

A breath missed
Another evil place in mind
In essence of pain
In darkened haze
In a soul ablaze

To leave this plane
Existence denied
To rest to sleep
Desire realized
To me dose seem to be the wise

Copyright © 2009 D L Ennis

Dumping Crops at Sea—Good Idea? Bad Idea?

I say…BAD IDEA!

Stuart Strand of the University of Washington and co-author Gregory Benford of the University of California, Irvine say they have a simple way of appropriating carbon.

“Sucked from the atmosphere through photosynthesis and sequestered in leftover husks and stalks are 150 million tons of carbon. Scientists now claim that all we need to do is toss them to the bottom of the sea, and a huge quantity of greenhouse gases be banished at a stroke.”

To begin with, harvesting and transporting this waste to the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, where they propose dumping it, could become much more costly than the $340 a ton that they propose it would cost…especially if fuel cost soar to prices we saw early this year, and there is no reason to believe that they won’t if not higher. Also, wouldn’t it be a better idea to develop a more efficient way of turning this waste under to rebuild the soil where the crops grow and then planting a cover crop?

(Soapbox)

I believe that leaving any farm land lay fallow at any time is a sin with so many hungry people in the world. If we could remove politics and greed from the task of feeding people it could easily be done…think about it, our government pays farmers not to grow crops…what a waste!

(End of Soapbox)

Next, they have no idea what the long term effects would be on the Gulfs ecosystem. I really can’t imagine that could be anything but detrimental to the Gulfs health. I mean, don’t we already dump too much crap into our oceans and seas on this planet? Haven’t we already done too much damage to our waters? Shouldn’t we be looking for ways to restore our waters of the world which provides food and livelihood for a great number of the world’s population?

At the end of the article on Discovery News, And John Harte of the University of California, Berkeley questions the wisdom of this idea and says, “The real message of this paper is that to solve the problem of global warming, we need to keep thinking of new things,”

I agree with Mr. Harte in that we need to solve the problem of global warming, and continue seeking new ideas but I really don’t think that Stuart Strand and Gregory Benford have done anything here but waste time and resources.

Read the article “Dumping Crops at Sea Proposed as Way to Bury Carbon” by Michael Reilly, Discovery News…here.

http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/01/30/carbon-sequestration.html

We are the Choices We Make

We are the Choices We Make

The image is a composite of a foggy late evening in the woods and Black-eyed Susan’s and Queen Anne’s Lace…the cold and dark and warm and light…it’s always your choice!

Copyright © 2009 D L Ennis, All rights reserved.

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The Haunting in You

You can’t run from the haunting in you!

Your deed was dirty and evil in kind
Now you’re running for your life you’re loosing your mind
In the midnight forest in the mountains deep
Imagination wide open and your mind can’t sleep
What’s that sound to the left?
What’s that sound to the right?
What’s that sound that that you hear that goes bump in the night?
You set down to rest, your back to a large tree
But fear overcomes you, your mind’s on a spree
Of death and of terror…
And of things that approach you unnaturally
You feel your chest growing tight to your back
As the ground below you opens a crack
A hand reaches up from the cold dampen earth
And you beg to bargain, but what your life worth?
You scream as you promise to change your ways
If God will save you; give you back your lost days
Daylight comes and you’re back on the run
Will you run to the light?
Will you’re promise be done?
As you run you remember the dark will return
Betray your promise and tonight you may burn

You awaken from your nightmare but the damage is done
Do you turn yourself in?
Or do you really run?
You can’t run from yourself and you are what you do
The place where you live is the haunting in you

Copyright © 2009 D L Ennis

Arts and Artists

There is an art and artists blog that you should know about…She goes by Garlic and she is the brainchild of this wonderful creation that is open to all artists. “Path of Heart” is the name of the blog and it offers community and a place to showcase your work.

 

If you ever wanted to know a little more about me I have the honor of being the featured artist this week and you can see some of my work and read an interview with me by Garlic. If you are an artist of any discipline I encourage you to check it out and considering joining this wonderful community!    http://www.smartists.blogspot.com/

Writers block? Inspire and Motivate Your Imagination!

If you are experiencing writers block or just need to refresh your imagination a simple, interesting, and enjoyable way to do that is to get out in nature and or read scientific articles like this…I guess it’s really more like science news.

Monday night, or rather Tuesday morning at 3 am Molly, our puppy, got me up to take her out, so I did and when ever I am out like that at night I watch the stars, wish I could fly among them, any way I had a brief encounter with primordial man and how superstitions got started came to mind. I was standing there watching the stars and sky and in the distance a lone coyote was howling, I supposed, at the setting moon when suddenly a meteor shot across the sky and like I said for a fleeting moment I could have been a primeval man in total wonder of what I was hearing and seeing. I felt a slight moment of fear, superstition, and loneliness as man may have felt it in those times and I could just imagine this prehistoric soul going back to his cave, or what ever, and drawing his story on the wall. It thrilled me to death and I felt like I had never given enough thought to these things before and for that brief moment that I had time traveled back and experienced it. It was amazing and for me a spiritual experience!!!

