Idiocracy Now

Of late I feel even more of a stranger in a strange land. Perhaps time and times have always seemed thus to us mortals who briefly pass through, each succeeding generation surprising the former in ways they had not anticipated. Good things happen,

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A retelling of an old story I have made…

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“I am not, I will not be. I have not, I will not have. This frightens all children, And kills fear in the wise.”     Nagarjuna, lived between approximately 150 and  250 AD (CE). The name means ”noble serpent”. 

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Sometimes ~ Mary Oliver

1. Something came up out of the dark. It wasn’t anything I had ever seen before. It wasn’t an animal or a flower, unless it was both. Something came up out of the water, a head the size of a

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The Way It Is ~ William Stafford

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you hold

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This Foolish Man ~ Hsu Yun

This foolish man, Where did he come from? In this helpless age when the Dharma is in decay, For what did he stick out his neck? How lamentable — this noble lineage, In late autumn, hangs so precariously on a

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Be Who You Are ~ Jean Klein

Liberation means to live freely in the beauty of your absence.~ Jean Klein In your daily life you may experience moments of absolute silence in which there is nothing to do, nothing to avoid, nothing to achieve. In these moments,

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How To Reach Where You Already Are ~ Alan Watts

Edited Extracts from longer article available here. So, how can an individual realize that they are the universal self? In what way can a person who is under the impression that they are a separate individual enclosed in a bag of

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Ralph Waldo Emerson ~ Extract from his Journal

What shall be the substance of my shrift? Adam in the garden, I am to new-name all the beasts of the field and all the gods in the sky. I am to invite men drenched in Time to recover themselves

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Zen and Leonard Cohen

ZEN AND LEONARD COHEN LEONARD COHEN – My Zen Whisperer by John “Krishna” Bush I met Leonard again, looking like this, at two different week-long Zen sesshins with Sasaki Roshi in the early 80’s. Ram Dass and I traveled to

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Good Bones ~ Maggie Smith

Good Bones by MAGGIE SMITH Life is short, though I keep this from my children. Life is short, and I’ve shortened mine in a thousand delicious, ill-advised ways, a thousand deliciously ill-advised ways I’ll keep from my children. The world is

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Ordinary Men ~ Christopher Browning

This book is worth a read, though some might find it depressing. It is not a literary work, it is a historical research; Browning puts together an account from the men’s own confessions of how one regiment of the Order

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Where The Great Spirit Dwells ~ Black Elk

Where the Great Spirit Dwells “I am blind and do not see the things of this world; but when the Light comes from Above, it enlightens my heart and I can see, for the Eye of my heart sees everything.

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No Coward Soul Is Mine ~ Emily Bronte

No coward soul is mine, No trembler in the world’s storm-troubled sphere: I see Heaven’s glories shine, And faith shines equal, arming me from fear. O God within my breast, Almighty, ever-present Deity! Life–that in me has rest, As I–undying

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The Age of the Feminine

Some interesting points in this article from the Gornahoor website. People can agree or disagree equally, I am simply posting because I think there is something of value there. Article was written in response to a comment made to author. The Age

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We are living after Armageddon ~ We just didn’t notice…

This idea came up some time ago in a conversation with my brother. Thought I would share it. He is a few years younger than me, but we are both old enough to remember the eighties very well. Keep in

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WH Auden ~ September 1, 1939

Defenseless under the night Our world in stupor lies; Yet, dotted everywhere, Ironic points of light Flash out wherever the Just Exchange their messages: May I, composed like them Of Eros and of dust, Beleaguered by the same Negation and

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Farid Ud-Din Attar

‘The Sea Will be the Sea Whatever the drop’s philosophy.” ~ Farid Ud-Din Attar (Sufi mystic 1140 -1220?)  I shall grasp the soul’s skirt with my hand and stamp on the world’s head with my foot. I shall trample Matter

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Pater Noster ~ A Reworking…..

Oratio Dominica comes from Luke 11:2-4  Jesus told them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, uphold the holiness of your name.  Bring in your kingdom.  Give us the bread we need for today.  Forgive us our sins,  for we also forgive everyone

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Trapping Notes

(I wrote this a good few years ago, it was meant as a bit of fun and exploration, not as any hint towards what was known as the battle between the sexes. I had never heard of identity politics then,

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