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It’s Mother’s Day and Mom told me this morning by phone that she went to 7:30 Mass and after eating her soft boiled egg will go to the hospital to visit my Dad, who was admitted yesterday for probably what is pneumonia.  He’s in his 90th year and Mom just celebrated her 88th birthday.  They have been great partners on their spiritual journey with all its twists and turns and valleys and mountains.  That is a great gift of mentoring for me and my 7 younger siblings.  I am posting a poem I wrote in the early 1970s in my twenties:

Mary Francis Norton

My mother Mary Francis Norton



Sparked together

a thousand sparks,

expand, divide

and touch one body

to part one body

alive and crying

for cord and milk.

Inch to foot

run to crawl,

happy wonder:

what is.

Yes, emerged

now grown

and merged

I watch you

alive with umbilical love.

I ask “What is?”

You answer “Who.”

Hand to hand.

I am you and we,

directed spontaneity.


          Kenneth Edward Norton

I just did a search of my ancestor’s up the umbilical line of mother, and got back to my great, great, great grandmother Johanna Relihan, married to Richard James of Drumalought WOLFE (born in 1764 in Cratloe, Co Limerick, Ireland).  I haven’t been able to find out more about Johanna and her parents.  Wolfe was also spelled Woulfe.

Kenneth Edward Norton <– Mary Frances Norton  (b. 1924 Chicago) <– Kathleen Rose Kurtz (b. 1898 Illinois, d. 1987 Arcadia, CA) <– Joanne Rose Connell  (b.1867 Oil City, PA – d.1950 Chicago) <– Catherine Walsh (b. 1818, Listowel, Kerry, Ireland, emigrated to USA probably due to potato famine of 1845-52, died 1896 Sheboygan, WI <– Johanna (Relihan) Wolfe (Ireland)

Of course there are lots of lines of ancestors I could follow, but the most influential were most likely these umbilical relationships for the amount of time in the womb, at the breasts, and at the table with mom, and she with her mom, and ….  I wish there were some stories along with the names and dates.

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Communion of saints

I experienced a sign through synchronicity on January 26, 2014.  I was dealing with a flu or something causing me much distress in my GI tract and feeling lousy.  At 3 am I got up to make another cup of tea to help calm my body, and Elaine was up.  I told her that my mentor Professor William Hermanns had told me that if he was God he would make man better, and then I looked up and yelled, “OK, Professor, now is your time to show your stuff and make me better!”  I was able to sleep a bit and then around 8 AM I got up and went to the library to look up some healing herbs when I pulled out a small dark green  paperback book the Raw Vegetable Juice book by N.W. Walker.  I thumbed through it and then skipped to the back inside cover page where I discovered a poem penciled in by my mentor dedicated to me and dated January 26, 1979.  Here is what he had written to me 35 years ago when I was dealing with an auto-immune dis-ease ulcerative colitis, which today was flaring up with this run of the flu.

Be True to Yourself

Be true to yourself.  Be still and know:
No bonds of the blood, and no nation,
No yesterday’s chain, no tomorrow’s hope –
The now is your truth, your salvation.

Rise in your fullness and create
Be conscious of only one bond:
Your partnership with cosmic laws.
Go forth, create your beyond.

William Hermanns

[P605 Kingscote Gardens, Stanford, 7/26/1979; dedicated to Ken;

http://www.williamhermanns.com/Poem/P605.html ]

So, in spite of the momentary distress, I know I am on a spiritual journey, and this dis-ease will pass, and I will continue to create my beyond in partnership with cosmic laws.  Perhaps my distress is caused by detoxification and letting go of old cells for the creation of new more suitable for my upcoming creations?  Whatever, I do know that somehow I am in communion with some life energy of my mentor and with the cosmos through this sign of synchronicity.    Raised as a Catholic, I was taught about the Communion of Saints.  I think that this is a spirit family that we are born into through living this life according to our true purpose and led by our conscience, that voice of our True Self.

