Archive June 2009

A red dot of (perhaps) blood 0

Dear Bradshaw,

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Lately, I’ve been flabbergasted by something I read: that someone observing the Earth from a distance of (I don’t have any idea, let’s say) a hundred million light years would see events that transpired here on Earth 500, 10,000, even 100,000 or more years ago. That means someone watching at the right time and from the right distance might see Jesus on the cross, Moses parting the Red Sea, Buddha achieving enlightenment under the Bo Tree, the invention of the wheel, the discovery of fire, the first human being born, and all kinds of other stuff. The idea that such events are still seeable and that such a thing is possible scrambles my brain like an egg in a frying pan. What about cell phones and the fact that this room (I’m at home, on my couch, feet up, drinking wine) is filled with countless conversations, radio transmissions, and who knows what else, and I need only tune into the right frequency in order to eavesdrop? continue reading »

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Paper, plastic, lint, ribbons, ants and other insects 0

Dear Bradshaw,

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† What’s new? Nothing? Me neither = drinking wine and writing. Other than that, I thought you’d like to hear what’s new with Jimi. As you know, she’s in the habit of eating anything: paper, plastic, lint, ribbons, ants and other insects, and whatever we eat. Recently, trying to coax food from Francesca, she started showing off with acrobatics and incredible tricks of intelligence, and I mean far beyond what I’d expect from a cat. Just last week, she did a flying pirouette, landing on the arm of the couch with her mouth open, waiting to be awarded with a slice of banana. Yesterday, for a strand of spaghetti, she leaped arching through the air, flipped upside-down over the table, and practically floated to the ground while flapping her paws. I’m telling you, pal, if you’ve never seen a cat do that you’ve got to get your guts over here ASAP. Meanwhile, if I drink one more sip of this wine and then order a pizza, Jimi’ll play the guitar with her teeth, hoping for a bite. And we don’t even have a guitar. continue reading »

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The beginning, middle and end of it 0

Yo Shaw,

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† I’ve been thinking lately (nothing new about that, eh?) and would like to tell you what I’ve come up with. Here it is. Are you ready for it…? Nothing. Can you believe that? All this thinking, day in and day out, week after week for months and years, and my conclusion can be summed up with one word. Here it is again. Brace yourself… nothing. Perhaps you’d like to know what I’ve been thinking about, eh? Okay, I’ll tell you = 1) Why are we here? 2) What happens after we die? and 3) Is there a God? What I mean when I say ‘nothing’ is that I don’t think there are answers to those questions. (No permanent ones anyway.) In fact, I think even to suggest an answer is missing the point completely because the point is exactly that = the point. Not the line or the angle or the parallelogram. The point is the beginning, middle and end of it all, the summit of knowledge and experience, the awakening of wisdom. These things exist in realms beyond words and explanations. continue reading »

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Red flowers, blue sky, white clouds 0

Dear Bradshaw,

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† It was great to see you and to be home in California. I was happy to see you surviving in there and, for whatever it’s worth, you looked okay.

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Meanwhile, as promised, here are some words about our trip to Yosemite. What a place, pal, just like the last time when we were there together with Rich and Erin and everyone else, remember, the giant sequoia groves, sheer-faced rocks towering above the valley, waterfalls galore, and the majestic glory and spirit of the place. What colors! Trees and grass green, red flowers, blue sky, white clouds, and the gray rock walls. There’s only one word for that place = wow! continue reading »

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