Sunday, July 27, 2014

We Caught A Whopper!

When an energetic discussion on society and politics can handle the “big” question of the cost of our having a heritage of “Founding Fathers but no Founding Mothers,” you know you’re getting close to some of the “real deal” problems in today’s American culture.

(This point thanks to Jack.)

Soon after, if you get into the role of love (agape = unconditional people love) or the lack thereof in our enormous cache of cultural problems (thanks to Mike), then you know you might be talking a bit about solutions rather than merely complaining about problems.

This is what you get to hear if you listen to the podcast of our lively exchange of thoughts and ideas on yesterday’s Possible Society In Motion Radio Show with G.M. (Mike) Corrigan as our featured guest.

To take the theme of “100 Ways To Sunday: or how to become…a possible society in motion rather than a troubled one!” to even more enticing heights, on our extended conference call portion, one participant, a woman of course, brought up the idea of sending a thousand mothers rather than the National Guard to our child-immigrant threatened borders.

What a whopper of catch all this made of yesterday’s special program!

P.S. No more shows now for two weeks. Anastasia leaving for vacation.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Father Hoda Speaks Again

Father Hoda
The priest paused, momentarily regarding her. “Yes, exactly, dear.  “The modern tendency not to engage the other, but to avoid or exploit our neighbor—and thus avoid love. …… It’s a grave problem.”  
Father Hoda  "Chasing Chickens by G.M. Corrigan 
Hear more Father Hoda-isms on –

Saturday, July 26, 11:30 a.m

100 Ways To Sunday: or how to become…a possible society in motion rather than a troubled one!

With investigative journalist and author G.M. (Mike) Corrigan

Question: Might it not be that Father Hoda’s message of “love” is the single most important one of the hundred?

Answer: Ask G.M. (Mike) Corrigan Father Hoda’s creator. He has more than one answer!

Join Anastasia and Jack on this coming Saturday’s radio show and find out what author G.M. Corrigan has to say.

The on-air, broadcast portion of the show is followed by a conference call forum discussion.  Guests are welcome to join in at: 712.432.0600, access code 640883 (also recorded).

If you miss the original conference call discussion, please contact New Horizons, the show's sponsoring organization, for access code for the conference call recording.

(also featuring Father Hoda-isms and more)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

This Week: Two Wonderful Possible Society In Motion Radio Shows

Thursday, July 24, 2014 6:30 p.m.

With Anastasia Rosen-Jones and Jack Slattery

In this episode Anastasia and Jack explore the other side of "leaning in," the disconnected self, its roots and its consequences in modern America. For this evening’s program a particularly relevant article, “Alienation Under Capitalism” by Erich Fromm is used as a discussion launching point.

Jack, reliably, adds his astute perspectives to analyzing the implications of this piece from Erich Fromm. And, then joins with Anastasia to merge the overarching theme of the show; leaning in as antidote to the poisonof polarization, with the upcoming special program with guest, G.M. (Mike) Corrigan, investigative journalist and author.  

For both shows:

The on-air, broadcast portion of the show is followed by a conference call forum discussion.  Guests are welcome to join in at: 712.432.0600, access code 640883 (also recorded).

If you miss the original conference call discussion, please contact New Horizons, the show's sponsoring organization, at: for access code for the conference call recording.

2.    A Special Event Program

Saturday, July 26, 11:30 a.m

...a possible society in motion rather than a troubled one, now!

Investigative journalist and author G.M. (Mike) Corrigan

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Father Hoda’s Message

“Suffering is the ice axe that breaks through the frozen sea inside." Father Hoda  Chasing Chickens by G.M. Corrigan
Father Hoda
My dear and admired friend, Mike Corrigan, writing under the name G.M. Corrigan, is a brilliant investigative journalist.  Jack and I have had him as a guest on our radio show two times with a third coming up on July 26. (See podcast links of earlier shows below.)

Mike has done an inspired writing job of translating his personal observations into a coherent social and political thesis, in not only one insightful, non-fiction treatise, Exposing America’s Secret Civil War, but also a rather spirited, tongue-in-cheek  fiction piece, Chasing Chickens: A Love Story.  (Hear the podcasts at the preceding links here. And, find out how to order Mike’s books and read his commentary here.)

What dedication and determination to help make our country a better one!

Last Sunday, Mike presented his viewpoints at an engaging discussion forum at a local coffeehouse at which I was in attendance.

Lo and behold all did not immediately go simply and smoothly.

Oops! No way!

A presentation and discussion on overcoming polarization quickly headed in the direction of being – what else??? -- fraught with potentially polarizing audience comments.

But – here’s the good news --- for which we can credit Father Hoda, Mike’s wise and loveable priest character from Chasing Chickens.

When someone in the audience (who just happened to be me) suggested that those present might be slipping into the pitfalls of intellectual debate, permitting the unacknowledged heart; the pain and suffering of our “dysfunctional” divisiveness (our social and political schisms) to drive us further apart, Father Hoda made a timely appearance and helped guide the discussion into smoother channels.

