The passing of a great human being

I am writing this to tell you about the passing of a great human being.

I learned on Thursday that Patrick J Hill has passed.

I want to share with you that someone you probably did not know has recently been lost to this world. I am telling you this because he deserves to be honoured by voices from every hill top and every hollow. The summer sun today may seem brighter than it should be because a light the rivaled the sun itself, that burned bright and brilliant, has gone out.

In the dedication of my Master’s thesis, I wrote these words:

“If, as suggested by Mary Parker Follett, the true test of a teacher-student relationship is whether the student can build on the work of the teacher, I hope that this work is in some way a monument of success for Dr. Patrick J. Hill of The Evergreen State College. Without hesitation, I dedicate the success of this paper as celebration of Patrick as a teacher in the best meaning of Follett’s notion and more.”

But how can such reserved words convey the depth of my love for this man that is no more?

What do I say about a man I barely knew but meant the world to me? I knew him for too brief a time. I met Patrick at The Evergreen State College, in his program, “The Power and Limitations of Dialogue.” Every moment of my life since has been deeply influenced by Patrick J Hill.

The light of him that was reflected in my eyes has grown dim, but I must keep it alive somehow. Every life I touch is touched by him.

I’ve been trying to write my thoughts down, but am having a hard time capturing even a fraction of the full impact Patrick had on my life. I was blessed to drink from the sacred water of Patrick’s well of knowledge and care for the world and to share the experience of his mentorship, and I have been forever changed by that miraculous reciprocity.

Taking a cue from another former student of Patrick’s, I offer this excerpt from a poem Patrick read to his students as an anthem, a cry, a gentle demand to be the best of yourself in this world:

“Il est l’heure de s’enivrer!
Pour n’être pas les esclaves martyrisés du Temps,
enivrez-vous sans cesse!
De vin, de poésie ou de vertu, à votre guise.”

“It is the hour to be drunken!
If you would not be martyred slaves of Time,
be drunken;
be drunken continually!
With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you will.”

– Charles Baudelaire

I ask you to please help all who knew him personally, in whatever way you can, send Patrick every blessing possible for his journey.

community, festivals & education (was Re: tesccrier digest: March 27, 2005)

Hirsh Diamant recently posted something to TESCCRIER about which I
found myself thinking a great deal. I have moved my response to
TESCTALK, since that forum is intended for more conversational topics.
I responded privately to Hirsh, but wanted, in part on Hirsh’s
suggestion, to post something to the forums.

On Mar 28, 2005, at 12:00 AM, Tesc Community Announcements digest wrote:

> From: “Diamant, Hirsh”
> Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2005 16:31:44 -0800
> Dear friends and colleagues,
> Learning about and celebrating seasonal festivals could be a valuable
> part of a liberal arts curriculum. The benefits of that would include
> learning about other cultures, embracing diversity, creating community
> on campus, connecting our programs with the larger off-campus
> community,
> and grounding in nature and changes of the seasons. Some of these ideas
> I have presented at the recent Evening and Weekend Studies faculty
> symposium. One of the suggestions from this symposium was to start
> planning for such events early on, hence the reason for this email.

I am a graduate of TESC, currently working on a masters at Antioch in
Seattle. One component of my program is a real-world change project
which acts in reciprocal conjunction with my thesis – action and
theory. I have an abiding interest in community and dialogue and was
part of Patrick Hill’s last iteration of Power and Limitations of
Dialogue. I have also been involved with groups in the Olympia
community that develop seasonal, public rituals, such as the most
recent spring equinox at the longhouse.

I mention all of this because I have been thinking about Hirsh
Diamant’s posting for the last several days. I have been imagining an
ethnographic, participatory action-based research project that develops
ways for the Olympia community to find out about itself and the world
around it. I was thinking about how so many sub-communities exist on
campus but do not cross-connect. For example, there was a recent
posting to the online forums that suggested that TESC was a secular
campus and any belief system was nonsense, when, I recall, there are 3
active campus christian groups, not to mention others paths or the
individual affiliations of the TESC community with various ritual
systems, and systems of marking the passage of time through metaphor
and mythic structures. There seems to be a complex matrix of ignorance
about what these sub-communities and the community as a whole knows
about itself.

This matrix includes not just the traditions and cultures of the
community, but also disconnects between the activist groups that do not
appear to communicate with each other. Further, while I was a student
at TESC I noticed that so many wonderful programs were building
communities which end up being temporary to themselves and invisible to
the other communities at TESC.