I have had similarly experienced such feelings while visiting museums where they had exhibits of prehistoric man on display but for the most part I experienced the loneliness of it only.

Never have I ever experienced any of these feelings while watching a film on the same subject I think because of the sheer mechanics of making a film…I can’t help it, when ever I watch a movie I think as much about the writing and everything that went into making that film.

So, I guess the point of this is to say read scientific articles to inspire and motivate your imagination. Also, get out and experience nature, not just in parks and not just in the daylight Night can be a major motivator and inspirer of the imagination…it can take your mind to places and experiences that you will not find anywhere else. Graveyards at night are also good places to find inspiration. I would also suggest that you embrace any fear that may be derived form doing this instead of running from it. Sometimes, especially at night I will take a small handheld recorder with me to record my feelings (emotions), thoughts, and even catch some of the night sounds to use as I begin writing…

Copyright © 2008 D L Ennis

The Heart of Art in America

If you were to go by what you find on the “Arts” page of any website of the American Main Stream Media (MSM) you might think that the only form of art in America was acting. About all you find on the “Arts” page of these sites is TV, movies, and sometimes plays and it’s always about the actors…never about the writers, set designers, choreographers or any other of the many artist it takes to create these works that the actors depend on.

 

Rarely will you find anything about painters, writers, photographers, sculptors or any other of the true artist that such wonderful work that goes for the most part unnoticed every day in America. It’s truly a shame!

 

While every now and then you will find a piece about a popular contemporary American artist. However, if you want to find the true heart of American art look no farther than the internet.

 

There are so many amazing artists of every medium on the internet who go relativity unnoticed by the main stream art world. I think we all know that to make a name for your self in the art world, in any medium, you have to be in the right place, rub elbows with the right people, and work hard at making the right connections as well as presenting your self with just the right persona to appeal to the right people. They must see you as provocative, exotic, intelligent and somewhat unapproachable…and it doesn’t hurt in their world if you brown nose some…if you can stomach that!

 

While amazing everyday people producing amazing works of art can be found in many places on the internet I think there is no better place to find it than the blogosphere. I have met so many very talented artist of every medium through their blogs that it blows my mind. If you look in my sidebar under the heading “Blogroll” you will find links to some of these artist…I encourage you to check them out and comment on their work and let them know how much you appreciate their work! These good folks are the heart of art in America!

 

 

Copyright © 2008 D L Ennis      

 

Days Like This

I hate the days
when I exist only in the dark and icy recesses of my mind
When the sun shines bright outside
and misery dwells within
when hope evades me
and the future looks to a dead-end
when awareness frightens my being back to sleep
where a dark corner is my only friend
and the thought of encountering another person
is more terrifying than the end of existence
It’s almost too much to bear…days like this

D L Ennis © 2008

The Smile and Wave Initiative

A Sociological Experiment:

The Smile and Wave Initiative

The first time I smiled and waved at this gentleman he looked at me like I was insane…now look at that big smile…he waves and smiles like that every time he sees me now.

This is in an attempt to start at the most basic level to get people to start being kinder to one another…to ease some of our social woes and smooth relations between racial and class tensions.

This kind of thing will work but it takes time for people in our society to take to good habits and deeds. A large part of our society easily gravitates to bad habits and misdeeds which is counterproductive and builds walls between us. It’s been said before but I don’t think it’s been said enough or loud enough…

”We have to become a kinder and gentler people and nation!”

The best place to start and get everyone involved is to start in the most basic place with the most basic deeds.

My Story:

For the last few months I have been doing a lot of shooting in the nearest city to me, Lynchburg, Virginia. There are two reasons for this…one is due to circumstance; the price of gas has stopped a lot of my riding the back roads of the Blue Ridge Mountains doing the kind of photography I have always loved. The second reason is a desire to grow and shoot things I have never done much of, people, city streets and buildings etc.

While shooting in the city I noticed that so many people I see are walking around looking sad, complacent, and some look very angry…no one acknowledging one another as they pass on the sidewalks. I thought how cool it would be if we were different…if we offered each other a “good day,” “how are you?,” or “hello” or if nothing else a nod of the head and maybe a smile.

So, I thought maybe I should give it a try! I began as I was driving through the city streets that every time some one looked at me I would smile and through up my hand. Some folks waved back, some smiled and waved back, and some looked at me like I had lost my mind.

I have continued this practice and it is amazing how many people now smile and wave at me as I go by and usually before I have time to greet them first…some even run out to my truck at stoplights and ask me how I am. There are places in Lynchburg that before I started this I would have been leery about getting out of my truck and now I feel perfectly safe. In fact, when I am walking on a sidewalk in town I speak to everyone I meet whether they look at me or not and more and more often a lot of these same people, even ones who turned their heads the other way when I spoke are now speaking and saying hello to me. People in stores, shops, restaurants, offices, and banks through up a hand as I walk by…it’s a good feeling!

Doing this won’t cost you a thing and will not only make you a better person for doing it but you may be surprised how good it will make you feel, and others! Please try it and get your friends and families doing it!

It’s an easy start to making this a better world!

Hey, and if any of you try this, and I hope you will, let me know how it goes for you!