I was born and raised on land stolen from the Pocumtuc. I now live on a small island in the middle of the Pacific ocean, on land that was stolen more recently, from the Hawaiians. My wife and I caretake a farm on Hawaiian homestead land for a friend of ours. I donate every penny I owe in taxes to charity. I am saddened by the masses droning along on auto-pilot, funding the machine as it destroys more and more of the planet and various forms of life on it. That said,Β I am addict, struggling to kick the habit of fossil fuel. So it goes.


14 Responses to About

  1. soad88 says:

    you have a very big heart I hope you achieve all that you desire………., If only I could join you, I’ll be thinking and praying for you! πŸ™‚

  2. pigneguy says:

    your letter to the IRS is on point…if i were a U.S citizen i too would be compelled to write something similar….. is it a legal act to donate to the organisations that one chooses ?

  3. I had to look at your blog because of its title…Vonnegut and Orwell? That’s my taste! Great name πŸ™‚

  4. Thanks for the follow…I’m lucky you found me….your writing is incredible! I just shared one of your poems on my FB but without your name …your name please; if it’s possible? πŸ™‚ x

  5. eudaimonessa86 says:

    Hi Jay .: awkwardly shifting and diverting eyes, like I’m your biggest fan girl:.
    I’ve finally been able to read your writing (like really, without distractions, time restrictions, or guilt. I’m sorry I hadn’t let myself do so years ago). WOW. I knew you had a way with words, but my mind is blown. You have an unbelievable ability to make the reader feel authentic empathy with each piece. I’m hooked. I must admit I’ve seriously been working out ELA skills I haven’t used in years, with the artistic complexity of your structure and content.
    I’m sorry it took so long for me to read, analyze, and compliment! I just wanted to say hi, since candidly and obviously binge reading your blog is quite rude. I do miss you good sir, & and I would love to pick your mind about some of your imagery. Your words are admired and its nice to get a glimpse into your mind.
    Always, Nessa

  6. eudaimonessa86 says:

    Sorry if you got this 1200 times. Glad it worked “-)

  7. Erica Leigh says:

    Hi Jayson! Not sure how else to reach you, but – we’d like to run your poem Purgatory or part of it in an upcoming National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee newsletter, or reprint it on our blog! Please let me know if that’s something you’d be into!

  8. paolsoren says:

    I don’t know how to put a comment on your posts. The only place for a comment is here. I so desperately wanted to say something about Seventeen. I am seventy five and I wish I had said anything in all my years that was even one tenth as powerful as that. And you could well have added that America dragged Australia into that and I have friends who never knew where Afghanistan was but they went, they killed, they came home and they died from being there.

    • soitgoes1984 says:

      Thank you so much for reading & sharing such kind thoughts & words. America has sadly dragged a lot of ‘friends’ into Afghanistan & elsewhere. There are some high school seniors who will be graduating next spring & heading to Afghanistan shortly after. A number of them weren’t even born when we first invaded Afghanistan. The bread & circuses are too distracting, the medicine too numbing. People just take for granted now that we have to be killing innocent people, and there is subconsciously some kind of connection we’ve been conditioned to make between killing Muslims, and ‘freedom’. I’m 34 and I’ve only met a handful of people in my life I would genuinely consider ‘free’ and ironically, one of them has lived his entire life in a refugee camp in an occupied country. There’s no question that life is much safer for some people in the states (and in the west) than in many other countries, but in other countries, people don’t have the mental chains that we do. We willingly wave flags and toss flowers to our oppressors. We willingly continue to add fuel to the war machine. My freedom came the day I finally realized I would rather spend my life in prison, or be executed by the state, than give them one more penny. We have all enabled this to continue for 17 years. Most people stopped believing the lies at least a decade ago and stopped supporting the war…but fear of a bad credit rating, fear of losing material things, that has keep 99.9% of people, of good, humanity-loving people, funding the war. For years now, every cent i’ve owed the government i have donated to what Dr. King called ‘programs of social uplift’. I think many others would do the same if not for the paralyzing fear of opposing a system we’ve been pledging allegiance to all our lives.
      Anyhow, thanks again for your comment.

  9. paolsoren says:

    OK Jayson, Here I go again. I am blown away by your latest; “We can’t Forget” All of it is summed up in one line , but that one line is well served by all the rest. “we created hell when we promised heaven”.
    I don’t know if you have access to a library but I am trying to write a post along the lines of, “The Generals and the Presidents and the Commander in Chief whoever he was whenever it was relevant have obviously never read “The Territorial Imperative” by Robert Ardrey. This has been a bible for me since way before you were born. The imperative to hold one’s territory is so strong in every species that God created – whatever that means – that no one will ever win a war when they are the aggressor. There is a line in his book toward the end that sums it up for the sports fans, “The home team always wins.” In Afghanistan’s case they played a waiting game but they have beaten the away team hands down. They mightn’t be nice, they might kill a lot of good people, they might make slaves of their women, all of that is obvious. But if the Americans had understood that, if the Russians had understood that, if the Brits had understood that 20, 30, 50 years ago then maybe the Taliban and the other tribes would have become more amenable to change. And if we in Australia didn’t feel obligated to follow Uncle Sam with our eyes closed shut we wouldn’t have done some of the terrible things we did. I could go on, but it is hard if you don’t allow comments on your posts and that is a shame because more people should read what you say. Because what you say is worthwhile. And I would love to have the chance to get to know you.

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