26 NOVEMBER 2017 #39 A TALE OF TWO WEDDINGS

A TALE OF TWO WEDDINGS In the past month I was honored to be a guest at two weddings, one Muslim, one Hindu. The first was the marriage of Aitbubuu, my very fine student from Arabaev University in Kyrgyzstan (where I recently concluded my Peace Corps service). Her new husband is Ulan. Their wedding took place in Aitbubuu’s hometown, Naryn, a five hour drive south from Bishkek. I was invited to share the ride to Naryn with Aitbubuu and Ulan. To attend the second wedding a few weeks later, I took a short flight over the Himalya to attend the marriage celebration of Hirdesh and Aaron in the Indian town of Orchha. For more than 20 years, I have spent half … Read More

15 OCTOBER 2017 #38 FULL MOON OVER MUSSOORIE

Mussoorie, in the foothills of the Himalya, is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in India, indeed in the world. I spent a few days there last week and took this photo on the night of the full moon. I attended the Woodstock School in Mussoorie from second form until my high school graduation in 1951, as my parents were missionaries in Burma. Woodstock, founded in 1854, is a coeducational residential international school. During last week’s visit, I spent some time with a dear friend who was one of my schoolmates in those long-ago years. I was glad to capture this photo of Mussoorie and its nighttime sky. We must keep special places like Mussoorie always safe and beautiful. … Read More

15 SEPTEMBER 2017 #37 SPACE AGE CHRONICLES

I have been writing SPACE AGE CHRONICLES (subtitle: “The First 500 Years of the Age of Space”) for several years — working on it as time permits (and while publishing four earlier books: “AASHISH 1926-2034,” “READINGS FROM AN INDIA JOURNAL,” “THE MESSAGE,” and “TALES FROM EARTH ORBIT”). All can be found on my Amazon WarrenHall Crain Author Page at http://amzn.to/1Tym7aD.   When I return to Seattle from Kyrgyzstan and India in November, I will get back to work on SPACE AGE CHRONICLES, a book of future history, which I aim to publish on my birthday, 10 September 2018.   My earlier book “Tales from Earth Orbit” will be edited for inclusion in SPACE AGE CHRONICLES … and here is what … Read More

9 SEPTEMBER 2017 #36 TO KYRGYZSTAN AND INDIA AGAIN

In June I completed 4 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan (as Visiting Professor of English at Arabaev University in Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek).  Then home to Washington State, to reside with my elder daughter in Tacoma until my new apartment in Seattle becomes available. Except for August, which I spent visiting friends on the U.S. East Coast, I thought I’d be in Washington for awhile, putting finishing touches on my next book, SPACE AGE CHRONICLES — but weddings of two dear and long-lasting friends have persuaded me to return to Kyrgyzstan and India for the next two months. I left on the eighth of September and will return to the USA on the fifth of November. The first wedding — that … Read More

19 AUGUST 2017 #35 ONLY LOVE

ONLY LOVE How can we counter the upsurge of hate fomented by the white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and KKK in Charlottesville last week? These words of Martin Luther King, Jr., are more timely than ever: “Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” I count Martin Luther King, Jr. a strong colleague. I met and spoke with him several times. I have a letter he sent me after I had chatted briefly with him about my decision to join the US Navy. I spoke briefly with him in Atlanta,GA, just before he received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1964. I had completed my Navy career and was, at the time, Associate Pastor of the Friendship Baptist Church in … Read More

12 AUGUST 2013 #34 PROTECT THE TIGERS

PROTECT THE TIGERS We have lost almost 96% of the world’s wild tigers. But tiger populations are slowly recovering thanks to efforts such as the World Wildlife Fund working with 13 tiger-range countries to protect tiger habitats – for example a large area on the border of India and Bhutan. Poets have written of the the tigers’ magnificent beauty. “The Tyger” by the English poet William Blake begins: Tyger, Tyger, burning bright, In the forests of the night; What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry? “Always” by the Indian poet Kiran Verma envisions a NEW EARTH: Where tigers roam the forests And great whales roam the seas (Read the entire poem “Always” at warrenhallcrain.com/always/ ) WarrenHall Crain … Read More

