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  • Beholden on a Thanksgiving
    I am forever beholden to my ex wife The catalyst for great work was the gift she gave me of our two sons Life is work by the way What I am telling you is that my world today is the product of the bond and blessing that come from having Joshua and Jonathan in my life That was a woman s vision Not mine I can never repay that I divorced her Smiling I realize that maybe today she feels that act was payment being rid of me Bond A friend and mentor of mine is Dr Ed Brenegar who I met through Seth Godin s organization Triiibes Ed is a Leadership coach and in his long list of attributes has a site called Say Thanks Every Day He has hit on something incredibly transformational and creative with this concept For in realizing that every moment of every day we are beholden for the gift that is our life well there is incredible creative power in that I suggest that you get to know Ed and his work We each need that kind of power Here is HIS Thanksgiving message Someone sent me something very appropriate this week I hope that it blesses you this Thanksgiving A mother asked this President Why did my son have to die in Kuwait Another mother asked this President Why did my son have to die in Vietnam Another mother asked this President Why did my son have to die in Korea Another mother asked this President Why did my son have to die on Iwo Jima Another mother asked a President Why did my son have to die on a battlefield in France Yet another mother asked a President Why did my son have to die at Gettysburg And yet another mother asked a President Why did my son have to die on a frozen field near Valley Forge Then long long ago a mother asked Heavenly Father why did my Son have to die on a cross outside of Jerusalem The answer is always the same So that others may live and dwell in peace happiness and freedom Fighting On We are all beholden for the gift of our families communities and this great Country we have inherited I hope this Thanksgiving seeds a renewed sense of hope and fresh perspective for you Even if all around you right now feels like the image below The Ride Here is an interesting tribute that someone compiled to Johnny Cash and his wife June based on the song Hurt Cash s last project Funny thing about Johnny Cash I can almost see his house from where I sit writing this Thanksgiving note You matter It will all work out Happy Thanksgiving Posted in Blog Vision An Earthen Chalice 10 Responses to Beholden on a Thanksgiving Ed Brenegar says November 25 2010 at 9 06 am Maybe the best post you ve ever done And it couldn t come on a better I m

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  • Bali Journal 4: Detritus
    of these people My friend Ed Brenegar has a website called Say Thanks Every Day I believe the Hindi do it every second Today on the long drive out to East Bali our friend and driver Gusti Made Merta described grace from a Hindu point of view and the explanation changed my life I looked up to see Aaron rolling camera on him He had noticed In the occupants of the car I saw that Donna was listening rapt Everyone else Lost in Ipods I phones and their own I worlds victims of the white noise that is self They were robbed We have all been there a victim of self life s traesures having been slyly stolen in much the same manner as a pickpocket on a crowded subway platform We choose our own heaven Many of us live our own Hell as well Life is cyclical So are our choices As the frogs croak outside and I hear the chant from a distant ceremony and chortle of the river down the valley I am so very absolutely grateful Sweet scent of plumeria and the soft breath of the woman I love beckon me to bed I will grab a few hours sleep I wish that you were with us tomorrow I have something to show you something for you to hear and a vibrant throbbing many hued love for you to feel You will enjoy it I pray Choose wisely from what is before you Your perspective eventually becomes you I heard this song someplace and at a time quite special here Jack Johnson and Ben Harper are two guys who really always seem to just get it Hailey Aaron Marcelino Respect Badass Balinese Special Forces A diver My friend Vision Mary Jeanette Phantasm Donna Hope Bliss Trust Posted in Blog Bali Journal 3 A Day Apart Bali Journal 5 Sacrosanct 10 Responses to Bali Journal 4 Detritus Ed Brenegar says August 23 2009 at 7 16 pm Gratitude is our response to gifts we ve been given in life Whether the gift is from God or a friend our lives are filled by the goodness and grace of others I know that what you are experiencing in Bali is a mutual giving of gifts And sitting here in the mountains of NC as the sun sets I am there with you sharing in a small way those same gifts I m definitely with you all in mind and spirit Thanks Reply Shawn Alladio says August 23 2009 at 10 18 pm Ah grasshopper it is I the ant checking in Reply Korina Kempf says August 24 2009 at 12 22 am I pray Reply admin says August 24 2009 at 1 13 am I know that you do Korina Smiles Reply Feargus says August 24 2009 at 4 04 am David the I world may be causing problems down the road so many people I know cant just sit and watch or listen to something peaceful They

