Saturday, May 14, 2016

Please Do Read: Some of How I Got From There To Here

New Post on Exploring Your Dark Side: The Adventure Of A Lifetime:  

How Anastasia, The Super Sleuth, found the roots of her devotion to community life – and – what she discovered. (In Two Parts, at least; the “how” and the“what.”)

Monday, May 9, 2016

Should I Maybe Vote For Trump?

Read my preliminary contemplation on this one at --

Then join me on 

Thursday, May 12

6:30 p.m. (new time schedule)

To hear how I'm gonna resolve my quandary. 

Maybe my way will help you too!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

I’m Counting On You, Hillary, to…..

…. guide this nation forward on a path of dialogue, not debate, the path of collaboration not combat; the path of solutions, not destruction.

First off, allow me to state that there is a whole lot about you, Hillary, or at least a few major things, that I don’t like or the idea of electing you to be our president. On the other hand there are some important things I do like, especially considering our other available options; zero to none.

At least you are not a public embarrassment to me, particularly on the international level.

Also allow me to go on record as saying that I am praying for you to choose Bernie as your running mate vice president; a first time prayer coming from me on the issue of politics!  I think that would be your best decision, if he would accept.

Now for my main point here; a studied perspective, if I must say so myself, as a “Counseling the Woman In Transition” B.S. person, personally designed undergraduate major. And a feminist oriented psychotherapist for decades.

My point: learned at the hands of wise women professors – 

Women, as a rule, are more naturally adept at “dialogue” than are men whose biology and physiology typically predisposes them to be more competitive, especially intellectually, than woman. Collaboration is our style so to speak!

(Please don’t ask me to supply the data to prove my point as I do not wish a “debate” on the subject, especially with anyone less wll-armed in this area than myself. And, I am prepared on this topic, believe me!)

Now Donald Trump is, of course, one crazy extreme example of this inherent male limitation (although there are exceptions).

So while Trump is intending to make mince meat pie out of  you, Hillary, in the general election campaign mess ahead, I am betting (and praying on this account too) that you are going to show him some awesome feminine dance steps stuff as an adept at dialogue. And blast that man’s going after you to massacre.

Ok. I’m still really angry at you, Hillary, for your betrayal, as I see it, of other women regarding Bill’s sexual transgressions. In fact, you make Camille Cosby look about as threatening in this respect as a Barbie doll. In other words when it comes to cutthroat an payback here you take the cake! So try as I might from time to time, even respecting your Methodist background, as I do concerning the sanctity of marriage, I am inclined to believe that I am unlikely to ever forgive you for this unless and until you make a public apology and amends to the women whose lives you have treated all too carelessly. 

Still in all I do trust your skill and experience in managing the political game in as clean a way as anyone else on the campaign trail. Coming from me, this is a point of regard as my standards on this are quite high.

So, please Hillary, do your best women as winners stuff and make that man, Donald Trump, dance his way down into the dark pit where he belongs. Use your womanly artistry at dialogue to move through the paces of this present, most pressing political game, playing it with the finesse with which most women are naturally imbued.  Should we choose to wise up enough at the dialogue dance and go where we need which is collaboration not combat.  I trust you to know how.

I pray!  Thanks for letting me share.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Original Eye Patch Party Invitation

Circa 1969

Coming soon (as soon as copyright permissions are provided) --

"Hostess for "Eye Patch Party" Has a Personal Concern"

"Marcia Rosen, Who Had Unsuccessful Surgery, Helps Those That Helped Her"
Washington Evening Star newspaper, Woman's World, November 21, 1969

Next scheduled Eye Patch Party
December 14, 2016 (tentative)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Look What My "Seeing" And "Speaking Truth To Power" Have Brought Me (and You)) Now!

As my beautiful right eye does her best to recover from a corneal transplant surgery, just look at what "seeing" and "speaking truth to power" have brought into my life -- and yours (and your favorite organization)!

Check it out. "See" how you -- and -- your favorite organization can get involved!  Coming next: The Original Eye Patch Party Invitation (circa 1969)!
The Eye Patch Party Project
Sponsored by the New Horizons Support Network, Inc. in support of New Horizons Executive Director and Founder, Anastasia Rosen-Jones

The Eye Patch Party Project is a fundraising initiative for the furtherance of eye research and support programs for the visually impaired.

As our gift, the New Horizons Support Network, Inc. invites you and your organization to have  -- 

 “A Conversation With Anastasia”

Read Anastasia’s stories about being blind and recovering from blindness.

