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Nightmare Number Three

Imbolc                                                                              Recovery Moon Friend Tom Crane found this very, very strange Steven Vincent Benet poem, Nightmare Number Three. You can find the whole poem here. Made me think of the Charlie Chaplin movie, Modern Times. “We had expected everything but revolt And I kind of wonder myself when they started thinking– But there’s no dice […]

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On Working at Your Best

Winter                                                                         Waxing Moon Painting. A long, long ancientrail. Walked by so many. A few well, more journeypersons, and the rest of us. Mediocre. An interesting idea, mediocre. If you’re working to your best capacity, your work is wonderful. Mediocre arrives on your doorstep when you begin comparing your work to others. I’m a writer of […]

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Face the Fear

Summer                                                                            Woolly Mammoth Moon At the Mussar Vaad Practice group we all come up with a practice for the coming month, a practice based on that month’s middah or character trait. Each month the congregation has a middah of the month. Emunah, or faith was the middah last month. My practice focused on sharpening doubt, […]

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T’ao Ch’ien

Beltane Ninth Day, Ninth Month T’ao Ch’ien, (365-427 A.C.E.) Slowly autumn comes to an end. Painfully cold a dawn wind thicks the dew. Grass round here will not be green again, Trees and leaves are already suffering. The clear air is drained and purified And the high white sky’s a mystery. Nothing’s left of the […]

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See

Spring                                                                            Mountain Moon Slate sky behind snow loaded lodgepole pines, Scraping blades scritch, push, push, push While more white falls, softening the edges. Our house has a white roof, like me. Find myself leaning into a favorite phrase of Bill Schmidt’s, “See what you’re looking at.” It’s a mantra now as I drive in the […]

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Hebrew Letters and Poetry

Imbolc                                                                       New Life Moon Working on my kabbalah presentation. Getting further into the sumi-e.

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Live

Fall                                                                                   Harvest Moon My sister found this:

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Be Aware 8/17

Lughnasa                                                                Kate’s Moon Paths. The trait of watchfulness, of being aware, is not only about self-awareness. It is, in itself, a tool, one to […]

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Oh. Really?

Beltane                                                                         Moon of the Summer Solstice I guess it’s time to admit it. I’m a deeply religious guy, whatever […]

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Fire and Ice

Spring                                                                        Anniversary Moon Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of […]

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