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fructus separati

Walking in the late evening with the sun still high we formed a kind of huckleberry party, you and I. Our choice of route dictated by access to berries. Rasberries planted on borders up against property lines and sidewalks tempt us to taste but not feast. We are desirous but not greedy and take only […]

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An Aesthetic of Possession

Walking past a green vine with a white flower growing up a street sign I reached out and touched the flower. I felt a very brief impulse to pluck it off the stem. If I had done so I might have smelled it and discovered there was little detectable scent. Then, likely, I would have […]

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The Lords of Limit

The following poem by Emerson sits as introduction to his essay “Experience.”  This is the piece of writing in which he shockingly says, Grief too will make us idealists. In the death of my son [5-year-old Waldo], now more than two years ago, I seem to have lost a beautiful estate, — no more. I […]

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“Clubbed Voices” for the Doubtful

It is often said that Moby Dick is difficult to read.  I don’t intend to disagree.  It’s the kind of book that really can’t even be classified with clarity these days.  It is in no way like a novel that we read now.  It is something more akin to an “anatomy” as it seems to encompass […]

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What Hair Styles!

2,500 years doesn’t make a vanity smack-down less potent. 17th Century, A.D. Milton Adam (Paradise Lost, Bk 4, 300-03): His fair large Front and Eye sublime declar’d Absolute rule; and Hyacinthin Locks Round from his parted forelock manly hung Clustring, but not beneath his shoulders broad: Uriel (Book 3, 636-42) And now a stripling Cherube […]

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Heat & Light

Think of all the religious imagery that depicts fire as Satan’s element–Lucifer’s light is flame and it burns, but it is how the deep is illumined–the cave sees not moon nor stars nor sun at noon. Now, think of our assumed greatness as a species.  How do we “evolve” into the masters of the planet? […]

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Anonymous Labor

To be read as postscript to “The Factory Store.” The Future (and Past) is Yours, Young Women!  Brought to you by the Cook Group, owners of Bloomington, Indiana, and Ivy Tech, Cook’s publicly subsidized employee training center. Manufacturing Technician Manufacturing technicians are responsible for the manufacture and packaging of potential and existing products. They operate […]

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To Be a Man’s Man in a Man’s Machined World

Carrying Forward Joe’s Vision Mormon Scholars Testify–Todd Humphreys Why do I go to church? Why do I believe? Probably not for any reasons that would convince the skeptic. It’s easy to find the illogic and inconsistency in professions of faith. And a Mormon’s testimony, with its references not only to Jesus Christ as our resurrected […]

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Public Potluck Picnic Perfection

There is real humanity in the potluck picnic.  Or rather, a humanity that is real: personal, physical, unmediated. Yesterday, after our annual, end-of-the-year elementary public school music program, the families of students in the the mixed-age (K-6) classroom (which our children have attended for the past three years) gathered for the annual picnic. The school […]

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Born of Whale Oil and Witches

[T]his remote, rocky, barren, bushy, wild-woody wilderness, a receptacle for Lions, Wolves, Bears, Foxes, Rockoones, Bags, Bevers, Otters, and all kind of wild creatures, a place never afforded the Natives better than the flesh of a few wild creatures and parch’t Indian corn incht out with Chesnuts and bitter Acorns, now through the mercy of […]

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Glorifying War Shall Not Grow Old

Concerning War Movies (prompted by a conversation about Peter Jackson’s movie They Shall Not Grow Old). In J. D. Salinger’s […]

Cutting Down the Clouds

This winter they are cutting down our woods more seriously than ever,—Fair Haven Hill, Walden, Linnaea Borealis Wood, etc. etc. […]

Representative Texts from Hawthorne to Dickinson

In your daily busyness you are pressed for time to think and often choose instead anesthetization – watching any number […]

Between Hope and Defeat, History and Heaven

“God himself culminates in the present moment.” (Thoreau) What is “now” for? What if you “know” the future? Fairy tales […]

Absolute Solutions Necessary

Only two things to do: 1. zero out carbon emissions 2. exception: all technological and scientific labor exploring new solutions […]

Rachel Carson’s book had no real effect

Facing Global Climate Disruption and the End of Everything All At Once… David Wallace-Wells’ The Uninhabitable Earth tries very hard […]