29 JULY 2017 #33 HUMPBACK WHALES RETURN TO NEW YORK

NUMBERS NOT SEEN FOR 100 YEARS Humpback whales have returned to New York Harbor and other New York waters in sizable numbers not seen in 100 years. (In the photo a humpback skyhops off Rockaway Peninsula with the Empire State Building and Manhattan skyline just behind.) Why have the whales come back to New York? Improved water quality (thanks to the Clean Water Act of 1972) has caused algae and zooplankton to multiply. This provides food for menhaden – a small fish that whales like to eat. Boats do sometimes bump into the whales in New York’s busy harbor, but nobody seems to mind very much – just watch out for the whales. Humpback  whales were taken off the Endangered … Read More

9 JULY 2017 #32 ARE WE ALONE?

ARE WE ALONE? WHAT IF WE’RE NOT? SETI — the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence —  has been going on for awhile. SETI looks for planets that could support life … maybe intelligent life … and listens for messages aliens might try to send us. METI – Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence —  is now getting started. METI scientists are not just listening for messages from aliens, they are devising messages to send to aliens. This means sending radio waves in regular patterns intelligent beings could recognize as deliberate attempts at contact, not just radio noise. Until recently, an  answer to a METI message sent to the far reaches of the universe was not considered possible for another 50,000 years. But this year, … Read More

10 JUNE 2017 #31 SEATTLE, THE EMERALD CITY

SEATTLE, THE EMERALD CITY Seattle and its surroundings are full of greenery the year round. That’s why it is nicknamed The Emerald City … and it is altogether a wonderful city. In L. Frank Baum’s fantasy,“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy followed the yellow brick road to the Emerald City. My path to the real Emerald City won’t be made of yellow bricks. It will be an All Nippon Airways Dreamliner flight from Delhi to Tokyo and Tokyo to Seattle. I’ve completed my four-year Peace Corps service in Kyrgyzstan and a visit to my India home town, Khajuraho. Now I’ll get resettled in my American home town … get reorganized … and continue writing my next book, FUTURE CHRONICLES, to … Read More

19 MAY 2017 #30 … GOING HOME TO INDIA

GOING HOME TO INDIA Though I am the holder of an American passport I often assert that I am a proper Indian. I grew up in India, and for more than 20 years I have divided my time between Seattle, Washington, US and Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India. Both countries are home. Yet, you may wonder, why do I consider myself to be Indian? My book, READINGS FROM AN INDIA JOURNAL, includes a poem that explains it all: “India Lays Claim to Me.” Here is the final verse that I wrote almost 21 years ago, in August of 1996:      I am an Indian Not because I assert that I am an Indian, But because, in all her glory, And … Read More

5 MAY 2017 #29 … WHAT IS THAT TINY DOT? …… IT IS US. ….. IT IS EARTH.

The Cassini spacecraft captured this image of Earth peeking out between Saturn’s rings at 1:41 a.m. Eastern time on April 12, 2017 when the solar system explorer was 870 million miles from home. This is how small and fragile Planet Earth is, even within our own solar system. Surely we can solve our problems and live as brothers and sisters on our tiny globe. WarrenHall Crain Bishkek, The Kyrgyz Republic 5 May 2017

21 April 2017 #28 INDIA…CHAOTIC…OVERPOPULATED…VIBRANT…INSPIRING

  INDIA: Chaotic … Overpopulated … VIBRANT … INSPIRING. After a recent visit to India, the New York Times columnist Roger Cohen wrote this: “India is ample. Soon to be the most populous country on earth, it is home to close to a billion Hindus, some 172 million Muslims, and tens of millions of Christians. Cochin is dotted with churches and mosques. Nobody cares too much. There’s room for multiple truths. It is this that makes the country such a source of hope.” Despite its many problems, including overcrowding and the occasional flaring of religious violence, Cohen writes that India’s “basic alchemy is good.” India is an inspiration to the world. My book READINGS FROM AN INDIA JOURNAL — available … Read More

