Search
  • Robertson Work

Report to People & Planet on My 76th Year

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

1 August 2019 – 31 July 2020

Caring for Community and World as Author and Activist:

Author: - Wrote, published, and marketed memoir, Serving People & Planet (SPP), and poetry book, Earthling Love (EL); articles about SPP and EL published by Black Mountain News in North Carolina, and the Bulletin of the UN’s Association of Former International Civil Servants (AFICS) in NYC; donated SPP and EL to the AFICS library in NYC; roughed out a new book of fourteen speeches given for the UN, the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA), and other organizations, and two books of essays (societal and personal); my article was published in the Integral Leadership Journal online; was asked by University of Oxford to help with their documentation of the movement of movements (MoM); donated my books and UN papers at the request of the UN Career Records Project to the University of Oxford; wrote endorsement for Dr. Larry Ward’s book, America’s Racial Karma, and for Dr. Shabbir Cheema’s book, Democratic Local Governance; celebrated Bonnie Myotai Treace’s three new books – Wake Up!, Zen Meditation for Beginners, and Zen 52 Weeks Journal; sent comments on two historical novels by Dr. Nikhil Chandavarkar; and continued posting on blogsite, A Compassionate Civilization, and social media.

Ecosystem/Justice Activist: - Participated in climate strike in Asheville, NC; became advisor to The Solutions Journal, Overview, and Planetary Human; met Dr. Peter Whitehouse online re a compassionate civilization; was invited to speak at global conference at Harvard, accepted, then declined due to virus in China; participated in the Extinction Rebellion (XR) movement of movements (MoM) online international conversation; participated in the ICA Social Research Center/Archives online meeting, and talked about the movement of movements (MoM); hosted my first Zoom meeting on the movement of movements (MoM); discussed with a colleague his intentional community plans north of Toronto; and participated in Zoom meetings with UN Deputy Secretary General, and with the UN USA Association.

Caring for Family, Friends, and Self:

Family: - Attended French horn concert w Bonnie; celebrated Bonnie’s BD at Owen Lake – last time together with whole family; celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary at a lake house; Attended Micalmas at SOLA; visited BMT museum with grandkids; visited Asheville museum with Bonnie, then with grandkids; had Venezuelan lunch w Ben and Phoenix; wrote poems for Thanksgiving, and the grandchildren; went with brother and sister-in-law to Greenville for brother’s procedure; accompanied D and L for broncoscopy; helped set up Hermitage Heart legal and tax free status in NC; helped Bonnie with health issues; created cottage garden with Bonnie and Julie; created a Happy Hermitage for our pandemic isolation; received kids' weekly visits at-a-distance during pandemic; talked by phone with John and Margy, and Benjamin; walked Abby the collie daily.

Friends and Colleagues: - Met with Dr. Qinghong Wei and husband from Tampa; met with Rebecca Mahan who moved to Asheville; helped Dr Bishow Mahan get a neurology internship; attended ballet with Vivi as star; talked by phone w Rev Dr Kang in Seoul; participated in online memorial services for Charles Hahn, and Marge Philbrook of the Order Ecumenical; and mourned death from COVID19 of colleague's wife.

Body-Mind: - Practiced daily meditation; had successful cataract surgery; bought a hybrid; had successful Mohs surgery on chin; had online physical therapy for left heel; participated in Zoom desk-yoga with Tina Spencer in Australia and later with the UN AFICS; participated in online dharma teaching by Dr. Larry Ward; and celebrated 85th birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

In mystery, love, and gratitude for this past year, this life, this planet.

LikeComment Share


47 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All