My mentor was raised Jewish but he was baptized a Catholic by Bishop Fulton Sheen in 1952 with the name Francis Paul.  The year after I met my mentor he took me to Assisi to be initiated into the Franciscan Third Order of lay people, as St. Francis was the saint I admired and whose name I chose to be confirmed a Catholic as a young adult.  I helped him over 19 years with his manuscripts and cared for him until his death in 1990.  I am more than a Catholic through my experiences with my mentor.  I am cosmic.   I keep up the communion with him through such experiences as related above and also through the website I constructed in his honor.  I am including the following link as this webpage has some photos of him with me, with another poem he wrote to me called My Spiritual Son, to show more on the relationship that began in 1970 and continues beyond my mentor’s death to today and I am sure into the future:


Are you noticing the signs in your life and heeding them?  Do you have timeless relationships?

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Basest Ball Diamond in Sonoma County, California


Because we have to deal with privilege of elected officials over the rights of citizens, I have constructed this base-ball diamond to describe the actions we must take in Sonoma County to approach some semblance of democracy to evolve out of traditionally held bigotries of better-than-you mindset, that not just sheriff deputies like Erich Gelhaus has expressed in his social media and SWAT Magazine posts, but is deep seated in ordinary folks in denial with cognitive dissonance.  One just has to read the comments to the articles on the Press Democrat website.  If 2000 years of religious organizations and some times theocracies of Christianity, and more years of Judaism and a bit less of Islam haven’t been able to deal with this arrogance of humans, we better look beyond organizations and to within for intuitive guidance of that still place of our True Self naturally living out the commandment of love one another and unity consciousness with the Divine for right timing and placement of our being shining its light.

I am repeating the notes  for the hyperlinks.

1st Base  –  

Santa Rosa/Sonoma County Sheriff SWAT team allowing kids to play with automatic weapons and grenades at a Neighborhood Gang Violence Prevention Picnc in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park in SW Santa Rosa in August 2011. Photo by Attila Nagy.  Published in  http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20110815/articles/110819663     

also in http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2027746/Pictures-children-handling-SWAT-team-weapons-causes-outrage.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Read Santa Rosa Mayor Olivares (a former SR cop) defend the kids playing with the SWAT weapons.


2nd Base:

2 years later after being taught by police officers in Santa Rosa  the fun of playing with automatic weapons, Andy Lopez was shot and killed by sheriff and military sharpshooter trainer Erich Gelhaus while the boy Andy was carrying a toy gun, in a safe manner returning home in his neighborhood.  Such toy playing was encoraged by the SWAT team at 1st Base.

3rd Base:

1 week  after  the killing of  Andy Lopez –  Grief of the parents and the  community

Sujey Lopez clutches the coffin holding her 13-year-old son as her husband Rodrigo Lopez consoles her during Andy Lopez’s funeral Mass on Tuesday at Resurrection Parish in Santa Rosa. [Press Democrat photo  10/29/13]

PD Editorial: A shooting that demands an explanation

Home Base:

Mothers in White protesting at Sonoma County Board of Supervisors  on the delay of prosecuting Sheriff Deputy Erick Gelhaus,  Sheriff Freitas ginving Gelhaus back a desk job with pay, and the protocols in place allowing the police killing of children.   Mirrors were held up for the Supervisors to reflect on their decisions.  [Press Democrat photo  1/8/14]

 PD article: Protesters demand action for Andy Lopez killing
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Prohibition and the Natural Experiment: Interview with Thomas O’Connell, MD

On Monday January 6, 2014, I had the opportunity with my partner Elaine to host Radio Consciencia from 9 –  10 AM PST on Radio KBBF FM 89.1 as substitutes for the regular host and producer of the show, Evelina Molina.  Elaine interviewed Attila Nagy in the first half hour on the upcoming annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at the Santa Rosa High School on January 19, 2014.

I have done radio before in San Jose, California as a programmer and member of the Board of Directors of Community Radio KKUP FM 91.5 in late 80’s and early 90’s with a show called Hum Drum, showcasing percussion based and primitive music genres.  So I am excited how the muse will work with me now.