14 April 2017 #27 MY FAMILY WERE ON THE KLIPFONTEIN’S MAIDEN VOYAGE IN 1939

MY FAMILY were on the Klipfontein on her maiden voyage in December 1939 — Mother, Pop, Alan (age 6), I (age 5), and Mary Jean (a baby in arms). It was on the Klipfontein that I began to learn to swim — in our tiny Second Class pool. It was a six-week voyage from Long Beach, California, to Rangoon, Burma, where my parents were to begin their missionary service as war loomed over Asia and the whole world. (We survived the war, eventually returning to the U.S. as refugees.) A six-week voyage from California to Burma. Imagine it! In just a few years it seems possible that I will be able to make a similar journey by SpacePlane in only … Read More

31 MARCH 2017 #26 TACOMA TO BISHKEK IN 2 HOURS

IN THE NEAR FUTURE, SPACEPLANES — descendants of the Boeing X-37 in this artist’s rendering— will take off from Earth, arc into sub-orbit above the atmosphere (passengers will be weightless for awhile), then glide gently to a landing halfway around the globe in about 2 hours. NOT YET … but spaceplanes are already in development and people with a lot of money are buying tickets. When spaceplanes become common and economical, I can make the flight from Tacoma to Bishkek in about 2 hours. TODAY, however, I am just winding up my 32-hour journey from Tacoma to Bishkek, via Los Angeles and Moscow. — returning to finish my stint as Visiting Professor of the English Language at Arabaev University after … Read More

28 FEBRUARY 2017 #25 THE WORDS OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS

FEBRUARY WAS CHOSEN AS BLACK HISTORY MONTH to include the birth dates of Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and Frederick Douglass (February 14). After escaping from slavery, Douglass became an abolitionist noted for his brilliantly reasoned anti-slavery writings and his electric oratory. He also supported women’s rights, in fact the rights of all people.The slogan of his newspaper, The North Star, was …. Right is of no Sex – Truth is of no Color – God is the Father of us all, and we are all Brethren. Lincoln, when he was first elected, favored retaining slavery where it existed while preventing its spread to new states and territories. Douglass met with Lincoln and told him about his youth as a slave. … Read More

27 JANUARY 2017 #24 ONE WORLD

ONE WORLD The lunar astronauts often made comments such as this from Michael Collins (Gemini 10 and Apollo 11): “I really believe that if the political leaders of the world could see their planet from a distance of 100,000 miles their outlook could be fundamentally changed. That all-important border would be invisible, that noisy argument silenced.” The NASA image shown here, recently captured by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, includes a bit of the surface of the moon below Planet Earth. (The Earth-to-moon distance actually averages about 250,000 miles.) When I saw this photo, I thought of the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag and thought it could be, as well, a pledge to the globe we all inhabit: ONE … Read More

31 DECEMBER 2016 #23 A RESOLUTION FOR 2017

No matter what is happening in the world or in our lives, we can always be kind to each other. I wish you all a Happy New Year. WarrenHall Crain Bishkek, The Kyrgyz Republic 31 December 2016

10 NOVEMBER 2016 # 22 A MUST-READ BOOK

In my research for writing FUTURE CHRONICLES, which will be published on my 83rd birthday next year, I found a book which is crucial in understanding the changes we must make in order to limit (or stop entirely) global warming. The book, which I recommend for your reading also, is THE GREAT TRANSITION: SHIFTING FROM FOSSIL FUELS TO SOLAR AND WIND ENERGY by Lester R. Brown of the Earth Policy Institute. I read this book on my Kindle, but this books is so important that I needed the print edition. So I asked a nephew in Cleveland to buy the book the send it to me (all the way to The Kyrgyz Republic) by FEDEX. Click this link to buy … Read More