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  • Grace
    the trip Ryan borrowed a scooter and said Hey lets go Big camera bag on back we putt putted up the near vert climb as the rusty scooter strained at the load and grade It was a dismal day for Indonesia Think grey As we approached the buttressed gates of the village my dread grew and lay on me like a heavy blanket I knew what lay in and below the surface of perception The thought of it sickened me as I knew how those people had died based on my study of the tribes in that region A funny thing happened as we climbed off the scooter and slowly walked up the steps and into the megalithic village site I remember it clearly as the dawn bursting into the frame of one of my images As we stood in the central courtyard that heavy blanket lifted and I could literally feel joy in that quiet ancient place I was stunned We met and played a bit with some of the children and unobtrusively sort of browsed the old place for a couple hours In leaving the village the entire process sort of reversed Both Ryan and I remarked on it as we headed back down to Lagundri Bay You could feel the place leaving you The next day I ran across Mark Flint an Aussie guy who I became friends with He had pioneered the recent developments in Lagundri and had been in on the original tribe of surfers who had found the place I asked Mark about the village My simple Hey what gives with that village on the hill brought an amused smile and remark that I will always remember He said Oh Botohilitano Why they are all Christians Some years back a group of missionaries went up there and were slaughtered Later another group of missionaries went up and the entire village converted based on how the first group had died It s a wonderful place isn t it Nothing had been the same since and the head hunting and human sacrifice had ceased What I learned though in my own process is that it was not in the dying that everything changed for that little corner of the earth but it was in that first groups choice of how to live Do you really believe in what you say What will you do Would you die for it Will you live by it It is not that difficult a thing to do to die It is an act that each one of us must embrace at some point That is part of physicality But the choice in living through grace that is something amazing Empty your bucket Make a choice Stick with it Watch what happens Your world is about to change and it will be a good thing One of my new friends through the Group Tribes is Ed Brenegar He has a great blog on gratitude called Say Thanks Every Day here Everything

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  • Tribe Makers
    cornball as well It is addicting Only five grants are being offered nationwide so this grows more exciting with each passing day A surfer could win the business grant which would fund a company s growth that gives back to the sport and cultures which generated it Donna has been the impetus behind me becoming more public and sharing Were it not for her this blog would not exist Some people motivate by example AND relentless subtle pressure I am one of those people who requires that approach Those that know me well understand that a lead pipe to the head sort of works too Being Hawaiian I am incredibly thick skulled My doctor pal Roger Dunham once commented Wow you have dense cranial bone structure Yes it IS medically documented I have always been a fan of the concept of the tribe When a group bands together under common cause and proceeds together as a family all the members benefit The Tribes group recently invited me to join Ed Brenegar spoke with creator Seth Godin and I was invited to join and contribute It is both a responsibility and joy that I look forward to You can find the book Seth wrote that has inspired a movement here The thing about tribe makers is that they believe it is possible for all to benefit and that society and the world at large may be best affected as we each embrace our own tribe As an athlete an artist and a native I am the member of multiple tribes all of which are pretty amazing It is why you will always see links to the tribe on this blog because when one excels and shines then we all do Below are several of the women from Donna s Tribe Many

