Monthly Archives: December 2009

the courage to be present

(in which Dave attempts to psychoanalyze and counsel himself, as part of a practice of learning to be present) As the new year begins, the old me begins yet another evolution. I am in BC, searching for my new ‘summer … Continue reading

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Dave’s Favourite Songs of the ‘Naught-ies’

Caveat: Extensive list consisting substantially of World-Weary Women Singer-Songwriter (WWW-SS) music ahead. May be hazardous to the health of those with depressive or misogynous tendencies. Once a decade, for the past five decades, I’ve made a list of my 30 … Continue reading

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Links and Tweets of the Week (belated): December 29, 2009

this map of online communities, c.2007, definitely needs updating; thanks to Howard Deane for the link PREPARING FOR CIVILIZATION’S END Can Communities Collaborate?: Harold Jarche argues that in complicated environments (like groups of people in a company working on a … Continue reading

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The Cult of Individualism and the Desolation of the Earth

My friend Paul Heft sent around Derrick Jensen’s article on the need to bring down the industrial systems that are destroying our planet, and my article in response, A Serious Resistance, which argued: It is time for us to mount … Continue reading

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Intuition, Chemistry and Heart-Sense

Regular readers of this blog know that I believe deeply in the value and importance of connecting with, and trusting, your instincts. Recently I’ve been asked to explain what that means, exactly, and to differentiate ‘instinct’ from ‘chemistry’ and from … Continue reading

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A Serious Resistance

Derrick Jensen writes: A serious resistance movement…means a commitment to winning, which means figuring out what “winning” means to you. For me, winning means living in a world with more wild salmon every year than the year before, more migratory … Continue reading

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Links of the Week/Month — December 19, 2009

I’ve been travelling, so my weekly update links have piled up for three weeks. There is some important reading here, and as usual the must reads are in the first section. This is a first notice that, as of December … Continue reading

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Veg-nettes

This is a continuation, as the year draws to a close, of a set of short vignettes I wrote as the year began. IV a couple with urgent, anxious looks in their eyes enter a vegan cafe; their basset hound companion … Continue reading

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Can We Choose Who We Love?

Last evening I had an astonishing discussion with three of my colleagues in our Second Life community. The topic was love, and whether we have any control over who we love (whether it is at least in part a “rational” … Continue reading

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2200: A Travelogue

image from the 1992 documentary film “Baraka” For over five years I have been working on a novel tentatively called The Only Life We Know. The novel is set in the year 2200, a century or more after the crash … Continue reading

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