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The Catch

In my unstoried softball career I’ve enjoyed two periods of defensive excellence. Excellence counted as not making a circus of the routine. The first was between 1977-1984, an era during which Bob Buckeye and I locked down center and left … Continue reading

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The Precarity of the Estimate

This week, with the game on the line in the top of the last inning, the visiting team smartly aimed their offense at a weak spot in the infield and ended up with one single, one runner on base by … Continue reading

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Some Days You Eat the Bear, and Some Days. . .

Life is like heady wine. Everyone reads the label on the bottle. Hardly anyone tastes the wine. Buddha once pointed to a flower and asked each of his disciples to say something about it. One pronounced a lecture. Another a … Continue reading

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Fun By Design

I started playing Free Play Softball in Cleveland Heights in 2002. It brought me back to left field for the first time in eighteen years. (I had spent the interim playing the only team sport I was ever really good at, … Continue reading

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Teaching Cartoons: Instrumentality 1 & 2

Samurai Prayer I HAVE NO PARENTS; I MAKE THE HEAVENS AND EARTH MY PARENTS. I HAVE NO HOME; I MAKE AWARENESS MY HOME I HAVE NO LIFE OR DEATH; I MAKE THE TIDES OF MY BREATHING MY LIFE AND DEATH. … Continue reading

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Four Square Matrix – Metaverse Four Square

The explanation for this Four Square Matrix is below. (I’ve been exploring the format of the Four Square Matrix for over five years on the squareONE Explorations blog: Revisiting the Matrix Part 1 / Class of ’72 / Periodic Table … Continue reading

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Between Anarchy, Hierarchy, Bureacracy; and, the Minimus Link

I spoke to the gang about arriving at the field on time. Offering how it would be neat to commence play close to the traditional ten o’clock time. How about arriving in a timely fashion, or, agreeing to complete seven … Continue reading

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Revisiting the 2×2 Matrix – Part 1.

What I term a ‘four square,’ or matrix, derives in modern times from The Boston Consulting Group’s Growth-Share Matrix. I devise my own four squares and collect any others I encounter. At times the 2×2 Matrix in either its ‘cross’ … Continue reading

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Predicting Iran’s Future

One day Rabi’a needed a piece of cloth, so she gave a man three silver coins to buy one. After he’d already started his way, he turned back. “My lady,” he said, “I forgot to ask: what color do you … Continue reading

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Wondering and Wandering

This is an inscrutable picture. I like it. The backstory for this post contains several slices. My friend, Linda Kahn, the great dancer and choreographer sent me a article, from which I’ve extracted the following. Of course, eventually wondering must … Continue reading

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Know Your Box

“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson A tweet skidded by: outside the box is just another box. The challenge moving outside … Continue reading

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Teaching Cartoon: Puppie Plot

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Free Play Puddle League

Pete “the body” lines up the pill. Pete, incidentally, is a lock for comeback player of this Free Play season, seeing as he’s recently acquired two bionic hips. Sunday was likely the latest we’ve ever enjoyed our first full complement … Continue reading

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Never Two Be Seen – Two Coyote Stories

I.

Coyote’s wife dies of an illness and he weeps for her. He is visited by the death spirit who offers to take him to the land of the dead if Coyote will follow his instructions. Coyote agrees. On their journey the spirit points out a herd of horses. Coyote cannot see the horses but he pretends that they are there. Neither can Coyote see the death spirit. He appears to be a shadow. When Coyote and the death spirit arrive at the land of the dead the spirit invites Coyote to eat some berries. Coyote cannot see them but pretends to eat them nevertheless.

The spirit leads Coyote to a lodge and tells him to enter through the doorway and sit down beside his wife and eat the food that she has prepared for him. Coyote cannot see the lodge, the food, or his wife, but he obeys the spirit. When night falls Coyote sees the lodge that he could not see during the day, and in it are fires, and people he knew when they were living and, of course, his wife. With the dawn, everything and everyone disappears, only to return on the following evening. It is like this for several days and nights.

