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Thursday, February 28, 2019

"READING A COMPACT, NON-NARRATIVE HISTORY" - Malcolm Bell, author


    For me, this was reading a compact, non-narrative history.  The timelines reminded me of events I have read about and, since the 1930s, lived through.  They filled me in (in spite of their brevity) on interesting facts and corrected some of my misconceptions.  They and the commentaries evoke the temper of the times and give this reader a feel for the periods – as you say of the commentaries, they “give the reader a feeling-based sense of the era.”
The commentaries are great.  I’m very glad you often quoted people on both sides of issues, rather making the commentaries all your own summaries of what they said – Molly Ivins, Angela Davis, Patrick Buchanan, Pat Robertson, etc.  While you have obviously done a great deal of work on this project, even more commentaries would be welcome.

Malcolm Bell, author
THE ATTICA TURKEY SHOOT: Carnage, Cover-up and the Pursuit of Justice
https://www.amazon.com/Attica-Turkey-Shoot-Carnage-Cover-Up/dp/1510716149

Friday, January 11, 2019

SIMPLE, GENERATIONAL TIMELINES


This blog offers access to simple timelines and commentaries organized by generations from 1860 - 2004 and listed in the right column.  Here is the front page of the 1985 - 2004 timeline which is 31 pages long in total.




     The timelines are factual compilations of the history of positive and negative forces which have affected you, your family, your business, employees and colleagues. After all, we are individuals, but we live in the same time. 

Topics covered in the timelines include:
- technology
- economics
- religion
- race
- health care
- the environment
- politics
- weather
- alcohol and drugs
- wars
- family life
- attitudes

- many more

     These are the context of our lives and have played a significant role positively or negatively. The hope is that these simple timelines inform your writing and your research. They may result in a new insight, a little clarity, an answer to a niggling question from the past being answered - which will address de Toqueville's concern which he articulated below.
https://goo.gl/SP3PEv

Thursday, January 10, 2019

FORCES GREATER THAN OURSELVES


Memoirs are based on our memories – positive and negative – of our efforts to harmonize ourselves and the more powerful systems of forces around us. And, these forces change over time and are the context for our biographies.
We live in a Sun/Earth system called the “Saros”. Nature - is nested within this larger, cosmic Saros.
When we are born, we are born into a place where geography affects our biography uniquely. The climate where we were born, the weather, the terrain, plants, animals all affect our lives.  Major storms of all sort can cause calamities.
We are also born as a member of a cultural system: a people, tribe or clan. The country we are born into have language, and sub-cultures based on religion or historical categories. Our family, however we define that, is a group, that exists within a cultural system. All of these are greater than the individual.
The relationship between our parents affects our family construct. And, finally, our own unique self is within all of these nests.
Starting from the left, each of these larger systems affects each system to its right, or we could say, each system affects the biography of each system.
Each system has sub-systems or agents which independently affect each system. For example, day/night rhythms affect different religious groups: Muslims and Jews mark their months starting with the new moon, other calendars use the Julian Calendar.
All of these components make our lives rich and complex.
Time is also a factor as things change. Timelines reflect the evolving social status which affects cultures, families, and ourselves.


EXOGENOUS SYSTEMS CHART:
7/7/2010

COSMOS
SAROS (NATURE)
CULTURAL
FAMILY
PARENT
BIOGRAPHY
Sun
Seasons
Nationalism
# children
Age
Physiology
Moon
Day / Night
Tribe / Clan
# parents
Education
Health
Planets
Weather
Family
Employment
Employment
Accidents
Constellations
Tides
Religion
Distance
Upbringing
Habits
Spirit
Environment
Economics
Child school
Economic
Exercise

Climate
Technology
Sleep
Experiences
Psychology

Zeitgerbers
Media
Meal time
Conflict
Age

Biological time
Health Care
Nutrition

Travel

Geography
Corporations
Family dynamics

Nutrition

Temperature
Political: monarchy, democracy, oligarchy, etc.
Conflict

Sleep

Air / atmospherics
Language




Soil nutrient composition
Educational system




Altitude
War / conflict (from outer)




Food availability and type.
Resistance, rebellion, revolution (from inner)




Water availability and quality.
Generational types and rhythms.





Agriculture






Calendar system





Legal system






Capacity to adapt (innovate)





History











Saturday, December 29, 2018

WHEN AMERICA WAS GREAT

TIMELINES REVEAL THE GREAT ERAS
     This is an era that social historians Strauss and Howe call "THE GREAT UNRAVELING".  We can see that the recent worldwide politics feels like one of "unraveling" of many once accepted political policies, cultural mores, economic relationships, religious morals and social forms which were built up over time as cultural responses to previous events which the timelines detail. 
     Perhaps these timelines will help us think backwards and imagine what will be unraveled? What cultural forces will be released is anyone's guess.
     Timelines  most relevant may be:
1985 - 2004 - Unraveling and "Cultural Warfare".
1964 - 1984 - Integration / voting rights, the Post-Vietnam era.
1947 - 1963 - The Post WWII, Soviet/Russia struggle, Kennedy assassination.
https://goo.gl/gqLtJZ

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

DE TOQUEVILLE


“Since the past has ceased to throw its light upon the future the mind of man wanders in obscurity. – Alexis de Toqueville, Democracy in America (1835)

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

COMMENTARIES ACCOMPANY TIMELINES

Timelines are accompanied by Commentaries which amplify a topic found in the timeline. In many cases, these are links to other resources on the web. 
     Here are the list of descriptions of what is in the commentaries for 1985 - 2004. The complete commentaries accompany the timeline for the same period.




Ravenous Hunger And Story Arts


       "The world now consumes films, novels, theater, and television in such quantities and with such ravenous hunger that the story arts have become humanity's prime source of inspiration, as it seeks to order chaos and gain insight into life. Our appetite for story is a reflection of the profound human need to grasp the particular patterns of living, not merely in an intellectual exercise, but was in a very personal, emotional experience. In the words of playwright Jean Anouilh, 'fiction gives life it's form.'"

STORY, Robert McKee, Pg. 12