parallel urgencies

Antwerp

Watching the unfolding of social protest in Iran, and still recovering from the large dose of fear I’ve just had to (try to) absorb about climate change, I’m wondering if ‘we’ – populations in the western world – are giving valence (in a group relation’s sense) to the protesters in Iran. Put another way, are ‘they’ acting out not … Read more...

Cairn at the Crossroads

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Some thirty stalwart spirits braved the edge of Hurricane Hannah to begin building “Belchertown’s own pyramid.” Sailing knots secured the tarp which – propped up by two ladders – withstood the night, protecting us from the downpour and thrilling us with sounds of rain and wind as we christened the cairn near midnight with Wrongo Dongo. Howls mixed with … Read more...

space out of time

The first act of will is to decide that time does not matter.

The second is to surrender will to the rock.

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Immersed in the presence of this new language, I forgot that I was here for a reason! “We know you love your metaphors,” Rachel teased before I came. The other roommate just laughed. ­čÖé

Lauren described my fourth Read more...

High Summer

Summer has been at its peak, climate-wise, for the past few weeks.

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During bicycle rides, I’ve been taking in the deep smells of haying, the lighter fragrances of flowers and crops, and the occasional blast of cow manure. The temperature has begun to drop more at night, a harbinger of fall – especially in combination with some early leaf-turning.… Read more...

Mr. Heller’s Wall and the Purple Dress

I was finally invited to an event at The Farm.
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I went without a pen, notepaper, or business cards. What was I thinking? Conversations morphed one into another I tell you the truth I love the smartness of my friends I wish I could bottle hold embrace inject their mindfulness through my skin to the bloodstream zapping consciousness with energy … Read more...

Gifts for June (Ripple Effects)

GENEROSITY
HARMONY
KNOWLEDGE
CONTENTMENT
GENTLENESS
WISDOM

WE USE EXCUSES TO WALL OURSELVES IN AND EVERY EXCUSE WE ADD KEEPS US FROM MOVING FORWARD OR GAINING KNOWLEDGE. IT IS BECAUSE OF EXCUSES THAT WE NEVER MOVE, CHANGE OR BECOME ALL WE ARE CREATED TO BE. OUR ARMOR OF EXCUSES WEIGHS US DOWN SO WE DROWN IN OUR EXCUSES. REMEMBER EVERYTHING WE … Read more...

“try to show up somewhere”

Jose was in town for graduation. Yes, that’s Dr. Jose.
Several folk did, in fact, gather in his honor. Stories were told, memories recounted, teasing ensued, plans were postulated…
I learned of the first event by hook & by crook, via the grapevine – altering my departure date just so I could see The Man himself. (Actually, I confess, it … Read more...

soon to be sailing

“The space was really what this sailing thing was all about.” (p. 7)

“Everything was so quiet now. The dawn was still so early the turn of the creek in the distance was barely visible…a dawn mystery took hold…” (22)

Last year August was my maiden trip. Just a few days of real sailing but enough of a tasteRead more...

a planet in peril

Barack Obama said this last night, as others have said before and with increasing urgency as the scientific evidence becomes stronger, more clear and convincing.
But can we change the ways we talk? Can we alter the tropes of political discourse? He is trying, valiantly.
Whether he wins or loses the nomination, the consciousness accompanying his talk – that … Read more...

living within language

I am reading Monolingualism of the Other in preparation for a talk with Chang and Lankala this Wednesday.

Derrida risks two propositions:

  1. We only ever speak one language.
  2. We never speak only one language.

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Meanwhile, I enjoyed another Equinox sunset and am delighted by the opening of my Irish Daffodils! (Birds of Paradise soon to follow…)

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