I posted the second half of the show portion with Dr. O’Connell on my Youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_FxnPYOf08


On the second half of the show I interviewed Dr. Thomas O’Connell, MD, a retired thoracic surgeon, who developed an interest in marijuana, or as it is scientifically named cannabis, and its prohibition.  Tom was recruited in 1999 to serve the burgeoning number of applicants seeking recommendation letters from licensed physicians for treating diseases with marijuana as stipulated by the recently passed  by 56% of the voters in their initiative Proposition 215, called the California Compassionate Use Act of 1996 and now codified into California State Law.  I know Dr. Tom since I was was one of his first patients in 1999 seeking such a recommendation letter for an autoimmune disease for which I found smoking or ingesting the herb relieved the painful, emotional and socially inconvenient symptoms.

Equa Rights for Cannabis Users

In this half-hour segment of the show, Dr. Tom describes the history of prohibition of cannabis and his  search of discovery of its use in society and then among his own patients.  Dr. Tom’s forte, as he told me, is taking appropriate medical histories, and he used this passion of his to develop a database of standardized questions he came up with after a couple of years of interviewing patients for recommendation letters for cannabis therapy.  His database holds over 7,200 patient histories, categorized in a database for analysis, careful to abide by medical privacy laws.  He shares with us the insights he has gained about the efficacy of cannabis for treating anxiety, especially for teenagers and adults dealing with paternal deprivation, and most recently he discovered how many patients are treating symptoms of their autoimmune diseases, that now number over a hundred, for which there is one that affects each of the organs of the body and afflicts over 20% of Americans.  His experiences counters the dogma not based on medical science promoted by President Nixon as the basis for scheduling drugs in the Controlled Substance Act he pushed through Congress in 1970, in whose Schedule 1 of harmful drugs of no medical use  he placed cannabis and other psychedelic drugs to spite the pot-smoking hippy peace activists resisting his authority.  Take a listen to the show with Dr. Tom.  I will continue the interview with him in Part 2 next Monday January 13 starting around 9:30 am PST into the show.  Check out Dr. Tom’s blog at

Elaine and  I sandwiched the show for educational purposes in with Quicksilver Messenger Service’s performance of What About Me from 1970, some 44 years ago and as prescient as ever.  Check out the lyrics below:

Written By: Jesse Oris Farrow / From The Album: “What About Me”

Recorded: October 8, 1970 / Released: December, 1970
You poisoned my sweet water. Dm
You cut down my green trees.
The food you fed my children Dm
Was the cause of their disease.
My world is slowly fallin’ down Dm
And the air’s not good to breathe.
And those of us who care enough, Dm
We have to do something…

Am Dm
Oh… oh What you gonna do about me?
Am Dm
Oh… oh What you gonna do about me?

Your newspapers,
They just put you on.
They never tell you
The whole story.
They just put your
Young ideas down.
I was wonderin’ could this be the end
Of your pride and glory?

I work in your factory.
I study in your schools.
I fill your penitentiaries.
And your military too!
And I feel the future trembling,
As the word is passed around.
“If you stand up for what you do believe,
Be prepared to be shot down.”

And I feel like a stranger
In the land where I was born
And I live like an outlaw.
And I’m always on the run…
And I’m always getting busted
And I got to take a stand…
I believe the revolution
Must be mighty close at hand…

I smoke marijuana
But I can’t get behind your wars.
And most of what I do believe
Is against most of your laws
I’m a fugitive from injustice
But I’m goin’ to be free.
‘Cause your rules and regulations
They don’t do the thing for me

And I feel like a stranger
In the land where I was born
And I live just like an outlaw.
And I’m always on the run.
And though you may be stronger now, my time will come around.
You keep adding to my numbers, and you shoot my people down.


