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Coming From Cleveland and Nobler Endeavors

Dreams With Sharp Teeth – documentary on Harlan Ellison Harlan Ellison

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Contemplation on Scale

Scale of the Universe Partition a half hour out of your striving and dig this…by far the most humbling experience the inter tubes have provided me.

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Close Encounter

Sperm Whale Encounter from Howard Hall on Vimeo. h/t Howard Hall

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New Red States

…following from Whatever Happened to Winter.

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Tiny Story

Tiny Story from Sebas & Clim on Vimeo. Fastcodedesign

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Sonny Joins the Girls

[flashvideo filename=http://squareone-learning.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/MVI_1400.flv /] Sonny, named after Sonny Rollins, joins our feline brood, Sassy (after Sarah Vaughan,) Glori (after Gloria Steinem,) and the inimitable stray who showed up last June, Kizzy, aka Kismet, aka The Kizzinator.) Glori Sassy Kizzy Sonny Did … Continue reading

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Salaam, mom

Jean S. Calhoun, March 20-1927 – January 25, 2012 (with her granddaughter, Caileigh Raine Calhoun, daughter of my brother Crede and sister-in-law Carol) With me holding her hand, streaming into the last seconds of a four month long, unwinding process, … Continue reading

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Icelandic Exceptionalism

Self-explanatory. via Let’s Talk About Evolution Guardian.UK; in turn via the essential research blogging’s GirlScientist. Video Fill in blank: “so much for _________________”

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Jung – God Is Fate Its Self

Synchronicity takes the coincidence of events in space and time as meaning something more than mere chance, namely, a peculiar interdependence of objective events among themselves as well as with the subjective (psychic) states of the observer or observers. I … Continue reading

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Found: Coleman Barks

Poet Coleman Barks

Several weeks ago I went searching on the net for Coleman Barks. Barks, a poet, is most well known for his versions of Rumi. In fact, to the extent Rumi is known by the English-speaking world, a lion’s share of the credit accrues to Mr. Barks and to his colleague and co-author John Moyne.

Having done this same search years ago, I knew there are numerous resources and media, but, one such resource at the CBC had been taken down, an interview with Barks and Andrew Harvey by Mary Hynes (as part of Ms. Hynes’ Tapestry Series.) I made an inquiry.

Lo and behold a few days later a nice gentleman from the CBC emailed me and asked if I would be interested in providing an introduction for this archival podcast. I jumped at the opportunity to help bring the interview back into circulation.

The podcast at the CBC is back, and listed here. (Direct download-mp3)

Coleman Barks interview at Lapham’s Quarterly. (mp3)

Video at Poetry Everywhere (PBS)


The Big Red Book is the newest exploration of Rumi by Coleman Barks. It focuses on Rumi’s relationship with Shams of Tabriz. One of the aphorisms of Shams is a touchstone for me:

Follow the perfume, not the tracks.

The following video provides a beguiling introduction to Rumi and Shams.

Jalaluddin El-Rumi & Shams El Tabriz from Raphael Rousseau Sason on Vimeo.

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The impossibility of education

Once, the villagers invited Mulla Nasruddin to deliver a lecture on spiritual matters. When he got on the pulpit, he found the audience was not very enthusiastic, so he asked “Do you know what I am going to say?” The … Continue reading

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Pursuit of Happiness

Susan and I saw our first Patriot Day fireworks together: [flashvideo filename=http://www.squareone-learning.com/video/fireworksHDf.flv width=”512″ height=”288″ bufferlength=”30″ /]

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“The stage is too big for the drama”

God was invented to explain mystery. God is always invented to explain those things that you do not understand. Now, when you finally discover how something works, you get some laws which you’re taking away from God; you don’t need … Continue reading

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The Direction of the Horizon

Whether there is or is not an absolute thought and an absolute evaluation in each practical problem, my own opinions, which remain capable of error no matter how rigorously I examine them, are still my only equipment for judging. It … Continue reading

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Transformative Anthropology II.

A handful of questions one can direct to a subject or to their self are easily enabled to drill into the fragile web of contingencies that are structurally necessary to human development. 1. What brought you to live where you … Continue reading

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Favorite droll turn on cogito ergo sum*: I think therefore I think I am. Possibly better: I think therefore I think I am thinking. Best: You are your epistemology. (Gregory Bateson) I’ve always stuck with John Lilly’s: My beliefs are … Continue reading

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Judith Buerkel, February 12, 1941-March 24, 2007 I’ve been privileged to be the not very good student of a succession of teachers. (This admitted, I remain surprised how much of the transmission gets through despite my own resistance!) Judith came … Continue reading

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(Terence McKenna clip) To this I would add: Culture programs you and deprograms the Four Noble Truths.

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My grandmother wanted me to have an education, so she kept me out of school. — Margaret Mead The best education consists in immunizing people against systematic attempts at education. — Paul Feyerabend Hat tip to: afewlinesmore.blogspot.com, not active but … Continue reading

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…believe but be scientific; be mystical without mystification… Krassner. “My only sacred cow is I have no sacred cows.” Lilly. “My beliefs are unbelievable.” Tolle. “I’ve met several Zen masters, all of them are cats” unknown. Everything we think we … Continue reading

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