Monday, November 28, 2011

Meeting Myron (Strong Willow) Gonzales

Posted: Monday, 28 Nov 11; Updated:

Eugene and Myron in Los Alamos on 11/28/11
It is hard to imagine a more meaningful conversation!

At long last  I met with Myron Gonzales to discuss LADDOF's "Story Tree" project. Last August 18, San Ildefonso Gov. Perry Martinez assigned Gonzales in his role as the tribal council's representative for cultural affairs to evaluate the project. Frustrations, PC problems and unexpected obstacles delayed our meeting until Monday, November 28. But it was as if our meeting had been arranged by influences far beyond our control to give us ultimately an unhurried opportunity to meet and hear each other in a "deep democracy" setting. The meeting lasted almost three hours.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Marco's bronze horse sculpture

Posted: 23 November 2011

 On Saturday, November 19, 2011, Pat Trujillo-Oviedo delivered her husband Marco's bronze stallion, which Birgitta fell in love with at first sight last August in Chimayo. Last week she dreamed of receiving it. It was clearly time to bring her dream into reality!

Marco is one of the Hispanic artists who have agreed to contribute to the Hispanic spiral of the "Story Tree of Los Alamos".

Marco A. Oviedo

The Carthusian monks at Jerez de la Frontera, province of Spain, bred the best Iberian horses for the last 13 centuries to arrive at the purity and character of the Spanish horse of today. “Jeresano” refers to being of Jerez. In Spain, any good wine is aged in oak barrels and is called 'Il de solera' or 'of good origin' and made in the properly aged way. Hence the name, Jeresano de Solera, an elegant name which describes this beautiful Spanish stallion floating on air with character and flawless movement and a long-standing noble heritage. Jeresano de Solera pays homage to the French impressionist masters who saw the horse floating in the air, but could not prove what they saw until the first high-speed camera was invented in 1881."

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

First "Hot" Open Forum subject?

Event: 16 November 2011; Updated: 25 Nov 11

On November 16, the Los Alamos Monitor published my letter about the implications of a recent unexpectedly strong defeat of a proposal that most County Council members thought would be an easy victory. This seemed a good topic for a first LADDOF event. Two letters the following week (Nov 22) confirmed that perception: a disconnect between county government and county citizens. 

(Click on letters to enlarge)
Letter to Editor 16 Nov 11
Letters to Editor 22 Nov 11
This seems to me a local version of an issue being played out on national and international scales these days. In his classical book, The Spirit of Laws, French philosopher Montesquieu might refer to the issue as one of "political virtue", on which the republican form of government is built. That is, the willingness of the people to obey the law. When that willingness breaks down--when citizens no longer respect and obey the law--the republican form of government degenerates into one of two other basic forms. These are: despotic or monarchical. I believe we are heading for the former of these two.

On Monday, 21 Nov, I wrote to Max Schupbach, director of the Deep Democracy Institute in Portland, to alert him to this opportunity to offer a first forum and to ask support suggestions.

Max, you wrote us here in Los Alamos at this time last year from Nairobi to propose a first Los Alamos DD open forum. Remember? But we ran into a scheduling conflict. You asked us to identify a "burning issue" here for the forum. We have one now, which became clear only last week in the results of a county election on an initiative propose by the 7-person county council, which the council took for granted would pass easily. Instead, and to the council's dismay, it was roundly defeated by a margin of 2 to 1, indicating a profound "disconnect" between county government and community citizens. There is flash point energy brewing here, which I call "potential creative energy" or "PCE", which is manifest by low morale, suicide, destructive outbursts, etc. 
We need guidance from you and your people on how best to set up this first open forum. Will you respond to this request?
On November 22, 2011, Schubach again replied from Nairobi, Kenya:
Thanks for letting us know, dear Eugene, we will be back in the US in Mid December, maybe we can connect after this. Please write to me personally, I would appreciate it. Thanks and best wishes for your work. 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Dinner with Gov. Torres & Family

Event: Friday, November 4, 2011; Updated: Thanksgiving Day

On November 4 we were honored to have former San Ildefonso Pueblo Governor Elmer Torres and daughter Tracee to our home for dinner to get better acquainted and discuss LADDOF. To our mutual surprise, Elmer and I discovered that we had worked in the same SIO (Stakeholder Involvement Office) for LANL back in 1993, before Elmer was elected governor of San Ildefonso Pueblo. We were also pleased to learn that Tracee, a tenth-grader at Los Alamos High, is planning to visit sister city Sarov next spring.

Elmer urged me to follow up with Myron Gonzales to get the project back on track from the scheduling difficulties since August. With that encouragement, I visited the pueblo to make a renewed attempt to arrange that long-awaited meeting with Gonzales. Fortunately we re-established contact and are now scheduled to meet for an evaluation discussion soon in Los Alamos after Thanksgiving.