Ecocidal Suicide, Where does the violence begin? The Gulf Between a Trail and a Path


Recent misunderstandings have helped breed a new insight. I’ve been reluctant to post on the subject as I’ve looked for ways to write about it that do not remain focused within the drama that incited them. Driving down what passes for the loveliest lane in the area the other day brought to mind the wayContinue reading “Ecocidal Suicide, Where does the violence begin? The Gulf Between a Trail and a Path”

“What IS the problem?”


The title comes from a comment made to a recent post. The “answer” seemed too glib, unfair actually, to throw the question back by responding that the problem is our habit of looking at everything as if it were a problem needing to be solved. But this is true. It could be useful to sayContinue reading ““What IS the problem?””

The Opportunity to Think


Thinking, the active participation in a creative act of thinking, as opposed to being caught up in reactive entanglements in thought and conditioning, requires peace and quiet and a rested state of mind. These have been scarce lately…. In this statement is a key to how this process works. A triggering situation sets off aContinue reading “The Opportunity to Think”

Shadows, Murmurs & Inklings


an anecdote about Martin Luther King, who apparently said to Harry Belafonte, just before he (i.e., King) was assassinated, that he thought he might have been making a big mistake; that he sometimes felt like he was herding people into a burning church. This is a very different insight, quite obviously, than the notion thatContinue reading “Shadows, Murmurs & Inklings”

Making Space Take Time


This recent post by Morten Svenstrup at time culture describes and then discusses the implications of the blockage of a residential street to motor traffic in Denmark. It’s wonderful the way the simple addition of a few posts set in the ground transforms a neighborhood. Morten discusses the various velocities of life and the wayContinue reading “Making Space Take Time”

The Urge to Start Over


What I’m asking… * What I’m asking… is to fulfill the frustrated need I had as a child, to be able to trust, and receive without doubt, guidance and direction. Guidance and direction I could accept as being in my best interest. This is probably the most important request I have after a childhood needContinue reading “The Urge to Start Over”

From Efficient to Effective


Efficiency, at best, in my most charitable moments, I would recognize as an accumulation of tips and attitudes that make things work well during times when expected practices are useful. At such times to be effective is at least in some degree to be efficient. The key here is in recognizing what it means toContinue reading “From Efficient to Effective”

Vital Vulnerability


I kid you not! I don’t “make this stuff up!” It occurs to me. That means, as I write, something comes to mind. This is a participation in an act of creation. It is not a commanding or an ownership of creativity. So, as words come into awareness, by writing them down, I can captureContinue reading “Vital Vulnerability”

The Currency of Trust


The last post has brought us to the point of examining trust. This phrase, the currency of trust, appears to hold some promise. Let’s begin with another word, seriousness. Serious, trust, compassion; these are among a suite of terms we fear today, or hide our fear behind disdain at their current condition and denatured meanings.Continue reading “The Currency of Trust”

The Outer Ring, a Permeable Membrane


Let’s begin at the outside. We live in a holographic universe. The whole is encoded in every part. Maintaining this quality in whatever we endeavor to do, as opposed to cutting away all we would rather not consider as the reductivist’s knife would have us do, is a way to keep contact with a deepContinue reading “The Outer Ring, a Permeable Membrane”

Catalytic Conversation, a Concentric Approach to Dialogue


There is a vacuum of attention as we persist in focusing on our perceived problems. We are trapped within our confusion that arises around our conceptions of clarity. We arrive at clarity. It cannot be manufactured. How can we find/create a portal, a place through which we might pass and come together in dialogue? –Continue reading “Catalytic Conversation, a Concentric Approach to Dialogue”