cracks

crack in the pavement

one of the best things about moving really slowly on a trike is you notice things in the urban landscape that otherwise would be a blur in a car. like grass growing in a crack in the pavement. david suzuki writes, ‘Have you ever thought about the grass that grows in sidewalk cracks?… To survive … is a testament to the plants’ resilience…. Nova Scotia researcher Jeremy Lundholm says this sort of research demonstrates that rather than seeing our communities as entirely human-created, unnatural environments, we should recognize that urban spaces are in many ways “structurally and functionally equivalent” to natural ecosystems.’ my partner recently reminded me we share this house, even our bodies, with other animals. in fact, you can think of life as a dance with death, for as soon as the soul moves out, the decomposers move in. in nature, there is no such thing as waste; one creature’s waste is another creature’s food. eventually the creature itself becomes food, and the dance goes on. like water dripping on rock forming caves, slow triumphs eventually. ask the tortoise. (grass image credit: velvet elevator; urban space image from mpfp.com)

cracks in the claustrophobia

cracks in the claustrophobia is a recording by glen morgan, hawksley workman‘s guitar teacher

(image from travelnature.wordpress.com)

the earth is but a crack in the heavens

somebody at nasa writes: ‘This photo of “Earthrise” over the lunar horizon was taken by the Apollo 8 crew in December 1968, showing Earth for the first time as it appears from deep space. Astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders had become the first humans to leave Earth orbit, entering lunar orbit on Christmas Eve. In a historic live broadcast that night, the crew took turns reading from the Book of Genesis, closing with a holiday wish from Commander Borman: “We close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you — all of you on the good Earth.” (image from nasa)

Training the Mind: Verse 7

what cracks up the dalai lama? probably not this:

In brief, may I offer benefit and joy
To all my mothers, both directly and indirectly,
May I quietly take upon myself
All hurts and pains of my mothers.

(photo from dalailama.com)

the dalai lama writes that ‘this kind of meditation will not have a material effect on others because it is a visualization, but what it can do is help increase your concern for others and your empathy with their suffering, while also helping to reduce the power of your self-centeredness. These are the benefits of the practice. This is how you train your mind to cultivate the altruistic aspiration to help other sentient beings.’

a crack in the community

sometimes a crack can be a bad thing,  especially when it’s the result of hubris. for example, why do we have abandoned construction the world over? it’s worse than throwing away food. at least food can be composted. in midland at 4th and vinden we have what i call ‘the boondoggle’. not only is a waste of building materials, it’s a waste of habitation. no one sleeps there. or do they? it might shelter from the rain, but with winter approaching, how will they keep warm? (image from paulknoll.com)

goldilocks

sometimes, though, a crack is like goldilocks finding the golden mean where things are just right. if you’re a spelunker, it’s neither too wide nor too narrow, but just right to squeeze through. if you’re a planet, it’s neither too close nor too far from your sun, but just right for liquid water, for life. what are called ‘goldilocks conditions’. more on ‘goldilocks conditions’ here.

between the cracks

remember a previous post about the mayors sleeping over in a shelter? one of the mayors wrote: ‘”I would like to share with you my experience at Knox Presbyterian Church this past Wednesday night. As I mentioned in last week’s message a number of the North Simcoe elected representatives spent a night taking part in the “Out of the Cold” program. We slept on the same mats, used the same pillows and blankets that the folks who use the facility are supplied with and are on the same schedule for arrival and departure. Let’s just say that it was an eye opener. In this country with all the prosperity that we enjoy it really makes one re-examine one’s life and priorities when you figuratively walk a mile in the other guy’s shoes. This program is now up and running for another year and there are volunteers from all four North Simcoe municipalities helping out. If you can make a monetary donation or see fit to buy some extra toilet paper, coffee, sugar and or canned apple juice it would be greatly appreciated.’

a crack into eternity

yes! *both* existentialism & big history. *both* only now & also past and future. *both* is & ought. *both* mystery & clarity. *both* known & unknown. quantum mechanics allows us to hold both horns of a dilemma, as long as we don’t measure them. is that the purpose of cosmic laughter?

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