10 December 05
A few days ago, a group of armed men sprayed bullets on a building owned by Mike Arroyo, husband of embattled "President" Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA). The armed men identified themselves as members of a new group called "Enlightened Warriors". In a statement they sent to the media, the "Enlightened Warriors" warned: "This attack symbolizes the widespread frustration and anger among AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) soldiery against the illegitimate and corrupt administration of Gloria [Macapagal] Arroyo". They also characterized the Arroyo building as the "corporate and corruption headquarters of the Arroyos".
11 December 2005
Last week I wrote about clearing the clutter out of our lives. I'm still amazed by the letters and stories people have shared since. A friend said her junk really made her sick and she didn't sleep well until she got rid of all the stuff she stored under her bed. I can't imagine having anything but the floor under my bed, but I'm sure she's not the only one. That can't be healthy and I'm glad she had the sense and the will to clear it.
November 2005 | Ode Magazine Issue: 29
TF! Editorial Comment: The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is thumbing its nose at conventional measures of "progress." Already many have come to realize that narrowly defined economic growth as measured by GNP/GDP is not an indicator of progress towards integral sustainable development. On the contrary, as pointed out by a previous UNDP human development report, "growth" is often futureless, jobless, ruthless, rootless and voiceless. The article below takes another look at Bhutan's experiment with Gross National Happiness, which, if nothing else, shines a spotlight on the real question – "Growth for what?"
TF! Editorial Comment: More and more people are becoming aware of the human, societal and environmental benefits of sustainable agriculture (SA). While organic farming methods receive the lion's share of attention, there is growing awareness of an older branch of SA – biodynamic or spiritual agriculture. As discussed in the article below, biodynamic farmers work with the inherent forces at work in nature and in the cosmos to build soil fertility and grow healthy and nutritious food. As yields continue to outclass those achieved by other methods, it is perhaps only a matter of time until biodynamic farming becomes more of a household word in Philippine agriculture.
December 4, 2005 | The Philippine Star
TF! Editorial Comment: Already recognized for excellence in many fields like design, Filipinos are winning global awards in a variety of fields. On the heals of the winning coconets invention of Justino Arboleta, another Filipino invention is making waves internationally as the world discovers Filipino innovation and creativity at work. The article below describes the recent gold medal winning Filipino entry to the International Inventor's Forum – a cashew nut extract that holds promise for treating a variety of skin ailments, including skin cancer.