We could have stayed with the building tensions but each chose not to. So we managed to move forward with calm and respect for one another with an attentive ear turned toward Mike’s inspired thesis.

Thus a good time was had by all.

From snags to synergy by simply listening to the words of a wise and kindly priest!
(As we truly wish our President and Congress could manage.)

Father Hoda arrived at just the right moment to remind us that –
“Suffering is the ice axe that breaks through the frozen sea inside.”
Hear Jack and I discuss this lively forum that went quickly into a budding polarization – and – then equally as fast from snags to synergy.

With Anastasia Rosen-Jones and Jack Slattery

Hear more Father Hoda-isms 

Journalist and author G.M. (Mike) Corrigan joins us again.

Saturday, July 26, 11:30 a.m

 (or how to become a possible society in motion rather than a troubled one)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Suffering And The Challenges (And Rewards) Of Leaning In

This Week: Thursday, July 10

With Anastasia Rosen-Jones and Jack Slattery

Thursday, July 10, 2014 6:30 p.m.

In this episode Anastasia picks up threads from the central story of the last program, “When Worlds Collide.”  In the scenario recounted in that show, what might have become a head-on collision between Jewish and Christian ideologies was averted through artful strategies and the intention of the involved parties to lean in toward one another.

Rather than polarize, a potentially highly-charged interpersonal snag became an opportunity for growth and greater understanding.

Jack adds his reliably astute perspectives to the mix along with afew of his own stories that reflect challenges and struggles that can lead – or not – to the kinds of successes, deriving from applying the principles of the “The Lean In Legacy Template.”

Again the on-air portion of this show continues with a conference call forum discussion.  Guests are welcome to join in at: 712.432.0600, access code 640883 (also recorded).

If you miss the original broadcast, please contact New Horizons, the show's sponsoring organization, for access code for the conference call recording. Contact details available on blog site.)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

When Worlds Collide

This week on New Horizons' The Possible Society In Motion Radio Show
Thursday, June 26, 6:30 p.m.
Anastasia and Jack return with new stories that reflect the struggles and failures that lead –or not – to the kinds of successes that derive from the application of the principles of the “The Lean In Legacy Template.”

In this episode Anastasia leads off with a story from a recent experience where she, of an Observant Jewish family, collided, head-on, with a devout Catholic woman. For a time the interminable, age-old conflicts of Christians and Jews reared their ugly heads. But not for long as New Horizons’ Board Member, Sue deVeer, a Quaker educator whose timely intervention was welcomed by both women, gently guided the two to the safe shores of unity.
Again the on-air portion of this show continues with a conference call forum discussion. Guests are welcome to join in at: 712.432.0600, access code 640883 (also recorded).

Friday, June 20, 2014

Anastasia's Love Letter To Participants of The Possible Human, Possible Society Study

June 20, 2014

This letter was originally intended, of all things, to be "snail mailed" to participants of the Possible Human, Possible Society Study in June, 2014; a way of staying in contact that has come to seem, though time consuming, more caring and humane than other alternatives.

The writing of it came about because I had come to experience that posting articles on this site with the intention of keeping in touch with participants online felt as if I were a participant in one of the major ways I believe our citizens are creating divisiveness along with their efforts to be vocal and visible; selfies being one of the most offensive to my way of thinking.

Call it a protest, if you will but please no stoning of me, if you can help it.

Most of the personal letters have already been mailed out while some are still in progress with my personal notes of appreciation added.

The study was officially launched on January 1, 2012. Originally projected to be a four year study, concluding data collection on December 31, 2015, the wrap-up date has now been extended to December 31, 2016.

For further details, inquiries and participation,, please contact me, Anastasia, at:

In brief, this love letter of mine tells some of the most important background stories and related philosophies of the study from my personal perspective.

Among the most rewarding from posting it – online – is the opportunity this venue provides of enabling me to help you, my visitors, to connect the dots of the bigger story behind the stories that have been, formerly, posted on this site. As you are aware, no doubt, much of what is behind New Horizons’ story is my story.

I hope you will enjoy this love letter of mine. And, take the opportunity it affords to also visit, or re-visit, the many stories I have previously written about my “love affair” with Washington. And, the troubles of the heart such a love brings.

Dear Possible Human, Possible Society Study Participant,

Shortly after Barack Obama’s 2008 election to our presidency I made an extended trip to South America. For the better part of two months I lived among Ecuadorians, sometimes challenged as I did not speak Spanish.

The majority of people I encountered, personally, were of the intelligentsia: psychologists, artists, economists and so forth. Each, in his/her own time, would eventually come around to inquiring about what it might mean to us, Americans, to have elected this particular man, decidedly of African/American heritage.

These questions spurred my own contemplations on the subject. Because I was in a distant and foreign land, I reflected on this point with the added spice of the views these people offered back to me.

At the time, I was aware of only one or two personal perspectives on this state of affairs. The first was that after close to thirty-five years away from Washington, I had only returned one time with joy and hope. I had ventured into D.C. a few days after Obama’s election. I wanted to feel the upsurge of spirit, wishing that the Washington I had loved might rise again.