23 OCTOBER 2016 #21 BRIGHT PROSPECTS FOR INDIA … AND THE PLANET

India is suffering worsening heat waves … just when many Indians are beginning to be able to afford air conditioners. The problem: Affordable air conditioners use HFCs — chemicals that trap heat in the atmosphere and add to global warming. So the air conditioners that help Indians survive the heat make the heat worse. The good news: In October, 170 nations — including India — signed an agreement to limit the use of HFCs. Some nations agreed to make the first cuts by 2019. India was given until 2028 to start reductions because of the need for air conditioners. By 2028, non-polluting air conditioners should be available. Even better: Major chemical companies are jumping in to accelerate development of non-polluting … Read More

10 SEPTEMBER 2016 #20 FREE STORY: “THE AERCYCLE RACES”

             My book TALES FROM EARTH ORBIT has published on Amazon. It features 14 short stories by and about the people who colonized the orbitats (orbital habitats) circling the globe in low Earth orbit around 300 years from now. To buy the book from Amazon, click on either picture above — the Orbitat poster or the book cover — or click here. “The Aercycle Races” is Tale Number 2 in TALES FROM EARTH ORBIT. I wrote this story for a Science Fiction Story Writing contest in 1994. From that seed came this book and the next one, FUTURE CHRONICLES, which will publish in 2017. Here is the story — free to read RIGHT NOW.   THE AERCYCLE RACES   NEW YEAR’S DAY … Read More

11 AUGUST 2016 #19 TURNING TOWARD THE LIGHT

In the Science Times last week, Joanna Klein wrote this about sunflowers: “At dawn, whole fields of sunflowers stand at attention, all facing east, and begin their romance with the rising sun. As that special star appears to move across the sky, young flowers follow its light, looking up, then over and westward, catching one final glance as the sun disappears over the horizon. “At night, in its absence, the sunflowers face east again, anticipating the sun’s return.” This seems a fine metaphor about how we should live and shape our actions … like sunflowers … turning toward the light, optimists — not foolish optimists but wise optimists, knowing what must be done for our planet and turning our efforts … Read More

28 JULY 2016 #18 THE FUTURE IS THEIRS

WITH MY GREAT GRANDSONS IN TACOMA Braylon and Tyson are now almost 5 years old. The future is theirs. As a future historian, I think about that a lot. I live in hope expectant that we can and will solve Earth’s problems … and that the future for these boys and all the world’s children for generations to come will be quite wonderful. My novels of future history are coming along rapidly. TALES FROM EARTH ORBIT will publish in September … FUTURE CHRONICLES to follow in 2017. Braylon and Tyson are already reading, and I hope that someday they will read and enjoy their great grandpa’s books. WarrenHall Crain Tacoma, Washington 28 July 2016

30 JUNE 2016 #17 … EVERY VILLAGE

When I was in Khajuraho, central India, earlier this month I went with my dear friend Dr. Raghav to the village of Kundarpura, just a few kilometres away, in which we are establishing a clinic (open three days a week) to provide basic health care to the whole village (about 1400 people). Raghav had made arrangements for another doctor to visit Kundarpura, and yesterday, and quoting from Dr. Raghav’s post: “Dr. Rachna Gupta visited our clinic on request to see the patients, She diagnosed total 83 patients, and distributed medicines as per requirements. We also provided vitamin A to kids and elders those were near to night blindness. Specially Raveena sister of Arti was very near to such sickness. Dr. Rachna … Read More