I imagined over the last couple of days a project that was developed to
help the TESC community, and perhaps even the whole Olympia community,
know more about itself and various, diverse beliefs and cultures
through marking the seasons, and developing an asset-based community
development research project to show the complexity of the community in
relation to the groups with which the community was affiliated and the
marks that each of these groups and individuals make on their own
seasonal calendars.

Suffice it to say, that I would love to hear more about the
presentation Hirsh Diamant made, and would be interested in talking
about various ideas for projects around these topics. Is there interest
in being involved in some project like the one I have described, or in
related projects that might have similarities? Would there be interest
in getting together and talking? If so, you might send me an e-mail
with your thoughts and schedule in the next week or two.

Important Event

Dr. Shiva in Seattle on Saturday Jul 25th (The Day Out
of Time, interestingly)

Dear Friends and Colleagues–

Want you to know that Dr. Vandana Shiva–a brilliant,
articulate, and significant international voice, will
be speaking on Sunday, July 25, at 2:30 pm in Kane
Hall (U of W).

We have just learned that she is currently involved in
high-level, national conversations in India, because
these issues have come to a point of cirses there. So
her visit here is very timely. Please pass this to
your networks as it promises to be an important and
informing event about matters that are finally
critical for all of us.

I hope you will be able to attend and will encourage
others to join you,

Sharon (Parks)
Director, Leadership for the New Commons
Whidbey Institute

presented by UW Women’s Center and the Whidbey

Vandana Shiva

“When we plant a seed there’s a very simple
prayer that every peasant in India says: #8216;Let
the seed be exhaustless, let it never get exhausted,
let it bring forth seed next year.’”

Water, Seeds, and the Human Spirit: Ecological and
Economic Perspectives

Sunday, July 25, 2:30 p.m.
University of Washington, Kane Hall

Dr. Vandana Shiva is a physicist, ecologist, author,
and international voice addressing issues of social
justice and globalization. She is the director of
the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and
Ecology, and founder of the International College for
Sustainable Living near Dehradun, India. Her most
recent books are Stolen Harvest and Water Wars.

Dr. Shiva will be introduced by Satish Kumar, editor
of Resurgence Magazine.

$10 for general public
$7 students / seniors

Call 206-685-1090 to register.

University of Washington– Health Alliance
International, Program on the Environment , South
Asia Center, School of Social Work, The International
Health Program at the School of Public Health and
Community Medicine, Women Studies

Antioch University, Center for Creative Change;
Bainbridge Graduate Institute; Seattle University,
Center for Water and Ethics; EarthCorps, Earth
Ministry, Institute for Children’s Environmental
Health, PCC Markets, Positive Futures Network – Yes!

what the bleep in seattle in may

Turns out that the movie will be showing in Seattle.
The film makers will be present, I assume on the 14th
only, for questions and discussion. Some of the people
at Antioch in the Center for Creative Change are
talking about going at that time.

Loews Cinemas – Uptown
Opens: May 14, 2004
Show times: TBA
511 Queen Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
Tickets will be available in advance, stand by for
more information.
Filmmakers William Arntz, Betsy Chasse and Mark
Vicente will be on hand opening night to answer
questions about the film. Stand by for more info.

What the Bleep at the Grand in Tacoma

The movie What the Bleep is now in Tacoma at the Grand

Here’s the schedule and the blurb.

WHAT THE #$*! DO WE KNOW!? (108 min, UNRATED)

Amanda (Marlee Matlin, Children of a Lesser God), a
divorced photographer, finds herself in a fantastic
Alice-in-Wonderland experience when her daily,
uninspired life literally begins to unravel, revealing
the cellular, molecular and even quantum worlds, which
lie beneath. Guided by a Greek Chorus of leading
scientists and mystics—who, in documentary form,
reveal that science and spirituality are not different
modes of thought—Amanda finds that if reality itself
is not questionable, her notion of it certainly is.
Stunning special effects plunge you into a world where
quantum uncertainty is demonstrated—where Amanda’s
neurological processes, and perceptual shifts are
engaged and lived—where everything is alive, and
reality is changed by every thought. Diane de la Paz
of The News Tribune calls the film, “A provocative
blast of fresh air.” And Brian Brait of The Portland
Mercury writes it’s “a tidy, slick, and thoroughly
compelling documentary-infused narrative…”

Mon-Thurs: 4:15, 6:45 & 9:00 P.M., April 5, 6, 7 & 8

Fri: 4:15, 6:45 & 9:00 P.M., April 9

Sat/Sun: 11:50, 2:00, 4:15, 6:45 & 9:00 P.M., April 10
& 11

Mon-Thurs: 4:15, 6:45 & 9:00 P.M., April 12, 13, 14 & 15

what the #$*! do we know!?

