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Thursday, October 8, 2015

CIVIL ENDOWMENT, An Idea Whose Time Is Now

David McCarthy is a scholar, activist and writer who spent many years writing Civil Endowment, a revolutionary handbook on how to save the planet. To say that I recommend it would be an understatement. It is essentially that treasure for which we have been waiting, an outline on how to change the course of our thinking and therefore our lives that should be a mainstay in classrooms as well as the subject of critical panels in economics, history, and social justice everywhere.

In Civil Endowment, McCarthy outlines a simple and profound economic idea that is based on the understanding that the main challenges of our day--wealth inequality, social distress, ecological imbalances--require a rethinking of economics. McCarthy proposes an economics of compassion that would entail a decentralized system of permanent capital endowments invested for the common good of all humanity, an idea, long coming, that could benefit humanity on every level.

Civil Endowment is a book to be read and reread and share with everyone you know.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


PRESALES of my latest poetry chapbook Silence Has A Name are now available through Finishing Line Press via this link:

Many thanks to poets Cynthia Atkins and Douglas A. Fowler for their wonderful blurbs, which will appear on the back of the book:

"I read these poems early on a green morning, sitting in my backyard of wildflowers, oak and moss. Each poem complies with the scene and joins in with a counterpoint needed to overcome memory. They stay with me at night when I look up at the stars and hear jazz from a workbench radio."

-- Douglas A. Fowler
Condensed Matter And Other States of Mind
Finishing Line Press, 2005

"The poems of Arya F. Jenkins open up an eyelet view into a familial world laden with the delicate flux of human relationships. This speaker engages and invites us in with the compelling ardors of language, making music out of sorrow and decay, imbuing it with heft and permanence. The poet shows us the gifts that only memory can provide when infused with the honesty of insight. These spare narratives stir our own ghosts, 'their hearts bleat out unholy stories,' and compel us to look for hope and redemption."

 -- Cynthia Atkins
In the Event of Full Disclosure
WordTech Communications, 2013

THANKS to all of you who buy my chapbook, and who support the art by reading and buying poetry.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


Thanks to Five 2 One Magazine for recently featuring my flash fiction, "A Story of Moments."


A poem, "Ode to Green," in Blue Heron Review, scheduled to run, July 2015.

Flash fiction, "A Dog is a Dog is a Dog," in The Feminist Wire, appearing Aug. 12.

A short story, "La Frontera," in Burrow Press Review for Sept/Oct. 2015.

WRITERS NEED READERS! Thanks for reading!


Tuesday, February 3, 2015


Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, a Tibetan Buddhist nun who is founder of the Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery and a spiritual friend, is helping to revolutionize the way the feminine is viewed in Tibetan Buddhism. For many years, she has been raising the consciousness of individuals worldwide to the needs of Tibetan Buddhist nuns while pushing for their equality within male-dominated traditions. As a result of her efforts, the young nuns in her lineage at the DGL Nunnery are receiving the same level of education as Tibetan Buddhist monks studying in monasteries, and this is a historic first in Tibetan Buddhism.

The newly erected temple at DGL Nunnery in India also features feminine deities and this is another historic event, the first time feminine divine images have ever predominated in a Tibetan Buddhist temple. On Jan. 14, 2015, she spoke to an audience at The Rubin Museum in New York about those remarkable images and paintings, which were featured in a slide show.

Jetsunma's work has helped to inspire male monastics such as HH the Dalai Lama and other Tibetan Buddhist male leaders to turn their attention to the need for equality for Tibetan Buddhist nuns.

In a historic recent announcement, The Gyalwang Karmapa, who is head of the Kagyu tradition, said that in 2016, he will restore the novice (getsulma) and (shikshamana) training (shikshamana) nuns' vows. They will be conferred with the assistance of a second contingent of nuns from the Dharmagupta tradition and will lay the foundation for the bestowing of the full nun's (bhikshuni) vows in the future. This is a huge step forward in the struggle for spiritual equality for Tibetan Buddhist nuns and will help to open fresh venues to the spiritual fulfillment of female practitioners worldwide.