rhyming reason

One crucial point of divergence between indigenous and “civilizing” societies: the importance bestowed upon face-to-face vs. written communications. For tribal polities accustomed to lengthy rounds of testimonials spoken within the sacred communal space of the longhouse, it must have been all but inconceivable that a piece of paper written perhaps miles away by parties unseen…

internation

Having traveled to the deeply international city of Toronto for a few days, I was able to hear how the people of the world are stunned by the current chaos in America. Worried over the destruction made possible by petulant words of war. Hoping that the citizens of the country care enough.  Open and curious…

Recovery

My head was aching, and being that no medicinal pill form remedy was available, I breathed breaths and drank water and closed my eyes a bit until I felt just fine.

call of the sprawl

Cars in charge of wasted lands, expanses bereft save the flesh of human lives consumed. On foot I traverse strip/mauled locales, packed and surreally devoid.  Bumper to bumper wall to wall, no space for a bug to crawl. Fellow faces framed in glass the last contour.  Our intricate eyes were meant for more.

declaration

I am a fan of signing petitions. Their implicit collectivism can help invigorate our awareness of shared principles, ideally supporting purposeful actions steeped in egalitarian reckonings of our widely shared best interests. I added a little comment to a petition I recently supported, the aim of which is to ban fracking oil tainted wastewater from…

Hands off

In order to lastingly and meaningfully take our destiny back into our collective hands, We the People will each need to decisively disconnect from these screens.  Equal parts gradual and cold turkey, consciously  looking up and away from a phone for a set amount of time will allow us to fill our eyes and ears…

evaluation

In my experience, what really makes teaching an awful occupation is the messy matter of grading.  I hope to never never not ever again assign POINTS to any single piece of writing, ever again.  Did I mention, not ever?  The built-in animosity is soul crushing, and so very far removed from my envisioned, intended ideal…

Dregs

A few months back, in the midst of an ordinary freeway jaunt, my consciousness wrested free from its default mind-numbed status as inert passenger to unexpectedly alert me to a stunning reality: all the of the trees we still see are incredibly young, and small, and compose a natural landscape utterly alien to what once…

Urging

At the urging of one of the many activist organizations that populate my inbox, I sent the following missive to my Congressional Representatives, urging them to support the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies, like, NOW.  A bit informal, granted, but I’m speaking as just an ordinary citizen – a role that ought implicitly…

Allegiance

The economic conversation, as relates to everyday people, places an overwhelming focus on JOBS.  As an ordinary person surrounded by regular people, I propose we assert the dignity of WORK.  What work can we accomplish, all hands on, actually improving our everyday existence and quality of life?  If we consider that to be the important…

Attendance

This era of ubiquitous cellphones presents a distinct problem for the performance-based artist.  I’ve always viewed the point of the performance to be the mutual creation of felt energy : formed by all present experiencing the movements and sounds, occurring and occupying a specific moment and place. Once the glow of the screen is held…

Trees

Back in 2007 I was one of the many who felt the rush of possibilities that attended the appearance of Barack Obama on the national stage, with the message of “hope and change.”  Such an appealing prospect!  The optimism attributed to our national character (at least in those days) wholly aligned with the idea of…