28 MAY 2016 #16 … A WORLD WITHOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS

President Obama laid a wreath at the Hiroshima memorial peace park this week in memory of the U.S. dropping of an atomic bomb on that city nearly 71 years ago, an event that ended the second world war and launched the nuclear age. The quest for nuclear nonproliferation has been a hallmark of Mr. Obama’s term as President. “We have known the agony of war,” Obama wrote in the guest book at the memorial site. “Let us now find the courage, together, to spread peace and pursue a world without nuclear weapons.” Scroll down to “Leave a Reply” to add your comment. WarrenHall Crain Bishkek, The Kyrgyz Republic 28 May 2016  

1 APRIL 2016 #15 … CHILDREN OF THE SAME GOD

On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of Muslim, Christian, and Hindu refugees, the gesture of service Jesus performed on his disciples before his crucifixion. Francis contrasted that gesture with the “gesture of destruction” carried out by the Brussels attackers, saying they wanted to destroy the brotherhood of humanity. Speaking off the cuff in the windy courtyard of the refugee center, the Pope said, “”All of us, together: Muslims, Hindi, Catholics, Copts, Evangelicals. But brothers, children of the same God. We want to live in peace, integrated.” [Photo from a video by KMGH] Let us all take the Pope’s message to heart, especially those of us who want to close borders to anyone who is not “just … Read More

(E) 20 March 2016 #14 … THE EVENT

E (the EVENT) on the Vernal Equinox, 20 March 2016, is an occurrence in my book THE MESSAGE:http://amzn.to/1Au8iAd. It is my science-fantasy way of dealing with the many problems facing humanity in this sixteenth year of the twenty-first century of the Common Era. I believe firmly that if we face these issues and understand their urgency we can deal with them. And when we do so we can fulfill the vision of my dear friend Kiran Verma, the poet laureate of Khajuraho (page 105). Read the book and talk with me by e-mail (wcrain@uw.edu) or scroll down to Leave a Reply and enter your comment. WarrenHall Crain Bishkek, The Kyrgyz Republic 20 March 2016

(E MINUS 40) 9 FEBRUARY 2016 #13 … WHAT IS “E MINUS 40”?

Way back last April I began using this cryptic message “E MINUS…DAYS” to begin some of my posts on this symposium. Since then, I’ve used this “E-MINUS …DAYS” several times. We now have only 40 days. I’ve been surprised that nobody has asked me to explain. And I am not now going to explain. I do, however, urge you to read the book THE MESSAGE. You can read an excerpt by clicking HERE. When you read THE MESSAGE, you will understand, and you will share my sense of urgency. Scroll down to “Leave a Reply” to tell me what “E” means and why it is important. WarrenHall Crain Bishkek, The Kyrgyz Republic 9 February 2016

(E MINUS 44) 5 FEBRUARY 2016 … READ AN EXCERPT FROM “THE MESSAGE.”

(E MINUS 44) 5 FEBRUARY 2016 … READ AN EXCERPT FROM “THE MESSAGE.” Read this excerpt … then order the THE MESSAGE at http://amzn.to/1Au8iAd … (limited-time Kindle price 99 cents – paperback $5.78). Reply below or email me at wcrain@uw.edu to tell me what “E” stands for in the above date (E MINUS 40). You’ll figure it out in the first few pages. ____________________________________________________ On 20 March 2016, Joe and Molly Lambkin get a strange communication: THE MESSAGE. A number of other people around the globe also receive THE MESSAGE that day … but not everyone. Definitely not everyone. What happens, and why, is the story told in this science-fantasy – which includes a serious message for all of us about … Read More

(E MINUS 50) 30 JANUARY 2016 #12 THE HEART OF OUR PROBLEMS

On the sixth of April of last year I began a post here on KIRAN’S SYMPOSIUM — http://warrenhallcrain.com/symposium/” I am convinced that over-population lies at the heart of our problems here on Planet Earth.” Today, nearly a year later, I am more and more convinced that this is true. If you have read my book THE MESSAGE you will understand my challenge to deal with this issue urgently.  If you’ve not yet read the book, please get a copy (paperback or Kindle) from Amazon.comhttp://amzn.to/1Au8iAd. The date of today’s post is “E MINUS 50” … 30 January 2016. What does “E” mean? When you read THE MESSAGE you will be able to figure out what “E” stands for. Scroll down to “Leave a … Read More

