Category Archives: Our Culture / Ourselves

Then Suddenly, Maybe — Aha!

complex system diagram, from this earlier post Last month I wrote about the 5 “turning points” in my life, the culminations of events and changes in circumstances that caused my life to significantly shift direction. I have argued before that … Continue reading

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Sorting Ourselves Out

gated community in Liverpool England; photo by Ronnie Hughes We humans are pretty good at self-organizing. We’re a social species, after all, and we want to know where we ‘fit’ in our communities, even though “community” has largely lost its … Continue reading

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Ungrateful

Alberta Tar Sands, soon to cover an area larger than NY State; its toxic sludge ponds alone are large enough to be visible from space. Photo by Dru Oja Jay, Howl Arts Collective, for The Dominion CC-BY-2.0 I have often … Continue reading

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Live From Daryl’s House

Most of you probably remember Hall & Oates, one of the most popular musical duos of the last century. You probably didn’t know that for the past 7 years, in an attempt to stay in touch with fans without having … Continue reading

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Falling Off the Edge

drawing by hugh macleod at gapingvoid How do you deal with a level of cognitive dissonance so profound that it casts a veil over all your interactions with other people, and makes these interactions seem somehow unreal? What do you … Continue reading

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Wild Women

(photo by my brother Alan) Over the past two decades, most of what I consider the best creative writing, the best musical compositions, and the best performance and visual art have come from women. There’s something just odd, I think, about … Continue reading

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What It Means to Let Go

Most of my energies of late have been channeled into preparing myself to really see, at an experiential level, that my self, my mind, my sense of being all-of-a-piece, my sense of separateness, my sense of self-control and my sense … Continue reading

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Several Short Sentences About Learning

   The only useful learning experiences I have ever had have been at least initially self-directed and exploratory. This is despite having attended educational institutions, conferences, workshops and seminars that were generally led and organized by smart, caring people. Because … Continue reading

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Self-less

(image by Darren Hopes from NewScientist.com) Frequent readers of my blog are likely aware that, beyond my creative works, my posts focus mainly on two subjects: (1) how the world really works, what state our civilization is in and what we can … Continue reading

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Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

wallpaper from psp.88000.org Marshall McLuhan had the right idea about striving to be present in a world that is ever-more absent, preoccupied, disconnected, and distracted. The process to move from absent-mindedness to presence, I am learning, involves three steps, and they are captured … Continue reading

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