Serendipity strikes….

Ffolkes,

“True silence is the rest of the mind.
It is to the spirit what sleep is to the body
–nourishment and refreshment.”

~~ William Penn ~~

HaroldViolet

Harold & Violet, circa 1910

Hajime…. In summary of the past five plus days, let me just say, whew! What a ride! It has taken me nearly 48 hours of near catatonia, and about 20 hours sleeping, to approach the near-human state I have awakened to this morning. I managed to finish a Pearl over that time, by working at it in spurts, as more energy became available. I can’t say it’s the most compelling Pearl ever created, but, it’s pretty good, all things considered. Any summary of the time leading up to today should also include two comments, to wit: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”, (shout-out here to Chuck Dickens….), and “Regardless of our perceptions, the universe remains in balance.”

I realize those may be a bit obscure, in terms of details which might explain their relevance, but, any such relation of details will have to wait for tomorrow, and/or other Pearls yet to be composed. I will say this now: it was one of the most illuminating periods of time I’ve ever experienced. During the time I spent traveling, and during my stay in Oregon to fulfill death duty, I connected with more new, and old friends than in any previous comparable time in my entire life. Though I am a trifle sad at the passing of my friend, his change of path was accomplished with love, and dignity, and compassion, so, in that, I am content.

I am also more than merely content at the serendipity I found in traveling. On both legs of the train ride to my destination in Oregon, I met people with whom I became incredibly connected, about whom I shall speak in time. Suffice to say, I met one of our species’ Great Souls, one of the most influential men of the 20th and 21st centuries, whom I met when I helped him navigate his way through the coach section in which we found ourselves to the dining car for dinner.

He is 85 years of age, though he appears to be in his 60’s, and spent much of the latter half of the 20th century pursuing his interests on the highest level stages of world events/history, starting with his invitation to come to the US from his home in India to participate in the Manhattan Project. He was traveling in Coach, because he wished to meet new people, to help him achieve a sense of balance lost at his wife’s death the year before. We spent, literally, hours and hours exchanging ideas, and our histories, and our contact information, to ensure we would meet again.

I also met two very intelligent, passionately alive young men, one traveling for pleasure, the other on his way to a Zen Buddhist institute to study advanced Zen mysticism, with whom I debated the existence of God for most of the last night on the train…. Since it is almost impossible for me to sleep on the train, it helped pass the long night in both directions. I’m just now getting over the exhaustion I incurred over the four day trip, having slept very little, but, cannot regret a single moment of the time spent awake, for my mind feasted on joyful cogitation, and discovery, the entire time I was gone…

Now, I’m back, and note I have rambled & blathered quite enough for one intro…. I’m sure I’ll relate more of the trip, as I am still processing all that occurred… In the meantime, let’s get on with today’s mess, so we can all get on with the rest of the day…. See ya down the page, ffolkes… Hang on, we’re goin’ in fast & hard….

Shall we Pearl?

“A man can do something for peace without having to jump into politics.
Each man has inside him a basic decency and goodness.
If he listens to it and acts on it,
he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most.”

~~ Pablo Casals ~~

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pentatonix

Image from You Tube via Google Images

I first became aware of this group last year when Leonard Cohen passed away, whereupon a number of artists covered his works in tribute. This A Capella singing group performed Lenny’s “Hallelujah” in a video, with excellent innovative passion. I found this via a link from a friend on FB, & thought it was perfect for today, to honor the passage of my friend, Dennis, and, offer some hope for the future of humanity…. If naught else, it’s grand craic, and, if you can’t appreciate its genius, you are in need of some cultivation of your basic humanity…. Enjoy!….

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Pentatonix

“Imagine”

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Comedy_Tragedy

A Dubiously Soft Morning

Idiosyncratic images, clamoring for regard,
fill up the white, white screen on which I view
my life, never seeing, nor invited to sup
ambrosial remnants of anything new.

Still, yet almost in motion, allegory sails away
bobbing gently, quick and easy to find,
signs of one happy child, seriously at play,
blissfully immersed, focused joy in mind.

Formidable cries of outraged simple justice
echo plaintive relevance, in half the time.
Maladaptive infants, destined for hospice
salvage an only child, daring to sing in rhyme.

Creativity equals unquestioning farce,
often reaching for absurdity, brazenly afire.
Instead, a blow is felt no joy will ever soften,
accepting the price, added to the cost of desire.

~~ gigoid ~~

7/26/2013

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pearls_3

Naked Pearls

Notes on Life at Large….

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“All beginnings are hard.”

~~ Chaim Potok, “In The Beginning”, 1975 ~~

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“Big, undreamed-of things.
The people on the edge see them first.”

~~ Kurt Vonnegut Jr ~~

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“Only through time time is conquered.”

