~Meniscus Archives~
Winter 2004
Issue #6
Past, Present & Future

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Reaction to November 3rd
Wesley Ratko
Many of us could not beleive it, but just remember what we've been through as a nation.

Be Kind to the Temple and Kick Cancer
Jon Heinrich
The body is your temple; physical and spiritual strength go hand in hand. Like Sting said "We're just spirits in a material world"...

The Dehydration Epidemic
Jaime Larese
Our first step to improving a myriad of health problems is understanding dehydration and how much water we need to be drinking daily to maintain our fragile health.

Wake Up Call
Brian O'Connell
Only through true revolution will ral change come. Otherwise it will all just be a bunch of theeater, puppets and candle light vigils that can easily be shrugged off by the powers that be.

Aaron Ades
Create what you need and eliminate the reliance on things you cannot create.

Diary of a Future Rock Star
The Tonic
2004 for me is about finding what my life goal is truly about. I am beginning to think it has less to do with music than it does with spreading love, kindness and happiness.

Beaver Moon
Sarah Benjamin
We were kind of making out, and then...I said,"let's step out on the balcony and look at the moon!" Ivy said "Yeah!."

Cows in the Road
Dan Berthiaume
Ramshackle wire fencing surrounded a wide yard full of grass that stood close to a foot high, except in ragged patches that Bob assumed were chewed by a goat he saw pacing back and forth against the fencing

Summer's Freckles
Wesley Ratko
And then before him, as though by magic, Emma was there. She was lithe and beautiful, her skin freckly and pale, her red hair blowing in the breeze that carried the mist of the field sprinkler across their faces. Arthur was awestruck, surprised by the bevy of emotion that erupted from within him.

Long's Peak: Epic Winter Ascent
Aron Ralston
Away I went, feeling as strong and prepared as I've ever felt for climbing a winter 14er. Via the iced-over Keyhole Route, I summited Longs Peak for my 41st winter 14er solo in 4-1/2 hours...

A Photo Essay on Peace
Join Meniscus Magazine in downtown Boston during political season to see what the people have to say.

è bella Designs in Peru
Michael Weintrob
Photographer Michael Weintrob travels to Peru with è bella Designs, to capture how è bella has helped to revive the art of weaving and the Peruvuian economy.

Sound of Paintings
Yuko Adachi with Ai Isshiki & Sakiko Mori

Jon Heinrich
An evening of original music and intricately woven visual language. Through Adachi’s paintings a philosophy of unlimitations, metaphysical intrigue and growth is revealed.

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: Take a Trip with the Wild and Wooly Masters of the Jam-Jazz Scene
Brian Gagné
Their two most recent releases, All is One and Telluride is Acoustic, display two sides of the same avant-jazz coin that is JFJO. Join them on their “Magical Tour of Truth, Love, and Light”.

Sound Tribe Sector 9: Focusing the Light
Jon Heinrich
David Murphy from STS9 talks with Meniscus about the sense of life that dawns inspiration for the river of music they produce. What does it take for a soul to create such a mellifluous groove?

Published 12/18/04

Welcome to the winter issue celebrating the Past, Present and Future, of Meniscus Magazine and the creative counterculture we reside in. Coming off a heavy fall of change this Autumn, we see that the world is in the process of transformation.

Its hard to believe we’re already up to issue #6 of Meniscus Magazine. When the idea solidified two years ago, only potential graced the pages of this positive online art forum. What we discovered is quite remarkable. This is a movement of Great Organization: People are coming together.

We’re at the first half of an eight year cycle to bring the Venus energy of loving awareness to earth. The first half is the destruction of the old. This is good when the current system is designed to control people. We are here to power their empires.

Consumerism baits us with new shoes and snacks for which we work our entire lives. And a third of what you work for goes to the system to buy $400 billion worth of ops every year to do stuff we don’t approve of. As Brian O’Connell points out in Wake Up Call, we’re lulled into submissiveness by corporate media. But you can affect change by talking to people about what’s really happening in the world.

Now that the elected administration settles in however, its time for the artists to press on with our creative pursuits. As Wesley Ratko so optimistically narrates in his Practical Reaction to November 3rd, we are stronger as a counter culture than ever.

Deep in the crevasses of this multicultural creative revolution, amazing things are happening. Take for example when fine artist Yuko Adachi collaborated with composers Ai Isshiki and Sakiko Mori in Sound of Paintings this December for a night of contemporary classical music inspired by vibrant oil paintings. What you’ll find with artists however, is what you see is not necessarily what you get—it goes much deeper. Intricately woven in the visual language of the painting, Adachi’s philosophy of life is revealed: A philosophy of unlimitations, metaphysical intrigue, growth and most of all, love.

While Yuko is a prime example of the powerful creative energy surging through America’s culture, she is not the only one to tap into it. As you’ll see flipping through this issue over the holiday season, love can be transmitted in many ways…. Which leads us to the immediate future, the MOJO ISSUE>

Moving forward from here, we’re gearing up for the future of Meniscus Magazine and I’d like to invite YOU to participate. Please remember that Meniscus Magazine was birthed for you, so if you have ideas to spread to like-minded people; this is your venue!

So here’s what’s coming up:

Mojo Issue, Spring 2005

Carl Jung described a “mutual attraction of related objects,” an elective affinity from a “greater and more comprehensible consciousness which is unknowable.” He is describing an energy relationship that made him want to put his hands up and bask in the field. Where do you see supernormal luminosity? What is your potent primal causa? Tell us about it.

Science Issue, Summer 2005

Chaos creates small pockets of organization within turbulence. Think of a series of small eddy currents in a swift river—order in superstring physics. The little tornados of current become micro-autonomous systems that breed innovation in light.

It has been nearly a century since Einstein realized Relativity. In the most pivotal moment in scientific history, he equated E=mc2, meaning that MATTER IS LIGHT. The unfortunate use flattening of Hiroshima was one result. We have yet to fully discover the remaining benefits of that equation. Scientists proved that the universe responds to what we think—literally. What’s going on that we should hear about?

What other kind of science are you fascinated with? Neuralogy, nanotechnology? astronomy, chemistry? Throw down 500 words.

Contribute to Meniscus, let your creative spirit rise!

Feel the energy coursing. As Aaron Ades explains in Sustainability, we are in the process of experiencing social Kundalini. Intentions through thoughts become reality. As you progress, focus on that artistic pursuit of yours, what ever it may be. And enjoy each moment.

“Have no fear for atomic Bush and Cheney, cause none of them can stop-a ‘da time.”

Jon Heinrich

Merry Christmas!




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