Saturday, November 04, 2017

have you ever seen such a sight

Three blind mice. Three blind mice.

Donald, Mitch, and Paul.

Where’s the farmers wife when she is needed?

Friday, November 03, 2017

only to

There is nowhere to go.

Not-now does not exist.

Siddhartha sat still.

Jesus arrived alone.

Here’s what I think: not fond of the metaphors ‘ransom’ and ‘debt’, I wonder how to say ‘emergent’ and ‘perfecting’ without holding some finished and final ideal in mind.

The words ‘beginning’ and ‘arriving’ come to mind. We are always doing one or the other without ever completing.

Complementing, yes. Complimenting, yes.

Nothing fixed that is not flowing. Nothing carved in stone that is not breath and water moving in and out with grace.

Even if the idea of God crumbled and lost its meaning, making no sense, having no cogency . . . 
Remaining would be here, 
Appearing would be now,  
Emerging would be this.
Three forms of presence: here, now, this — situation, circumstance, surrounding — these companions on the way: sat, chit, ananda (being, consciousness, bliss).

Perhaps we have only to look,

Only to listen,

Only to 

Only to,

Only to . . .

———————.      ———————-       ———————
(-from dictionary app):
ohn-lee IPA

— adverb 
  1. without others or anything further; alone; solely; exclusively: This information is for your eyes only. 
  1. no more than; merely; just: If it were only true! cook only on weekends. 
  1. as recently as: read that article only yesterday. 
  1. in the final outcome or decision: You will only regret your harsh words to me. 
— adjective 
  1. being the single one or the relatively few of the kind: This is the only pencil can find. 
  1. having no sibling or no sibling of the same sex: an only child; an only son. 
  1. single in superiority or distinction; unique; the best: the one and only Muhammad Ali. 
— conjunction 
  1. but (introducing single restriction, restraining circumstance, or the like): would have gone, only you objected. 
  1. Older Use. except; but: Only for him you would not be here. 
— Idioms 
  1. only too, 
  1. as matter of fact; extremely: am only too glad to go. 
  1. unfortunately; very: It is only too likely to happen

Thursday, November 02, 2017

what does it mean to be ‘doing now’

The two Jehovah Witnesses showed a brief video which was interesting.

We had a conversation which was interesting.

What was taking place between us (inter-esse) was as the question at end of video posed itself, namely, “What is Jesus doing now?”

What is, is reality.

Jesus is the perfection of human spirit.

And ‘doing now’ is the very name and definition of God.
(E.g., to the question “What is God?” The answer, “God is ‘doing now’!”)


Yes —

What are you doing now?

Wednesday, November 01, 2017


Jo-Ann taught me the word during 50 years of friendship.
In its simplest form, Itadakimasu 頂きますいただ  is used before receiving something. That's why the most common itadakimasu translation is:
A year ago tomorrow (2nov16) she bowed to the guest who bowed back to her.

And went beyond.

Receiving, accepting, love.

I am a slow student.

In memory, today, I say はい!



Tuesday, October 31, 2017

do not hide your face from me

It matters, a sense of the holy.

This eve, it matters.


No one dying doesn’t want to live.

Does that desire propel life through death into another version of life pre-death?

I look into this. And see only to the edge of disappearance.

At Sunday Evening Practice we spoke aloud the many names of departed meetingbrook community members who’ve disappeared at that edge the last twenty five years. So many names!

Monday, October 30, 2017

patient visitor

In hospital rooms we laugh about things that are petits riens.
In a full heart there is room for everything, and in an empty heart there is room for nothing. Antonio Porchia
When you think about itwhat else is there?

Sunday, October 29, 2017

touching her hand

when someone dies,

      in that place, that instant,

in your presence;

      the very next breath we take —

still, silent,


the wonder of it . . .