~~ T.S. Eliot, “Burnt Norton” ~~

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“Think of everyone as a idiot.”

~~ MSgt. R. H. Moore, Driving Rule #1 ~~

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“It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants.
The question is: what are we busy about?:”

~~ Henry David Thoreau ~~

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“To a rational being it is the same thing
to act according to nature and according to reason.”

~~ Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Meditations, vii, 11 ~~

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“You think your pain and your heartbreak
are unprecedented in the history of the world,
but then you read.
It was books that taught me
that the things that tormented me most
were the very things that connected me
with all the people who were alive,
or who had ever been alive.”

~~ James Baldwin ~~

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“If you are stopping now, then stop.
If you are seeking a time when you finish,
there will never be a time when you finish.”

~~ Zen Koan ~~

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“If you get confused, listen to the music play.”

~~ Robert Hunter ~~

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It’s been a number of years since my mornings were so infused with positive energy to any appreciable degree; to feel such again is nothing less than a joy, which I can only work to extend as far as I can. I guess by seeking the balance it brings with it, that can be made real. In point of fact, that’s the plan for the day, and the coming days. Let’s go get a start on it, shall we? I’ll do my best to return tomorrow, with another fine Pearl of Virtual Wisdom, and hope all of y’all have as fine a day as I am having, and intend to maintain…. Be well, be happy as you may, and, remember to stay mindful, and, alert. Things really do work out better that way, y’know….

Y’all take care out there,
and May the Metaphorse be with you;
Blessed Be, dearest Carole, Mark,Theresa, & Richy
and everyone else, too…

When I works, I works hard.
When I sits, I sits loose.
When I thinks, I falls asleep.

Which is Why….

Sometimes I sits and thinks,
and sometimes,
I just sits.

gigoid, the dubious

The *only* duly authorized Computer Curmudgeon.

PLEASE STOP READING THIS MESSAGE NOW.

“SCRAM!!!!!!!!!!”- Oscar the Grouch

dozer3

À bientôt, mon cherí….

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7 thoughts on “Serendipity strikes….

  1. I am sorry to hear about your friend…..sounds like the train ride was interesting and I am with you…I no longer fly…..when I left the service of my country I had an airplane removed from my ass and have never stepped on another. Great music….thanx for introducing me to this group they are a new fave….have a good day….chuq

    • Thanks, amigo; glad you enjoyed today’s mess. The group is amazing, isn’t it? Incredible blend of voices & talents…
      Thanks for your condolences; he was a mate of yours, a Marine scout. His cousin, a Navy ‘Nam vet, was there, & sat vigil with me until Dennis expired, so, he left us in dignity, and with his loved ones around him… I’m not too sad, for his life was lived with honor, & he left the same way…

      Planes are okay, if one is going a far distance, but, you miss a lot of the journey’s value by ending it so quickly… & you don’t get to see as much of the land over which you pass. I can get some sleep on a train, if I can afford a sleeper, but, they’ve gotten really expensive, & it’s more fun to wander the train, anyway…

      I’m over on your site now, catching up a bit… Collapsed again last night, but hit the Closing Thought; now on to CT #2…. Later, bro….

      *grin* Gad, but, sleep is good!….

      gigoid

  2. Hello.. friEnd.. gigoid..
    heArT fELt condolences
    for the loss of your human
    friend.. and words
    of concern
    for your
    currently
    small furry
    friend in form
    of Cat named Lelu who
    is a little under the weather now..
    as Yoda says.. a little different by
    me of course.. size matters not in
    all matters love as essence
    verses form.. Essence
    can move
    past
    Infinite.. now..
    and this crude
    matter of form..
    whether furry
    or old
    of
    sKIn..
    never matches
    the potential for
    Love as essence
    that lives within and
    can and will Branch out
    as agape love to all of dARk
    and liGht as a practice of liFe within
    reaching out further as UniVersaL soUL
    as hUMan LIvinG WiThin.. inside.. outside..
    above.. so below and all around as ‘they’ say..
    anyWay.. the new ‘King Kong’ movie that will take
    a back seat for me as the wife and i.. most seasonAlly
    and in form and fashion attend.. heHe.. as ‘Beauty and the
    Beas’t.. opening up on Saint Patrick’s day as mythology of
    wood folks tHeir too.. in Island way Springs.. anyWAy2.. the
    King Kong poster at Super-Walmart Dance Hall middle
    aisle.. where i continue to celebrate just another
    milestone of 7000 miles of public dance
    in a little over 42 months., reminds
    me of a full Grown real
    Gorilla holding
    a Yellow Cat
    not unlike Yellow
    boy before the Yellow
    Boy came out from the
    woods and cried out for
    some tender vittles/water and some
    predictable subsistence from under
    neath the shed.. me luring him out
    patiently with one nibble at a hand
    out of give.. reaching in for a new
    purr of life.. for both he
    and me as
    that would
    eventually
    come.. anyway..
    as i eventually learned,,
    the science behind emotions
    in state of the art of that as it
    comes now.. what i was missing
    was the oxytocin furry nurture of
    life that the Gorilla and Kitty were
    experiencing in mutual mammalian
    adoration.. where.. yes.. size matters not..
    as it is the bond of Love that counts.. fur to
    fur or naked ape skin as humans continue
    to run more these days all shaved from head to toe..
    there is a lot of science now to heart and spirit and soul
    more mystical in the days of feeling and sensing or not in
    the olds days of heaven and hell.. sadly.. we humans can get separated
    in our ways of religion/culture for restricted ways of language.. butt most optimisticAlly..
    tHeRe is the technology of online communication noW.. wHere global hands Now of
    Love can reach out further than ever beFore.. and share a Kitty picture online..
    and sure..
    some
    words
    of
    wisdom
    to go along
    with a Free Cat
    oF liFe in Wild and Love
    as iF a Territorial killer for sport
    can love away from feral in cat
    biscuits and purrs the same.. most
    of the day attached to Katrina.. where i live
    @least.. Hell.. there could even be hope for
    Republic Congressmen and Senators too.. hmm..
    perHaps.. if they crawl under my shed.. i will offer them a nibble too..;)

