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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

"The Best And The Brightest..." 'Bettejo Dux' (Vintage Bettejo)

Bettejo Dux has lived on the cosmic Garden
 Island of Kaua'i for over 40 years.

Bettejo is a regular opinion writer in the Garden Island news
 and is the author of the famed novella, "The Scam." 
 Her latest fiction"Children of extinction"
 is now  released and available on Amazon!
Bettejo at 84 years young taking time
 out of her busy day for one of many
scheduled book signings.
The Best And The Brightest

Bettejo at the Martin Luther King Jr.
festivities at Kukui Grove back in 2013

It was November 8, 1932. FDR was elected President. I campaigned for him in front of the Fire Station. The only Fire Station in town-in new black Mary Janes, with white socks and a pretty new dress my mother made for the occasion. I was 2. "Wote for Woosevelt" I lisped and shook my curls. I'm a born and bred dyed- in- the- wool Democrat. Over the years- and over the radio- my father and I listened to the Fire Side Chats. These were depression years.  I was impressed with “. . . the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” I was little and scared. My father said, I remember, "Everyone's afraid, it's how you handle fear that matters."

My father and I listened to FDR's eloquence all through the 30's.  I remember one vividly. On Sunday. Sept. 6, 1936, he spoke  about Drought Conditions. I loved his voice. Afterwards I asked my father, "How can he know so much? He's just one man," and my father said, " He's advised by the best and brightest. You can be, too. That's what books are for."

My father gave me Bertrand Russell's An Essay on the Foundation of Geometry- of which I understood nothing-but when a course in Geometry was offered I ate it up. I loved Geometry. I also liked, "Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom." Russell was the first non-believer I encountered. He also said, "Beware the man who cannot say it simply."

It's 2015. Recently I received a letter from someone I admire very much.  He lives on Kauai. Not a politician. Not a celebrity. A great human being. This person asked me not to reveal his name but he did send me this, AMIDA'S GOLDEN CHAIN OF LOVE... We are all links in Buddha's chain of love. Keep your link bright and strong. Try to be kind and gentle to every living thing and protect they who are weaker than yourself. Think pure and beautiful thoughts...make every link in Amida's Chain of Love bright so we may we all attain perfect peace.... I shortened the piece. Five hundred words, remember? My friend and his philosophy are surely the best and brightest. Who's going to argue with Buddha?

Another incredible human being, Steve Saylor, a visitor on Kauai-with a very different point of view- is  writer and star, educator and entertainer, of  several  brilliant videos. I met Steve's mother, Joellen at a Quaker Meeting at my house and she remembered me. His work and advice is different from the Buddha's. Look for Steve Saylor: Eulogy: the death of Monsanto. 
(Click on link below to watch it;)

These two  found me.  So different. So important to my life and style today. They came along, wired back- to- back, and filled a need. Just as FDR, my father, and Russell did. And do. Read and watch a variety of varieties and be best and brightest, too. Maybe human kind can make it.

Eulogy: the death of Monsanto may also be viewed on Steve Saylor's Facebook page below;

 Hana Hou, (Encore)  Shared From Facebook...


KimoRosen said...

You too Bettejo Dux are one of the The Best And The Brightest. I always enjoy your writings and always learn something from them... Mahalos

Chester "Unc" Lau said...

Shalom Rabbi : :-D

Good morning,everything good when I received your blog in the morning ,what time do you get up & hit the computer to do your daily & nightly blogs & how do you SAVE all the blogs & retrieve them when needed. dis is not the FBI,only da lowly unc :-D


KimoRosen said...

Dakinetalk blog has an administration page with all kinds of info, how many hits, what country's are looking at my blog, plus there is an internal search engine that anyone can access right on the blog itself. Every blog ever published (over 1500 of them) on dakinetalk are also linked with Google and many other search engines, all of us bloggers will live on in infinity...l

My busiest time on computer is between 7-9 A.M.

Bettejo Dux said...

Thank you. Hope I can keep it up. Gorgeous day here.