Leading From The Emerging Future

Music

John Prine by Ron BakerPay attention to the words, especially the chorus. It begins ‘Ya know that old trees just grow stronger…’. He was just 24 when he recorded that. Now he’s 68. It’s a fate we all share, if we’re fortunate enough to live that long. Let’s hope somebody says hello in there.

randy-bachman-screencap-by-pklSound!–Randy Bachman–Zarahemla

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the-24th-street-wailers-screencap-by-pklThe 24th Street WailersThe Pleasure’s All Mine (tx, hp)
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alexis--p-suter-screencap-by-pklGot My Mojo WorkingHow about this version?
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Tuesday, 2014 November 18

Margaret_Atwood_Eden_Mills_Writers_Festival_2006-from-wpIt’s Margaret Atwood‘s 75th birthday. She wrote the trilogy Oryx and Crake (2003), The Year of the Flood (2009), and MaddAddam (2013). The MaddAddam trilogy and The Handmaid’s Tale ‘are often called dystopias, but Atwood calls them ustopias. She said: “Ustopia is a world I made up by combining utopia and dystopia–the imagined perfect society and its opposite–because, in my view, each contains a latent version of the other.” ‘

Wednesday, 2014 November 19

Abraham_Lincoln_November_1863-pdDelivered on this day 141 years ago, ‘the Gettysburg Address ran for just over two minutes, fewer than 300 words, and only 10 sentences…. The next day, [Edward] Everett [who spoke at the occasion too] told Lincoln, “I wish that I could flatter myself that I had come as near to the central idea of the occasion in two hours as you did in two minutes.” ‘

Nile crocodile headwe watched docs about australian crocodiles and arctic orcas.

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Thursday, 2014 November 20

Chaise violon salle à manger petits appartements de la reine VersaillesConsider sitzfleisch, ‘a fancy term for what’s commonly known as chair glue: the ability to sit still and get through the task at hand.’

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Rachel-Carson-from-wpThe power of books and birds: ‘It was on this day in 1971 a ban was placed on the use of the popular pesticide DDT. The American public’s knowledge of DDT and its environmental dangers was in large part due to Rachel Carson‘s book Silent Spring (1962).’ Not only was she a writer, she was a biologist and a birder.
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pigeon-aka-Rock_dove-from-wpmore animals! tonight it’s pigeons on the nature of things.

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Friday, 2014 November 21

Arthur_Quiller-Couch-from-wpSir Arthur Quiller-Couch wrote in 1916 ‘ “Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it–whole-heartedly–and delete it before sending your manuscript to press: Murder your darlings.” Now a popular catchphrase among editors especially, “murder your darlings” admonishes writers to refrain from being too precious about their prose and to trust in the values of simplicity and efficiency.’ Mine is, ‘Sleep on it. ‘

GroundedCoffeeCanada-from-fbwe chatted with jm at grounded.

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vanier-and-gulls-from-larche-ca We talked of life’s ups and downs. Jean Vanier says, ‘Instead of saying, “I am no good. I can’t do anything, I want to disappear and die,” you will learn, little by little, to say, “I feel sad and I feel like dying, and I don’t know where this is coming from.” So you gradually discover these two different parts within you: the secret, hidden self which is the source of your being and your life, and the other, wounded self which sends messages of sadness, death and rejection to your consciousness…. The secret part, full of light, seems so small and weak in the face of the discouraging and morbid part, which seems enormous and overwhelming. However, if you light a small candle in a dark room, everything is lit up. It is a matter of trusting in this little light in the deepest part of your being which can gradually chase away the darkness.’

Saturday, 2014 November 22

lftewhat’s going on? read the introduction to leading from the emerging future while bj was here. we have a choice (p.29): we can try to hang on to what’s slipping away anyway, or embrace whatever’s coming.

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Sunday, 2014 November 23

HST-SM4It was 90 years ago today that ‘Edwin Hubble announced his discovery of the first galaxy outside our Milky Way…. Hubble’s work set the stage for the future development of the Big Bang theory of the origin of the universe…. In 1990, a new telescope was launched; built to orbit the Earth and take photographs and measurements deep into the reaches of the universe, it was called the Hubble Space Telescope.’

Monday, 2014 November 24

lfteOut with the old, in with the new. The authors of Leading From The Emerging Future use the model of a “U”–going down the left side of the “U” is the old, going up the right is the new. The tricky bit’s in the middle–the bottom of the “U”–transitioning from the old to the new.

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