    Now off to the wonderful pearls
    of wisdom you share from days
    and men and women gone by.. mostly now..:)

    “True silence is the rest of the mind.
    It is to the spirit what sleep is to the body
    –nourishment and refreshment.”

    ~~ William Penn ~~

    Words get in the way of Love.. Non-
    Verbal communication aS even science
    sHows now is the champion of human
    reciprocal social communication..
    for Love.. even within
    one
    person..
    inside.. outside..
    above.. so.. beloW and
    yes.. as ‘they’ say.. aLL A’round..
    And oh.. by a way.. so glad that the human
    face to face.. flesh and blood connection has
    invigorated your spirit of liFe in libido way..
    through your train travels..
    surely.. we
    are
    evolved
    that way
    in poTenTial
    to feel and sense
    this way.. all day.. everyday
    aS even Curious George experiences sTiLL..
    if connected to otHeRs in flesh and blood face to face time now..:)

    “A man can do something for peace without having to jump into politics.
    Each man has inside him a basic decency and goodness.
    If he listens to it and acts on it,
    he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most.”

    ~~ Pablo Casals ~~

    A best thing of now.. is.. tHeRe are many avenues
    of even playing fields for merit to escape the
    mundane of restricted
    avenues
    for both
    art
    and
    science
    in institutionalized
    preferable ways..
    15 minutes of fame
    for everyone in follower
    wayS.. hehe.. in Leary days.. come now..
    as they say on Google plUs.. influencing the world now..
    in all the
    liGht and
    dARk ways
    that comes too..
    WiTh Freedom of
    Expression that must
    entertain the right along with
    the wrong for free to exist full..
    and on top of that.. the DArk is
    alWays aMuSinG for me in volume of art/words.. heHe..
    Trump is like my all time favorite for curRent dARk.. haven’t
    even had to bother any dARk YouTubers lately for DArk muse..
    as hey..
    as ‘they’
    say.. don’t discount
    the power of the dARk
    Force in bRinGinG greaTeST liGhts yEt..
    Pentatonix.. yep that group is an excellent
    example of folks moving up in free avenues
    of YouTube.. eTc.. one still will not find a CD of
    them in
    ‘Best
    Buy’
    as they
    move it most
    all out of plastic..
    as the Internet
    is killing
    many
    traditional
    Means of Big Corporations
    Monopolizing the artistic fLair..
    and for those of us who don’t need to
    make any money.. it’s a field day of simply fun..
    while ‘we’ SMiLe at those chaSing dollar bills in that
    sad way of
    forcing
    life
    for Lincoln sents..
    tHeRE IS A better way
    of Give and Share for the
    sMaLL groups we now can virtuAlly make..:)

    “All beginnings are hard.”

    ~~ Chaim Potok, “In The Beginning”, 1975 ~~

    All
    nows are
    challenge..
    adaptation..
    Success
    When
    Victory
    And try aGain when fAil..
    @
    lEast
    to ME..NoW..:)

    “Big, undreamed-of things.
    The people on the edge see them first.”

    ~~ Kurt Vonnegut Jr ~~

    A FavorRte pARt
    of now..
    are the
    folks on
    the edge
    can go mostly
    unnoticed to
    FurtHeR
    Free NoW..
    tHe fuN iS iN thE DoinG..
    whaT coMes whAt may nexT..:)

    “Only through time time is conquered.”

