The People’s Renaissance Network & Artisan’s Guild was founded on the ethical ideals, moral principles and philosophical aspirations of a man who sought truth since earliest childhood. He came from an area called the Golden Triangle of Southeast Texas; and although he encountered many philosophies and superstitious concepts as he made his way around the world in search of spiritual truths, after 35 years of seeking, he discovered that the law life is simple: “Feel Good and Do No Harm.”
“It’s about maintaining respect for the Divine Laws of Life; whilst applying Chivalry in its most elegant, refined and balanced manifestation.”
In a word, the People’s Renaissance Network & Artisan’s Guild is all about chivalry in its most elegant, refined and balanced incarnation:
- To champion justice, for all fauna and flora; and
- To defend Our Lady [Gaia~Mother Nature] from human encroachment, by encouraging sustainable innovation, right action and right livelihood; and most importantly
- To teach the children well, thereby guiding the new generations into the paths of harmonious living.
- To live lightly upon the Earth. (Greek: Gaia; English: Mother Nature; Langue d’oc ) Notre Dame, as derived from ~ Our Lady of
“Man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to leave alone.”
~ applied in this instance as an enigmatic quote from Henry David Thoreau
Which is to say that:
“We must tread lightly upon the Earth and reduce humanity’s carbon footprint. We should implement permaculture paradigms, in our homes, gardens, neighborhood farms, village communities, and cities around the planet. When we do so, we are living ethically, through right livelihood. When we live in harmony with Mother Gaia she will favor us; and only then can we prosper and thrive in an enduring, meaningful and sustainable manner.”
~ Pastor Henry Alfred Goolsbee Abp.
Definition – “Divine”
“Our interpretation and application of the word divine describes one’s ability to create and preserve Life as opposed to the ability to destroy and/or kill something.”
~ H. Alfred Goolsbee Abp.
Any healthy person can destroy or kill another living creature, but only The Divine can create a healthy living creature that is capable of reproducing its own kind; and we, as co-creators, enjoy the free-will-option of learning how to assist the procreative process and to heal the sick or injured. It’s really simple as that.
So each and every one of us has a choice. Either, we follow the path of peace and support the Earth (Gaia) as co-creators, or we follow the paths of destruction and continue in our ignore-ance to destroy the Earth and all its inhabitants through neglect of the Laws of Life.
We choose Life
- We choose consciously, to live in harmony with Mother Nature (Gaia, our Earth) and to follow the Laws of Life.
- We hope to heal rather than destroy.
- We choose Peace over war and conflict.
- We seek to be skilled in the art of diplomacy and conflict resolution.
- We embrace wholeheartedly the concept of Ahimsa and its application in our daily lives.
Like the original Greenpeace movement, which was founded by a few friends in a boat headed for a controversial nuclear testing zone in Alaska, the People’s Renaissance Network has its humble beginnings in a grassroots Community Gardens project, situated in a cluster of small towns, located in what is now known as the Heart of the Golden Triangle in Southeast Texas.
“When it comes to issues of global sustainability, we’re all in the same boat. We must think globally and act locally.” ~ Pstr. H. Alfred Goolsbee Abp.
Music with a Message
“We are the troubadours of our generation. We have a tale to tell.. a very important message to deliver to today’s generation.. A responsibility to preserve the Earth for future generations.” ~ Pstr. H. Alfred Goolsbee Abp.
The troubadours of the 1960’s and 70’s left us with a wonderful legacy: Music that carried an important message. In the immortal words of Jimi Hendrix, I’ve got a message of Love, Don’t you run away.. Come on along with me today!
“They were all trying to tell us something.
To make us aware us of a very important event looming on the horizon..!”
People like Bob Zimmerman (Bob Dylan), Woody Guthrie, Joan Baez, Peter Paul & Mary, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Cat Stevens, Dixie Chicks, The Beatles, Donovan, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchel, Fleetwood Mac, the Moody Blues… the list goes on and on…
“We have a shared responsibility to carry these messages forward to children of this, and future, generations and to keep the flame burning.” ~ H. Alfred Goolsbee Abp.
The Heart of the Golden Triangle of Southeast Texas is considered by many to be the Birthplace of Rock and Roll and was home to many well-known musicians such as Janis Joplin, Johnny and Edgar Winters.
Texas has produced many great bands and solo artists such as Sly and the Family Stone, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Dixie Chicks, etc etc. The number of significant Texas musicians is extensive. An account of why it is known as the Birthplace of Rock and Roll is detailed on another page.
Born on “Block Street”
People’s Renaissance Network & Artisan’s Guild – Home of the
Musician’s Renaissance Network and Luthier’s Guild Int’l
The founders of the People’s Renaissance Network & Artisan’s Guild share the goal of fulfilling a legacy that has been handed down through the ages. As regards the Heart of the Golden Triangle area, the legacy dates back to the 1800’s and beyond, including the American Indian Ancestry [at least 10,000BC].
