Our Purpose Here: Finding Work And Play

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jesus-fish-by-nickd67lwlp-with-drawingsTwo different takes on finding our purpose here, in work and play: Richard Rohr finds ‘God in the ordinary events of life, love, eating, working, playing’. Meanwhile, Little Lake developers in Midland, Ont, find something else in Little Lake…. Ordinary fish, perhaps?

What are we to find? What is our purpose here? According to Ferron? According to Australian aborigines? (See below.)

i once thought A Case of The Rainy Day Blahs (4618933560)A Case of The Rainy Day Blahs (4618933560)A Case of The Rainy Day Blahs (4618933560)my purpose was writing the great canadian novel. or any novel. or maybe short stories. i certainly have the time, and the skills, and the education. but not the drive. i’ve tried poetry too. and essays. and such. nope. blogging, for me. for now. maybe forever. ‘sides, i’m brain-injured. not only do i lack the drive, i may be incapable, though it’s hard to admit that. still, i guess i have a way with words. and that can be very handy. as cat stevens once sang, i’m on the road to find out. maybe that’s our purpose here.

Music

alanisCraig Halket (a former MuchMusic DJ): ‘The fact that [Alanis Morisette] was trying to push some buttons with the lyrics, that was the thing that stood out the most the first time: “Would he go down on you in a theatre?” That kind of stood out.’

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mellow-jazz-from-songzacuz songa’s mellow jazz stream wasn’t mellow enough, we found some tranquil jazz.

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tranquil-blueif tranquil jazz isn’t to your liking, there’s tranquil electronica, tranquil classical, tranquil celtic, even the oxymoronic tranquil rock.

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Steffen Basho-JunghansDo you like Leo Kottke? You might like Steffen Basho-Junghans. For example, Wild Horse Ramble. No singing, just 12-string goodness.

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ferron-youngish-(shadows-on-a-dime-era)-but-short-hairBut if you like lyrics, check out the poetic Ferron (here in the Eighties), like Ain’t Life A Brook?

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Ferron in the early 1980's

Or the classic Our Purpose Here.

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our-purpose-here-australian-aboriginal-proverb(Speaking of our purpose here…)

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ferron, older, posterOr Girl On A Road, from my favourite album of hers, Driver.

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cactusOr Cactus.

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snowin-in-brooklyn-screencap-by-pklOr Snowin’ In Brooklyn.

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ferron, older, with-somebodyOr…. Well, you get the idea (that’s her on the right).

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pomplamoose-nature-boy-screencp-by-pklPomplamoose, Nature Boy (tx, cejm)…

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…which led me to this oldie-goldie, re-pomplamoose-walking-on-sunshinedone….

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Tuesday, 2015 July 21

Frida Kahlo, by Guillermo Kahloread about frida kahlo, who painted her own body cast. went to the community gardens after supper.

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The_World_Until_Yesterday_coverJared Diamond concludes his introduction hoping ‘you will come to share my fascination with the different ways in which other peoples have organized their lives. Beyond that fascination, you may decide that some of what works so well for them could also work well for you as an individual, and for us as a society.’
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Wednesday, 2015 July 22

walden-shack-pd‘My purpose in going to Walden Pond [Thoreau states in Walden] was not to live cheaply nor to live dearly there, but to transact some private business with the fewest obstacles.’

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life-on-the-reef01-from-abc.net.aubusy day for oscar: mp/the speech clinic, rs/the guesthouse, ah/ccac, and of course cg, pj, and sh. watched life on the reef. played scrabble. read about edward hopper.
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Thursday, 2015 July 23

walden-shack-pdThoreau, in Walden, often uses extended metaphors. For example: ‘Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.’ Several paragraphs later: ‘Of what use this measuring of me if [my tailor] does not measure my character.’ But the metaphor only serves to illustrate what he’s saying.
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Studentenfutter 01figuring out if it’s cheaper to make our own trail mix or buy it ready-made. turns out, home-made is way cheaper than our current store-bought kind. plus you can tailor it to your liking. my folks used to do that with their granola.

Friday, 2015 July 24

old-puggleanother busy day for oscar, but he is getting on. he half-heartedly barked at the temp psw and the guy from the bike shop. by the time susan got home, i think he was bored or something.

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The_World_Until_Yesterday_coverDiamond wonders, ‘If fighting between groups of … other social animals furnishes precedents for human warfare, does that suggest a genetic basis?’ No, he answers (129).

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vanier-from-jean-vanier.orgJean Vanier writes, ‘Because we live in a competitive society, we are not allowing people to be themselves…. But then you are denying something inside of yourself and killing a part of your being.’
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The Wordlady wonders ‘What the F is an F doing in “lieutenant”?’ and asks, ‘What do YOU say’, ‘lootenant’ or ‘leftenant’? (I was brought up to say ‘lef’, my partner ‘loo’. Canadians are fifty-fifty. Pictured is a Canadian lieutenant.) Then she wonders why we pronounce an ‘R’ in ‘colonel’ but spell it with an ‘L’. She says, ‘English pronunciation must drive second-language learners mad!’

Saturday, 2015 July 25

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susan to toronto, but first we woke up to ‘fresh air‘ and a new definition of modern homesteading. scrabble with km. she also baked banana-raisin muffins.
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walden-shack-pdThoreau is being every bit as revolutionary and anti-capitalistic as Karl Marx, but his solution depends on the actions of individuals rather than on the actions of armies and mobs. If you want a Marxist revolution, you have to join with others to overthrow the present system, but if you want a Thoreauvian revolution, you need to change only your own life, not that of others.’–Ken Kifer

Sunday, 2015 July 26

Aldous_HuxleyAldous Huxley (1894-1963) liked the ‘energy of the Americans [that he and his wife on their travels] met, but he thought that energy was wasted on mindless pursuits. “Nowhere, perhaps, is there so little conversation…. It is all movement and noise, like the water gurgling out of the bath–down the waste. Yes, down the waste.” ‘
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Monday, 2015 July 27

thomas kingjm picked up the laptop, but first we reconnoitred. walked oscar. watched the agenda (thomas king). played scrabble.

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