A Genealogy of Gratitude

Life is short. Be grateful for what you have. Appreciate every moment. These are sentiments I have heard from many wise people, and I would agree that they are correct. Being grateful is one of the most essential mindsets for a satisfying human experience. It helps people differentiate between needs and desires, between the material and immaterial, and to value "what is" versus "what is not" or "what could be."

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How do you plea? ASTWR Podcast No.31

A basic definition for restorative Justice is as follows: a system of criminal justice that focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community at large.This definition, however, as logical and straightforward as it is does not speak to the kind of justice that is employed as standard practice across the globe, and this includes the United States. 

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Salted Logic: An experiment in rebranding

My new overarching identity is SALTED LOGIC. I finally settled on this name as it could be the name of almost any kind of product or service, from a perfume or magazine to clothing or software. However, my identities always need to bee rooted in the symbolic and/or spiritual realm so this name has a layered backstory. 

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The Future is Feminine

The original plan for writing this post was to land in New York, taxi it to my hotel, then pen an inspired, edgy overview of CTRL+ALT: A Culture Lab on Imagined Futures. I desired to promote the show and the work of the 40 amazingly talented artists, performers and scholars that are participating. I felt that we would be successful at not only asking provocative questions of society but also asking museums to reinvent their relationships with community. 

Once I landed at JFK, however, and took my phone off airplane mode, the outcome of the 2016 US Presidential election brought a stark (even bleak) reality that killed my desire to be creative. I quickly made a status update on Facebook noting my disorientation and made my way to baggage claim

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Aniani Ku: We are the future.

If we want a future based on the values of our ancestors that developed from their deep understanding of the natural world and living in harmony with long range cycles, then we must showcase what those futures would look like in equal measure to calling out how these values are being dismantled in real time.

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ASTWR Ep.29: Hoʻomana–Life and death dialogues, No.1

Hoʻomana is the first show in a series called––Life and death dialogues. The collection of conversations will be at least three shows, consisting of this monologue, a show on death care and a show on holistic birth.This first installment is a retelling of my own fatherʻs passing earlier this year (2018) and my experience taking care of his body, as well as the series of events that have pulled me into the death care space around cultural perpetuation and environmental stewardship. 

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ASTWR Ep.30: Hoʻolewa: Life and death dialogues, No.2

HOLEWA – Life and Death Dialgues, Part 2 is the second in a series about having agency for those intimate processes we all share. Regardless of our socio economic background, our level of education, our culture, geography or beliefs – we are all born into physical bodies and those bodies die. The topic of this show builds upon Part 1 where I tell the story of how my famly chose to care for my dad in his death. 

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ASTWR Ep.27: 50 Shades of Shamanism: Artist as healer, teacher & prophet

Solomon Enos, Native Hawaiian artist––and and pure, stream of consciousness––is my guest for episode 27. Our conversation underscores his vision and commitment to growing inner peace and outer expressions of aloha and love. We also interweave his philosophy on life, creating an internal alliance with your molecules and observations of the human condition, with the role of art to catalyzing change, the genealogy of money, and whether he can live forever!

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ASTWR Episode 26. Mother Tongue: Language is life!

This episode is a conversation with language perpetuators (aka professors) Kaliko Baker, PhD (from Hawai’i) and Rangi Matamua, PhD (from Aotearoa) about how one’s native language is the foundation of culture as well as personal and communal identity. We also discuss how investment in master-level language initiatives can also have a significant economic impact and strengthen the social fabric of a nation, even for non-native speakers.

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