Saturday, January 06, 2018

as is

Epiphany is the contemplation of the word “as”.

“As” is the word used to embody “is”.

And so, today we see “as is” in a whole, new, light.

to visualize or interpret as, epiphany

    Epiphany as . . .

At times, words speak for themselves.

From Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

Definition of epiphanyplural epiphanies1capitalized  January 6 observed as a church festival in commemoration of the coming of the Magi as the first manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles or in the Eastern Church in commemoration of the baptism of Christ 2an appearance or manifestation especially of a divine being  
3(1) a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something  
(2an intuitive grasp of reality through something (such as an event) usually simple and striking  
(3an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure

b a revealing scene or moment 
Origin and Etymology of epiphany
Middle English epiphanie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin epiphania, from Late Greek, plural, probably alteration of Greek epiphaneiaappearance, manifestation, from epiphainein to manifest, from epi- + phainein to show — more at fancy
Definition of fancyfanciedfancyingtransitive verb1to have a fancy (see 2fancy 1) for like  
  • He's all right, I suppose, but I can't say that I fancy him.
2to form a conception of imagine  
  • fancyour embarrassment
  • Just fancy my surprise when I heard that he was getting married.
3a to believe mistakenly or without evidence 
b to believe without being certain  
  • she fancied she had met him before
  • real or fancied wrongs
4to visualize or interpret as  
  • fancied myself a child again

Friday, January 05, 2018






to dwell as what we are

We make of nihility one more thing to conquer, substitute for, or use as means for profit.
From Keiji Nishitani's perspective a culture of self-centeredness has developed out of the inability of many people to move beyond a sense of nihilism in their lives.
(—in, Keiji Nishitani and Karl Rahner: A Response to Nihility, by Heidi Ann Russell)
Nishitani would have us consider falling through relative nihility into absolute nihility where we’d come to dwell in nothing other than what is itself.

Instrumentality, substitutive retrieving, and mechanistic manipulations would be set aside in favor of abandoning ourselves through the empty fullness of coming to dwell as what we are — nothing other.

Imagine; nothing other!

Thursday, January 04, 2018

res ipsa loquitur — listening to what is taking place

 It is a tense time for the republic of America.
res ipsa loquitur, (rayz ip-sah loh-quit-her) n. Latin for "the thing speaks for itself," a doctrine of law that one is presumed to be negligent if he/she/it had exclusive control of whatever caused the injury even though there is no specific evidence of an act of negligence, and without negligence the accident would not have happened. Examples: a) a load of bricks on the roof of a building being constructed by Highrise Construction Co. falls and injures Paul Pedestrian below, and Highrise is liable for Pedestrian's injury even though no one saw the load fall. b) While under anesthetic, Isabel Patient's nerve in her arm is damaged although it was not part of the surgical procedure, and she is unaware of which of a dozen medical people in the room caused the damage. Under res ipsa loquitur all those connected with the operation are liable for negligence. Lawyers often shorten the doctrine to "res ips," and find it a handy shorthand for a complex doctrine. 
It is the time of bricks and nerves.

They are falling and fraying.

Be careful!

wording trump

Words matter.

What’s the matter with Trump?

No words about him come near truth.

No words by him appear to have any stability.

His words don’t matter.

They are less than noiseless phantasm.

They are anti-matter.

“Stable antimatter does not appear to exist in our universe.” (New Oxford American Dictionary)

I can’t hear what he is...

(just) saying...

I can’t hear him.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

jitai, じたい

Absolute nihility, according to Keiji Nishitani, is when everything is empty of anything other than itself.

I have nowhere to go with this.
copied  Russell, Heidi Ann. “Keiji Nishitani and Karl Rahner: A Response to Nihility.” Buddhist-Christian Studies, vol. 28, 2008, pp. 27–41. JSTOR, JSTOR,

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

and then it is tuesday

What is alone?

Is God the Alone?
“Bells are meant to remind us that God alone is good,”  (-Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude) 
That God, alone, is good.

No wonder so many fear God!

Who wants to be alone?

Who wants to be with the alone?


I do. 

Monday, January 01, 2018

new year night

moonlight on

clear white snow

squeaks stepping cold

start again

New Year’s Day!

                                 by Leonard Cohen

The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don't dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.
Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

We asked for signs
the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every government --
signs for all to see.

I can't run no more
with that lawless crowd
while the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud.
But they've summoned, they've summoned up
a thundercloud
and they're going to hear from me.

Ring the bells that still can ring ...

You can add up the parts
but you won’t have the sum
You can strike up the march,
there is no drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
That's how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.

Then, like some Zen master, Christian mystic, or Tibetan Rinpoche insinuating reincarnation, rebirth, or resurrection, the artist poet Leonard Cohan says to the assembled: “Thank you so much for your kind attention! We’ll be back in a few minutes.”

And so

it is ...

what is


goes on

Sunday, December 31, 2017

to, with, as

At hospital

as patient visitor

this afternoon

Each one

speaks the here

of their being there.

From book tonight at practice:

Creation is the voice of God!
The crisis of the Word is a crisis of theology -- literally -- “God talk.” We have lost a Christian theology that adequately conveys the idea that creation is God speaking to us.”
  (--p.9, Care For Creation, [a franciscan spirituality of the earth], by Ilia Delio, Keith Douglass Warner, and Pamela Wood
We grow despondent as

a people, not knowing

what we are to be


to, with, as

saturday night


That’s what she sipped.
Ice water too.

Did I want coffee, she asks?
No, thanks, I say

Just someone rounding eights,
Warming her hands in mine

In hospice room