There’s this film you may have seen posters for around
campus … and it’s being billed on its own website as
a film for the cultural creatives, and it could be a
much more accessible (but at a cost, I think) intro to
the ideas of films like mindwalk. However, it’s still
interesting and I think it might be a great first film
in a palod program. If you see it, you should let
everyone else know what you thought.

I feel it necessary to post a warning. I felt a little
misled when I saw this film in Yelm. Afterwords, I
realized why it was showing in Yelm. One of the people
interviewed in the film is Ramtha. I still think it’s
worth checking out. Marlee Matlin is a great actress,
and Armin Shimerman does a brief cameo in what I
thought was an important point. (He’s got a great
voice!) So, fair notice to you, which I didn’t have. I
think the movie is worth checking out.

Okay, so I just noticed that this film is showing at
the capital cinema this week. It’s this sun at 4pm and
9pm, mon at 6:30, tue 9pm, wed 6:30pm, thurs 9pm.

After that it will be showing in Tacoma at the Grand
Cinema, if you miss it in Oly and still want to see

Link to the OFS calendar:

Link to the OFS movie blurb:

my summative self eval

It’s the end of my undergraduate career! I did a
summative self evaluation, which I’ve posted to my
website. I thought I send a link to you all, if you’re
interested in taking a gander at that:

For those of you graduating too, congratulations! For
those that aren’t done yet, I can testify that there’s
light at the end of the tunnel! ;)

my fall final paper online

Hey, there, all.

Now that the quarter is over, I’ve had a moment to catch my breath. I put my fall final, from Dissent, Injustice and the Making of America, online. I mention it because it carries forward some of the PALOD themes and things I was thinking about. There’s some definite palod-isms like “willing and able” but there’s some new thinking in there.

Anyhow, if you do end up reading it, and have any comments, let me know. I’ll eventually have my other weekly papers online too, but not yet.


(BTW, having my papers online really rocks when I was able to use Google to find a quote I needed from a previous paper!)

the elephant parable

Okay, sorry, but this was too interesting. There’s a book out, by a
consultant that lives in Walla Walla, called “The Blind Men and the
Elephant: Mastering Project Work”, and here’s a review on Slashdot:

Each participant on a collaborative project encounters a piece of that
project, rarely the whole elephant. We grasp whatever we can — an ear,
a tail, a trunk, a leg, a tusk, a broad, flat side. Based on what we
grasp (our piece of the project) we extrapolate an understanding of the
whole: a fan, a rope, a snake, a tree, a spear, a wall. Schmaltz
develops these analogies in terms of project experience. We encounter a
fan that brings us fresh air, a rope that binds us together, a snake
that abuses our trust, a tree that evolves in structure above and
beneath the surface, a spear that puts us on the defensive, a wall that
challenges our personal progress. A chapter is devoted to each analogy.”

exclusivity & dignitarian movement

Time to annoy my community again!

One of patrick’s wish list items for a theoretical 4th qtr was a book,
“Creating a World that Works for All” by Sharif Abdullah. The
description mentions that the book is about the idea that “exclusivity”
is a core issue.

I thought I’d mention that I’d run across a website, derived from
another book, that speaks about “rankism” and the idea of creating a
universal dignity movement.

These things seem linked to me, so I thought I’d mention it:

a quote and sharif abdullah

I ran into this quote, which seems familiar, so I’m not sure but that it
might have shown up in PALOD, but it’s relevant anyway:

Cromwell: “I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you
may be wrong.”

Also, I noticed that New Dimensions, which runs on KAOS sunday mornings,
is possibly running an interview with Sharif Abdullah the week of Dec
15-21. So, you might be interested in checking that out.

nothing human is alien to me

So, I read, over the break, the book “How the Irish saved civilization”
by Thomas Cahill. I noticed a latin version of a quote from PALOD, which
appears to the source for the quote found in one of our readings.

Anyhow, the latin is “Homo sum: humani nil a me alienum puto” and comes from a Roman comedy by Terence.

I decided to do a search using google, and found this interesting site
that speaks about this quote:

Anyhow, I thought I’d share that.

