A Painting Is a Presence


A painting is a presence. Not that it has presence, though it does. We’re talking about good paintings, real paintings; whatever any of that might mean, in them presence is an essential quality. Maybe quality isn’t the right word…. Is a being reducible to its qualities? Is presence something beyond quality as well as number?… Continue reading A Painting Is a Presence

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“The truth for me…”


“The Truth for me must be what I need it to be. David Bohm describing the justifications of Ego. Whenever we allow our language to atrophy – as we do when we rely on labels to stand-in for complexities – we arrive at a paradox: We feel the need to be concise. We fear no… Continue reading “The truth for me…”

Musing on Medusa, Reflections on the Gorgon’s Head


Those of us who fear chaos, through our efforts to control chaos, bring about more chaos, a more virulent chaos, a more violent chaos. At such times we see chaos as the Gorgon's head, writhing, wriggling, frightening. We project our anger, anger resulting from our fears onto this horrific mass, "If I am afraid it… Continue reading Musing on Medusa, Reflections on the Gorgon’s Head

The Primacy of Attention


Fear makes you stupid. Fear swamps intelligence. Fear takes us out of Being. We resort to strategies in an effort to re-establish certainty. Fear drives us to reject what-is in favor of any expedient that feels as if it will deflate our fear. We lose track of whatever may have initiated fear, whether an actual… Continue reading The Primacy of Attention

Whiteness, a Community of Narcissists


This post was drafted in August of 2015. At the time I was concerned whether it was complete enough. Whether it said enough. On looking it over today I am struck by how this theme has continued to strike us day after day. And how little, outside of the works of James Baldwin and his… Continue reading Whiteness, a Community of Narcissists

On Reflection… part 2


There have been times when it has seemed appropriate to appeal to the metaphor of a snake shedding its skin. This last year brings to mind a different serpentine behavior, stupor induced by the effort to digest an enormous meal. An Anaconda at these times can be mistaken for a fallen tree trunk…. The giant,… Continue reading On Reflection… part 2

On Reflection… part 1


David Bohm and Jiddu Krishnamurti were right in posing that the incoherence of thought is our greatest challenge. Some thirty years later the burning question is; why has their legacy not borne fruit? What did they miss? What's gone wrong? By miss, I don't mean to imply negligence on their part or that their capacities… Continue reading On Reflection… part 1

Realms. How we position.


"How we position." Seems to call for an object, "What?" before we can get into wondering about "how;" or even, who "we" are; we want to know what. I could not add a what. Any of the possibilities that come to mind seem too limiting. Not necessarily in the ways we might expect. For instance,… Continue reading Realms. How we position.

Twists and turns…


…the story of a man who inadvertently got into the role of himself. He saw it as a mistake. That is what people say who fall into a hole. "Hell and damnation, I have fallen into a trap and the trap is myself." They always treat themselves as the greatest mistakes ever made. Carl Jung,… Continue reading Twists and turns…

Writing, we invoke…


Writing we invoke. If it is ever to be anything more than a display of cleverness, writing is an act of prayer. We seek out; we ask for; we hope to receive something from beyond what we think. What we think we know. The craft of writing, looking for the right form, the right word,… Continue reading Writing, we invoke…

“Let’s be realistic!”


We feel the weight of this admonition upon us everywhere we turn. It stands like a wall between us and it echoes in our minds. We take it as a warning. In fact it is our prison. To "be realistic" we assume is to believe in cause & effect. That usually means a cause for… Continue reading “Let’s be realistic!”

Navigating Quality


We're inundated with arguments and counterarguments over what are considered facts and counter-facts. There is a scramble to create ever-larger data-farms to handle…, well, all the data. There's also been a curious turn of phrase used by one buffoon, George Will to describe another, Donald Trump. Will has claimed that "Trump doesn't know how to… Continue reading Navigating Quality