Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Men: Feel the spirit

Steven Holl - September 1st, 2008
On the weekend of September 12-14 a group of men will gather to explore and celebrate the sacred journey of
Like their ancestors the world over have done for thousands of years, they will create a ritual space for inner vision and healing. Exactly what will emerge is hard to predict, but for certain it will contain the sweet and powerful nectar of a man’s heart, soul and strength.
That has been our experience over the past 20 years each time we have convened the Michigan Men’s Spirit Camp, and I am convinced that this year will be no different, for it is our birthright as men.
Founded and nurtured by
Jeffrey Duvall, Spirit Camp draws inspiration from the pan-cultural traditions of our ancestors and contemporary mythopoetic leaders like Robert Bly and others. We borrow from a variety of healing traditions to create a camp where we meet each other as kin; where our work roles are less important than our ability to listen, empathize and reflect; where we offer our imagination, our visions, our dreams to heal our wounds, feed our souls, and enliven our hearts.
As this year’s camp leader I want to invite any and all men 16-years-old and up to join us at Spirit Camp alongside the pond on the private tract of forest 20 miles west of Clare. Leave at home the the iPods, the cell phones, alcohol and drugs, and come just as you are. Set up your tent among the pines, or roll out your sleeping bag in the studio and be with other men. We will feed your body and your soul.
What kind of man benefits from the Spirit Camp experience? In our 20 years we have welcomed men: straight, gay and bi, from all races and all walks of life. We have welcomed soldiers, salesmen, clergy, farmers, therapists, attorneys, teachers, physicians, students, carpenters, et cetera. Men with challenges benefit from Spirit Camp: men who live alone or with others; men who have it all; men who have little; old men facing divorce, or death; young men who are adrift and rudderless; men with addictions; men who wish to know themselves better; men who need the love of other men; men who work too much; men who long for a deeper sense of the sacred journey life holds for them; men who want a wholesome retreat away from the noise of the commercial culture.
What we gain is a renewed sense of connection to our fellow man and the sacred energies that animate us all. We experience the pleasure of revealing our fears and passions through the language of story, poetry and movement. Our stories weave together to tell Our Story. A man often finds his greatest life and passion is grounded smack dab in his engagements, service and loving. And in doing so he is uniquely prepared for the challenges of the coming seasons.
As you consider whether to accept my invitation to join us at the
Michigan Men’s Spirit Camp, ask yourself these questions: Is there a story that you long to hear? Or one that needs to be told by you? Is your heart full? Do you love your family enough? Do you have something more to give? Are you called to join other men to explore and celebrate the mystery of this dance that is Spirit Camp?
Bring all your answers and your questions and we will welcome you to the Michigan Men’s Spirit Camp.
Contact camp leader Steven Holl at steven@soulworks.org for info on how to participate.
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