Our town of Santa Rosa just witnessed the shooting and killing of 13-year old Andy Lopez on a sunny afternoon as he was walking on a privately owned vacant lot bothering nobody, as least no from the neighborhood called 911, and a Sheriff deputy drives up from behind, reports the suspect, and in 3 seconds begins firing his automatic gun so 7 bullets enter the kid, the first killing him as the boy turned to discern who was calling him.  The numbers are adding as that last stanza proclaimed in the song.

The militarization of the police in urban and rural America is the result of the Drug War initiated in 1970 by President Richard M. Nixon and his Attorney General Mitchell on their belief that certain drugs were bad because they were habit-forming, ignoring the fact that gold, and oxygen and water are habit-forming, too.  Through his Executive Order he created the DEA and NIDA, as the enforcement and brain trust defending Nixon’s dogma.  SWAT teams and black helicopters became standard equipment on city and village police forces through generous federal grants.  And worse, it froze research into the the efficacy of more than one plant’s molecules for treating  human illnesses , often without side effects of prescription drugs developed under the prohibition of more efficacious drugs.

The Controlled Substance Act to replace the SCOTUS declared unconstitutional Marijuana Tax Stamp Act was based solely on President Nixon’s belief in habitual use being bad and that hippies against his Vietnam War and authority had to be punished.  As a result we have 20% of Americans being deprived of the medicine that truly can suppress inflammation while modulating the immune system (not suppressing it like steroids do!) and deprived of human research to substantiate the results gained from studies of mice in university research held around the world.  And we have teenagers and young adults who are dealing with anxieties due to paternal deprivation, however it causes that perception among the developing children.  Certainly self-medication for the anxiety by cannabis is preferable to alcohol and tobacco and worse.  Since when is relaxation bad?  Even the Jesus of the Gospels repeats over and over again “Fear Not”.  Of Course, improving father and child relationships is primal, but that is tied in with the societal norms and the economic pressures for demanding the father to be absent from the home and assume military service will make a man out of him in stead of mentoring by the father.

If you are suffering from any of the autoimmune diseases, give cannabis a try and work for decriminalizing this plant that has been an ally to humans for millenia.  I posted the show portion with Dr. O’Connell on my Youtube channel at http://youtu.be/BtQqNQ89Px8

Post your comments and let’s get a discussion going that includes elected representatives and entrenched bureaucrats standing to lose income from familiar sources if budget priorities are shifted from Drug War tactics.

I posted the second half of the show portion with Dr. O’Connell on my Youtube channel at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_FxnPYOf08

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Review of Revelations

Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of RevelationRevelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation by Elaine Pagels

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I appreciate this scholar of the Nag Hammadi scrolls describe the context of John of Patmos’ Revelation: the destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple was in recent memory; the persecution of the followers of Christ by the Roman Emperors; the existence of other books of revelation and their groups of adherents hoping for some kind of salvation from the Roman empire rule; and the complaints of Jewish followers about Gentile followers of Christ that Paul was bringing into the faith that indicates disunity among the early sects. The author then describes how the term “Satan” that was originally intended to be the Roman Empire by John of Patmos, was then used by early Christian bishops to mean heretics among the followers of Christ. Orthodox bishops won the battle of including the Book of Revelation in the New Testament canon under the tutelage of Emperor Constantine, in fact at the very end for importance, and then moved to outlaw with the power of the Emperor execution all the other books circulating among followers of Christ. The new religion became the Empire’s religion, by the 4th century AD Satan meant no longer the empire but dissidents of the empire religion. Question is, why settle for the empire graft of the 4th century and not know more about the roots?

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Aleut Native Elder Larry Merculieff speaks on bringing back the sacred feminine

Venus of Willendorf is estimated to have been made between 24,000 and 22,000 BCE.

Venus of Willendorf is estimated to have been made between 24,000 and 22,000 BCE.Venus of Willendorf

Aleut Native Elder Larry Merculieff speaks in this 15-minute video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=en4TKmldjrM on bringing back the sacred feminine.  He describes how the tribal women would dance on the outside of the circle forming for sacred work in order to move the Cosmic Womb Energy present in their wombs into the center of the circle, so the formation work could be done to go into the future in a good way.

