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Upside-down, The Good Newsletter 2020 - Week 23

The weekly interactive newsletter sent out by Plukrijp to its members

For people living NOW the school of life

For YOU to send all your good news to

upside down = instead of announcing what we plan to do
(& most often find out we do not need to do), we relate what we really did

Building communities of trust is fundamental to healing our collective wound. At Plukrijp, we offer spaces of transparency and solidarity. The community allows people to encounter each other in truth and so develop trust.
We do the garden for YOU
Plukrijp functions on your frequent visits & harvests. Take along for friends & neighbours, this way we recreate real networks between us all, breaking down the illusory restrictions that now still separate many of us from our fellow man = UBUNTU.

What you can harvest now:

pak choï at Hei, red beets in closed tunnel 3Rhalfway up, carrots in closed tunnel 3Rhalfway up, snow peas in the closed tunnels, ripe peas in the closed tunnels, runner beans, bush beans, tomatoes ripening in closed tunnels 1&2, cucumbers in closed tunnel 4, salad red at Hei, salad Italian green at Hei, salad ice frilly at Hei, salad green at Hei, celery stalk at Hei & open tunnels, chards at Hei & open tunnel 5, onion bushel at Hei, elderberry flowers for syrup, fennel greens, dill greens, yellow raspberries in foodforest, green celery, red basil, cinnamon basil, genovese basil, thaï basil, lemon basil, greek basil, ...in closed tunnel 1, chives closed tunnels sides, strawberry(few), mint woolly&pepper, sage, kerrie plant, rucola wild & cultivated, thyme, rosemary, oregano, cherries food forest & hei, rhubarb, edible flowers and wild herbs biodiversity.

Coming soon...

red berries food forest, white berries food forest, black berries food forest, iosta berries food forest, gooseberries food forest & hei, courgette at Hei, melon in tunnel 1&3 top raised bed, grapes in closed tunnels.

This week @ Plukrijp

What a week ! Finally rain ! A refreshed garden & an enthusiastic team and intense sharings.

We did:

Plant leeks and onions in the open tunnels, seeding a carpet of red beets and spinach underneath it all. For autumn this promises abundant harvests of potatoes, carrots, parsnips, onions, leeks, beetroot & spinach, salads-for-seed, ...all in one place.

Made a list of what is "ready" and “nearly ready” to be harvested, with pics and infos. Joshka is creating a HTML document so that this information is always up to date on our website.

Plant the last pumpkins & chards at Hei in the empty (because of drought & night cold) spaces.

Spread our marvelous compost in the closed tunnels as extra soil covering between the beans & tomato plants. We find out that bringing fresh compost in summer helps our soils to integrate fertility in the long term.

Erect an improvised fence to keep the pumpkins from invading the rest of the field. Often not an easy task.


Plant mint between the beams around the pool. On the one hand to avoid weeds, on the other hand to benefit from the good smell of mint so we can now take mint beach sunbaths.

We shared:

The movie I am not there”, a strange confabulation on Bob Dylan's life. It left us with lots of questions. Why did they need to do this & not mention that, ....?

A horrible inquiry in the dead-not-dead-suicided (?) Jeffrey Epstein, a look behind the curtain into a world of porno & power abuse. Delicate souls, abstain.

Terence Mc Kenna on the wave pattern of reality. A scientific approach similar to that of Laurent Nottale.

An introduction to real yoga from the viewpoint of Gurdjieff's "work". A must see for all the naive westerners looking for "salvation".

Martine treated us to a tantric meal = (even better than) her usual culinary miracle eaten in silence, probing with all our sense organs, with the perfect music. An exercise in presence.

We of course continued our group effort towards "feeling" as opposed to resisting it.

Interesting Movies & Documentaries

I'm Not There (2007) Trailer


Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work.


Terence Mckenna Timewave zero explained in under ten minutes



If you want to go deeper in this:



Novelty theory attempts to calculate the ebb and flow of novelty in the universe as an inherent quality of time. It is an idea conceived of and discussed at length by Terence McKenna from the early 1970s until his death in the year 2000.

Novelty theory involves ontology, morphogenesis and eschatology (the “end of time”). Novelty, in this context, can be thought of as newness, density of complexification, and dynamic change as opposed to static habituation. According to McKenna, when “novelty” is graphed over time, a fractal waveform known as Timewave Zero.