“In 1866, the military governor of Texas appointed George Block county commissioner, and he was reelected to that office as well as justice of the peace (that was permissible then) for each year between 1869 and 1882.
Having arrived in 1848 from Brandenburg Prussia, George Block
“…had a classical education and spoke several languages; was a quiet, unobtrusive, and thoroughly refined gentleman. He was made a Mason fifty years ago and was laid to rest by that order… “
The genealogical history of the George F. and Albert J. B. Block families appeared on pages 366-368 of Dorothy Ford Wulfeck’s Master’s thesis, Wilcoxen and Allied Families, published in 1958 by Commercial Service of Waterbury, Connecticut. The Wilcoxen thesis reads much like the obituary, that G. F. Block-
“was a former citizen of Stralsund on the Baltic Sea, Mecklenberg, Prussia, sailed from Bremen 10 February 1846. He spoke seven different languages. His first wife died, leaving him with a daughter Emile, who came to America with the family… Block was an interior decorator (muralist), painter, and a Mason, who landed with his family at New Orleans in 1846, and settled on the banks of the Neches, Grigsby’s Bluff…”
Historian, Sir W. T. Block Jr. recounted this legacy in a research project detailing the founding of the Port Neches/Mid-County area previously known as High Island, Grigsby’s Bluff and Block’s Landing, on the Neches (or Nechez) River (named after the Natchez Indians).
“The Neches River basin has long been the site of human habitation. Archeological excavations have discovered evidence of all stages of southeastern Indian development, beginning with the 12,000-year-old Clovis culture. Indian development reached its peak after the arrival of the Caddos about A.D. 780. The early Caddoan Period, lasting until about 1260, saw the development of Mound Prairie in Cherokee County, the southwesternmost example of the Mississippian mound-building culture. In the Late Caddo Period Mound Prairie was abandoned, but numerous sites show a continuing Caddoan presence in the area until the beginning of the historical era. When the first Europeans entered the area in the sixteenth century, they found various tribes of Hasinai Indians of the Caddo Confederacy living along the upper reaches of the stream, which they called Snow River or River of Snows. The river is supposed to have been given its present name by Spanish explorer Alonso De León, who led several expeditions to the region in the late 1680s. De León dubbed the river Neches after the Neches Indians, one of the southern Caddoan tribes he encountered.” ~ The Handbook of Texas, Texas State Historical Association.
read more about the Neches River here
Sir W. T. Block Jr. wrote of his own father, mother and step-mother’s origins (Prussia & Germany & Holland) and the family’s pioneering activities in the area now known as the Mid-County sector of the Golden Triangle (Jefferson County in Southeast Texas). As a result of this extensive historical research into an unassuming group of Dutch-German settlers, Sir W.T. Block Jr., before he passed away, was appointed by her Majesty Beatrix, Queen of the Netherlands as Knight of the Royal Order of Orange–Nassau.
This begs the question, “Why?” and leaves us ponder the hidden meanings..
The Charter Member
Founder of the People’s Renaissance Network & Artisan’s Guild:
Having traveled the world and likewise having learned much from various famous (and infamous) mentors (both male and female),the Founder, Henry Alfred Goolsbee encouraged his childhood friend to cooperate in founding the People’s Renaissance Network & Artisan’s Guild. At Alfred’s suggestion, these two friends, (both enjoying the same peculiar sense of Texas/Cajun humor) upon their return to their hometown of Port Neches, decided to adopt, as a descriptive and intriguing term, “Les Deux Magots” (The Two Magicians [Mandarins]). This helped to define for others, their ongoing philanthropic relationship. The humorous title (in three words) characterized their long-standing platonic relationship and their mutual philosophical bent towards Civil and Human Rights issues, Environmental Activism, the Fine Arts and Classical Renaissance Culture, mixed with a message of Love, Tolerance and Sustainable Innovation; along with their mutual passion to Think Globally and Act Locally …to take action and to bring about a change in a civil and amicable manner.
When the war started, Les Deux Magots became a place for political debate. During the liberation, and at that time the existentialists, led by Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, set up their headquarters there. Each had their own table reserved for them where they wrote compositions every day (so it is said) without fail. Joined by Boris Vian and Albert Camus, it was at that time that the Myth of Saint Germain was born.
Foreign writers and artists like James Joyce, Bertold Brecht and even Stefan Sweig, Picasso, Hemingway and many others through the decades have gathered there. Today it is one of three great cultural landmarks of society and is frequented by the erudite, elite as well as poets and peasants (starving artists) who can afford the fare (or who have been invited by a “sponsor”).
The two statues which oversee the activities of the cafe and its patrons represent Chinese “Mandarins” (or “Alchemists” depending upon one’s point of view). These statues are what give this emblematic (some say, enigmatic) establishment of Saint-Germain des Pres its name. “Magot” means “stocky figurine from the Far East”. These two “Magicians” are the only remains left from the old silk shop, that in 1885 became a liquor bar. Verlaine, Rimbaud and Mallarmé, among others, were in the habit of meeting and sipping absinthe on the terrace.