He also talks about the Stillness and its role in the sacred creation work.  In the Stillness, there is no thought or emotion, and it is there where you make a decision with your whole being.  In the Stillness, we become aware of subtle energies or patterns.  He wondered who would make the masks, as all their Aleut mask makers were gone.  He brought this question into the Stillness, and with his whole being intention seeking an answer, he received images of masks in his mind.  He asked a elder in his tribe, and the elder said that he had come into consciousness of the Cosmic Womb.  It is the cauldron where creation is “cooked” into manifestation.

Link to Larry Metculieff’s bio

We need a balancing in our world.  We each have belly button to remind us of our umbilical connection through our mother, her mother, and her mother’s mother back to the original Mama.  How were we ever satisfied with referring to God as he, when nature shows us that all species require the feminine, she.  We did through belief of male priestly authorities instead of trusting our direct experience.

Sunflower navel - photo by Kenneth E. Norton 2013

Sunflower navel – photo by Kenneth E. Norton 2013

We can see how far away we are from truth by noticing that more women in the USA were killed through domestic violence of their husbands than the total women killed in the USA wars against Iraq and Afghanistan during the same period of time.

Remember your navel.  Are you grateful you have one?   Remember your mother, are you grateful for her.  Remember the  Mother of all the Cosmos.   Enter into the great fullness of her to continue birthing creation.

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Wiricuta and right relationship

A teacher of mine, Tomas Pinkson, sent me the following on his experience in Wiricuta.  It is my intent to walk in balance with Nature and Spirit.

hola relatives – thought some of you might find of interest the below comments extracted from a review i was asked to do for an upcoming issue of a European journal on eco-psychology focused on consciousness and psychedelics.

” I want to share an experience i had in Wiricuta (the Huichol Indian holy land) that speaks to the power of place, linguistic determinacy and right relationship with the land and spirits where one lives.

On my first or second pilgrimage ( i made nine in all so far ) i sat there in ceremonial circle around Tatéwari (Grandfather Fire) at Wiricuta deep into the medicine (the Huichol use peyote as a sacred sacrament) alternately closing my eyes for inner travel and then opening them to take in the beauty of what was there before me – Grandfather Fire and the Huichols surrounding me, young and old, babies, teenagers, elders, families, the presiding shaman, all dressed in their beautiful sacred clothing with the deer, peyote, maize decorations adorning their apparel. I was transfixed in ecstatic consciousness.

When i closed my eyes at one point I saw in vision that the spirit energy of the land there flowed into the peyote which when eaten by the People and in turn flowed out of them as their language. I saw that the figures on their clothing were pictorial images of this energy and that the language-energy of the place provided the guidance and understanding of how to be in right relationship with it, i.e.. to live in respectful harmony and balance sustaining healthy life for future generations. The “instructions” were in the actual language of the land coming into the people through the medicine and then flowing out from them as their words and visual images on their clothing. I took all this in with amazement, then opened my eyes and saw before me the exact portrayal in the “external” world as i had just seen in the “internal” one – there were the people singing the language of the land and wearing the language of the land which was all interwoven as one in how they lived. Very beautiful to say the least! Deep ecology for sure.

Terence McKenna’s suggestion that we model human behavior after plant behavior taking seriously the information contained within them concerning the nature of the world needs to be heeded in these challenging times. It takes us into the much needed resacralization of the feminine Gaian Goddess consciousness – Earth Mother – birther of life, honoring of the feminine, womb of the universe, or is it yoni-verse?, that the patriarchy has raped and oppressed (as the Greek myth cutting off the head of Medusa when in fact we need to put her head back on for she dances as does Shiva in the dance of life and death and rebirth).

A symbiotic accord and relationship with nature and the “gnosis of the vegetable mind” operating in the Western society and cultures is starting to happen with the sweeping popularity of ayahuasca around the world, a significant opening in which this wisdom guidance is reaching more and more people of all walks of life.


Contact for Tomas:  drtompinkson.com