Posts Categorized: Philosophy of Tracking

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    You’ll Never Know Me Until…

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    Like a dusky songbird scratching at the Earth You’ll never know me Until I ride upon the Sun’s shoulders and chase away the Dark or, arm-in-arm with the Moon, softly silver the robes of Night.

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    Pauses Along the Way II

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    What? No thanks. I have a decided lack of interest in subjects with less than a 10,000 year old history of scholarship and discussion.

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    Pauses Along the Way I

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    Hey! You! For One Dollar I’ll tell you Three Lies that will save your Life someday. They will only work if you believe them. Do you feel up to it?

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    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 »

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    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 »

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    Mythic Cartography Explained, Part Six

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    The Empathic Way cont’d: Awareness, Acceptance, Choice Places have Needs, Feelings, and Ways too. Life on a mountain, differs from Life in a valley. Life in a desert face different challenges than Life in the ocean. A vital aspect of Mythic Cartography involves seeing the spirit bundle of a place. To live in a place,… Read more »

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    Royal Blood

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    Call me King of my People I rule no one, yet all their will comes together in me I make no decisions, yet here I speak with you decisively I have no demands, yet of my strength and weakness I will sing sweetly A kindness done to me, you do to all of my kind…. Read more »

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    A Storyteller’s Welcome

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    Welcome to the ways
    in which

    I, a storyteller
    born and bred
    now march among the living,
    and among the dead

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    Wicked Wings of Weeping

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    Cast off your wicked, wicked wings of weeping burn the cloak ‘neath which you’ve lain sleeping the hills demand that, which lies in your keeping the power to name all the things which died alone. No more secrets cry the waters of the earth. The voices call till their throats turn raw that you must… Read more »

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    A Wind-Scattered History of Fallen Leaves

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    Turn the page, and burn the words. The voices call from the edge of the wood. Who can blame the one who falls into it, tangled in the roots. The brambles tug at your elbows, and whisper words spoken by the royalty of old, given to those found at the crossroads. The rainclouds earnestly fill… Read more »

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    Further Offerings at the Grave of Right and Wrong

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    These words may seem strange, but years from now we might meet someone who can explain them, unexpectedly some morning or evening. -Chuang Tse, [trans. Hoff] I’ve received a lot of feedback about the notion I’ve proposed (though not pioneered, certainly) that Right and Wrong do not serve someone who relates to the world through… Read more »

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    Chessboards Made of Wishes and Smoke

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    An afternoon sun walked in the blue of the cloudless sky. We sat there together, quiet at the table, our hot drinks breathing upwards from their nests inside the coffee mugs. I wanted to know, “why?”. Why should I care about the nature of “certainty”? What do the ghosts want, why do they rake my… Read more »

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    The Ancient Way of Secrets

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    I feel a bit confused, and distracted. Tattered epistemological ghosts cling to my shoulders, whisper in my ears, watch the moon rise with me, the silver glinting on my face, illuminating their ethereal rags and bones. Epistemology n : the philosophical theory of knowledge May God save me from myself. Yet I smell it all… Read more »

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    Going E-Primitive

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    To be or not to be? That is the question. -Shakespeare E-Prime describes a version of the English language that does not use the verb “to be”. As you may find out with a little research on the internet, various reasons encourage the adoption of such a practice for writing and speaking. Your internet search… Read more »