• From a Beachhead Founder - Bill Olive
• Open Letter to Nancy Pelosi - Terence Pearce
• The Lighted Way - Ron Lowe

From a Beachhead Founder

Dear Beachhead,

I have just had lunch today (in a pub in Suffolk, England) with my old mate Mick Flaum who I emigrated to Canada and then on to California with in 1966. Mick still lives in Santa Monica. When we were talking he showed me an article about the death of John Haag.

This brought back amazing memories for me, of my time in Venice. What a time to be there in late 1967-70.

I was lucky to be involved with John, his ex-wife Anna and the start of the Beachhead (circa 1968). I lived with Anna (Haag) and her kids, Thomas and Duanna, until I came back to the UK in May 1970. I designed the original ‘logo’ for the paper, which when I look at it now seems a little crude, but was in keeping with the time. I was also lucky enough to do the version in 1969 that was based on the Iwo Jima image.

I was working in a place in Venice called the ‘Earth Rose,’ run by Steve Rose (poet), on the boardwalk. There were a bunch of us there, but only two of us used to actually live there. I was silk screen printing my own art, together with a Canadian silversmith named Davic Knox. We used to get massive aggravation from....in those days.....’the pigs’, because the ‘City’ ....LA were trying to ‘clean’ the area up from Hippies, Blacks, Mexican Americans, Bongo Players, Surfers, Old Jewish people who had survived the concentration camps....in fact anyone who was not a WASP.

Good luck with the work you are doing.

All the best, Bill Olive


Open Letter to Nancy Pelosi

Ms. Pelosi,

I and all my friends and family are horrified that you should condemn Pete Stark’s honesty on the floor of the house when he contrasted the failure of legislation to give healthcare to poorer children against the massive waste of Iraq. It was unbelievably refreshing to hear the uncensored truth from a Democrat, but having been uplifted by his courage, our hopes were then dashed to the floor by your criticism of his candor.

You know very well that his words were not at all "inappropriate" as you so tepidly stated. It is not at all inappropriate that, in the face of millions of American children being denied healthcare, and some dying as a result, he should contrast that with the incredible feeding frenzy of the corporations and their pals in government around the trough of Iraq & the suffering of troops, their families and countless Iraqis. Was any statement ever more appropriate!!? This isn’t some university group debating political abstracts here, children are dying in the ‘Good ol’ USA’ from neglect! Five thousand American families are in mourning and at least one million Iraqis are dead!

Now, with an election coming up whose importance cannot be overstated, you have chosen to reinforce the public perception that ‘Democrats are spineless’. Let me tell you that that is undoubtedly my perception too when looking at the party in general and it is not an illusion. People like Pete Stark & John Conyers should be leading the charge for you, not being pilloried by their own side; shame on you. These are the True Patriots, those willing to tell the truth regardless of the cost to themselves.

As a father trying to teach my children fundamental values I am so disgusted that it is hard to articulate. Please, please, start telling the truth too, if not out of true moral courage then simply out of cold political expediency to safeguard your own position and to win an election. The American people are not jaded Washington sophisticates; they do not think in terms of ‘appropriate’ or ‘inappropriate’, we are way beyond that. They will think about your words in terms of courage and candor or cowardice and subterfuge and, if spoken from truth, will celebrate them wherever or whenever you speak them. Help put America in a position of moral leadership in this world for, like it or not, without America’s participation, we are heading for much worse than has already come to pass,

Sincerely, Terence Pearce


The Lighted Way

A dear friend died recently and this letter is dedicated to her. She knew all this and had a peaceful passing.

People fail to relate death and sleep. Death is a longer interval from the physical plane than is sleep; one "goes abroad" for a longer period of time in the death experience.

Death is essentially a matter of consciousness. We are conscious one moment on the physical plane, and a moment later we have withdrawn onto another plane and are actively conscious there.

There is no death, there is only a release of the physical body and entrance into a fuller life and higher state of consciousness.

You have reached a plateau of comfort. Things are OK, but you intuit there is more. No doubt you have worked on yourself; you have meditated, affirmed, visualized, wired two crystals to your nose, stuffed alfalfa sprouts in your ears, jogged around the block and kissed Swami on the toe. But still, the glorious energy of higher consciousness and bliss eludes you. What goes? Still the mind and get rid of negative thoughts running around in your head. Remain in the present moment, which contains all past and future moments.

Possessions are becoming progressively burdensome and wasteful and therefore obsolete.

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee.

Think of all the beauty around you and be happy.

Soulmates are compatible on all levels; physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.

Charity is the voluntary giving of one’s wealth or labor to another in need.

Slow down the movie that is playing inside your head.

In the movie Star Wars, Luke Skywalker’s adventure begins when a beam of light shoots out of the robot R2D2 and projects a miniature three-dimensional image of Princess Leia. This image is a hologram. A hologram is a specially constructed image which, when illuminated by a laser beam seems eerily suspended in three dimensional space. The most incredible feature of a hologram is that any piece of it, if illuminated with coherent light, provides an image of the entire hologram. The information of the whole is contained in the part.

We must understand that a totally new society is coming into being, one that rejects our old values, conditions, responses, attitudes and institutions.

Our inner goals and strivings create a sort of magnet which attracts the outer possibilities.

Pure thought has the power to resist the most harmful vibrations.

There are still people that insist there is no life except on earth – billions of galaxies with billions of planets and no inhabitants. How preposterous!

Religion you get in a church. Spirituality you get within yourself.

Invisible realities exist beyond physical sight. Thoughts are objects in the invisible world. Anyone want to say there aren’t thoughts?

"I quit school when I were sixteen."

We all know what light is, but it is not that easy to tell what it is.

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.

Wishes are recollections coming from the future.

Flying saucer phenomena is not all imaginary. Something really is flying around up there. There is a multitude of other life in the universe and extraterrestrial civilizations are far in advance of ours.

The universe is full of magical things waiting for our vision to grow sensitive enough to see them.

Creative work is play; it is free speculation using the materials of one’s choosing.

Beyond that which you think is that what you are. All that is needed to find the soul is a change of viewpoint, which you bring about yourself.

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

Reality is nothing but a collective hunch.

Life is a great big canvas and you should throw all the paint on it you can.

Success is the child of audacity.

Let your work remain a mystery; just show people the results.

Ron Lowe

Posted: Sat - December 1, 2007 at 07:27 PM