Drawn to Create


Drawing has a series of definitions. We tend to think of drawing as a form of representation or even simply a notation. It is also a physical act. Not only does the artist draw a line. The archer draws a bow and a blacksmith draws metal.

Let’s look into this kind of drawing. It forms the basis for our sense of “drawing out” an idea or a story or a train of thought.

But, this form of drawing is the most direct and non-metaphoric. It is not only physical, but hot and dangerous.

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On Form


There’s a connection and relationship between the way we internalize honesty/deception and how we relate to form.

Form is the means by which error is recognized and the means by which correctness is recognized.

There are, it seems, two Muses: the Muse of Inspiration, who gives us inarticulate visions and desires, and the Muse of Realization, who returns again and again to say, “It is yet more difficult than you thought.” This is the muse of form. The first muse is the one mainly listened to in a cheap-energy civilization, in which “economic health” depends on the assumption that everything desirable lies within easy reach of anyone. To hear the second muse one must move outside the cheap-energy enclosure. It is the willingness to hear the second muse that keeps us cheerful in our work. To hear only the first is to live in the bitterness of disappointment.

Wendell Berry

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Chasing Coherence


What if we remain incoherent when we seek to establish a coherent state?

State, a powerful term, one with many resonances. None of them too good….

A coherent condition?

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Two Fragments


The distinction between strength and power.

As we discover how these terms are far from synonymous we find ways to use their differences as a heuristic.

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Consuming Community, Consuming Our Selves…


There come times when what asks to be done is for there to be silence.

This can seem harder to accept than many other demands the moment makes on us. We have momentum. We consider our habits valuable. We expect and we expect others do too. Expect a certain “output.”

This gets tricky when the purpose one pursues is to figure things out. Find a way to proceed. A lot of this work requires making an effort to reach the next step. Even when the way to make the next step is obscured by habits and expectations…. When making an effort is a sign that we are remaining within the bounds of a conditioned state.

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