Three Random Quotes In Search of A Unifying Title

I have been trying to figure out a title to fit all three quotes under that would tie them together, but could not manage it. Maybe they only fit together in my mind. Maybe they are pieces to completely different puzzles and I just have to make a puzzle that will fit around them.

Don’t for heaven sake, be afraid of talking nonsense! But, you must pay attention to your nonsense.

Ludwig Wittgenstein


I often have the feeling that I hold in my pocket something secret, something very happy at which I must not look. –Franz Marc



…China’s ancient sages assumed that this immediate experience of empty awareness was the beginning place, that dwelling here in the beginning, free of thought and identity, is where we are most fundamentally ourselves, and also where deep insight in the nature of consciousness and reality logically begins….you can begin at the beginning anytime, anywhere. A simple room, for instance, morning sunlight through windows lighting the floor; a sidewalk cafe, empty wine glass on the table, trees rustling in a slight breeze, sunlit passersby; a routine walk through a park, late-autumn trees bare, rain clattering in fallen leaves.

David Hinton, Experience  (From Stony Soil Vermont)

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Daniel C. Dennett: How to Criticize with Kindness

Vox Populi

How to compose a successful critical commentary:

  1. You should attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that your target says, “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it that way.”
  2. You should list any points of agreement (especially if they are not matters of general or widespread agreement).
  3. You should mention anything you have learned from your target.
  4. Only then are you permitted to say so much as a word of rebuttal or criticism.

From Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking by Daniel C. Dennett. Quoted in BrainPickings.



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Illustrated Poem

I can only pay attention to one of these at a time:

Mary Clayton’s early morning voice breaking,


an afternoon moth spread on a screen door.



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Quiet Please! I Am Trying to Hear The Ghosts of Behind The Scenery.


I have always felt that there was a dialogue going on imperceptible to my inadequate senses like voices mumbling in another room, mumbling made up of light and waves and interruptions and strings of events, as if, with a little insight, I could figure out some of the vocabulary and syntax to give the mumbling a structure so I could start to make sense of everything. I am still here ear to the wall trying to make some sense out of what I am beginning to suspect is just the sound of water in the pipes or beams settling in the cooling evening, but still I listen, because what else am I gonna do. The information I gather from human interactions and events makes very little sense. I know that everyone perceives the world with their own set of filters. I wonder if I need more or less filters to make sense of this mess, and maybe if making sense of it will be something I will want in the end. It may be a mercy to live in ignorance, drowning out the subtler undercurrents of the stream by remaining on the surface. We live life deafened by culture and brightly flashing distraction. There are lots of cute fuzzy creatures and crazed honey badger videos to drown out the subtler sensations, super heroes, guns and sensual overload all at the touch of fingers on a keyboard.


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Open Window #1



Nature is where we live.

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Vibrations of Line and Color Inspired by Kandinsky



Last week I made two rough studies on 140 lb watercolor paper to choose the pallet. Narrowing the colors down orange, yellow, brown and violet oxides with some permanent violet dark and burnt orange and black and white for shading.


For the final piece I used brush and ink to make random lines on white gessoed wood panel. I let the ink dry before applying paint mostly in one sitting with a little touch up.


When I am working with these colors and lines, I feel them vibrating inside me like I am inventing a new part of myself as I experience the process of creating the image. Kandinsky actual experienced color in a multi-sensory manner and music as colors. I didn’t have that experience but when I look at this painting, I get a electric sensation of creation that is like nothing I have felt before except when I am creating with colors. It is not translatable into words or music. It is it’s own sensation and why I have always made time for art in my life. When I look at Kandinsky’s work I get much the same feeling as if my mirror neurons are firing and I am mentally producing the work  for the first time.


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Brush and Color Play


Ink and Acrylic on sketch paper

IMG_0167Acrylic on 140 lb cold press water color paper


Acrylic on 140 lb paper.

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