The graph shows at what times, but never at what locations, novelty is increasing or decreasing. According to the Timewave graph, great periods of novelty occurred about 4 billion years ago when Earth was formed, 65 million years ago when dinosaurs were extinguished and mammals expanded, 10,000 years ago after the end of the Ice Age, the late 18th century when social and scientific revolutions progressed, during the 1960s, during the time of 9/11, and with coming novelty periods in November 2008, October 2010, with the novelty progressing towards the infinity on 21st December 2012. –Wikipedia

Kay Smith Presents the Esoteric Systems of Yoga of Antiquity


Esoteric study of man in Ancient India was on a level quite inconceivable to us. This can only be explained by the fact that the philosophical schools existing at that time were directly connected with esoteric schools. Man was considered as an incomplete entity, and as containing in himself a multitude of latent powers. These powers were seen as dormant and yet could be awakened and developed by means of a certain mode of life, by certain exercises, by certain work upon oneself. An acquaintance with the ideas of Yoga enabled man first to know himself better, to understand his latent capacities and inclinations, and to find out and determine the direction in which they ought to be developed. Secondly, they enabled man to awaken his latent capacities and learn how to use them in all paths of life. And in fact, there was not just one kind of Yoga, but actually 5 Yogas, each one suited for a different type of man.

Kay Smith Presents Understanding the Chemistry of the Work of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky


The Work teaches us that there are many obstacles to awakening in our life, however they are not insurmountable. Gurdjieff said people are dropped into the sea of life to see whether they swim or drown. Using the practical approach of verification and understanding through growth of knowledge and Being, we can learn to swim through our lives.

If you want to learn more about The Work of Gurdjieff: http://wisdomthroughaction.com/

Inspiring Books

Yes to Life, in Spite of Everything: Viktor Frankl’s Lost Lectures on Moving Beyond Optimism and Pessimism to Find the Deepest Source of Meaning

Everything depends on the individual human being, regardless of how small a number of like-minded people there is… each person, through action and not mere words, creatively making the meaning of life a reality in his or her own being.”

For more info: https://www.brainpickings.org/2020/05/17/yes-to-life-in-spite-of-everything-viktor-frankl/?mc_cid=f34f628426&mc_eid=b69976d12f

As a therapist, Mary Pipher was becoming frustrated with the growing problems among adolescent girls. Why were so many of them turning to therapy in the first place? Why had these lovely and promising human beings fallen prey to depression, eating disorders, suicide attempts, and crushingly low self-esteem? The answer hit a nerve with Pipher, with parents, and with the girls themselves. Crashing and burning in a “developmental Bermuda Triangle,” they were coming of age in a media-saturated culture preoccupied with unrealistic ideals of beauty and images of dehumanized sex, a culture rife with addictions and sexually transmitted diseases. They were losing their resiliency and optimism in a “girl-poisoning” culture that propagated values at odds with those necessary to survive.

Told in the brave, fearless, and honest voices of the girls themselves who are emerging from the chaos of adolescence, Reviving Ophelia is a call to arms, offering important tactics, empathy, and strength, and urging a change where young hearts can flourish again, and rediscover and reengage their sense of self.


A must read for all of us who care about the young women in our lives. Reviving Ophelia arms us with information we can use in helping our daughters grow to adulthood with their strength intact. - Lincoln Star Journal

This book is the first to explore carefully the many aspects of adolescence. It does so without blaming, vilifying, or shouting ‘Victim here’. Instead Dr. Pipher uses clear, jargonless language and fascinating stories to challenge readers to look at what our culture does to teenage girls. Parents, teachers, and therapists alike will profit from Dr. Pipher’s knowledge. - Dr. Mary Kenning, Juvenile Justice System, Minneapolis

Balinese culture seems almost to exploit the double-bind as a means of training proper Balinese adults, detached, uncompetitive, formal. In contrast, the double blind in a culturally incongruous setting produces people who are unable to function socially, or, rarely, artists and clowns who transcend the categories of their environment in a creative fashion.

-Preface by Adam Kuper to 'Steps to an Ecology of Mind', by Gregory Bateson


Primitive societies live by the Rule of Might, and the strong prevail.

Advanced societies live by the Rule of Law, and the privileged prevail.

Enlightened societies live by the Rule of Love, and everyone is lifted higher.


Love on,


The Universe

7 Habits That Make Anyone an Idiot

It’s a temporary state for some, self-permanent for others

Written by Jessica Wildfire

During a debate, someone asked Bill Nye what — if anything — could change his mind about evolution.

One piece of evidence,” he said.

His opponent, Ken Ham, said nothing would ever convince him to change his mind. To me, this sums up idiocy in its purest form.

My husband grew up in a different world. He attended private Christian schools all the way through college. At one point, he changed his mind about a wide range of things.

Evidence has that effect on people.

The word “idiot” isn’t a word I use lightly. I’ve been called an idiot (sometimes for good reason). It cuts deeper than just about anything you could say. And yet, some people have earned the title.

Here’s how:

1. They refuse to change their mind.

Intelligent people change their minds often. They don’t do it because they’re fickle, spineless, or immoral. They do it because the world is complicated. We’re always finding out new information. We adjust their worldview to accommodate what’s new.

Idiots base their self-worth completely on their opinions. They equate opinions with beliefs and values.

When you challenge their opinion, they see it as a personal attack on every single part of their identity.

Reality attacks them every day.

They’ve never learned how to change their mind, because they’ve never tried. It’s not entirely their fault. Their culture has taught them that changing your mind too much shows weakness. When you disagree with an idiot, it’s like you’re already calling them one.

