Stories for the Time Between Stories



What I call STORIES is a mix of things. Poems, essays, notes to accompany and expand particular classes. It is also a sort of journal, ideas that occur to me to develop later. All of it is ongoing, inchoative (always in process). I could also call this page NOTEBOOK. Comments are welcome.


I am curious. I wonder a lot. I try things out. I like to touch. I like to play with my food, eat with my fingers, eat with my friends. I am curious why politics and religion enter more into our daily conversations than what is happening to life on this planet, right before our eyes. We need to talk about Climate Change. Make it a part of your ongoing Practice of Caring.



We want a space of healing to be a safe space. We tend to lock out any references to things that may be disturbing. Let the world be present with you as you work, as the way you do your work. The world has great healing powers and it seems to be in need of healing. Healing happens by bringing worlds together. The one world we live in isolates, individualizes. Reductionism, the dominant mode of scientific inquiry, reduces the numbers of worlds, insisting there will be only one world. It is a white world, English is its official language.


Open to other worlds, other stories, other ways of being in the world. Find and make allies. (Re)connection to other worlds is the way of most traditional technologies of healing.


The vision is for Ongoingness; Life continuing on . . . .


Flaneur (Out for a Stroll)


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I am I and my circumstance;

and, if I do not save it, I do not save myself.                       —JOSÉ ORTEGA Y GASSET

Changing the Conversation

I was born. I am always a vessel for something other than myself. The self is only a

vehicle for Foreign matter which comes from elsewhere and is destined to go on

elsewhere without me, whether it's words, smells, vision                                                      ––EMANUELE COCCIA  Metamorphoses

The Story Teller

Now, more than ever . . . our place in the universe and the place of the universe in us, is proving to be one of active relationship. That is more than a scientist's credo. The separateness of our lives is a sham. Physics, mathematics, music, painting, my love for you, my work, the star-dust of my body, the spirit that impels it, my politics,  clocks diurnal, time perpetual, the roll, rough, tender, swamping, liberating, breathing, moving, thinking nature, human nature and the cosmos are patterned together.

      —JEANETTE WINTERSON                Gut Symmetries

What you do, what you become, is not my concern.                      ROBERT MCCALL



Yes, there is beauty

There is love

There is joy.

All you who suffer from

the world's miseries

Defend them.

                         ––EEVA KILPI


"Don't immanentize the eschaton."  

                     ––ERIC VOEGELIN

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