Frager September 29-30 and Kato November 10-11
I am happy to pass this invitation on to all my students.
This is an excellent opportunity to meet and train with one of the most experienced (and highest ranking) non-Japanese aikido practitioners in the world. He continues to contribute meaningfully to the advancement of the art at both the technical and theoretical level, and is the driving force behind the Aikido Archive that will launch in the Fall, and for which I am curator. Frager Sensei trained with the founder, Morihei Ueshiba, and in 1968 co-founded the aikido club at UC Berkeley, now known as Golden Bears Aikido. He went on to found the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, now known as Sofia University, which integrates aikido training as part of its curriculum.
Please consider attending his event (flier attached).
I'm happy to respond to any questions you may have.
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From: Robert Frager
Subject: Sept Aikido weekend
Dear friends and colleagues,
I’m attaching a flyer for an Aikido weekend I’ll be teaching on September 29-30. I hope that you can come.
Also would you please send this on to your own email lists of Aikido friends and students? Or at least mention it after class.
I’m really looking forward to going in depth in both practice and theory in how to practice Aikido while standing on the floating bridge of heaven. This has been a whole series of the most wonderful insights and discoveries of my 48 years in Aikido.
By the way, Kato sensei is scheduled to teach at Sofia (formerly ITP) on November 10-11.
Guest Instructor Sat Sept 8 - Ricardo Leigh
Already missing Martha Moody
Martha Ann Kay Moody, 99, died Monday afternoon at her home of over seventy years in Kessler Park surrounded by her family. Martha Ann Kay was born December 1, 1912 in Hawkins, Texas to Floy and H.O. Kay. Called "Mot" as a girl, Martha relished her childhood in the East Texas countryside with her best playmates and older siblings, Flora "Flo" and Jack. She graduated from the CIA in Denton with a degree in education, representing the school at the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago where she saw the Graf Zeppelin airship sail over the city. After school she became a favorite teacher in Hawkins and Highland Park. Martha married her childhood sweetheart, Joe V. Moody of Minneola, and they moved to Dallas where Joe began his OB/GYN practice. They settled in Kessler Park and started their family. They enjoyed traveling, especially to New Orleans and abroad for medical conventions and family vacations. Joe and Martha remained devoted to one another until his death in 1968.
In Kessler Park, Martha was a much-loved leader of the neighborhood Bluebird/Campfire group and the last original member of the East Kessler Book Club. Most important to her was her role at Kessler Park United Methodist Church, where she was one of the congregation's oldest and earliest members. There she taught Sunday school for over 20 years, served on most committees and was a favorite among the congregation for her sincere friendship and lively conversation. In recent years Martha was honored for her steadfast devotion and longtime membership at KPUMC. Both her faith and her family were sources of great strength and pride. Up until her final days Martha remained a quick-witted conversationalist and a wonderful storyteller.
She was preceded in death by her good friend Mildred Harrel, her sister Flora Krochman, her brother Jack Kay, and her beloved husband Dr. Joe V. Moody. She is survived by her son Joe K. Moody and his wife Barbara, her daughter Susie Moody, her grandchildren Lisa Kay Moody Stankus, Jonas Maxwell Moody and Joe (Jay) William Moody, her great-grandchild Bailey Jane Stankus, her nieces and nephews Jacqueline Graveney, Ann Young, Rudolph Krochman, Kay Marks, Kay Andrews, John Richmond, Melissa Young, Melanie Corcoran, Emily Boyle and Linda English, and her devoted caretaker Yvette Favors. The family will receive visitors at Sparkman Hillcrest funeral home 6-8p, Aug 16. The memorial service will be 11:30a, Aug 17 at Kessler Park United Methodist Church, 1215 Turner Ave, Dallas TX 75208. Donations can be made in her name to KPUMC at the address above.
Tomato ala Duck
She pointed at the box of cherry tomatoes on the table and said "Duck!" (a word that, thanks to Make Way for Ducklings, means "that thing I really really like", be it a toy frog, a tiger at the zoo, or a cup of milk). "No," I said, "You may not have more tomatoes yet; there are still some pieces on your tray." Looking me dead in the eye, she picked the pieces up off the tray and put them on her head, then pointed at the box of tomatoes and said "DUCK!"
If you have an interest in what's happening in Berkeley, privatization of public resources, responses to The Recession, or the US Postal Service, you might want to read Carolyn Jones - Berkeley residents fight for post office.
An obviously left-leaning but as perspicacious as ever perspective on Paul Ryan's Bipartisan Appeal from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is available as a video as well. More on Ryan's orientation may be found here Ryan Lizza - How Paul Ryan captured the GOP and here Ayn Rand with Johnny Carson.
Please also consider Chris Hedges latest progress report on his NDAA Challenge and the criminalization of dissent
Finally, I bet you didn't know that there were almost zombies in Babylon...
I commented on the Proposed Rule:Federal Perkins Loan Program, Federal Family Education Loan Program, and William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (ED-2012-OPE-0010-0001) at www.regulations.gov http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=ED-2012-OPE-0010-0001
As a student loan borrower, I support the Department's efforts to make Income-Based Repayment (IBR) and Income-Contingent Repayment (ICR) more accessible and helpful to borrowers, especially as this means simplifying the process of discharging loans in cases of total and permanent disability (TPD). Short of an complete and responsible solution, such as bail-out funds directed to tax-payers rather than multinational banks, the proposed regulations implementing the "Pay As You Earn" repayment plan is an excellent next step, in that it lowers monthly payments and can lead to earlier loan forgiveness than IBR currently provides. The proposed rules must go further to ensure that these programs work better for borrowers. I urge you to make the following changes:
- Reduce the extreme and disproportionate penalty for late paperwork.
- Count qualifying payments made before and after consolidation towards forgiveness.
- Ensure borrowers can exit IBR to enter a different repayment plan without prohibitive penalty.
- Accept Social Security Administration (SSA) disability determinations for loan discharges.
Appreciating your work and looking forward to these changes becoming law,
Please consider using similar language to help this intervention on behalf of borrowers move forward.
Moving onto Culturesmith my research on Apocalypse, particularly of the Zombie variety.
Chevron Refinery Explosion 20120806
My article on the Chevron Refinery explosion is posted at http://www.examiner.com/article/huge-flames-shoot-from-chevron-refinery-richmond-california. The images and video are from my camera.
- REALLY proud of my nephew, Valliant Keepin, who has grown into overnight camping with his papa, Isaiah.
- Early this morning I turned in my First Draft of the Bluevolution article for the Journal of Archetypal Studies.
- In the next several hours I plan to send out invitations to Sofia University staff to visit the proto-site for the new Aikido Archives which will launch in the Fall.
- This Sunday the UC Berkeley Clark Kerr Campus will be the site of a fair benefiting 300 students from the part of Japan hit by disasters. Golden Bears Aikido, Free Aiki Dojo, and Aikido of Berkeley will all be represented in an open class from 2:00-3:00 in the afternoon. Please come!
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