The Circle

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Circle_Outline__22544_stdi once wrote about the circle and its primacy, an observation echoed by richard rohr, who adds that ‘the shape of a circle [is] an endless ring symbolizing the interconnectedness of all things.’ he quotes black elk, an oglala holy man: ‘everything the power of the world does is done in a circle. the sky is round, and i have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. the wind, in its greatest power, whirls. birds make their nests in circles…. the sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. the moon does the same, and both are round. even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. the life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood’. later, rohr wrote, ‘the remaining wound [from the scarring in other cultures’ initiations] tells us that we have … completed the necessary cycle…. [I wonder if] tattoos and body piercings is not the secular substitution…. True initiation marks you indelibly…, but only when it is accompanied by an interior sacred wounding that reminds you both that life is hard and that you are indeed wounded and powerless before the mystery of full life’, where you journey from dust to dust, you come full circle. if you don’t close the gap, you have all this stuff leftover cuz we don’t heed the circle.

Music

Arlo_Guthrie-1979-from-warner-bros

1979

July 10 is Arlo Guthrie’s birthday (1947). He’s probably most famous for Alice’s Restaurant, a comic, anti-war song that came out during the Vietnam War (here updated for the 21st century), although he’s also known for City Of New Orleans and Coming Into Los Angeles. For more, there’s the Motorcycle Song and The Garden/Anti-garden Songs. And he’s still singing anti-war songs.

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Miriam Makeba 2011Miriam Makeba, Pata Pata.

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Joel PlaskettJoel Plaskett, Alright/OK (tx, tp).

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Tuesday, 2015 July 7

McCullough IDavid McCullough (American author and historian) says, ‘A big part of life for me [growing up in Pittsburgh in the Forties] was the Carnegie Museum Library complex, a natural history museum, art museum, library, and concert hall, all under one roof. The building itself conveyed the idea that all these things went together, there were no dividers.’
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steeleye-span-logo-earlyjm, mm, pf, bg, jm, jm, df, jh, rp, aa, ne at the steeleye span concert.

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Wednesday, 2015 July 8

rick-kemp-from-ukfestivalguides.com‘On his solo albums, [Rick Kemp’s] lyrics are often philosophical, dealing with the subtleties and frailties of human existence and humankind’s search for meaning.’ Kemp is the former, long-time Steeleye Span bassist, once married to singer Maddy Prior, and father of Alex (the current bassist).

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joce-and-trishjs and pf married. watched first peoples (europe).

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Thursday, 2015 July 9

yoho_07-from-oasishdsaw dr lee. listening to essential folk. watched a park for all seasons (yoho–pictured) and cavedigger.
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Friday, 2015 July 10

wheelchair accessible black.svg.medwheelchair clinic. trivial pursuit (genus II).

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bentley-edmund-clerihewEdmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956). ‘Unlike the infallible Sherlock Holmes, Bentley’s detective, Philip Trent, bungles his cases and comes up with ingenious solutions that turn out to be completely wrong. Bentley also became known as the inventor of … the “clerihew”…, made up of two rhyming couplets, the first rhyme provided by the name of a famous person. For example:

by Howard Coster, half-plate film negative, 1934

George the Third
Ought never to have occurred.
One can only wonder
At so grotesque a blunder.’

And

Sir Christopher Wren
Said, ‘I am going to dine with some men.
If anyone calls
Say I am designing St. Paul’s.’

Saturday, 2015 July 11

Sommerblumen01susan, on behalf of mcg, helped with the garden tour. i listened to stuart mclean interview katherine barber (the wordlady), paula noones (a winner of the arthur awards), and lidia borkwood (who has an autism service dog).

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Sunday, 2015 July 12

walden-shack-pdsusan went to the beach with bj and aw. i stayed in the dark (cuz the sun, its burns! it burns!), enlightening myself about how to pronounce ‘schedule’, then how to live alone, like thoreau, who lived for a time by himself by walden pond. (for we are all alone, in the end. or are we all in communion? pictured is thoreau’s home). i first read walden 33 years ago, when i was green. it’ll be interesting to see what colour i am now. (what colour might i be 33 years hence?)

Monday, 2015 July 13

changemakertypes-from-storyofstuff.org

what kind of changemaker am i?


evidently, i’m a resister.

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gandhiGandhi: ‘When I despair, I remember that throughout history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it always…whenever you are in doubt that that is God’s way–the way the world is meant to be.’

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