Eventually the death spirit tells Coyote that he must leave. The spirit allows Coyote to take his wife with him but warns that he must not touch her until they have crossed the fifth mountain of the five mountains that lie between the lands of the living and the dead. Coyote agrees. Coyote and his wife begin their journey. At night they sit with a fire between them and Coyote notices that with every night his wife’s form becomes clearer. On the last night of the journey Coyote can wait no longer and reaches across the fire to embrace his wife. She disappears the moment he touches her.

The death spirit returns and tells Coyote that because of his foolishness the practice of returning from the dead will never be and that the dead must remain forever separate from the living. The spirit leaves. Coyote tries to return to the land of the dead, repeating everything he was instructed to do on the first journey: he pretends to see a herd of horses, to eat berries, to enter a lodge, to acknowledge his wife, and to eat the food she has prepared for him. When evening comes the lodge, the fires, the people, and Coyote’s wife do not appear, and they and the death spirit never appear to Coyote again.

II.

Two Coyotes were going upriver and came to a big bench. From there they saw people living below, near the river. Then the two friends said to each other, “you go ahead.” Then one says “No. You go,” and the other said “No.” And they argued and protested for a long time. Then one said, “You go first they will see you any moment and say `there is a coyote.’” They were going on the trail. [The other said] “I am not a coyote.” [The first said,] “But you are just the way I am. We are the same in every way. We are both coyotes.” [The other said,] “No, I am just `another one.’” In this way they argued.

Then the second one said to the first, “You go first.” There was a ridge on which people could see everything from below. When he [the first] started walking, went on, and went over a small ridge, the people below said, “There is a coyote going upstream.” Then they [people] came out and watched the coyote going. “See?” he said. “See what they said? You are a coyote.” “Come! You too.” he said. “They will say the same of you. You are a coyote.” “All right. I will go” [said the other], and he also slowly started walking on the trail from there. Then [people said], “Ah, another one again. There is another one.” Then he came to the first, saying, “See? I am not a coyote. I am `another one.’ See, the people said that I am `another one.’” That’s all.

source: paraphrase by :Larry Ellis, Trickster: Shaman of the Liminal, SAIL Studies in American Indian Literatures; Series 2; Volume 5, Number 4; Winter 1993

(republished from Transformative Tools blog)

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Spring Training Is Over

Matt batting at the end of last season. [flashvideo file=http://squareone-learning.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/Freeplay-Jedimaster-Matt.flv /] Matt speaking before the start of this season. Freeplay Softball League and experiment Sundays, 9:30am, Forest Hills Park, Cleveland Heights

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Periodic Table of Visualization, and more

click to enlarge Visit the following link to access the pop-up examples for each of the Periodic Table of Visualizations‘ cells. I’m fond of graphical ways of showing relationships between concepts and domains. Here’s a few more depictions from my … Continue reading

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Stop Boxing

When I’m working playfully in my squareONE transformative learning mode, I’m always doing a version of the following experiment, here defined as its hypothesis: Given experiential engagement of a novel process and its novel set of data, the learner will … Continue reading

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Teaching Cartoon. Top This

(source: Zen Forest Sayings of the Master, complied by Soiku Shigematsu)

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Brief, Not Very Olsonian Reflections: The Prize

On Saturday I was chosen to cap a conference, Soul In Buffalo; A three-day free conference aimed to celebrate and explore Charles Olson’s legacy and extension through A Curriculum of the Soul. This honored closing position expressed a counter-intuitive programming … Continue reading

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Reduced Bateson Set I. Set Up; Meta-heuristics

Sometime ago, yet late in my scatter shot intellectual development, I realized five problems fascinated me in psychology. One is the problem of how our brain instantiates and substantiates consciousness. Two is how it came to be that the equivalent … Continue reading

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