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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Curiosity skills our at...tempt bypassing death

The bald doctor feels he is healed even if the cure lags behind. It's the same phrasing a woman named Anita Moorjani uses to describe her return from near death coma and advanced cancer.

I listen to REM's "Everybody Hurts." I wonder how it is I'd never heard the song in the 20plus years it has been around. I send it to a young woman in Maryland coming through her second spinal surgery.

Bells chime in strong wind snow laden.

The futurist Kurzweil thinks he will live without dying. The cusp is at hand. Death thou shalt die.

I don't know.

Maggie is nearing death. We chanted a farewell yesterday to her worn and weary body. Her husband and two sons were in the room as we arrived and left. Walt is stricken. After 72 years together.

As curious as curious is
life is
just so
curious.

Friday, February 15, 2013

with only their faces showing

Statistics are faceless.

Here are faces that remind us life is personal.

Politics draws us away from human feeling.

Can you experience the feeling? The sorrow, the anger, the innocence, and the importance of paying attention?
Palestinian Funeral Shot Earns Award for Photographer                                               
Details Published on Friday, 15 February 2013 14:03


HENSEN'S WINNING PHOTO (COURTESY OF: AFP)

by Associated Press 
Swedish photographer Paul Hansen won the 2012 World Press Photo award Friday for newspaper Dagens Nyheter with a picture of two Palestinian children killed in an Israeli missile strike being carried to their funeral. 
The picture shows a group of men marching the dead bodies through a narrow street in Gaza. The victims, a brother and sister, are wrapped in white cloth with only their faces showing. 
"The strength of the pictures lies in the way it contrasts the anger and sorrow of the adults with the innocence of the children," said jury member Mayu Mohanna of Peru. "It's a picture I will not forget." 
Hansen's Nov. 20 shot won top prize in both the spot news single photograph category and the overall competition. It portrays 2-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and her 3-year-old brother Muhammad, who were killed when their house was destroyed by the Israeli attack. They are being carried by grieving uncles, as their father Fouad was also killed, and his body can be seen in the background of the picture. 
The children's mother, whose name was not provided, was in intensive care. 
"This prize is the highest honor you can get in the profession," Hansen told The Associated Press. "I'm very happy, but also very sad. The family lost two children and the mother is unconscious in a hospital." 
(from, Palestine News Network: http://english.pnn.ps/index.php/culture/3938-palestinian-funeral-shot-earns-award-for-photographer)
I'm trying to.

I feel it.

I can.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Je t'aime...


Love, they say, is what this day is about.

That's a nice thought.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Consciousness with disappearance is born nature; awareness as opening presence is unborn nature

And if I did have anything to say, I would say it in the wind.

"And God said
Prophesy to the wind, to the wind only for only
The wind will listen."
(--from poem, Ash Wednesday, by T.S. Eliot)

But I have nothing.

Except this: Awareness is consciousness with disappearance into opening presence.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Some facts are out of the question


One man speaks to the nation. Another kills one more person in California then burns to death after shot heard in cabin hideaway. Armies kill thousands, sharpshooters hundreds. No equivalency. No moral. Just facts.

Whistleblower or liar? The Los Angeles police department will reckon their losses.

Nobel peace exemplar or high tech hit man to all perceived enemies? Power is so overt.

Facts are not dreams.

Dreams 
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

(Poem by Langston Hughes)
What is attractive about facts is their reluctance, of themselves, to wear disguises.

But in the hands of authorities and potentates they seldom ever resemble themselves.

Fires burn out.

Rhetoric cools.

The wrong of any injustice, however, smolders.


Any questions?

A child is born to Nicholas and Alexandra near Washington, D.C.

здоровье для всех! (Health to all!)
Добро пожаловать! (Welcome!)

Monday, February 11, 2013

on hearing the news the Pope will step down


Va bene!

It is time to go. What mysterious grace will be at work in the election of what comes next?

Perhaps an innovation.

Maybe a triadic revelation will overcome the catholic church.

From trinity to triadic inspiration: we will elect a cleric, a religious, and a layperson -- one of whom must be a woman.

These three will begin a new thing, and scripture will concur: "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?" (Isaiah 43:19)


Come Holy Spirit, and renew our faith in what is of God with us!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Edges falling upon everything

Sun on trees morning after storm. Nothing has changed. Russian State Symphony Cappella sings Fervent Supplication from Rachmaninov's Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31.


And the nothing that has not changed? The listening. The quiet stillness where breath finds no one there to impede passage from one mountain to another mountain. Breath is wavering shadow of cedar branch on white pillow, sketch canvas of appearance, a solitary showing, brief display, fleeting glimpse of artist's impression, ah! The kindness of evanescent duration!

Does the hand know it is a hand? Does the chair know it is a chair? No! It is thinking/naming that says so. So, in the absence of thinking, where is the hand and chair? They are nowhere to be found.
...
Only consciousness is ever truly present, knowing and being itself eternally, taking the shape of sensing, perceiving and thinking but never being or becoming anything other than itself. The presence of all seeming things properly belongs to consciousness alone.

(--Rupert Spira, p.184, in Presence, The Intimacy of All Experience, Vol II, c.2011)
The two people in their car during blizzard found both warmth and death. Seeking one the other slipped into back seat to sit awhile with them taking shelter from digging out.

The Catholic Church reminded the faithful that it need not be a serious sin if egregious circumstances keep them from attending mass this Sunday.

Toboggan racers cram snow bowl to compact into one day what blizzard shortened from two.

There will be coffee.

Prayer comes first.

Then shoveling.

I cannot imagine any longer what resembled understanding back when fear and longing for anything other than what is here now presenting itself would drive headlong from despair to desperation. A time without shoveling, prayer, or coffee.

What do you want from this cajoling appearance we call our lives? If we look around we see, like Stevens' blackbird:

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
(By Wallace Stevens) 
Among twenty snowy mountains,
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the blackbird. 
II 
I was of three minds,
Like a tree
In which there are three blackbirds. 
III 
The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.
It was a small part of the pantomime. 
IV 
A man and a woman
Are one.
A man and a woman and a blackbird
Are one. 
I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendoes,
The blackbird whistling
Or just after. 
VI 
Icicles filled the long window
With barbaric glass.
The shadow of the blackbird
Crossed it, to and fro.
The mood
Traced in the shadow
An indecipherable cause. 
VII 
O thin men of Haddam,
Why do you imagine golden birds?
Do you not see how the blackbird
Walks around the feet
Of the women about you? 
VIII 
I know noble accents
And lucid, inescapable rhythms;
But I know, too,
That the blackbird is involved
In what I know. 
IX 
When the blackbird flew out of sight,
It marked the edge
Of one of many circles. 
At the sight of blackbirds
Flying in a green light,
Even the bawds of euphony
Would cry out sharply. 
XI 
He rode over Connecticut
In a glass coach.
Once, a fear pierced him,
In that he mistook
The shadow of his equipage
For blackbirds. 
XII 
The river is moving.
The blackbird must be flying. 
XIII 
It was evening all afternoon.
It was snowing
And it was going to snow.
The blackbird sat
In the cedar-limbs.
It is stanza nine (IX) that rivets my attention. The edge. Even as it gives way to circles beyond itself. The never-ending going there, flying through edges no longer edges.

The light has moved from pillow-canvas.

For now.

Until the nothing that it is gives itself to next our awareness wherever consciousness sketches itself within what calls itself into change and nothing but your loving gaze falling upon everything.