The Magical mleaR

Weekday Verities

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Eric Higgs dedicates Nature By Design to ‘the Society for Ecological Restoration, an organization in which activists rub shoulders with scientists, theory meets action, and hope overtakes despair.’ He observes that ‘restoration is coming to serve as a new metaphor for our relations with natural things.’ But, he wonders, is restoration threatening to displace preservation and conservation? Furthermore, is ‘our confidence about restoration exaggerated?’

EdwardHirsch-from-wpAnnie Finch, in conversation with poet and folklorist Edward Hirsch, says, ‘It seems to me that what moves poetry into the hypnotic, magical realm is the physical nature of repetition that takes poetry out of meaning, out of words.’ He replies, ‘I agree. In all cultures it’s said that certain rhythmic patterns have magical properties. Forms are often considered conventional or traditional or somehow conservative, but in fact they are formulations of primary impulses of repetition. They create spells, which have an irrational potency. They are ways of delivering certain kinds of information. Rhythm is sound in motion. And this is related to our pulse and our heartbeat, to the way we breathe.’

Colorful Enneagram‘The purpose of the Enneagram,’ Richard Rohr writes, ‘is not self-improvement, which would be our ego’s goal. Rather, it is the transformation of consciousness so that we can realize our essence, our True Self. Personality development and character building will happen on the side as a corollary, but this is not its primary goal. The primary goal of any spiritual tool is union with God/Truth, and then we get united with ourselves in the process!’

Ancient Worlds_Greek temple-from-tvoA new doc series on TVO, Ancient Worlds, explicitly says that ‘the successes and failures of the ancients shaped the world that we have inherited’, food for thought when considering Ontario’s future on June 12, 2014. It’s not just about the past, but the present and future too, whether archaeology or democracy.

Weekend Possibilities

the_agenda_logoAre there greater public concerns than health, energy, and transportation in Ontario? They were discussed on The Agenda, health on May 20, energy on May 22,  and transportation on May 26, in preparation for the election. Videos online 24-7.

Joshua Sherurcij [Attribution], via Wikimedia CommonsAs we approach the election, David Suzuki and Faisal Moola note that ‘it’s time to put people ahead of politics and support dedicated transportation investments in Ontario and other provinces. Doing so will transform the way our communities move and generate numerous other benefits. Effective transit and transportation solutions can spur economic productivity, protect the environment and improve quality of life.’

solar-roadways-screencap-by-pklAn entertaining video, and an idea worth considering, Solar Freakin’ Roadways. (tx, jwl)
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nyc-from-350350.org is running a campaign: ‘In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a historic UN summit on climate change. With our future on the line and the whole world watching, let’s take a weekend and use it to bend the course of history. Together, we’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet. A world safe from the ravages of climate change. A world with good jobs, clean air, and healthy communities for everyone. To change everything, we need everyone on board. September 20-21 in New York City. Join us.’

Monday Musicalities

Paulbrady335Paul Brady sings The Lakes Of Pontchartrain, with Andy Irvine in 1977, and solo three decades later. Mighty fine guitar playing. Singing too. (tx, tp)

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Juana MolinaJuana Molina loops and layers Un Dia. (tx, lb)
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Lake-St-Dive-Jarrod-McCabe_0522070417446_16x9_620x350-from-cbcCheck out Lake Street Dive. Cool name. Cool chestnut. Here is another. Don’t recognise this one, though. (tx, gb)

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nfb01-screencap-by-pklLeonard Maltin’s Animation Favourites from the National Film Board–included are Begone Dull Care, The Cat Came Back, Log Driver’s Waltz, Getting Started, The Street, Pas de Deux (pictured) and more–good tunes, too. (tx, sh)

Altan - Mardis de Plouescat 2013 05Lúnasa’s Morning Nightcap, which lead to this 2014 Altan concert in honour of Frankie Kennedy (pictured is Altan’s Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh). How’s your Irish?

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Lucius 2013Lauded by Rolling Stone as ‘the best band you may not have heard yet’, listen now to Lucius.

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