J M Coetzee wins Nobel Prize

Saw this, and thought I’d mention it, since we read The Lives of Animals
in class. J M Coetzee has won the 2003 Nobel for Literature.

[Fwd: Bill Moyers interview with Chris Hedges]

I’m going over the things that I’ve sent out (for my final) and wanted
to remind everyone about this e-mail I sent out mack in march about
Chris Hedges. We were talking about him this week again and how he was
recently booed off the stage from a graduation ceremony to which he was
asked as a speaker. Democracy Now did a bit about that when it happened, actually. Anyhow, I thought this might give you more background on the topic he was speaking about at the time.


—–Forwarded Message—–

> From: J G Bell
> To: Power & Limitations of Dialogue 2002-03
> Subject: Bill Moyers interview with Chris Hedges
> Date: 08 Mar 2003 21:59:40 -0800
> On yesterday’s NOW with Bill Moyers, the author of “War is a force that
> gives us meaning” Chris Hedges was interviewed.
> I highly recommend checking out the transcript to this interview if you
> didn’t catch the show. It’s quite relevant to our class and was a very
> powerful interview. I don’t know if it will be as impactful just reading
> it, but the interview on the show was very powerful.
> Here’s the link:
> >
> Okay, I was going to cut and paste a few quotes, but it’s the whole
> interview so I stopped. It’s all relevant. Check it out, really.

another view on the nature of evil [Fwd: Master Course Lesson 47]

Interestingly this was sent to me today.

—–Forwarded Message—–

> Sloka 47 from Dancing with Siva
> Why Do Some Souls Act in Evil Ways?
> People act in evil ways who have lost touch with their soul nature and
> live totally in the outer, instinctive mind. What the ignorant see as
> evil, the enlightened see as the actions of low-minded and immature
> individuals. Aum.
> Bhashya
> Evil is often looked upon as a force against God. But the Hindu knows
> that all forces are God’s forces, even the waywardness of adharma. This
> is sometimes difficult to understand when we see the pains and problems
> caused by men against men. Looking deeper, we see that what is called evil
> has its own mysterious purpose in life. Yes, bad things do happen. Still,
> the wise never blame God, for they know these to be the return of
> man’s self-created karmas, difficult but necessary experiences for his
> spiritual evolution. Whenever we are injured or hurt, we understand
> that our suffering is but the fulfillment of a karma we once initiated,
> for which our injurer is but the instrument who, when his karma cycles
> around, will be the injured. Those who perform seemingly evil deeds
> are not yet in touch with the ever-present God consciousness of their
> immortal soul. The Vedas rightly admonish, “Borne along and defiled by
> the stream of qualities, unsteady, wavering, bewildered, full of desire,
> distracted, one goes on into the state of self-conceit. In thinking,
> ‘This is I’ and ‘That is mine’ one binds himself with himself, as does
> a bird with a snare.” Aum Namah Sivaya.

I also refer you to the previous forward from the same source I sent out
back on April 5th about the source of good and evil from a hindu
perspective. Similar but different …

If you missed Lysistrata, don’t miss Dr Strangelove on the 14th!

“Be part of a national anti-war action on May 14. Screen “Dr.
Strangelove,” and raise money for groups still working hard for peace,
justice and relief in Iraq.”

It might be a good “new” slogan they’ve reclaimed, “peace is our
profession.” What was originally irony (and in fact, if I remember
correctly, was a real billboard at the base, not something they made up
for the movie) might become an important vocation for the “cultural

It’s not direct action, but it’s about keeping the momentum going and
keeping people engaged.

[Fwd: [tesccrier] Student project – take our survey in red square- on tuesday!]

Robin & I will be doing part of our qtr project tomorrow and next
tuesday. If you know your Myers-Briggs type, stop by. If you don’t know
it, then take the online version of the personality test and then stop
by to take our survey!


—–Forwarded Message—–

> From: J G Bell
> To: Tesc Community Announcements
> Subject: [tesccrier] Student project – take our survey in red square on tuesday!
> Date: 05 May 2003 14:52:32 -0700
> Greetings,
> Do you know your myers-briggs personality type? Or would you be willing
> to take the short on-line version of the myers-briggs test?
> Would you help two students by filling out a very short survey? We’ll be
> at a table, either on red square or in the CAB is it’s raining, Tuesday
> 6th or Tuesday 13th between 11am and 2pm?
> As part of a project for our program, The Power and Limitations of
> Dialogue, another student and myself are looking for people to take a
> short survey that asks some questions about conflict management and life
> satisfaction based on myers-briggs types.
> If you don’t already know, or it’s been a while since you’ve tested,
> please take a moment to do the quick online version of the personality
> type test and then meet us at our table to take _our_ survey!
> The online version of the myers-briggs is here:
> Please take a moment to find your type and then stop by our table to
> take our survey this Tuesday or next Tuesday between 11am and 2pm.
> Thanks!

