Not Likely the Past

The closest exit  may be behind you. Remember —in the unlikely event of an un-likely event the exit may be be-hind you. Think—when was the last time an un-likely event occ- urred to you? Think—how un-likely are unlike-ly events any- time soon? Howlikely is it you will—in the like- ly unlikely event—look behind you?Now. How … More Not Likely the Past

Roadmaps for the Soul (or: Hunting, Gathering, Singing)

In “Tombstone Blues,” a song released in 1965, Bob Dylan sang, “The National Bank at a profit sells roadmaps for the soul / To the old folks home and the college.” In the context of the song, Bob clearly doesn’t think this is a good thing. Commodifying the meaning of life? Yes, well . . … More Roadmaps for the Soul (or: Hunting, Gathering, Singing)

the way time works

Notice I’m not asking you to see the same thing—merely a road and a full moon in early evening —that’s all & imagine your face raised to take in the cooling air & that sudden hit on the skin that says— here it is— this is it— a moment in time, unreproducible, seriously—a now that … More the way time works

Making Sense of Life (or: Three Decorating Ideas for the Mind)

Wallace Stevens once said, “How full of trifles everything is! It is only one’s thoughts that fill a room with something more than furniture.” At first glance, this perhaps sounds like a Disneyesque reflection on the uses of a hearty imaginal life. Or—since Stevens was a poet—a reflection on the power of metaphor to set … More Making Sense of Life (or: Three Decorating Ideas for the Mind)