small unsettlings

131 questions - Recently, I was tidying up my library and I came across this stack of cards. These cards come from a time a few years back when I was working on a sustainability framework for a Lower Manhattan-based arts organization. Some of the questions likely came directly from Arup Foresight’s Drivers of Change card set and … Continue reading 131 questions
the mushroom and the tree - What if I made a little dance just for you Said the mushroom to the tree What if I did this dance in the early morning Just as the sun was peaking above the earth What if as I did this dance a little drop of morning dew Fell from my curved top and landed … Continue reading the mushroom and the tree
every ship has a rope - “It’s an old sailor’s idea that every ship has a rope with one end made fast to  her bows and the other held by the loved ones at home.” — from one of Charley Milward’s stories told by Bruce Chatwin in his book, In Patagonia
dance destroys floors - Wisdom to remember: ‘dance is gentle and beautiful AND it destroys floors’ —  @cannupahanksa ‘dance has brought down entire regimes’ —  @criticalnish Like water, dance can nurture life and transform obstacles in its path. It connects us to the earth and the sky. It helps us dream and understand. It reminds us of our humanity. It teaches … Continue reading dance destroys floors
sometimes empires collapse - Sometimes empires collapse Civilizations fail Ways of life deteriorate in pools of neglect and forgetfulness And yet something beautiful remains that can be reclaimed If someone chooses to give it new life
allow for expansion - This guidance could also be applied to the mind. And this could perhaps be applied to the gas tank: “Emptiness accommodates everything. I wonder if thoughts of all kinds intrude themselves at will on our minds because what we call our minds are vacant? If our minds were occupied, surely so many things would not … Continue reading allow for expansion
dance everyday - Recently I heard someone accuse Nietzsche of saying this. And now I keep wondering what would the U.S. look like if each of us —no matter where we were from or what we did to put food in our bellies — had a little more dance in our daily lives. And then I want to … Continue reading dance everyday
land-sickness - Sometimes I wonder if our evolutionary origins in the ocean make some of us more susceptible to a general sense of unease on the land, a kind of perpetual mild land-sickness. One that drives us to move, to wander, to prefer the islands to the inlands, to dream of being in and on the water, … Continue reading land-sickness
trying to hold the sea and the desert -   I am trying to hold these two images in my mind simultaneously. The siren’s sea and the wanderer’s desert lulling me into dreaming.
i am a collection of molecules - I am a collection of molecules that momentarily became self-aware. The molecules existed before the collection and before the awareness. They will persist beyond them both as well. Are they the soul?  
margins have two sides - In case my writing is hard to decipher… earthskyhorizon is where they meet sandwatershore is where they meet meuniverseskin is where we meetwhat shape might a dance in that landscape take?
dances of displacement - “Painting is the act of figurative displacement, dancing away from whatever is ‘there’. Painting a landscape is not to ‘pin down’ its essence, to make it still, but to trace a path which the eye can follow into the space which is tomorrow’s painting.”  For the last few days, this has had me pondering what … Continue reading dances of displacement
remember, the world is big - Remember — the world is big. You are very small, and yet you are of this world. The world calls you. You are not insignificant to it. As SU EN says, “everything is integrated in a dynamic balance.” Which contradictions, which tensions, which desires do you respond to? These choices — intentional or incidental — … Continue reading remember, the world is big
seats of belonging - Upper Left: When I hear the phrase “seats of belonging” I imagine swings floating free in space swinging back and forth on their chains and some how this comforts me. Lower Left: Vector: (math/physics) a quantity possessing both magnitude and direction (biology) an organism that transmits a pathogen Upper Right: (computers) a one dimensional array … Continue reading seats of belonging
to dance without technique - Is it possible to be extremely honest To dance without technique To experiment without plan To be the seed, fallen up the stoney place or into the marsh lands And despite the struggle thrive honestly Or must we all pretend, because only in technique only in the fluency of white lies in the splendid vanity … Continue reading to dance without technique
what makes it necessary - marginal scribbling caught in a space between worker revolutions of the 1900s and imaginings of future revolutions arising as the governance systems of the western alliances crumble bit by bit under the weight of concentrated wealth and sociopathic flesh