Solutions to Problems Series: Is this how John Kerry is working out the puzzle of how to make peace in our time? (a 420 Character 9-Liner involving Crows and Ukraine, with a small bit on Honey Badgers)

Not a fable:

Aesop’s Crow drops stones in water pitchers

thereby using tools to problem-solve.

Could crows similarly crack the Ukraine crisis?

They know how to study up & then get to the nub of an elusive challenge.

I do not know if Crows can put out fires; but if they could?

If they could, they wouldn’t use oil to douse the flames.

EX: A crow would not send weapons to Ukraine to fight pro-Moscow rebels.

Not a fable.



Tikkun Olam, Flight Feathers, and Yoga: more ideas on how to beat those swords and spears into plowshares and pruning hooks. (A 420 character 9-line poem)

(ALTERNATE TITLE:  How to lower the swords states and non-state peoples lift against each other, how to stop learning war anymore–hints from the birds and their flight feathers for how to repair the world by pairing rather than parrying. (I think the concept of Tikkun olam speaks to this too.)

Lift. Forward motion. Direction. Balance.

A bird gets it from her wing & tail flight feathers

which, although long, stiff, & asymmetrical,

are symmetrically paired.

My yoga practice & cello group

involve a pairing focus that promotes a flowing harmony

& gives me a new slant on what it may take to rePAIR this wobbly world

& bend the arc of events towards peace.

Mayhap give it lift, forward motion, direction, balance.


Parsley and Putin. Sage and Ceasefires. Useful Know How and Ukraine, Rosemary and Russia, Thyme and Terror. (a 420 character, 9-line poem inspired by my herbs and heavy setbacks in the peace in our time department)

Little things I know: Parsley.

Hold bunch at an angle, run knife down side of stems, rotate and repeat.

Rosemary. Grip top of sprig with one hand and pinch stem with other.

Drag fingers down top to bottom & leaves pop off.

But I lack know-how w/ sage and thyme.

As does Putin:

Not sage enough to know how much t(hy)ime

he’s got to be reckless and unpredictable w/out all hell breaking loose.

NOT a little thing. I know.