    ~~ T.S. Eliot, “Burnt Norton” ~~

    And when
    now coMes
    And stays.. tiMe dies..
    staYcation
    Heaven..
    aS iN
    Hell all is tIme..
    relativELy sPeaKinG
    NoW aS EinsTeiN miGht
    DancE
    And
    SinG
    too.. sTiLL
    AS Cosmic Artist..
    SeNTiEnt sTaR duST pLus..:)

    “Think of everyone as a idiot.”

    ~~ MSgt. R. H. Moore, Driving Rule #1 ~~

    See idiot as thiNk..
    Move
    Free
    Fly
    Breeze.. HiGher..
    wiTh zero poINt words..:)

    “It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants.
    The question is: what are we busy about?:”

    ~~ Henry David Thoreau ~~

    Balance
    like
    ants
    or
    imbalance
    as Human proves so far
    in big groups.. Ants for the Nature Win..
    i suppose..
    ‘we’ are
    going to
    have to beCoMe
    more like ants to survive
    aS WhOle.. hmm.. drones
    everywHere
    i
    go..
    online..
    aT leASt..
    iN HiVE..;)

    “To a rational being it is the same thing
    to act according to nature and according to reason.”

    ~~ Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Meditations, vii, 11 ~~

    Nature
    IS A God
    of few words
    wHeRE iNnate
    inStinCt and inTuiTioN
    as eMoTioNs and SenSes
    in Mammal way more STiLL
    rule the
    world
    at
    the level
    of the individual
    @lEast.. with Culture
    moreover and Religion
    as the man-made life
    Killing Viruses
    currently
    destroying
    many forms of senTiEnt
    StAR duST PlUs lifE on eARTh..:)

    “You think your pain and your heartbreak
    are unprecedented in the history of the world,
    but then you read.
    It was books that taught me
    that the things that tormented me most
    were the very things that connected me
    with all the people who were alive,
    or who had ever been alive.”

    ~~ James Baldwin ~~

    Hmm.. first oF aLL
    NatUrAlly Shape
    shifting words..
    a favorite
    paRt
    of aLL
    Natural
    HuMan art to me..
    secondly.. this sPeaks
    Volumes oF the potential
    to increase cognitive empathy
    for the pain and suffering of otHeRS
    in all the media that comes in newer online ways of Life..
    we have yet
    to see
    the
    syNerGy
    of what comes
    neXt for this
    IS A Grand
    and
    Brave new
    Experiment for
    the eNtire hUman race
    as all connected aS Such..
    a wonderful time to be alive..
    when the future cannot be predicted wHOle..
    heHe.. at lEast for open minded folks and thaT
    explains
    the rest
    of
    the
    Trump
    shit in a little
    way of sHit.. at leASt..
    Be afraid.. Be very afraid..
    closed minded and body folks..
    or fly like soMe NoE.. hiGher as
    Jonathan Seagull WiLL Naturally do
    EsCaPInG all the cAges and LiFe jacKets of beForE..
    ReaAlly.. my friEnd.. it kinda comes from/down to this..
    66 million years ago.. as science tEnds to
    sHow.. a Big Rogue Asteroid hit what
    is now the Gulf
    of Mexico..
    hELping a
    Rodent ancestor
    we share roots with
    75 Million years ago..
    IN eventually Dominating
    the Earth in that Rodent’s
    coming offspring
    then as
    ancestral
    root.. Killing
    the Dinosaurs
    off.. too.. as ‘they’ say..
    so.. reAlly.. what do we have
    to lose.. by BeinG Happy as we cAN WiLL aS
    NoW iT’s a miracle of Rock that we are even heaR now..
    Love is written in the StoNe.. my FriEnd.. oF A FucKinG asTeRoiD
    HeAR..
    @ least
    he
    she
    eTc..
    iN hUman
    Form aLiVe..
    WiTh all the oThEr
    Rodent offspring that/who Love too..
    and Dolphins.. eTc.. all that Loves NoW..
    Challenge..
    Struggle..
    Adaptation..
    Change.. noW
    is all about Now..
    so.. as ‘they’ say..
    make
    the
    best
    of now..
    aS Sure..
    more asstroids are
    alWays CoMinG as Challenge.. more..
    Dance liKe tHe MaTriX on FiRe/Flood.. No Luke WarM iN FReED..;)

    “If you are stopping now, then stop.
    If you are seeking a time when you finish,
    there will never be a time when you finish.”

    ~~ Zen Koan ~~

    stART
    Now
    noW
    STArt

    “If you get confused, listen to the music play.”

    ~~ Robert Hunter ~~

    Yes..
    as ‘they’
    say… shut uP aNd liVe..
    DancE and SinG noW and forgET to thiNk..;)

    See ya friEnd..
    Way beHind on FuN..
    As iF thAT caN HaPpen.. he He..;)

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