Saturday, May 13, 2017


Maybe it doesn't matter what the politicians say or do in Washington.

Maybe it does.

In the middle of the muddle they manufacture it is hard to tell.

Friday, May 12, 2017

a vision softly creeping

We need a new language.

Let's call it a language of presence.

It speaks and hears experience.

Beyond words, emotion, and thought.

It resides in the intelligence of the present moment revealing itself to those with ears and eyes.

It is the place where particular languages abandon their differences in order to empathetically become that which is beyond difference.

Our new language is the next sound we hear.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

elsewhere life is here


what we call

death is




an ancient enmity

Against Certainty

by Jane Hirshfield
There is something out in the dark that wants to correct us.
Each time I think “this,” it answers “that.”
Answers hard, in the heart-grammar’s strictness.
If I then say “that,” it too is taken away.
Between certainty and the real, an ancient enmity.
When the cat waits in the path-hedge,
no cell of her body is not waiting.
This is how she is able so completely to disappear.
I would like to enter the silence portion as she does.
To live amid the great vanishing as a cat must live,
one shadow fully at ease inside another.
(Source: Poetry Foundation; Jane Hirshfield. After. Copyright 2006 by Jane Hirschfield)
As is.

Source of learning.

One seeking wisdom.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

this is water

This is my favorite part about philosophy:
There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, boys, how's the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes,
“What the hell is water?”
There, in a nutshell, or small pond, is our study.

between certainty and the real hides presence

Feels like heart is stopping.


Give it a rest.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

watch this white house

Is it a coup?

Or revolution?

Or a cornered brat?

Monday, May 08, 2017

it's the right thing to do

Are you

Get some

I will

Sunday, May 07, 2017

if we define what the true and the false are

These are good words:
Aristotle defined truth in words of one syllable: "If a man says of what is that it is, or of what is not that it is not, he speaks the truth; if he says of what is that it is not, or of what is not that it is, he does not speak the truth." Defining truth is easy, finding it is harder.) 

ἀλλὰ μὴν οὐδὲ μεταξὺ ἀντιφάσεως ἐνδέχεται εἶναι οὐθέν, ἀλλ᾽ ἀνάγκη ἢ φάναι ἢ ἀποφάναι ἓν καθ᾽ ἑνὸς ὁτιοῦν. [25] δῆλον δὲ πρῶτον μὲν ὁρισαμένοις τί τὸ ἀληθὲς καὶ ψεῦδος. τὸ μὲν γὰρ λέγειν τὸ ὂν μὴ εἶναι ἢ τὸ μὴ ὂν εἶναι ψεῦδος, τὸ δὲ τὸ ὂν εἶναι καὶ τὸ μὴ ὂν μὴ εἶναι ἀληθές, ὥστε καὶ ὁ λέγων εἶναι ἢ μὴ ἀληθεύσει ἢ ψεύσεται: ἀλλ᾽ οὔτε τὸ ὂν λέγεται μὴ εἶναι ἢ εἶναι οὔτε τὸ μὴ ὄν.At vero nec medium contradictionis nihil esse contingit, sed necessarium aut dicere aut negare unum de uno quod>cumque. Palam autem primum quidem diffmientibus quid  verum et * falsum. Dicere namque ens non esse aut hoc esse falsum *, ens autem esse et non ens non esse verum *; quare et dicens * esse aut non verum dicet aut mentietur; sed neque ens dicit non esse aut esse neque non ens,Chapter 7But on the other hand there cannot be an intermediate between contradictories, but of one subject we must either affirm or deny any one predicate. This is clear, in the first place, if we define what the true and the false are. To say of what is that it is not, or of what is not that it is, is false, while to say of what is that it is, and of what is not that it is not, is true; so that he who says of anything that it is, or that it is not, will say either what is true or what is false; but neither what is nor what is not is said to be or not to be.
--Aristotle, Metaphysics, Book 4, Ch.7
We need simple words. We need new words. So to be able to speak what is revealing itself constantly before our faces in our seeing and in our hearing.

This is why we study. This is why we converse.

What is true matters.

What is false matters.

And the courage to distinguish.

is silence nothing

I ask myself: Would I be interested in living a life of prayer?
"Souls of prayer are souls of great silence "-Mother Teresa
My self, having become more stupid and ignorant than I can remember, thought a minute.

Then another minute.

Is there anything you wish to say?

(Nothing is heard.)