(E MINUS 52) 28 JANUARY 2016 #11 GET A FREE BOOK … SOLVE A PUZZLE

Download a FREE Kindle copy of my book —THE MESSAGE —for 5 days, Thursday 28 Jan to Monday 1 Feb — at http://amzn.to/1Au8iAd. Price during these 5 days: $0.00. Read the book, THE MESSAGE — my science-fantasy of the near future. Solve this puzzle: Today is 28 January – E-MINUS 52 DAYS. What is the meaning of “E”? (It’s easy to figure out when you read the book.) Email your answer for “What is the meaning of E?” Go to the last page of the Kindle book and simply click on my email address: wcrain@uw.edu to send me your answer. I will publish the names of the “winners” (everyone who sent me a right answer) on E-MINUS 10 (10 March). … Read More

(E MINUS 92) 18 DECEMBER 2015 #10 TOMORROW IN A GALAXY NEARBY

TOMORROW IN A GALAXY NEARBY As we Earthlings move out into space, will we meet other creatures … even robots like C-3PO? Perhaps. And will we engage in future Star Wars? Or will we get along with those other occupants of the universe? There is hope for a friendly future. Three people — an American, a Britisher, and a Russian — just this week went to the International Space Station. They will work together there for six months. Yet here on Earth we seem to be having more and more difficulty getting along with each other As we move into the future, we must look not only to other planets, other star systems, other galaxies … we must also take … Read More

(E MINUS 98) 12 DECEMBER 2015 #9 CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?

WORSIHPPING IN RICHLY DIVERSE FORMS With the ease of global travel these days, more and more of us have contact, and often strong friendship, with people of religions other than ours. I spent part of my childhood in Burma (Myanmar) with its large Buddhist majority. I have now been living for more than two years in a country where nearly everyone is Muslim. I spend a great deal of my time, year by year, in a town in India in which nearly everyone is a Hindu. My home is in the United States, where the majority of people are Christian. In my novel “Aashish 1926-2034,” http://amzn.to/1Tym7aD … Kiran Verma’s vision at the dedication of the Temple of the People in Khajuraho in … Read More

(E MINUS 115) 25 NOVEMBER 2015 #8 WORDS FOR OUR TIME

WORDS FOR OUR TIME As we weather the storms riling our planet and turning humans against humans, religions against religions, let us keep these words of Brother Martin in our hearts — and think how we can apply them now: “Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” I count Martin Luther King, Jr. a strong colleague. I met and spoke with him several times. I have a letter he sent me after I had chatted briefly with him about my decision to join the US Navy. I spoke briefly with him in Atlanta,GA, just before he received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1964. I had completed my Navy career and was, at the time, Associate Pastor … Read More

(E MINUS 140) 1 NOVEMBER 2015 #7 TRAGEDY ON THE AEGEAN — AMERICA MUST HELP

CLICK TO WATCH THIS HEART-STOPPING VIDEO. On 28 October 2015, just weeks after this video, a small boat overloaded with refugees capsized in the Aegean Sea between the coast of Turkey and the Greek island of Lesvos. Many were rescued, but at least 11, including 5 children, drowned. Dozens are missing. This tragic story is becoming all too common as refugees flee for their lives principally from Syria and Afghanistan through Turkey, then in dangerous crossings over the Aegean to Greece and the rest of Europe. I’ve just sent this e-mail to my two Washington State Senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell: My dear Senators, Patty and Maria, I’ve just watched a video of people coming ashore from overcrowded rubber boats … Read More