Although I had been very much engaged in high profile Washington (1965 – 1974), the day Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated I watched the Washington I loved “burn” from my high rise apartment near the Pentagon. That day was truly the beginning of the end of my active love affair with our nation’s capitol. The Watergate scandal finished it off.

Still, one cannot end a serious love affair and just simply walk away. Thus in 1974, I began what was to develop into a life-long passion to understand the Dark Side of Washington and its affairs. And, to do, with this understanding as a base, what I could to aid the transformation of it. At least, as best as a single, yet devoted and heartbroken idealist can. My first husband and I had, originally,come, after his college graduation, to Washington for JFK’s “Camelot.” Both of us, also, remained nearby these many decades later.

While I was not, particularly, enamored or impressed by Obama, I was somewhat intrigued by his platform that seemed rooted in an expansion of a national grassroots’ effort. With these in mind I returned, in late December, 2008, to Maryland with Obama’s inauguration near.

Having previously discovered the pitfalls of inaugural balls and other related revelries, I observed the happenings from a distance. Yet the spirit of celebration did not pass me by. And, given that I was a lifelong Democrat, I was satisfied for the moment. Still, I couldn’t help but wonder at the seeming naiveté of our new president, especially in his perspectives regarding the Washington political game. After all, I had been a player in it, having served clients in the White House, on Capital Hill and throughout the lobbying community.

Oh, well, thought I, let’s just wait and see. But social activist that I had become, by then, waiting and seeing was not quite enough for me. That’s when I, first, designed the Possible Human, Possible Society Study. I imagined that from my own grassroots position, as Executive Director of New Horizons Support Network, Inc., my organization and myself, personally, might help further Obama’s grassroots’ agenda.

Somehow, though, this idea of mine did not take root very deeply. So I shelved the study for a time and went on to other things. Then, in July, 2011, with the debt ceiling debates grabbing daily attention with outrageous partisan blaming, hostility and polarization, I came to believe that our country was in an irreconcilable mess. And, that no one, on either side of the aisle, could or would, competently – and – graciously, lead us out of it any time soon.

At that point, I turned my attentions away, as much as possible, from Washington, once again, taking to the hills (one of which, calling itself a mountain, I live upon) to initiate and develop the Possible Society In Motion Project. Of which the Possible Human, Possible Society Study is the focal point.

From that time on, officially beginning January 1, 2012, I began a new love affair; a love affair with you and others such as you; the various and sundry people who make up the regional community, residing within the one-hundred mile radius of the Washington, D.C. White House. You, the soon-to-be participants of the Possible Human, Possible Society Study!

From then on, I began asking each and every one of you that seemed interested and appropriate about your hopes and dreams for this country’s healthy future; your perspectives on how we might find our way out of the painful polarization that has overtaken our country. I asked for your personal opinions on how we can grow together and move beyond our differences.

How we could, again, be that one nation, under God, we set out to be. (Given that I come from a small town in Ohio this is the view with which I grew up.)

Maybe the Camelot that, originally, brought me to Washington will forever remain the myth it has always been. Nonetheless, each and every day I spend engaged with participants, such as yourself, in the study I designed after leaving this country for a time, I am heartened by all of you.

Nonetheless, I have one regret in the carrying forth of this project. I have been unable to adequately communicate on a regular basis with,you, as a study participant. You see in doing the interviews I came to know how very important are the bonds of community-unity that we build with one another. These connections are precious and require care. Our busy world does not offer us much opportunity for this.

Initially I attempted to call or write participants to keep you updated on study progress, developments and projects. But soon there were so many enthusiastic participants I could not manage this. Next I tried to post blogs to keep you informed. This format, as it turned out, seemed to be both too impersonal and difficult to manage in terms of detailing, even the bare minimum of unfolding and, frequently, inspirational perspectives and personal stories.

After all, who would want to miss out on the “good news” in these trying times?

Thus, secondarily to my expressing my gratitude to you, I am writing this letter by way of pledging to keep you better informed, from here forth, on developments of New Horizons most “awesome” Possible Society In Motion Project and its related study. (Dare I say so myself?) My intention is to do this by snail mail, if possible, believing the old-fashioned way to be so very much more personal and, thus, more appropriate for the very special ways in which this study has been evolving.

While we, at New Horizons, strive to improve our communication with you, our treasured study participants, please know the immensity of my gratitude for your participation to date.

From the bottom of my heart, as well as the top of my intellectual, research-oriented mind, I humbly thank you for the hope and inspiration your contribution to the Possible Human, Possible Society Study has brought me.

The generosity of your transparency, time and support have shown me the stronger stuff, beyond polarization that we, Americans, are made of, regardless of who it is that sleeps in the White House!

We, the people, shall overcome!

With boundless appreciation for your participation in the study I designed,

Anastasia Rosen-Jones

Executive Director, New Horizons Support Network, Inc.
Lead Researcher, Possible Human, Possible Society Study