Friday, March 29, 2013

go to realitystudio.org and under my name or on the front page...go read stories I am posting on there. It is connected to William Burroughs and my stories relate to those times....
 

Thursday, January 31, 2013

soups

when I had my cold recently along with millions of others, I had chicken soup by the truckload. it is a shift of focus but it was a life and death situation and I wanted a cure, Jewish Penicillin.
I went about making my own and tried different onces. I went to Whole Food, Trader Joe, and Hannaford. All of them have their own stuff that I buy from.
The best one so far is Imagine free range chicken Broth lowfar and no added msg. What ? msg? I did not know that some people still use it. and Organic.
It had a richer taste, more like chicken soup. I add some chicken breast cut into small pieces, about two tablespoons, and celeri and carrots and cook them in the broth for about 10 minutes. The Whole Food brand was not as rich, in fact a bit bland. The low sodium is also low taste and I end up having to add salt.
I also tried the old standby of canned broth by College Inn and that  is also tasty, but may have msg in it.
The fact is it helped with my cold, gave me nutrition I needed, as well as hydration.
I am finally able to go back to my write bits of my life which are posted on the Realitystudio.com website. They asked me at first in an interview about the life on the East Side in New York during the fifties and sixties and the Cedar Bar scene. And my days as a photographer and assistant photographer and finally my adventures in going out west, meeting with Henry Miller, and then taking off for Mexico. Finally I returned to New York City and faced the music of my impeding divorce.

Monday, May 9, 2011

death in the family

this June 16, it will be a year that my brother Bernard, died. After suffering two strokes, pneumonia ended it all. I could not believe it. That death was the closest I had ever experienced. Now it is me on that sinking ship, alone to face the world. We went throught WWII together. He is the one who went to find Father Bruno Reynders, who came over to get me and snatch me to a safe haven, from the hands of the Nazis.
Bernard's wife died a month later after being taken to the hospital.
Still processing all this.
I started again to write a book, an autobiography, a set of anecdotes and I am thinking of perhaps serializing it here....not sure what to do ....yet

Friday, April 1, 2011

Israel and Palestine, what is going on?

a friend of mine, Monique Weston, still in Israel explains it her way in the following passage. I will reply afterwards.:

Charles: Yes. I never once felt afraid. But I was lucky. A few days after visiting contacts in Nablus someone murdered an Israeli settler family. Of course it was immediately assumed to have been committed by a Palestinian. In reaction settlers attacked Palestinians in various areas. The eternal cycle of revenge. Israel then imposed a lock down. I suppose if I had been in Nablus when this occurred, I would have been delayed in getting hoe,The last I read, the killer may have been a man from Thailand who worked for the Israeli settlers. The Palestinians with whom I met in Nablus (who had studied at McGill) are committed to human rights and non-violence and to listening to concerns of Israelis. The Israelis I met with - who studied at McGill with the Palestinians are also committed to human rights and to non-violence and to listening to the concerns of Palestinians. Sadly, incidents such as I mentioned, make it hard for the human rights, no-violence advocates. I also visited a formr student of mine from the University of Maryland. She married an Israeli. She takes the position that Israel has every right to take over th West Bank, or at least a good part of it. This is probably a very common view in Israel--at least on the right. The left has been demoralized since the second intifada.

I went to the Central bus station in Jerusalem many times. That's where a bomb went off killing a British tourist. One of the things I learned about was the growing tension within Israel between Orthodox Jews and non-orthodox. The orthodox have many children and are a fast growing percent of the population. They are subsidized by the government and live in public housing. Most of the men do not work. They do not serve in the army, and they do not interact with other Israelis. (A sub-group does not even believe in the state of ISrael They study the Torah and pray. )The original idea, under Ben Gurian, was to recreate a corps of true talmud scholars. to replace those killed in he Holocaust. But matters developed far beyond that original idea re subsidies.

Now non-orthodox University students are protesting subsidies to Yeshivas when they do not get support. There are projections that Israel with be 29% orthodox by 2025. As their percentage grows there will no doubt be major disputes over what kind of state Israel is to be. Reportedly ultra orthodox openly plan to have the Halachic Republic of Israel when majority of voters are Orthodox Jews. SO, not surprisingly there is growing awareness that Israel cannot subsidize such a large segment of the population that does not work. It is a demographic time bomb. Also of interest is that the Arab population has pretty much stabilized--contrary to what I heard in 2005.

Monique

P.S. I also went to Yad Vashem. Forever mind bloggling.

my reply so far:

This conflict is very complicated. You mention the bus station explosion and you did not mention the injured, about 30 I believed some very serious. What does this mean? Losing a hand, an eye, limping for the rest of  you life. It is always a cowardly act to kill innocent people like that. Even though settlements may be wrong at this time, it is not murder. It does not deserve such an act. Did  you ever read Hamas or Hetzbollah statements? It does not want Israel to exist. What has that community contributed in the last 60 years except violence?
as far as the Rabbis are concerned, as Hitchens once said, Religion poisons everything. Even the first Zionist knew better than those Rabbis who believe that no one should go to Israel until the Messiah comes. Good luck with that.

this country is also founded on Christianity, it pervades everything, and the extremist are even worse, calling doctors murderers if they perform an abortion even to save a woman's life. Watching C-span and the Congress at work, it is all Christian movitvated right up to our Presidents.

Is there such a thing as a secular Christian? and can they run for president here?

Violence has to stop and to take just one side is not good enough. Both are guilty of violence.

Solution is talk. But how can you talk to Hamas when they take such extreme official stands?

that is all I have to say so far...

charles





Sunday, December 19, 2010

year almost up

been a while since I have written for this page...but wow...now I am able to buy things, and there is virtually nothing I want to buy. Except I do want to travel. Wanderlust. Japan is a possibility, to see Adam who has been there 3 years and now got married to a nice Japanese woman, Hidemi.
I will probably want to film again.
tonight I went to a poetry reading held in a local planeterium. It was marvelous, 22 readers. Even I participated. I read haikus and played shakuhachi. It was a hit.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

It does not matter

IT DOES NOT MATTER



When we dream anything is possible: we can float in the air, we can fly, we can have many friends, we fight wars, we run from danger, escape just in time, live in fear, we swim underwater for miles, we take escalators to the center of the earth, we float over a field of magic mushrooms, we attend parties, eat at huge feasts, eating amazing food, never seen before. We climb stairs to our apartments and we find that our wives are having an affair with a strange man. We feel betrayed. We want to kill the man, but instead he kills us. When we wake we do not know if we are still dreaming. I know this because these are my dreams. As Confucius once said "Last night I dreamt I was a butterfly, but now that I am awake I don't know if I am a butterfly dreaming he is a man." We go to heavenly places, we meet angels. We find out we are angels ourselves. Eventually we meet God. In our dreams anything is possible. Death is like that. We leave this dimension and go to the original one. The one -where there is no matter, or thought, or intelligence as we know it, some call it anti-matter. Einstein sort of explained all this, he was close to a formula to explain it all, he knew time bends. If time bends then it does not matter what time it is anywhere. Now we talk about the string theory. Energy is equal to matter travelling at the speed of light squared. He said this and had a formula for it. E=MC2. We all know this. Yes our mind cannot fathom this concept. In this state we are limited. Scientists have explaining this very well already. The cat in the box. Or quantum indeterminacy or the observer's paradox. Where the cat is alive and dead at the same time.

So, at that stage, if we can call it that. It does not matter, literally. There is matter. But we are there and not there all at the same time. All matter comes from that point. Or no point at all.