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Monthly Archives: May 2010

Synchronicity – the Acausal Connecting Principle.

26-May-10

I remember while studying Thoreau in depth, I got a terrible desire to listen to Don Henley music, for no apparent reason.  I went out and bought his greatest hits album, in which it stated that he was giving a portion of the proceeds to the Walden Woods Project, to save the woods around Walden [...]

Carl Jung.

26-May-10

“My whole being was seeking for something still unknown which might confer meaning upon the banality of life.” – Carl Jung An old paperback I possess advertises its author thus: “Doctor and scientist, visionary and thinker, Carl Jung ranks with Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud as one of the great minds of the twentieth century.”  [...]

Fullness.

21-May-10

Spring has slid into summer here.  Incredible.

The Book.

21-May-10

You can pre-order the Staten Island book now.  I am excited by it; it looks to be a thing of beauty.  The illustrations by Lesley Chen are extraordinary.  I’m told I’ve pre-sold three copies, thereby exceeding all expectations. Selling books reminds me of Thoreau’s printing of a thousand copies of his first book – which [...]

Weird.

21-May-10

Northeastern woods are pretty familiar and do not harbor a great number of the world’s bizarre creatures.  And you feel that anything you experience you’ll have an explanation for.  But occasionally I encounter a phenomenon I really do not understand. The past few nights – and occasionally during the day – the woods have been [...]

Update from the Woods.

19-May-10

Summer is just about here; the entire forest is dark brown and green, fertility promised and fertility delivered.  The green awakens some kind of unknowable desire – I can walk through the woods and stop and stare at the leaves glowing green, utterly confounded as to what I am. Lots of writing and lots of [...]

No Free Lunch.

07-May-10

A very nice feature in the New York Times on the evolution of glyphosphate-resistant weeds; they have six authorities giving their opinion on what to do as a response, including Michael Pollan.  Glyphosphate (Roundup) is made by Monsanto, as are a special series of genetically modified crops called Roundup Ready crops, engineered to be glyphosphate-resistant, [...]

The Deeper Meaning of Parenting.

07-May-10

One of the questions that has most been with me the past two years is this: If I had a son or daughter, would I have anything to really teach them?  Would I have gathered from my years on earth some kind of life-wisdom to pass on to them?  Or would all my knowledge be [...]

As Pure Story…

07-May-10

… the world is very satisfactory.  It is merely the fact that it is real that makes it so hard to swallow. http://www.themedialine.org/news/news_detail.asp?NewsID=28765

An Academic Gold Standard.

06-May-10

From time to time in literature, direct references are made to money.  It might be a sesterce or a half-a-crown, a dinar or a livre.  Having a sense of the value of these foreign amounts has always been difficult.  For this reason, old Greek and Latin textbooks would translate the amounts into modern dollar equivalents.  [...]