The beginning of the end

In retrospect, this was the moment that the Bodhi Spiritual Center went off the rails:

(LoveFest 2014 never happened. It was cancelled at the last minute. And by August, Rev. Mark was gone.)

Crystal Reports feels clunky

I’ve been forced to reacquaint myself with Crystal Reports (I was seven versions behind) and I must say that although it’s powerful, it still feels clunky. It’s like programming while wearing oven mitts:

Tutorials – SAP Crystal Reports 2011, 2013, 2016

Web programming is easy

Requests allows you to send organic, grass-fed HTTP/1.1 requests, without the need for manual labor. There’s no need to manually add query strings to your URLs, or to form-encode your POST data. Keep-alive and HTTP connection pooling are 100% automatic, thanks to urllib3.

In the last year, I’ve written three Python programs that scrape data from the Cloud. None of them would have gotten done if I hadn’t used the requests library…

Do you trust Facebook?

Here is the link to the Zero Hedge article explaining how Facebook has censored them:

This is your future

Here is a more realistic view of the inside of a data center:

Return to first principle

“In Critical and baffling situations, it is always best to return to first principle and simple action.”

— Winston Churchill

Learning a digital camera

I’ve been playing with a Nikon D3100 digital camera, and have found these two resources very helpful:

Introduction to the Nikon D3100

Digital Photography – The Complete Guide

Just Play

If you want to be a programmer, start with something simple and just play:

How I Failed, Failed, and Finally Succeeded at Learning How to Code

My final rebuttal

[This is the open letter I sent to the Core Council of the Bodhi Spiritual Center.]

To the Core Council:

My relationship with Bodhi is now completely inauthentic, and irreparably broken. I have been sitting in service all year, biting my tongue, and I just can’t do it anymore.

So let this serve as my final rebuttal to Rev. Lola.


This is no longer the spiritual center I joined in March 2014. Lola has hired a marketing consultant, and intends to create a new brand as a “global center for consciousness.” And because “Bodhi Spiritual Center” is a terrible name for what she has in mind, I predict she will change it sometime in 2019, probably at the same time she disaffiliates from the Centers for Spiritual Living.

And this is what the new tee-shirts might say:

Reveal Anger
Dishonor White Males
Celebrate Self-Righteousness


The Bodhi mission statement declares that we “awaken individuals” and “reveal Oneness.” We used to have a team of people do that every week, hands-on, and for many years it was an important part of Bodhi. And then on July 30th, I got an email from Linda Jackson, acting on behalf of the Care Council, firing me from that job. We were told someone had decided we were not part of the new brand.

(I freely confess that I have been pissed-off about it ever since. The primary reason I need to write this email is so I can finally release my emotions about the way I was abused.)

Shortly thereafter, our Leader Champion, Anthony Bozzi, was abruptly fired as a Bodhi Licenced Spiritual Practitioner, for reasons which have never been made clear. And I would still like to know what happened with Scott Lundius.

Why was the Oneness Ministry incompatible with Lola’s plan? Perhaps because it’s not useful for purposes of political incitement.


Justice is not a God quality, and does not feature prominently in the Science of Mind. In my experience, New Thought is mostly about prosperity, healing, and relationships. If I were setting out to design an activist church focused on issues of social justice, I would start elsewhere: perhaps a liberal Catholic model, or something Pentecostal. But not Bodhi.

I listened to Lola’s October 7th talk, and she had to twist Ernest Holmes into a pretzel to serve her agenda. If Lola wants to pretend be a cross between Beyonce and Nelson Mandela, she will need to adopt some version of Black Liberation Theology.

So it doesn’t surprise me to hear that Bodhi has stopped training spiritual practitioners.


It’s a mistake to teach people to think of themselves as white, and then shame them for it. I believe that what Lola is doing is deeply counter-productive. It will undo decades of racial progress in America.

The right way to dissolve racism is to give up our attachment to being in any particular group, or at least any group smaller than America as a whole. Perhaps someday we can expand that to include the entire human race.

The problem with “White Women Get Woke” (see attached JPEG) and “Normal White People” is it teaches people to identify as white, so as to make them wrong. It then blames them for events that happened long before they were born, and stigmatizes their very being. I cannot think of a faster way to create racial division, and provoke an organized counter-attack.

Lola is playing with fire, and doesn’t even know it’s hot.


I have lost my beloved community, and it has left me heartbroken. I still have my purple Bodhi tee-shirt that I wore when I was on the parking team, but putting it on just makes me weep, because it still says:

Reveal Love
Honor All Paths
Celebrate Life

The only way to save Bodhi is to fire Rev. Lola, and make Rev. Rainbow the new senior minister.

Running Python on my Chromebook

My Chromebook is suddenly much more interesting, because I can now run Python 3.7 on it.

The key was to install a free Android app named Termux. Here’s the guide:

My $169 development Chromebook
How Chrome OS, Termux, YubiKey & Duo Mobile make for great usable security