Thomas La Grua

Just some Ramblings

There are times when I experience what I would only describe as dread, a feeling of dread coming from deep down inside. I guess it is just fear, perhaps of the future or perhaps of now. A few months ago, just before I awoke, I dreamt I was standing in front of my partner and I... —

What's the Correlation between Real Democracy and the Distribution of Money?

Debating what constitutes ‘real’ democracy is like debating what constitutes real air or real water. Like the air that we breathe and the water that we drink, what really matters is the quality defined as the degree by which it supports us and therefore enhances our ability to... —

My Best Friend Passed Away

Yesterday my best friend passed away and I cried. I was not so sad as I was glad, almost relieved that she had gone without misery. I got the news over the phone: my partner called me and said that Happy was on the floor breathing heavily and refusing to eat. I said, “she is d... —

A Wonderful Summer Vacation

The reason I've titled this “A Wonderful Summer Vacation” is because I came away from the experience with a sense of wonderment. How could I have enjoyed myself so much on a trip that I took not for myself but for the sake of others? Arriving at Dulles International airport, ... —

Horrible Neighbors or Horrible Me - Part 4

Our roof in the foreground and the neighbor's in the background This part of my story begins about ten days ago, but really, it is a continuation of stories, challenges for me in a physical reality mixed with personalities, some of them polite and some of them nasty. My p... —

Real Authority within the World System of Humanity

The problem of false authority figures being promoted as having power and control over the world system of humanity is really just a misunderstanding (by the people) as to the source of power and the nature of real authority. The power that we the people perceive to be ove... —

Real Men Snuggle Cats

Last week as I was scrolling through Facebook, I noticed a petition to remove a page that promotes cat-abuse, cat punching. Another petition I thought to myself, if changing the nature of humanity were only as simple as signing petitions, wouldn't that be great? Unfortunatel... —

Horrible neighbors or Horrible me - Part III

For most of twelve years, I lived in the second house on the far left. During the last three of those years, I have often asked myself if the cause that I have been standing my ground for was worth standing for. The answer does not come easy for me because as with every cause... —

Responsibility of Global Citizenship

Each being is an inseparable part of all that is here, and thus equally as one responsible responsible for the whole. Yet still the condition of the Whole-World spirals downward with far too few even willing to take the first step to stopping and reversing this downward trend.... —

Another day in the Journey

I guess it wouldn't really be a journey to life if I were to remain dishonest to myself and others about my reality. It's certainly not boring, and there are parts of it that are really cool, challenging ones that I often enjoy. However, there are also times that are not so pl... —

The Antagonist

The other night at a little after 6:00 pm, I stopped off at an OK Mart on my way to the night market because I wanted to buy some hand wipes. While in the store, I used the store toilet, and when I came out of the bathroom, I picked up a pack of hand wipes and went to the coun... —

Waiting for Relations to change my Relations

Over the last several years or so I have implemented to live a kind of change, but it's been more of a method's change in relation to my current relations without so much changing the types of relationships in which I participate. In other words, when I look into me, I see th... —

Facing and Perhaps Filling the Void

Is it the void within me that persists or is it that I resist filling the void because I fear to face that which I've avoided? I guess there isn't that much difference between fear and avoidance - the fear of facing myself being the catalyst for avoiding myself, thus crea... —

Reacting in Imagination Instead of fully Investigating the Facts

Last Wednesday, the first day of school of the spring semester, I found out that some of the classrooms for various instructors had been changed. Upon arriving at one of my new classrooms (the dungeon as I affectionately refer to it), I realized that it was not optimal for the... —

Facing Fear in my Dreams

I've had a couple of interesting dreams that I would to share. The first one occurred two nights ago. It was as though I was partially aware of myself inside of my mind. The space was dark and also light with some objects and at least one slightly scary presence. I exper... —

Horrible Neighbors or Horrible Me, Part II

Continuing with where I left off in the previous post: There are two types of roofs in our community: those that sit at about 30 degree angles, and those that hang at about 90 degrees. The same day that some tiles had fallen (about ten years after the houses had been const... —

Horrible neighbors or Horrible Me?

My story begins some time in early 2013. I was outside in the community when suddenly a loud noise, like an explosion occurred not far from me. Immediately I went to track down this noise and to my surprise, on one of the drive ways within the community lay the shattered remna... —

Getting back to Basics

BBC News: Energy Storage Here I am once again back at home in Taoyuan, one of the bigger cities in northern Taiwan. Nothing's new in terms of my physical surroundings; however, I do have a new perspective that I am walking or practicing to understand/live. My perspective or ... —

English-Week Presentations 英文簡報比賽

Asia University, English Presentations, autumn 2014 —

Working within the system

I continue to walk my personal process while also walking a path of experimentation of implementing or inputting change from within the education system. How best to implement change from within? I guess it is a process of getting others to look outside the box, so to spea... —

Redefining my relation to Ants

What a pain in the ass they can be to me, lol. I left my apartment for three days, and when I returned, there they were, nesting in some tubing surrounding a doorway next to the kitchen-sink. Ever time I did anything with food, it was as though an alarm had sounded “Food! ... —

A Difficult Day

Today was a difficult day for me, but it didn't start out that way. In the morning, I got up at 3:00 am to have a Skype chat with someone from Mexico. After that I went back to bed until 7:30. Then around 10:00 am, I drove to school for my one o'clock class. Unfortunately, the... —

Understanding the current form of Democracy for the purpose of Redefining and Redesigning it

Ever wonder why we haven't been able to eliminate corruption in politics and why politicians seem to be unable to stop the unscrupulous無良 behavior of business men and women eager急于 to profit even if it means poisoning a nation's food supply? It's because our systems of governm... —

Kind of like a Plan

Although I do not see a detailed plan for moving through this world and changing it/me/all for the better, I do have within what I speak and do a broad plan in the works to work with what is here (wherever I am), participating in bringing about a new found land based on the pr... —

My first Asia University blog

The picture above is the building that I spend much of my time in on the AU campus. This blog that I am now writing is part of my commitment to my students to write and post along with them. Perhaps our motto could be, a class that writes together stays together. Sometimes wh... —

Liyu Lake

Last month on September 19th, I packed up my car and set off to work and live in a place about and hour and forty minutes drive from my comfort zone home. I realize that this wasn't or isn't a move across the world; nevertheless, it's a move out of my comfort zone, and this wa... —

The Battle Cry of World War III

As more people begin to stand up in the realization that real change is a doing that comes not from the world system but from within through a process of self change standing as the principle of equality in relationship to all, we who are in the process of standing as the prin... —

Processing the Illusion

This morning, I woke up with a stomachache and immediately I turned to thinking about what I have been preoccupied with these last couple of weeks, the act of deciding upon a new job, getting that job and relocating. Notice that the emphasis in on “the job.” I thought to mysel... —

Getting out of my Comfort Zone

For the last 3-4 weeks, I have been focused primarily on finding a new job. Basically, I have decided to be out of my home sweet home comport zone no later than some-time in August. Why? Because it's time to get out of my comfort zone, do new things and relate to new people. T... —

Realising and living my utmost potential

Previously I posted The Desteni of Living, principles that I am walking in a process of self change, changing the nature of me. These are cool words that I agree with. The question is how do I as one of all actually in reality live these principles. My first response is that i... —