2. They have to win every single argument.

It would be one thing if idiots lived their own lives according to their own values and principles.

But living doesn’t make idiots happy.

Idiots feel the need to control everyone around them, which also means they start arguments they know they’ll lose.

They lose because they don’t understand what an argument is. Intelligent people see arguments as exchanges of information, attitudes, opinions, and values, and all that great stuff.

You can’t “win” an argument.

Intelligent people don’t see debates as contests. They see them as opportunities to share their thoughts. They know they’ll come away with new perspectives they didn’t have earlier.

3. They despise difference and diversity.

Idiots feel threatened by anyone who doesn’t look, sound, think, or act exactly the way they do. To feel safe, idiots need everything around them to reflect and reinforce the identity they already have.

They have such an insecure sense of self, they’re afraid that being around difference will change them.

Idiots base their identity largely on their ability to conform. When all you do is conform, your mind can’t handle difference.

They see new attitudes and ideas as contagious, especially when they come from other cultures.

Idiots like the saying, “Everyone’s entitled to an opinion.” Of course, they don’t really mean this. That’s why idiots get so upset when someone expresses any kind of opinion they find unappealing.

4. They dehumanize others with ease.

Once or twice, I’ve gotten into arguments with idiots. They’re always the first to start with name-calling. They’ll insult your physical appearance first, and go from there.

When idiots run out of reasons and facts, the slurs come out.

They know it’s an effective way to end a debate, and gives them the illusion they’ve won simply by hurting someone.

You might stop and wonder if the term “idiot” itself is dehumanizing. But idiots are people who just need to calm down and stop forcing their lifestyles on everyone else and claiming to be the only voice worth hearing. That’s all intelligent people want from idiots.

We don’t need idiots to give up their family, language, values, or their homes— as they’ve so often expected of others.

But this is exactly what idiots expect of everyone else.

They justify their violence by denying the very humanity of the people they can’t stand for being different.

5. They love hurting things.

Idiots enjoy causing pain and suffering. It starts small with bugs and plants then escalates with animals. Any living creature that can’t fight back, they want to cause it harm.

We tend to relegate this kind of behavior to psychopaths, because we don’t want to acknowledge how prevalent it is. For idiots, anything less than human exists to suffer for their entertainment.

And so we get dog fighting and sport hunting.

It’s not entirely their fault. Idiots receive a lot of violence in a lot of forms. They grow up thinking the only way to process their own trauma is to inflict more of it on other people.

They believe hurting things protects them from being hurt, and heals what happened to them in the past.

So they’ll beat their wives and kids. And if they can’t inflict violence on you, they’ll do everything to make it clear that they can. They’ll make it clear that they want to, and that they’re just waiting for an excuse. So we get huge trucks and tail-gating on highways.

6. They laugh at the suffering of others.

Years ago, one of my students wrote a paper describing a disturbing incident. He and his friends were exercising at a gym when they saw a skinny kid try to bench press too much weight.

He didn’t have a spotter, so he lay there squirming under the bar begging for help. Instead of helping him, my student encouraged his friends to mock the poor kid for thinking he was stronger than he was.

I gave the paper an F.

In my comments, I told him that apart from the typos and huge font size, the paper showed no hint of reflection or self-awareness. I wrote something like, “You couldn’t laugh at him after helping?” He complained to my department chair. The chair suggested he drop the course and try something that didn’t require too much thinking.

Weakness is funny to idiots.

They’re so confident in their own mental and physical superiority, they can’t fathom that day in the future when they’ll need help. When that day comes, they won’t acknowledge the help they get. They’ll see it as something they earned. To idiots, help is vulgar.

7. They live to offend.

Idiots justify their behavior by elevating themselves above everyone else. This practically requires them to constantly mock and demean anyone who isn’t like them, or who disagrees with them.

Their winner-take-all attitude includes trash talking the ones they’ve already taken everything from.

Their offensive remarks act as a smokescreen. They honestly believe the awful things they say about other people, because if someone else is that bad, then they deserve what’s happening to them.

When you live to offend, you also live to be offended. It’s a short, easy high that leaves you wanting more.


Anyone can be an idiot.

Idiocy transcends race, class, religion, and gender. I’ve met idiots from around the world. Idiots have a way of thinking that they’re always right. They hate changing their minds. They think difference is contagious, because they lack a sophisticated, flexible sense of identity.

If they can’t be what they’ve always been, then they’re nobody.

Idiots have a way of thinking only they are entitled to certain things. Everyone else is unworthy.

This isn’t a pleasant way to live — always scared, always offended, always angry and looking for someone to take it out on.

We’ve all felt what it’s like to live this way, at some point or another. Then we woke up. We realized how miserable we were. We wondered what it would be like to just let a few things go for once. We wondered what it would feel like to release our need to control everyone and everything around us. Far from what we feared, it was liberating.

Idiots can change. I know this because I’ve been one.

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