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…also known as The Post Wherein I Ask You for Some Stuff in the Spirit of This Holiday.

“Forget about the senior prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you’ve got any guts. Some of you like pep rallies and plastic robots who tell you what to read. Forget I mentioned it. This song has no message. Rise for the flag salute. ”

Frank Zappa has been on my mind a lot lately. I really love the guy and as I continue to obsess over Occupy, I wonder what he’d have to say. I mean, I certainly don’t think he’d be on the street at Occupy Hollywood since he was a stay at home and work a lot kind of genius. But I do think he’d have some insightful comments and he’d figure out a way to deliver humor, which has been in short supply since this all began on September 17th. Frank was weird, he was brilliant, he was scathing, and the man was funny. I think this young lady channeled him a little when she made her sign.

From the Occupy Wall St. Facebook photo album

…I like her slightly mysterious smile too, by the way. Don’t you?

There’s really no point in bellyaching about how preoccupied so many Americans seem to be with vapid annoying celebrities, or even with interesting celebrities. But it is what kept me from Twitter for so long, since I had naively assumed that the main point of Twitter was to keep tabs on your #idols. But now that I’m on and even tweeting a bit, I see that I was wrong. So, uh, let’s not rush to judgment.

Halloween is upon us, with 2012 on the horizon. Robin Hood and Guy Fawkes figure prominently in the news of the day while Scott Olsen lies in Oakland’s Highland Hospital, a bloodied, breathing symbol of a world turned upside down. This is the time of year, according to ancient knowledge and tradition, when the veil between the worlds is thinnest. What worlds, you ask? The world of the seen and world of the unseen, of course. It’s okay if you don’t believe in anything that you can’t see with your own two reliable eyes- if you’re lucky enough to have two. But whether you believe that there’s more or you don’t, may I suggest that you take some time in the next few days to acknowledge all in your world which you have found to be mysterious or inexplicable?

Because after all, isn’t the situation we’re in right now somewhat inexplicable? Well, not the how we got here part. That can be explained, basically by following the money. In fact, a nice video that you can watch in four and a half minutes explains the banking piece. The back story is all fairly evident, but the now part, the wow part, well- that’s something to be reckoned with. You got Arab Spring, you got Twitter and the whole world watching, and you got a big pile of Americans (and people worldwide who are on the bus with the Americans)- with nothing to lose, or almost nothing. But still, but still… despite all that, who really thought change would come?

Many people have been beating drums of resistance, drums of patience, drums of frustration- for a long time without really expecting change. It’s a commitment one makes to the process, right? Non-attachment to outcomes. You do your thing and you let it go. There’s a lady whose name I can’t remember… she’s been out at the Windmill in Eastham every single Saturday for 22 years holding a peace vigil. Stop the wars. Bring them home. Peace, please. Can you dig that for twenty two years, this woman has not given up- even though we keep finding ourselves in stupid new wars, all the time?

But I believe, and I hope you do too, that change is upon us. You don’t have to ascribe it to 2012 or Samhain or anything mysterious- as I might, hehehe- but please, give it a chance. And if you’re sitting somewhere as part of the Occupy Movement, please, I beg you: stay there. Stay positive, stay calm, stay non-violent, stay human. But above all else, stay. Chris Hedges got interviewed at Times Square a few weeks ago and he said quite a number of heartening things. What I took away from it was that we need to hold steady.  “Sthira sukha asanam” is what the yogis say.  If you like that, look it up. And I’ll be with you while you look it up- because we are all one, even the one percent, my brothers and sisters. (And you already knew that too.)

One more thing. If you consider yourself to be on the bus, please check in with your local Occupy and see what they need. Blankets, water, coffee, peanut butter, whatever. Ask them and they will tell you. Then help them get it.

That’s my Halloween rave and since I did ask for a trick from you, here’s a treat in return. Please enjoy David Bowie, circa 1975, saying it: STAY.