Anastasia would like to talk to you about –
  • Anastasia’s personal story of living through eight years of blindness and recovery from blindness. And what that journey taught her about “seeing or not seeing” as both a physical malady and a social/spiritual challenge.
  • “How The Failure To See And Speak Of What We See, Up Close, Hurts Our Country And Those That We Love The Most” (i.e. ”The Cost of The Quiet” or How The Avoidance of Speaking Truth To Power Creates A National Debt”).

  • Your tax-deductible support for Anastasia’s eye related projects.
For details and reservations, contact

Lynn Cullather-Popkin

Cell: 301.775.1432, Email:

New Horizons Support Network, Inc.
a 501 C (3) charity and education organization

Phone: 240.409.5347

Saturday, April 30, 2016

What Chaos and Crisis Teach Us

I have had enough chaos, crisis and tragedy in my life to write a book about it. That’s why I am currently trying to finish up three books; To See Or Not To See: The Art of Transcendent Living, The Middle East Crisis In My Backyard: How Communities Come Apart and How They Heal, based on the story at this link, and Hot Pants, Motorcycles and K Street. 

Each of these books and all of them are tales, somewhat in the form of memoir, that tell of chaos, crisis and tragedy in my life, as well as enormous successes in my life, born of crisis, chaos and tragedy; personal transformation, in other words, that has been the product of personal challenge. Additionally I am also trying my best to put excerpts from my first three books as posts on my Dark Side Warrior blog site as these books have been on hold for longer than I care to remember due to my losing my eyesight.

Pushing our way through obstacles is the sterner stuff we humans, particularly Americans are made of; challenge turned into opportunity. Or as Murat,  New Horizons Beloved community development mentor and my personal spiritual teacher, might say how we humans carry out the alchemy of our personhoods naturally, transmuting the lead within to the potential for the gold within.

I know this pathway of transformation well. In fact, periodically I feel inclined to remind readers that I am available for you as a guide for this treacherous terrain called personal (and collective) transformation. I know it well having chosen to traverse it for decades, if for no other reason than personal survival.

I don’t like crisis or chaos, least of all do I like tragedy. You probably don’t either. But what can you do, other than sink or swim, win or learn from what seems to be loss?

Ihese are a part of life that almost no one ever escapes unless you divorce yourself  entirely from what is going on around you.

When I was a little girl, up until I was about eight, I lived a near idyllic life. Nothing severe had ever touched me, at least as I recall. Then, overnight my life was turned upside down. After three miscarriages my mother birthed a full term baby girl, named Sharon Iris. What joy! What a miracle! What exhilaration for my parents and for me who would no longer be an only child. 

Just like I had wished for on a star!

But --- whoa – tiny Sharon Iris lived less than two days.

What devastation; the end of paradise for me! And the beginning of a world that seemed never to right itself; one crisis, chaos and tragedy after another!  

Bottom line: I discovered I had to learn to manage, work with, even transform upheaval or die! For me it was that urgent!

Right now the state of affairs surrounding our current society and politics feels like chaos and crisis, of tragedy, I am not so certain. But things sure are challenging.

What are you going to do about it, personally? 

What are we going to do about it, collectively? 

Especially those of us, like myself, who see Donald Trump as dangerous and even mentally off balance and abhor the thought of his taking over the White House.

I despise what I see happening around us in this current presidential campaign cycle, especially coming from the Republican side. But I “looked” at 9/11 as a time of Divine Chaos as that was all I could “see” of it. And I am glad I saw it this way; a painfully important message designed on the level of Divine mystery that had much to teach us Americans. Much that we apparently needed to learn, and perhaps still do.

I don’t know what the message or grander, greater implications of Election 2016 hold, for now and for the long term.

But one thing I do know about circumstances such as we are faced with today – I am a part of a greater whole. And, to be at my best I must align with this whole synergistically or I will be lost! Even if this means adapting my views to support our next elected president whomever that is! Therefore I must lean in to others who are also a part of that whole to work our way through what is presently facing us in America today in our society and politics.

David Brooks of the New York Times in an article titled “If Not Trump, What?” expressed my intent completely when he said –

I don’t know what the new national story will be, but maybe it will be less individualistic and more redemptive. Maybe it will be a story about communities that heal those who suffer from addiction, broken homes, trauma, prison and loss, a story of those who triumph over the isolation, social instability and dislocation so common today.
….. Trump will have his gruesome moment. The time is best spent (for the rest of us) elsewhere, meeting the neighbors who have become strangers, and listening to what they have to say.
Mr. Brooks suggests what I have learned well, but not always easily – 

I know that surviving by transforming within myself to manage what is outside of me has taught me this—

When I lean in to others and give up any isolation (isolation being different than solitude) to actively be a part of the whole, somehow, almost magically, I am stronger and wiser about how to manage challenge than I am alone!
That’s why building small “zones of peace” matters to me!