(E MINUS 144) 28 OCTOBER 2015 #6 I MYSELF WAS A REFUGEE … TWICE

I was myself once a refugee — actually I was a refugee twice. On New Year’s Day 1942 my mother with my two-year-old sister in her arms, my eight-year-old brother, and I (age seven), were rushed by Pop (as we always called our father) to the last ship leaving Rangoon before the Japanese occupation of Burma. The Japanese had already begun bombing Rangoon, so the ship, expecting another bombing, was already in mid-stream, and a police launch took us out to it just in time. We left everything, except what Mother and her three children could carry. We left Pop on the dock. (He walked out some months later.) Arriving in Calcutta we were taken in by British Baptist missionaries. … Read More

(E MINUS 192) 10 SEPTEMBER 2015 #5 NO NUKES!

A WMD (weapon of mass destruction) is any weapon that can kill or harm a large number of people or structures or the biosphere. A WMD can be radiological, chemical, or biological. The most fearsome WMD is the nuclear weapon … the H-bomb.  HAVE WE FORGOTTEN? August 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945 (which was far less potent than today’s hydrogen bombs). This should remind us of the horror of nuclear war. Back in the olden days of the nuclear age, Stanley Kubrick released one of his best films, DR. STRANGELOVE (a satirical farce subtitled “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”). At that time, in addition to launching … Read More

(E MINUS 223) 10 AUGUST 2015 #4 THE POWER OF HOPE

The following appeared in The Boston Globe on 14 May 2015: One of the most pressing social, moral, and economic quandaries of our time lies in this simple and depressing fact: more than a fifth of the people on the planet live on $1.25 or less a day. What can be done to lift up the “ultra-poor”? A team of MIT researchers has harnessed the tools of science to test one promising solution: a “big push” approach that helps poor people establish a livelihood. The three-year study, implemented in six countries starting in 2006, gave the poorest households a variety of supports, including a small savings account, mentoring, a resource such as goats or chickens, and money for food. A … Read More

(E MINUS 248) 16 jULY 2015 #3 WE CAN DO IT

“We humans have within ourselves all that we need to bring us to this glorious period in the life of Planet Earth.” So affirms Kiran Verma in his 2034 statement on CONSENSUS (the last chapter of my book THE MESSAGE). I agree with Kiran that we need nothing which we do not already possess. We must, however, make some monumental changes – all of which WE CAN MAKE. Please scroll down to “Leave a Reply” and share what YOU think we most need to do to achieve an ideal future for Earth and its peoples.

SPECIAL ALERT ! — PUTIN ADDS 40 NUCLEAR MISSILES TO RUSSIAN ARSENAL

From Al Jazeera—PUTIN SAYS RUSSIA IS BEEFING UP ITS NUCLEAR ARSENAL. Perhaps the most crucial step toward realizing the earth which Kiran sees in his ecstatic poem in 2033 (THE MESSAGE, “Consensus” chapter – Page 105) is ending the nuclear menace. Yet this week we are increasing the nuclear threat. These are the words with which President Putin announced a new development: … MORE THAN 40 NEW INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILES ABLE TO OVERCOME THE MOST ADVANCED ANTI-MISSILE DEFENCE SYSTEMS WILL BE ADDED TO THE MAKE-UP OF THE NUCLEAR ARSENAL THIS YEAR. Surely there will be strong voices in the United States urging us to counter this move with an advance of our own — in precisely the wrong direction, This is … Read More

(E MINUS 282) 12 JUNE 2015 “I FEEL PURITY IN THIS STORY”

On 8 June, Dr. Raghav, who has a health and wellness program in my India hometown, Khajuraho—a program in which he reaches out to children, to the homeless who live on the streets, to everyone—wrote me the following message about my book THE MESSAGE. I am reading your book “The message” very carefully, just finished your first story after nice poem. Story of Joe, molly and the mysterious letter. When I was reading it, I was feeling this is a message for me by the collective consciousness. I have really so much energy, ideas and dreams to do something for incarnation of new earth. But really it is very hard to face the present human mind set and there down … Read More

