Author Archives: Dave Pollard

Glimpses

“April is the cruellest month” — The first line of TS Eliot’s The Wasteland, originally read “February is the cruelest month”, but Ezra Pound insisted it be changed, not to make it truer, but because it sounded better poetically. Image … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: January 2019 — Collapse Watch Edition

image from Gail Tverberg’s article, described below For the last few years I’ve been posting links to the best (in my opinion) articles, videos and quotes published in the past quarter, on a variety of subjects. Since my December list … Continue reading

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How Can We Prepare For an Unknowable Future?

Last Sunday, Bowen in Transition, the local chapter of the global Transition Network, held a meeting to discuss “our growing feelings of anxiety and insecurity as the news of climate collapse (and economic and social precarity) gets ever worse, how … Continue reading

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Curious About Radical Non-Duality But Hate Videos?

The essential message of radical non-duality, as opposed to more historical types of non-duality, is that there is no ‘you’ — no separate person or thing, no self, no ‘awareness’ or ‘consciousness’ or ‘enlightenment’ or liberation, no self-control or choice or … Continue reading

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Blogging Without Facebook

Cartoon from the New Yorker by Lee Lorenz Five years ago I summarized why I still blog this way: I keep blogging because I owe just about everything about my current situation to my blog. My writing and my readers’ … Continue reading

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Writing Grey Words

In my last post, I played with using a grey colour (#999999) for all words that represent things that aren’t real — that is, they exist only as constructs of the mind, and in the absence of anyone, they simply … Continue reading

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It’s Not That

image from pixabay/pexels CC0 it’s not that we’re ungrateful or unappreciative — we’ve just forgotten; the veil of our selves prevents us from ever seeing, from remembering this. it’s not that we’re hateful, wilfully destructive, violent or intentionally hurtful — we … Continue reading

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Links of the Quarter: December 2018

Na Pali coast, Kaua’i — photo by me, taken two weeks ago Although it isn’t real, doesn’t really exist, my self is giving me a hard time these days. It doesn’t like the cold, and wet, and slippery roads. (It yearns … Continue reading

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Conversation and Silence, Part Two

This is the second part of a two-part post; part one is here. (photo of Killarney Lake by fellow Bowen Islander Jason Wilde) If I stay here long enough I will learn the art of silence. When I have given … Continue reading

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Conversation and Silence, Part One

This is the first part of a two-part article. photo by Maren Yumi on flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 It’s been a few years since I last wrote about conversation. I don’t see nearly the value in conversation that I used to. I … Continue reading

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