St-Germain’s Three Symbolic Cafés
At that time, cafés were fashionable; they were places of exchanges, discussions and meetings. In 1873, another one called “Aux Deux Magots” opened its doors near the St-Germain church. Its name came from the two Chinese statues that had once decorated the old novelty and silk linens shop, as a reference to the country of origin of the fabrics. But “Aux Deux Magots” had to face a competitor established a few years prior, the “Café de Flore”. And at the end of 1880, right across the street, Leonard Lipp, an Alsatian who had refused to become German after the defeat at Sedan and had moved to Paris, got a commercial lease to run a brasserie. His very first customers were students from the Ecole des Beaux Arts, poets and other bohemians. Little by little, the place became (as it still is today) mainly frequented by writers and political figures. At the Brasserie Lipp, it was customary to seat the privileged customers on the ground floor of the restaurant, where mirrors were tilted so that anyone occupying a table could be seen, but mainly so that anyone could see any new arrivals and in particular whether they were political partners or opponents.
Intellectuals in St-Germain
At the beginning of the 20th century, artists settled in Montmartre and while painters remained there, intellectuals migrated to Montparnasse, and then to St-Germain. Any and all intellectual movements mixed in the cafés while the neighborhood experienced a rich literary and artistic life. After WWI, it was good to be alive, and to want to live without constraints. Paris was attractive because it was daring and welcomed all art forms: Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism and even that surrealist trend founded by the poet Tristan Tzara, Dadaism. In St-Germain, the “zazous” (young jazz lovers) were quick to shake up the established order and push back the limits of “political correctness”. A wind of freedom was blowing which drew a wave of artists and writers from foreign countries. Jews were fleeing ghettos, Russians were fleeing the revolution, and Americans were fleeing the Prohibition. St-Germain lived to the rhythm of three cafés: Aux Deux Magots, Café de Flore, and Brasserie Lipp. The greatest French philosophers and poets gathered there: Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Jacques Prévert and Boris Vian (“I shall spit on your graves”, 1946). Then WWII broke out, and 1942 was a difficult year. The cold, along with a lack of coal and electricity, caused people to congregate in cafés. Simone de Beauvoir always arrived first to get the best seat, next to the stove. Sartre chose the Café de Flore because he claimed to enjoy the stove, the subway close by, and also the absence of Germans.
Not surprisingly therefore, as in Voltaire’s novel “Candide” where, we find mention of a concept best remembered as, “The Best of All Possible Worlds,” the play on words is this: That, magot also means “dwarfish man” or “hideous creature.” So, “Beauty,“ as they say, “is in the eye of the beholder.” In english, laughably, the pronunciation sounds like maggots, or the larvae of house flies! But in French, of course the pronunciation is quite different, as is the meaning, which incorporates The Two Magicians. A word about “magic” follows… below*
*Mon Dieu je suis touché!
The Magic lies in the transfiguration that occurs when, manure (cow and horse dung, etc.) properly composted, is transformed into an orchard of fruit trees or a rose garden (for example). The lead is turned into gold.
*Hence: the message then is this:
Although the world is filled with apparently insurmountable problems… we should be ever-mindful that these problems are our treasure, our manure…
In effect~ A “pearl of great price.”
And this is our golden opportunity to learn how to turn the lead into platinum!
Take for example:
‘…it’s remarkable what you can find out about a place you’ve taken for granted.’
A word about “magic* “Francine discovered that the island of Montréal had been designed in the 17th century as the New Jerusalem of the Christian world, and that it had become the centre for a group of mystics who wanted to live as part of a flawless Primitive Church of Jesus which could not be tolerated in their old world.
Bernier’s research revealed that the elite behind this New World push were members of the Société de Notre-Dame de Montréal, some of whom belonged to an even more exclusive group, the Compagnie du Saint-Sacrement. These mystics were compared to the apostles of Jesus and to the original Templar and Hospitaller soldier-monks of the first Crusades, working as they did for the greater social good and for an ideal Christian way of living. And as with the ancient Essenes, the men and women of this apostolic sect had gender equality.
They were on a righteous mission to spread their doctrine from the old to the new world, creating a “New France” with Montréal as the promised biblical centre.
Their claims included a link with their patron saint, John the Baptist, with Melchizedek, the king-priest figure important to both the Essenes and Templars, with Stella Maris, the Star of the Sea from Mount Carmel, and with St Blaise, the patron saint of stonemasons as well as a key figure to the Benedictine Order and the Templars.
Coded into the architecture were themes alluding to the Temple of Solomon and the mystery of Rennes-le-Château in France. In decoding Montréal’s street names among other key signposts, Bernier enlightens us to a rich secret history, which she supports with solid documentation. As Francine attests, ‘…it’s remarkable what you can find out about a place you’ve taken for granted.’ “
Recommended reading for the serious historian and genuine Templar aficionado: