Well, Actually…

Music

Jethro Tull 070373 0018

Acoustic Jethro Tull

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4-33John Cage–4’33”

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Molly JohnsonMolly Johnson–“If You know love”

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Tuesday, 2014 September 2

TMertonStudy-from-wpFrom Wikipedia: ‘A person’s place in society, views on social activism, and various approaches toward contemplative prayer and living became constant themes in [Thomas Merton’s] writings.’  Furthermore, ‘he believed that for the most part, Christianity had forsaken its mystical tradition in favor of Cartesian emphasis on “the reification of concepts, idolization of the reflexive consciousness, flight from being into verbalism, mathematics, and rationalization.” Eastern traditions, for Merton, were mostly untainted by this type of thinking and thus had much to offer in terms of how to think of and understand oneself.’

Gardenology.org-IMG 0597 bbg09spent the day reading about merton. spent the evening watching the story of science (what is out there?). also, db brought home-grown produce (beans for oscar), and we played chess.

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Wednesday, 2014 September 3

Aldous_Huxleyreading ends and means (note: there are scanning errors) by huxley. The book explores, among other things, ‘descriptions of the way things ought not to be done,… recipes for paving hell with good intentions.’ later, after taking the dog out, we watched the agenda (isis) and then listened to tonic.

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Thursday, 2014 September 4

vanier-from-jean-vanier.orgVanier writes that gradually, ‘people [who are ‘too set in their opinions’] become more open and discover that reality has other dimensions. Their vision is modified and the tensions disappear. That is why we have to be patient with tensions and not always seek a speedy resolution.’ I’m not very patient, so this helpful.

This file by Julius Schorzman is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.jm and i chatted and went for coffees at grounded. in the evening, sue and i watched the agenda again (the ukraine) and played scrabble.

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Friday, 2014 September 5

4'33"from johncage.orgIt’s the birthday of John Cage, 1912-1992. ‘He finally decided he wanted to explore silence, so as an experiment, he entered a completely soundproof chamber at Harvard University. Instead of hearing nothing, he heard the sound of his own circulation and his nervous system. Afterward, he said, “No silence exists that is not pregnant with sound.” The experience inspired him to write his most famous piece, 4’33” (1952), in which the performer was instructed to sit silently at a piano for 4 minutes, 33 seconds, to draw attention to all the sounds being made by the audience members and the world around them.’ Can you just sit still for four-and-half minutes? Try it. Wanna see him in action, performing ‘Water Walk‘ circa 1960?

DaveKorten9325 small format-200x258-from-davidkorten.orgread david korten’s story and watched this video. in the evening, we played tour de force.

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Saturday, 2014 September 6

Pirsig2005Robert Pirsig, author of the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974), is 86. In the book, Pirsig describes the gumption trap, similar to learned helplessness. ‘God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change….’ Am I trapped or am I liberated?

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Gringo 69new bedroom arrangement. watched coast and gringo trails.

reading about fowler‘s theory of the six stages of life.

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Sunday, 2014 September 7

Jennifer Egan by David ShankboneLove goes trans-continental: ‘When [Pulitzer-prize-winning novelist Jennifer] Egan was in college, she met a tech geek at a dinner party in Silicon Valley. They were smitten with each other, and even though she was going to school all the way across the country at the University of Pennsylvania, they kept up a long-distance relationship. One evening, her boyfriend showed up at her door with a brand new Macintosh computer, which he installed himself. His name was Steve Jobs.’

Cerebral_lobes-from-wpwatched brain rules videos, which are humorous. sat in the sun while sue worked in her garden. cady and gavin popped by for a visit.

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Monday, 2014 September 8

ChessSetdb and i played a little chess. well, actually, a lot of chess. after walking the dog, sue and i watched the agenda (a new world model) and played a little scrabble. well, actually….

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