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  • Canary in a Coal Mine: An Environmental Manifesto
    curious people research scientists and publishers willing to give them a platform But frequently we miss out on engaging larger line items that make even something so important as biohazards like pervasive toxins in our ecosystem of far lesser importance I think it is human nature to do so But really we ought to engage those bigger questions and issues To not do so is to invite more Chernobyls Fukushimas and accede to our potential role in a real life Armageddon Because you see the Earth will live on It is we who are here on it so briefly which may not What we choose determines the fate of our children Look around at that the children of the Earth Ponder them Today ego money and lies drive the Environmental Movement That became our reality when we abetted the championing of the life and welfare of our planet to and allowed it to become a Political issue and springboard to power rather than one of Scientific or Moral contention The potential expense and loss created by this terrible choice of paths is so vast it is paralyzing in its scope Not many look at the business acronym of ROI Return On Investment We all should Sure as the sun rises in the East and sets in the West we will reap a harvest of both malfeasance and destruction from this great moral faux pas August 6 is a day memorialized as the day the US Nuked Hiroshima That event has a particularly significant meaning for me as it marks a point in time where a nation engaged in complete and instantaneous destruction of an ecosystem and all that was contained in it including of course the people and did it to accomplish an end to a war that killed far more than the event The Bomb did itself The words below are from an e mail exchange between Steve Schleder Shawn Alladio of K 38Rescue and myself and my response to this link which Steve sent the Great Hiroshima Cover Up Everyone should read this Also sent along by Shawn is WW 2 in color The American Homefront Why photographers matter The affects of the Japanese entry into WW2 and the advent of that Mission in eventual final response was what some Historians call a defining moment and some philosophic assessments call the end justifying the means In some ways it set precedents within our Govt that I have always believed set the course for some of the most hideous acts of Imperialism and brutality and may even possibly be what occurred in the Twin Towers and the adjacent buildings collapse My Father worked on almost every major defense project the US developed from 1957 to 1994 with his work for Rockwell Boeing GM Nasa and Martin Marietta so I saw and heard of some of the affects of a lot of this in rather intimate detail I recall at around the age of 10 going to visit him in

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  • World Oceans Day
    each saw California as being engaged in a very dangerous trend It was the walling off of the Coastline by development and closing of historic access ways to the beach and Ocean to surfers and ultimately loss of those grandfathered access ways to the public at large They along with a few other men committed lives and assets to stopping this I remember our conversations well as they took place in my shaping room in Santa Barbara California This was in the birth period of the Surfrider Foundation when they along with Glen Henning founded the group SR was later lead to prominence by Rob Caughlan The organization has changed dramatically over ensuing generations Suffering as many well intentioned valiant organizations do from a process called Mission Creep Both men are gone now The same problems persist with Ocean and Coastal Access It shrinks Even more so as that Organization foundered in it s original intent in process of becoming a sort of PAC as many NGO s are want to do For Surfers and the rest of the Ocean Tribe EVERY day is Ocean Day But I sure appreciate the concept and well meaning intentions none the less of the people who founded it Kaleidoscopic Lets keep the access to our Oceans open Lets regulate the ones whose words and deeds destroy it Seek sustainable solutions to utilizing it s rich resources and while we are there if you happen to see a bit of trash simply pick it up This piece is called Walk On The Ocean It is timeless and a message from my Community on this Golden Coast The group was a Santa Barbara Icon Toad The Wet Sprocket Sovereign Queen Rincon The Ocean is our lifeline We should all cherish and rejoice in it A

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  • World Oceans Day
    each saw California as being engaged in a very dangerous trend It was the walling off of the Coastline by development and closing of historic access ways to the beach and Ocean to surfers and ultimately loss of those grandfathered access ways to the public at large They along with a few other men committed lives and assets to stopping this I remember our conversations well as they took place in my shaping room in Santa Barbara California This was in the birth period of the Surfrider Foundation when they along with Glen Henning founded the group SR was later lead to prominence by Rob Caughlan The organization has changed dramatically over ensuing generations Suffering as many well intentioned valiant organizations do from a process called Mission Creep Both men are gone now The same problems persist with Ocean and Coastal Access It shrinks Even more so as that Organization foundered in it s original intent in process of becoming a sort of PAC as many NGO s are want to do For Surfers and the rest of the Ocean Tribe EVERY day is Ocean Day But I sure appreciate the concept and well meaning intentions none the less of the people who founded it Kaleidoscopic Lets keep the access to our Oceans open Lets regulate the ones whose words and deeds destroy it Seek sustainable solutions to utilizing it s rich resources and while we are there if you happen to see a bit of trash simply pick it up This piece is called Walk On The Ocean It is timeless and a message from my Community on this Golden Coast The group was a Santa Barbara Icon Toad The Wet Sprocket Sovereign Queen Rincon The Ocean is our lifeline We should all cherish and rejoice in it A

