Saturday, December 17, 2022

consider this

Our ability to cooperate, says Yuval Noah Harari, is “The ability to invent and believe fictional stories.”     (--from, How Humanity Came To Rule The World | Yuval Noah Harari & Neil deGrasse Tyson on StarTalk, you tube  42 mins)

Tyson responded, “Maybe a better word would be…a bit of mythology.”

“I prefer to use the word fiction,” says Harari.

Friday, December 16, 2022

care and don’t care

The inmate resident quoted Emily Dickinson this morning: "The heart wants what it wants, or else it does not care,"

Tonight T.S. Eliot was quoted:  “Teach us to care and not to care. Teach us to sit still.”

In summary:

Give it no mind;

Do what needs be done;

Then let it go.

the woman in belfast said it

“Sit close

Be brought

Into the fold”

The baker’s

Preparation of

Linzer torte dough

Conversation and 



who are we

 Who we are


Who we are 


Thursday, December 15, 2022

spirituality with each breath

 Religion is the practice of what is holy.

What is holy is that which rises up each moment in each place.

Everyday and ordinary — the origin and manifestation of the holy real.

This religion, this moment to moment practice, is spirituality with each breath.

prayer is the awareness that prayer is this moment arising

Time to pray?




Wednesday, December 14, 2022

amar solo



noche oscura

 “It is great wisdom to know how to be silent and to look at neither the remarks, nor the deeds, nor the lives of others.” 

“In the evening of life, we will be judged on love alone.” 

(— Juan de la Cruz, 1542–1591)

how we see something is how something is seen


Just maybe.

The world is how you see it and what you make of it. If you look at the world with benevolent eyes, the world reciprocates with benevolence. If you project suspicion and self-interest, you get the same in return. Trust begets trust and fear begets fear. Recognizing the benevolence of the universe is not to deny the shadow side, but seeing nature as red in tooth and claw and people as selfish and greedy makes us respond in similar vein. If we sow seeds of malevolence, malevolence will grow; if we sow seeds of benevolence, benevolence will grow.

(from, Satish Kumar, Soil, Soul, Society: A New Trinity for Our Time (Brighton, UK: Leaping Hare Press, 2017), 160, 161–162, 163)

Is that the essence of zen?

To see “what is” there?

“As it is” with us?

...   ...   ...

notes: from Online Etymology Dictionary

malevolence (n.)

"the character of being ill-disposed toward another or others; ill-will, malice, personal hatred," mid-15c., from Old French malevolence and directly from Latin malevolentia "ill-will, dislike, hatred," from malevolentem (nominative malevolens) "ill-disposed, wishing ill, spiteful, envious," from male "badly" (see mal-) + volentem (nominative volens), present participle of velle "to wish" (see will (v.)) 

benevolence (n.)

c. 1400, "disposition to do good," from Old French benivolence (Modern French bienveillance) and directly from Latin benevolentia "good feeling, good will, kindness," from bene "well" (see bene-) + volentem (nominative volens) present participle of velle "to wish" (see will (v.)).

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

una gioia vuota piena di tutto ciò che è santo


Con umiltà

I have

And am




This is

Una gioia

Monday, December 12, 2022


What else do we long for than to “be-with”? 

Vocabunt nomen eius Emmanuel, quod est interpretatum Nobiscum Deus” (Mt 1, 23).

“They will call his name ‘Immanuel’, which means ‘God with us’” (Mt 1:23).


The human longing, even among solitaries, to be-with.

Is that what God is?

Presence itself?

Do we long for God in this regard?

Do we long for one-another in this way?

For nothing else?

Be-withed presence.

One with another.

Whether in community or in solitude.


One with another.

Itself, no-other, co-responding.

And we wonder what love is…

re-spect — looking again at the person, seeing through the persona

 In prison today

Four of us spoke of the word

‘Correction’ — to stand 

Together, right with each one —

How we long a life to be

πολλαχῶς λεγόμενον*

 We are

So to speak*

Speaking the universe

Into existence

We are

πολλαχῶς λεγόμενον

Learning how to

Think by elements

Molecules and empty


Here we are

Mind becoming

Universe manifesting

One and another


The trees talk

Being listens

Being speaks

Tree limb’s winter buds

Stepping out of barn

Hard ground underfoot

Gate roped close

Brown white dog stares

Sniffing air lingering trails

Night animals zigzag remnant

Dawn speaks up saying

Now humans word world

As world thinks living beings

Into Being, a discourse 

Sounding one another

Pronouncing morning

Telling what will come to

Come quickly, cat at open

Window haunching, watching

Birds fly to and from

Green feeder hanging from 

Slow yawning branch thin

Green lime line hanging

Down, handing out, love

(So to speak)

Sunday, December 11, 2022

si loqueris, dic aliquid

 If you want to say

Something, say it, make it plain

Say it, then, shut up

他にない (hoka ni nai = no other)

 there, here, no other

where is nothing to reach out

hand to grasp or hold

At once we fall down fall up

Every direction at once

Hard to hear about 

chaos and great doubt, very

existence, dwelling

ungrasping and unholding 

what great faith and great trust breathes