Monthly Archives: July 26, 2006

  • Deep Mythology

    The Salmon Lie Rotten in the River

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    I have an image in my mind, of a river, along its banks I see the rotting bodies of salmon, and I hear a voice speaking: the salmon feed the forest, bringing the vast wealth of the ocean far inland, the salmon feed the life that feeds their soon-to-hatch babies. The salmon, rotting, falling apart,… Read more »

  • Philosophy of Tracking

    The Four Margins: Beside, Between, Behind, Beneath

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    Wildness flourishes on the edge and in the margins. Those places where secret things can incubate and grow. Natures loves the marginalized, and the hard-to-find. The city provides an excellent example of this. Where do you find wildlife in the city? You find them Beside things (Crows at a food kiosk)… Behind things (wildflowers and… Read more »

  • Aenigmatics and Riddle-Mastery

    The Riddler’s Way: Mastering Riddles

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    You’ll find here a simple list of practices to build your ability to create and solve riddles. However, the discipline of Riddling runs so far and so deep, this can only scratch the surface. Nevertheless, the more that learn even the little taste offered here, the more likely the tradition of Riddling will not fade… Read more »

  • Games

    The Eloquence of the Court: A Game of Tradition

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    Whence comes the word Court, and its relatives: courtliness, courtesy, courtier, to court, a curtsy, and courteously? All point to a certain way of relating. Can you see the Royal Blood in the person next to you, even if their clothes look torn and dirty? Can you elevate every day life by offering dignity and… Read more »

  • Games

    The Consensus of the Court: A Game of Tradition

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    All the Queen’s and King’s Courts run on a consensus-based system. This does not necessarily mean everyone must agree. The Form of Royal Consensus Any player may have three reactions to a proposed decision. They may agree fully, signalling this with a thumb’s-up. They may not agree fully, but feel willing to go along with… Read more »

  • Games

    The King’s Court: A Game of Tradition

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    This game concerns the deliberation over the remedy of disagreements and conflict amongst the group of players. A King’s Court can only take place in a session of a Queen’s Court. Convening the King’s Court Any player in a Queen’s Court can propose a King’s Court, by simply saying “If it please the Court, I… Read more »

  • Games

    Introductions: An Eloquence Game

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    Anyone can start this game, as long as it takes place in the space of either a Queen’s Court, or a King’s Court. The one starting this game, often (but not necessarily!) the Host of the Court, signals it by announcing “If it please the Court, Introductions!”. Those present affirm their consent by nodding. The… Read more »

  • Games

    The Queen’s Court: A Game of Tradition

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    The Queen’s Court describes a particular ‘game of tradition’, i.e. a game that anyone can start playing at any time, and end at any time. It only requires a few particulars. The Particulars Of course, the game requires at least two people, with no upper limit, except that determined by the players. Firstly, the one… Read more »

  • Deep Mythology

    Maps and the Four Spiders

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    The Mythic Cartographer bundles up his possessions and wanders onto the land, in search of the day’s lessons. Today the spiders want to teach about mapping. The Orb Spiders speak up first: ‘Well, my fine sir, notice what we’ve woven…an interlacing of routes, of strands, of paths and ways. Some sticky, some dry, some dangerous,… Read more »

  • Philosophy of Tracking

    Good, Evil, Blood, Sweat, and Tears: My Moral Compass

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    In a conversation with my two friends Peter and Lisa yesterday, I realized that I do a crappy job of communicating how I relate to the world. Somehow they think I see reality in a dispassionate way, voting for calm and reason in all things. Somehow I’ve given the impression that I think ‘peace’ means… Read more »

  • The Family Round

    Cascadia: A State of Mind

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    Within the past month I’ve really felt something hit home for me…funny, because I’ve known about the idea for quite a while. It concerns Cascadia, the name for the Pacific Northwest Bioregion that starts in Northern California and extends up to Alaska. Now I’ve even bought a flag (not cheap!). Why? Not for political purposes,… Read more »

  • Aenigmatics and Riddle-Mastery, Deep Mythology

    A Theory of Riddles

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    At the College, we consider Dreams, Riddles, Poems, Memory, and Story the same beast. To study any of these, you must study all of them. I want to know God’s thoughts, the rest are details. -Einstein If a divinity had thoughts, would they not most closely resemble dreams? Myths are public dreams…Dreams are private myths…. Read more »

  • Deep Mythology

    Lovesick Gods of Heaven and Earth

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    In this story I want to tell you, a great deception took place, long ago. Long, long ago. And yet, the world had left its youth far in the past, by this time. In fact, if one stacked the bones of every human grandmother and grandfather that had lived till then, it would look just… Read more »

  • Games, The Family Round

    Praise for the Dead: A Funeral Game

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    How to improve your ability to grieve openly and cleanly, and put the “fun” back in Funerals! If you wonder why this would matter at all…um, well… A) The wild green world actually likes crybabies. Vulcans, robots, and techpriests really scare it. So learn how to cry like a baby, fer cry’s – sake B)… Read more »