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  • Ethics in Environmentalism, Citizenship and Stewardship
    they received from local and State agencies a backlash of concern about NOAA and SR telling these public safety agencies how to do thier job Even to the point of reporting their training schedules and locations to a NOAA officer There is always more lurking behind the story than the story itself And it is very easy for any of us to believe we don t have to participate because we have friends who will do it for us Once taken not given back Kudos for the honest and forthright expression of your Constitutional right to free speech in our great Republic The US Constitution and our rights are at risk more now than ever Too bad most folks keep silent and grumble instead of taking action and managing the government by the people for the people Reply admin says October 25 2010 at 11 10 pm I remember rigging boats in the Pillar Point lot as we readied for Mavericks Ocean Safety work and seeing a rather odd looking guy photographing our boats Then during the event the tickets written to anyone who happened to violate the line in the water Surfrider and NOAA had drawn No one needs this It is a pointless giving away of freedoms to the wrong group for the wrong reasons and a complete shift away from the original purpose of a great group of people Now to find out that they are being subsidized by a company notorious for parasitizing surf culture The last straw If it swims and quacks and has a bill Reply John Donaldson says October 26 2010 at 12 36 pm David I have repeatedly advocated that regulations should be about BEHAVIOR not access Those pleas always went unheeded You summarized the entire situation with these lines I think that this entire movement to place a relatively healthy ocean under increased lockdown to the public is a sham It is regulating and controlling the wrong thing YOU Government bureaucrats at least State and Federal bureaucrats are making decisions on whose ocean it is on the basis of who their friends associates and supporters are Just one example In California there are back room deals would make the Mafia proud Congresswoman Capps strongly and proudly supports NOAA who in turn provides millions of for UC Santa Barbara programs that are overseen by Professor Capps the congresswoman s husband Good luck to anyone whose ocean use in California doesn t coincide with Ms Capp s personal views Reply admin says October 26 2010 at 3 24 pm John Once again you provide an educated opinion and perspective that were it not for your voice many would never hear I am VERY grateful for being able to read of this Santa Barbara is a VERY small town and accountability can come quickly when people find out what has been going on behind closed doors Reply Eric P says October 28 2010 at 3 13 pm There are a lot of people who do not have a frequent or close relationship with the ocean but like the idea of a protected ocean and they are a double edged sword These folks might go to Yosemite never or once a lifetime but they appreciate that Yosemite is protected as a National Park even if they never go For them the coast and ocean is a similar place existing mostly in their heads Protection sounds good Those people are a political force and make something like this politically viable Then there are the opposite vast ranks of marauders who would oppose any protections like this because Government control might hinder their ability to exploit the ocean and coast These people may or may not like the ocean but what they love is themselves and their wallets I think it is hugely important to protect the coast and ocean against the marauders but I think the approach taken is flawed It seems that what we have is ocean zoning by committee Who is on this committee and how does it make it s decisions Are the people making decisions fully immersed in the subject matter and by that I mean are they in the water week in and week out There are real questions in the protection and management of something as complex as the ocean and human interaction questions that are not answered by setting up committees to make decisions Introduce humans into something and you have introduced a failure mode not a solution Humans are flawed by nature Reading the Executive Order I was underwhelmed by it s stated principles and principles are what we need Great principles are hard to derive a reason once we have some good ones like in the US Constitution we stick to them so passionately But honestly I do not think the US Constitution drafted in 1786 has all the answers for a society who has grown 145 times what it was then from a few million people to half a billion Some of the decisions already seem questionable or worse How are these decisions being made What is the principal being invoked or is this just someone s judgement call If there are no authoritative principles how do we know that the zoning won t one day go completely awry Zoning is a slippery slope without firm principals and could easily end up bent to commercial interests In terms of protecting the ocean imagine if we regulated who could go to Yosemite and what they could do there no 4x4s no hunting but then dumped our trash there made it a landfill The main threats to the ocean come from man s activities on land not man s activities on or in the ocean A little PWC exhaust might seem repugnant but it is the plastic that finds it s way into the sea and the human crap that washes into with each rain and other effuse from civilization that threatens it s health and pristinity It

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