Thursday, August 15, 2019

"curiouser and curiouser" cried Alice.....

"curiouser and curiouser" cried Alice.....

Do you categorize people? I do. Oh there are many ways to pigeonhole the persons you meet from taste in music, art, food, drinks, activities, books, the list is huge. But I find myself focusing on just a few major (to me) differences in the persons I meet and those differences "make all the difference"........

What people talk about is important to me. I tend to divide people into two groups when listening to them speak.

They are either materialist talkers or idea talkers.

The material oriented will go on and on about their latest acquisition, describing same in great detail, be it a pair of shoes (find an excuse to disappear if you are trapped by one of these persons), a new car, a large screen television (the larger the screen, the more they will obsess over it), or even "this year's spring fashion color"!

Unfortunately, most people fall into this category. 

Then there is that much smaller group of persons who talk about "ideas". While discussions with these persons can be of many, many new and different ideas, they are interesting and draw one in, to fascinate, to create questions that need to be - no, MUST be answered, no matter the time, research, or energy expended in grappling with the details. And while these conversations (and sometimes lovely outright arguments) can cause confusion, sleepless nights and even new directions, they are the ones that make differences in our lives-that make us grow into more complicated beings, that send us down new and different paths of discovery.

As Robert Frost wrote, "Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."

These idea people are not just intelligent. There are many people capable of understanding the complex who simply do not apply their ability for abstract thought and find it easier to mix in with that first group of concrete thinkers. The idea people, though, also have great curiosity - a need to know, to figure it all out. It is that curiosity, that need to know, that makes them so attractive, so interesting. Further, these are the same people who will take their ideas with them, actually applying them, sometimes exhausting themselves, while making for a much more interesting world. These persons think beyond the abstract. They inspire. 

The lesson? At the next cocktail (or some such) party you "must" attend, look for the person who either appears completely indifferent to the environment, or the one fiercely arguing a point, and join in THEIR conversation.

And if no such person exists, check the wine for a good one and get totally zonked.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Madame Defarge Returns

"It was the best of times,
it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom,
it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief,
it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of Light,
it was the season of Darkness,
it was the spring of hope,
it was the winter of despair... "

Knit 1,  purl 1 ...........

  We are living in interesting times.

Mme. Defarge

Friday, August 19, 2016



"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in
your philosophy."
--Hamlet to Horatio

So there we were, about 6 of us, drinking wine (my favorite food group) and
discussing "reality", and it got nasty (meaning interesting) and we DID agree
that the word 'reality' could not be used since we could not agree on its
meaning, and so we switched the focus to existence and we DID AGREE that
everything in existence consists of energy- there are no solids and names
were referenced (Cayce, Carroll, Edwards, Plato, Pythagoras...).
Philosophers write ABOUT existence - its symptoms- which don't actually
precisely define just what it is.

While we did agree that this apparent space, this ether?, or perhaps
this emptiness we inhabit is likely a hologram, we could not agree on its
nature or its genesis and we argued the God stuff, some string theory and
the latest explanation for what is-- that we are actually a computer
program (but whose?), wherein we agreed that the programmer was likely a
sadist and then there is that specific use of binary code, recently
discovered, which allegedly is the 'creation code for the human lifeform"
or some such, and someone who was not taking this seriously, referred to the
Monty Python movie on "The Meaning of Life" and got dirty looks all around.

I, of course, brought up the brilliant work of Sharry Edwards, but while her
work with frequency further demonstrates the mental, the physical and the
emotional, it does not explain consciousness and just how those energies
germinated. Various metaphysical teachers explain that we, ourselves, are the
"Gods" creating all, but if true, we are dumb-ass Gods, still ignorant about
just how we managed 'that` beginning' - where did we get such power?

There were references to wormholes, and dark matter and and even dimensions
and parallel timelines (not relevant here), and recognizing that we had
achieved absolutely NO success in figuring it ALL out, I started thinking of
literature and Lewis Carroll and his Looking Glass 'reality' (that word
again) and so when everyone tired and went on to mess with some other

I wrote the following poem--


Through the Looking Glass

all is light

but lacking sound-

the colors, they intoxicate

and coat the mind-

as if to bind...

but screeching owls

and clucking fowls

do not exist

and thunder never roars here

where all is by design.

no breathing child,

or gust of wild

to mar the still.

and nothing grows

and nothing knows

where there's no will.

We wander through.........