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… Continue reading Drawn to Create

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Questions of Identity


Schools fail us by teaching students how to work with knowledge rather than how to deal with ignorance, not be a sucker with the unknown. Nassim Taleb This neither begins nor ends with schools. In a time when the most popular public stance is to celebrate our fears and idolize those who act on them… Continue reading Questions of Identity

Carving Spaces


Chris, excellent. The one quibble I have is that I don't think you're considering the full implications of what you've suggested: "It's a recognition of the total futility of any effort for victory for the side of ecology, conservation, or Gaia, on this civilization's terms." The last four words -- on this civilization's terms --… Continue reading Carving Spaces

A Cross-post from Fine Lines: Further Notes on Craft


The trouble with talking about Craft is that everyone thinks they already know what it is. Let's take a deep breath and set all those assumptions aside. Easier said than done. To begin, here's some of what Craft is not: Backward Anachronistic, and therefore not a viable way to proceed. Continue…

Awe and Wonder


It's customary to link awe with shock these days. "Shock & Awe!" Followed by that grimacing grin primates and dogs instinctively make when something that pleases them also uncovers a deep well of shame. The look we came to identify with W…. Shock & Awe would come to be the signature spell of the late… Continue reading Awe and Wonder

Dissensus, Hygiene, Quality, Rhetoric, and Integration; a Stab at a Synthesis…


Dissensus is a tough master. If I choose to follow dissensus I pledge that though what I espouse holds no intent to violate any other, I will refrain from destroying anyone, though they espouse my destruction and this refusal might lead to my own death. I see no other way to make a break with… Continue reading Dissensus, Hygiene, Quality, Rhetoric, and Integration; a Stab at a Synthesis…

Cross-Post from Antonio Dias, Attending Quality


Attending Quality You see, if Quality is obvious, what need is there for persuasion? Let that sink in. Look at any example of persuasion, any explanation, any form of consensus building. They are all attempts, like in The Wizard of Oz, for the Man-behind-the-curtain to get us to look the other way.  

Stop Counting


In dreams we approach a form of knowing that we find difficult to access while awake. We tend to discount the sensation that there was "something to it." Or, we displace our fascination within the dream in a vain attempt to narrate its dramatic particulars. As this fails to match our original wonder, as we… Continue reading Stop Counting

Pattern Which Connects, Finding Community


One reason things have been a little slow here in the past few weeks has been the work involved editing this conversation with Jeppe Dyrendom Graugaard. It is now up on his site: Pattern Which Connects. Here is his introduction: Last February I approached Tony Dias for an interview about his involvement in and thoughts… Continue reading Pattern Which Connects, Finding Community

Integrity, and the Shape of Competence, Boats for difficult times.


This latest post on Boats for difficult times connects with the stream of concerns we delve into here.

Making Sense


We all know what that means! What does it mean? To make is to put together. It's not quite the same as create. Not as pedestrian as assemble. It does imply a matter-of-fact doing. The emphasis is on competence and taking things as they are and putting them together so the result will function as… Continue reading Making Sense

The Forge of Language


Sometimes writing is an act of excavation. Sometimes it is digging things up. Sometimes it is digging one’s self out…. What is writing? What is it for? Why? How? Once asked, these questions proliferate. Looming over them all, Why ask? Who is asking? These all circle around and bring us back to language. Writing is… Continue reading The Forge of Language