My experience is that things come in waves, ups and downs, ebb and flow, yet it’s all part of the ocean; or, like the light waves streaming through the forest, part of the sun. Actually, really, there are no parts; duality is just an illusion through and through, from the outer edges to the inner core. But out here, on the fringes, I’m incapable of fully grokking this mystical unity, so my experience is that things come in ups and downs, in waves. (I’m thinking too of Woolf’s difficult, poetic novel, The Waves, published in 1931, which I read about thirty years ago, and which is now online.) image from wikipedia.

For example, this past weekend, I got really down, then really up. I recognize this as part of my creative experience, to create something from nothing. Well, not nothing, for creation needs inspiration. In this case, the inspiration was Michael Pollan’s essay, Opium Made Easy. What started out just as a paragraph became a full-blown essay, The Apple And The Poppy. I wasn’t expecting it. It was a surprise, a discovery, an exploration. But I should expect it by now, for the waves are ceaseless, even on a calm day. (As Woolf writes, ocean waves are ‘moving, one after another, beneath the surface, following each other, pursuing each other, perpetually.’) Just as surely as there will be downs (‘There is agitation and trouble here. There is gloom. The light is fitful. There is anguish here…. “I shall eat grass and die in a ditch in the brown water where dead leaves have rotted,” ‘ says Susan to Bernard), there will be ups too (‘Even your desire … to possess one single thing (it is Louis now) must waver, like the light in and out of the beech leaves,’ says Bernard to Susan). As long as there is water and light, there is life, there are waves.


Sumofus writes, ‘ Today [2013-04-08], Sumi Abedin and Kalpona Akter are landing in the United States from their native Bangladesh. Sumi is a survivor of last November’s deadly fire at the Walmart-contracted Tazreen garment factory…. Traveling with Sumi is Kalpona, a former garment worker who became an organizer and a leader in the fight for safer factories in an industry where 600 workers have burned to death since 2006. It was her investigations that proved that Walmart was sourcing its Faded Glory-brand clothes from the Tazreen factory at the time of the tragic fire…. Sumi and Kalpona have come halfway around the world to confront the big corporations — like Walmart and Gap — that treat Bangladeshi lives as just another cost of doing business. They want to force the executives at these companies to see the human consequences of their ruthless pursuit of low prices…. Walmart, Gap, and other big retailers are betting against us. They don’t think we’re serious about holding them accountable for what they’re doing in Bangladesh. But we’ve got a surprise for them. We’re putting together a special rapid response team to amplify Sumi and Kalpona’s voices while they’re in the U.S…. This rapid response team is critical to making sure Sumi and Kalpona aren’t ignored. But ultimately the choice is yours — are you ready to step up and stand with Sumi and Kalpona?’

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