To Love This Broken-Hearted Country

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 9, 2018

I want to love this broken-hearted country, this land of shattered dreams and dashed hopes. I want to place my ear to the drumming cadence of our cities and hear the insistent pulse of life. I want to wander the forgotten highways of stories that run like wrinkles through our body politic.

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A Revolution of Democracy

"Stop Bitching - Start a Revolution"

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
November 8, 2018

What do we do when we finally understand that the elections really are stolen? Or rigged? Or thrust out of our reach by the manipulations of rich and powerful people? Corrupted by corporations? How long does it take before we call the bluff? Another disappointing election cycle? Two? Three? How much more gerrymandering, corporate buying of elections, voter disenfranchisement, and outright fraud can we stand? When will we take seriously the necessity of change?

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We Must Keep Despair At Bay In The Siege Waged By The Forces Of Destruction And Greed!

Sea of lights

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The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published Nov. 16, 2017
September 17, 2018

Despair rides in front of our opposition, an invisible wind that blows like plague through our hearts. Here, our stand begins. Moment-by-moment, day-by-day, we must keep despair at bay in the siege waged by the forces of destruction and greed.

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Love at First Sight—Old Man Adopts Dog by Shepherd Bliss

Shepherd Bliss and Daisie

Shepherd Bliss and Daisie
Copyright by Taylor Lampson, used with permission

by Shepherd Bliss
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Sebastopol, California
August 25, 2018

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” — French Nobel Prize winner Anatole France

Searching for a dog, I recently visited three animal shelters. At the final one, I saw a dog that I instantly connected to.

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Chris Hedges: No Tyranny in History has Crushed the Human Capacity For Love + Love is the Most Potent Enemy of War

19/365

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Dandelion Salad
Originally posted Jan. 26, 2010
August 10, 2018

with Chris Hedges

TheWritersFestival on Jan 26, 2010

Chris Hedges reads from his book Empire of Illusion at the Ottawa International Writers Festival.

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Chris Hedges: Caged: Life From Inside and Outside the US Prison System

Witness Against Torture: Captive Hands

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 12, 2018

In this 100th episode of “On Contact”, director Jerrell Henderson and playwright-actor Boris Franklin discuss their upcoming play “Caged,” which takes a look at life from inside and outside the US prison system.

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Crisis in Consciousness by Graham Peebles

Capitalism Kills Love

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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
April 28, 2018

Our society is besieged by a series of interconnected crises. Millions of people around the world know this and are crying out for change, for a different way of living, for justice, peace and freedom.

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Dandelions and Plunder Monkeys by System Humanity

The Roots of Resistance by Rivera Sun

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by System Humanity
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at System Humanity, April 16, 2018
April 18, 2018

What a good read I said to myself when I had finished The Dandelion Insurrection by Rivera Sun. And unusual. A delicious story with nourishing political content spiced with distinctive characters and served on beautiful prose. Love, adventure, struggle and thrills. What’s not to like? For an old grassroots political fox such as myself I wasn’t about to allow the sweetness of the fiction seduce my perception of bitter realities.

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Loyalty by Gaither Stewart

Loyalty

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
Originally published August 31, 2016
May 2, 2017

The quality of loyalty has played an important but perplexing role in my life, both positive and negative, which for many years has prompted countless nocturnal ruminations about the reasons for my concern for what at first glance might be considered banal. Along the way I have experienced that loyalty is often confused with sense of duty to which, in my opinion, it should not be reduced. Instead, rather than a quality related chiefly to duty, obedience or obligation, I have come to relate loyalty more easily to love. Nonetheless, in my experience too much loyalty has been a curse, a cross to bear. As a result of my family background, religious and typical American South, as well as the ideological environment of the second half of the twentieth century in which I became closely involved, I have been infected with a powerful sense of loyalty. The quality of loyalty as I intend it includes—by some complex extension in my mind almost a perversion—discipline and severity and, above all, love. Thus, although at times a handicap and an impediment, loyalty remains ethically desirable.

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Loyalty by Gaither Stewart

Loyalty

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
August 31, 2016

The quality of loyalty has played an important but perplexing role in my life, both positive and negative, which for many years has prompted countless nocturnal ruminations about the reasons for my concern for what at first glance might be considered banal. Along the way I have experienced that loyalty is often confused with sense of duty to which, in my opinion, it should not be reduced. Instead, rather than a quality related chiefly to duty, obedience or obligation, I have come to relate loyalty more easily to love. Nonetheless, in my experience too much loyalty has been a curse, a cross to bear. As a result of my family background, religious and typical American South, as well as the ideological environment of the second half of the twentieth century in which I became closely involved, I have been infected with a powerful sense of loyalty. The quality of loyalty as I intend it includes—by some complex extension in my mind almost a perversion—discipline and severity and, above all, love. Thus, although at times a handicap and an impediment, loyalty remains ethically desirable.

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The Man From the North: The Dawn of Tomorrow is Today! by Rivera Sun

The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 2, 2014

Love

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The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today”, when a rising police state controlled by the corporate-political elite have plunged the nation into the grip of a hidden dictatorship. In spite of severe surveillance and repression, the Man From the North’s banned articles circulate through the American populace, reporting on resistance and fomenting nonviolent revolution. The novel can be found at http://www.riverasun.com/online-store/the-dandelion-insurrection/.

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A Call for Borderfree Skype or Telephone Connections with the Afghan Peace Volunteers

by Hakim
Writer, Dandelion Salad
http://ourjourneytosmile.com
January 22, 2014

The Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul, with British and Swedish friends

The Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul, with British and Swedish friends

Dear friends,

“The political and economic mafia of Afghanistan and the world run this country with their guns and bombs,” says Abdulhai, a 17 year old Afghan Peace Volunteer. “We the people are rather helpless, unless we stand together.”

Abdulhai’s sentiment helps to describe what is needed in the Borderfree movement: ordinary people of our human family from all walks of life and from every country standing together to build non-violent alternatives under the same blue sky (symbolized by the Borderfree Blue Scarves), relating and working for a better, more equal world.

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The Man From the North: Send Me Your Blessings, Oh Angels of People! by Rivera Sun

The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 29, 2013

Love Wins

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The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today”, when a rising police state controlled by the corporate-political elite have plunged the nation into the grip of a hidden dictatorship. Continue reading

Rivera Sun’s The Dandelion Insurrection reviewed by Guadamour

The Dandelion Insurrection by Rivera Sun

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by Guadamour
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 6, 2013

The Iron Heel by Jack London published in 1908, arguably the first dystopian novel, describes a totalitarian fascist state in the US which London felt would come to pass by 1913-14. George Orwell acknowledged the influence of The Iron Heel on his great work,1984. London was off with the dates, though the passage of The Federal Reserve Act, and the Federal Income Tax in 1913 sets the stage for the eventual corporate takeover of the world.

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Message of the Day: A New Way of Love

Corcovado jesus

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Dandelion Salad

A Daily Spiritual Seed
Shalom Place
May 2, 2013

Message of the Day

Let us beware of rebellion against the Lord. Circumstances are of his choosing, because He wants to bless us, to lead us (even through the wilderness) out of Egypt, that is, out of ourselves. Settle the complaint with God, and it will settle other things. Continue reading