UP BEAR CREEK | In Memory of Frick Burden

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YAK BONE … Tashi delek! … Deer collectibles of Pine St. is offering “All Faith Bracelets” made by Tibetan refugees in Dharmasala, India. Part of the proceeds will be split between the Tibetans who made the yak bone “conscious” jewelry and a fund that is being set up in memory of Frick Burden to buy Buddhist books for the Wilkinson Library … For more info, contact maitreya47@rocketmail.com


ECONOMIC INDICATORS … As a poet in the Sixties I never had much use for economics … At 10 I’d run a “corporation” of my own making, diversified from paper routes & door-to-door sales into theater productions (I wrote & produced neighborhood plays that my brothers acted in), architecture (drew up detailed plans for a hexagonal house that never got built), cryptography (made up my own alphabet script), and sundry other divertissements … But hopping into local politics, first as a reporter/editor and then as an elected official, has made it incumbent that I, at least, glean the rudiments of the dismal science. So, I always watch carefully when County Finance Director Ramona Rummel releases county sales tax figures. This week we learned that as of November 2013 (15013 NW) county sales tax revenues were up 20 percent from November 2012 (15013 NW) and that Year to Date revenues were up 10 percent. That’s a good omen for this coming year, as it suggests our resort economy, fueled by tourism and real estate sales, may be rebounding from the 2008 Housing Bubble Downturn Deep Freeze. Let’s hope it warms up and continues to snow (or as “Mad Jack” Mueller, author of the Lithic Press release Amor Fati would say, “All power to the paradox”).


OPEN BARD … Just to get the facts straight, Beth Paulson tells us that, Open Bard is a subsidiary of the Ridgway Chautauqua Society (which operates the Sherbino Theater) and is not connected to the Ouray Performing Arts Guild, although that group, as well as other non-profits, gave Open Bard a small start-up grant.


POTSHOTS … Kudos to Uruguay’s President José Mujica for seeing the decriminalization of cannabis as a smart strategy for crippling the drug cartels … More than one county resident commented to me that you couldn’t help but sniff a whiff of hypocrisy in Montrose schools seeking cannabis education funds to rebuild basic infrastructure their citizens have refused to fund, as reported in last week’s headlines, and while the retail sales that generate that state cannabis fund are banned from the county. But then, you got to remember, Montrose County was the entity that filed in water court on rights and a reservoir in San Miguel County, without telling anyone, in a sort of North Korean-style surprise attack on its neighbors. Then lost their case immediately, since they’d failed to do due diligence, and our county and some of our ranchers called them on it (not too swift, Watson)


GABRB 1 … That’s the gene in mice, say British researchers, that makes them prefer liquor to water. And probably some of us, too … The more we learn about genetics, the more we see certain inherited predispositions that may be triggered into action by chance or conditioning … One day I expect – along with your immunization record, you’ll have to present your new doc a genetic profile, showing all your weaknesses and strengths.


NFL BLUES … I give up. What kind of professionalism is it that has the technology to tell a fumble from a tackle but refuses to make the leap to instant replay, in order to give the head referee all the facts, not just what the line judges saw. So that the television audience can see in multiple airwave replays that the call on the field was wrong … If the NFL was truly concerned about fairness or player health, we’d have a lot of very different rules at play in this game … But it never fails to intrigue me that we too as Americans have come to play a ball game as our most popular sport … A form of Ulama, as the Mesoamerican ball game was once called. A game that has been played in the New World for thousands of year.


NW … In this age of tweats, who wouldn’t welcome a new abbreviation? So here’s mine … Whereas, AD means Anno Domini “In the Year of the Lord” and BC means “Year after Christ” and comes from the Greek honorific χριστός “anointed one” which was the Koine translation of messiah, the Hebraic word mashiah “the anointed” – a term used throughout the Hebrew Bible for a leader or king ritually consecrated with holy oil … And, whereas, BP means Before the Present … Therefore, be it announced that I am coining an acronym for a New World (NW) calendric system which mirrors the international modified Gregorian at its end digits but with its lengthy start reaches far back into pre-Christian times to when, we think, humans first entered the Americas from Asia, Europe and Africa … Personally, as a native-born son of this continent, whose ancestors were Italian immigrants on one side of the family and colonial Spaniards in California of the 1790s on the other, I prefer to mark the passage of time on a far bigger scale than the beginnings of the tribal Semitic splintering of desert monotheistic traditions and the Christian rise of the Holy Roman Empire, of which the Vatican of poor Pope Francis is its relic vestige.




We are told that the dark

is scary, the dark is bad

Why must we give darkness

the cold shoulder?


Coffee is dark (at its purest)

yet brings bursts of energy

Dark chocolate is bitter-

sweet and loving


The night sky, the one holding

this very Earth, is dark

These letters I am speaking

are typed in dark ink


The room in which I sleep

is very dark, allowing dreams

The soil is dark, supplying

nutrients for our food


The brain is submerged in darkness

but gives off glowing ideas

The heart is surrounded by darkness

yet allows love and life


Things are not always

as they seem


- Olivija Berry



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