(E minus 300) 25 May 2015—#2 Possibility for Planet Earth

— THE MESSAGE ends with a ringing declaration of possibility for PLANET EARTH. The four pages that precede this declaration are Kiran’s 2033 (CE) statement of the factors leading him to believe that “human beings have within themselves all that they need … to bring us to this glorious period in the life of Planet Earth.” I hope that you will read and enjoy this whole book. And I hope that you will focus on these four pages (in the chapter titled “Consensus,” pages 101-104 in the print edition). Then let me know your thoughts— either by e-mail to me at wcrain@uw.edu … or scroll down to  write your comments under “Leave a Reply.” BE SURE TO OBTAIN A COPY OF THE MESSAGE. Here … Read More

(E minus 350) 6 April 2015 — #1 Over-Population

I am convinced that over-population lies at the heart of our problems here on Planet Earth. At the end of THE MESSAGE I’ve challenged us to look for and share ideas/thoughts about how we will fulfill Kiran’s vision (page 105). In THE MESSAGE, which I hope you have read, in the blinking of an eye Earth’s population is reduced to one billion people. In FUTURE CHRONICLES, THE FIRST FIVE HUNDRED YEARS OF THE AGE OF SPACE (future history, not science fiction), which I hope to publish in September of next year, in not much longer time the population of our home planet is brought to two billion people. I maintain that three billion people will be optimum, but expect that … Read More

Kiran’s Vision: A Straw Poll of 14 Arabaev University Students

This past Thursday, after sharing ALWAYS with my fifth year students I asked them to help me with research necessary as I work on FUTURE CHRONICLES: THE FIRST FIVE HUNDRED YEARS OF THE AGE OF SPACE. I gave them a document with the eight points of Kiran’s vision listed and asked them to write in: How many years until _______. That is, how many years from now until these visionary items are fulfilled. Here are their results (14 students – these are the averages of their responses):   One student wrote right down the page, covering all  — “It will be possible  when we will change our mind and take care our nature and life.”   Here are the rest of … Read More

Let Us Create an Ideal World

LET US CREATE AN IDEAL WORLD A response to  “Song of Myself” from LEAVES OF GRASS by Walt Whitman           I was pleased to read, for our course this week, the poetry by the outstanding American writer Walt Whitman. Until now I have never read any kind of poetry that deeply disclosed the theme about life, the tremendous connection between humanity and nature, the creations of God. According to his poems I can characterize him as a great writer who really loved life; who was against race, gender and social discrimination; he wanted to prove to humanity that all human beings were created by the same God; all of them are equal in spite of their race, gender and social position; … Read More

Population: Earth’s Most Important Challenge

From Seth Fearey to WarrenHall Crain re Kiran’s vision   The most important challenge, as I see it, is population.  You seem to agree.  I don’t know if I mentioned it to you, but my father worked for Population Action International for about 20 years after he retired from the Foreign Service.  PAI is the largest privately funded think tank in the US.  He was a bit late to the party….  he had five kids and he was very disappointed when I told him that I was not going to have any. I see population growth as based on two very profound forces.  First is our biological imperative.  We are programmed to reproduce.  Second is economics.  Children are still needed in much of … Read More

GREAT WHALES ROAM THE SEAS

“Does the Whale’s Magnitude Diminish?  Will He Perish?” (chapter 105 of MOBY DICK) – How marvelous that we find this question heading a chapter whose number is the same as the page number (page 105 of THE MESSAGE) on which we find Kiran’s utopian poem !! Yes. I am reading MOBY DICK – again. This time on my Kindle as I am in Kyrgyzstan, far from my home library (in storage in Seattle). There I Have a beautifully printed and bound volume of MOBY DICK and a fine set of CDs for audio listening. And here I have a Russian translation, though my Russian proficiency is still very low. Over the years, I’ve viewed at least two fine Hollywood films of … Read More