[Fwd: us rep kuchinich’s speech]

Ia actually sent this out to a friend the other day. Here’s the links I
mentioned in class, that I would send out.

—–Forwarded Message—–

> ” Kucinich, whose working-class district elected a conservative
> Republican before him, is confident Democrats from even the most
> competitive districts can safely join him in questioning the war. “The
> key,” he says, “is to recognize that there is a great deal of unity in
> America around some basic values: peace and security, protection of the
> planet, a good quality of life for themselves and for others. When
> people express their patriotism, they are not saying–as some would
> suggest–that they no longer believe in these things. There’s nothing
> unpatriotic about asserting human values and defending democratic
> principles. A lot of Americans are telling me this is the highest form
> of patriotism.” ”
> “The trappings of a state of siege trap us in a state of fear,
> ill-equipped to deal with the Patriot Games, the Mind Games, the War
> Games of an unelected President and his unelected Vice President.
> Let us pray that our country will stop this war. “To promote the common
> defense” is one of the formational principles of America.
> Our Congress gave the President the ability to respond to the tragedy
> of September 11. We licensed a response to those who helped bring the
> terror of September 11th. But we the people and our elected
> representatives must reserve the right to measure the response, to
> proportion the response, to challenge the response, and to correct the
> response.
> Because we did not authorize the invasion of Iraq.
> We did not authorize the invasion of Iran.
> We did not authorize the invasion of North Korea.
> We did not authorize the bombing of civilians in Afghanistan.
> We did not authorize permanent detainees in Guantanamo Bay.
> We did not authorize the withdrawal from the Geneva Convention.
> We did not authorize military tribunals suspending due process and
> habeas corpus.
> We did not authorize assassination squads.
> We did not authorize the resurrection of COINTELPRO.
> We did not authorize the repeal of the Bill of Rights.
> We did not authorize the revocation of the Constitution.
> We did not authorize national identity cards.
> We did not authorize the eye of Big Brother to peer from cameras
> throughout our cities.
> We did not authorize an eye for an eye.
> Nor did we ask that the blood of innocent people, who perished on
> September 11, be avenged with the blood of innocent villagers in
> Afghanistan.
> We did not authorize the administration to wage war anytime,
> anywhere,anyhow it pleases.
> We did not authorize war without end.
> We did not authorize a permanent war economy.”
> “This has everything to do with fueling a military industrial machine
> with the treasure of our nation, risking the future of our nation,
> risking democracy itself with the militarization of thought which
> follows the militarization of the budget.”
> “Let us pray for our children. Our children deserve a world without
> end. Not a war without end. Our children deserve a world free of the
> terror of hunger, free of the terror of poor health care, free of the
> terror of homelessness, free of the terror of ignorance, free of the
> terror of hopelessness, free of the terror of policies which are
> committed to a world view which is not appropriate for the survival of a
> free people, not appropriate for the survival of democratic values, not
> appropriate for the survival of our nation, and not appropriate for the
> survival of the world.”
> etc …

cultural creatives quote from recent UTNE e-mail

A quote a recent UTNE e-mail that relates to the cultural creatives

“DESPITE HAVING SPENT a decade and a half writing about radical social
movements, I am only just beginning to see what has animated, motivated,
and knitted together those gatherings of aggrieved folks. I have come to
realize that once we strip radical social movements down to their bare
essence and understand the collective desires of people in motion,
freedom and love lie at the very heart of the matter.”

– Robin Kelley, NYU professor, in New Internationalist (Nov. 2002)


Funny is a very sad way because it has the appearance of being deep, but
it’s really not.

“The Unknown”

As we know,
There are known knowns.
There are things we know we know.
We also know
There are known unknowns.
That is to say
We know there are some things
We do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns,
The ones we don’t know
We don’t know.

– Feb. 12, 2002, Department of Defense news briefing

A Confession

Once in a while,
I’m standing here, doing something.
And I think,
“What in the world am I doing here?”
It’s a big surprise.

—May 16, 2001, interview with the New York Times