Intersection/Interlude

THOM-THOM-THOM
steady, unrelenting from the car
beside me at the light.

And suddenly
I want to tell him about
Beethoven’s “Fifth” or
Glenn Gould’s “Goldberg”

that there are other beats
and rhythms than monotone,
other tones, sounds and voices
than THOM-THOM-THOM.

I recall Brubeck’s “Time Out”
with its various time signatures
and even the tempo shift in
“MacArthur Park”.

You can go faster or slower
than THOM-THOM-THOM
I want to say to him.
There are many myriad styles,
genres and voicings.

You can play cool, hot, hard,
and sweet, even acoustically,
or in analogue,
using natural sounds
with voices, instruments,
and no tech.

Why there are Bach’s organ solos,
Stan Getz’s sax,
Lenny Breau’s guitar,
Ravi Shankar’s sitar,
Ravel’s “Bolero”,
Tchaikovsky’s “1812”,
Satie’s “Gymnopedies”,
The Beatles experiments,
and Sinatra’s voice.

So many possibilities
so many sounds beyond your
deadening, primitive
THOM-THOM-THOM.

But the moment passes
and the light changes.
He leaves my notions and van
in the dust forever
and drives off
happily limited and very certain
with his meaningful
THOM-THOM-THOM.

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From an E-Mail to a Friend This Morning

It could be that Mueller is waiting for the upcoming elections to pass and then bring out the report. He’d presumably have Democrats in the Congress supporting impeachment. If the Senate doesn’t back it, then there’s a major division and crisis for sure.

Would public opinion shift if the evidence is damning enough? So far Trump’s side lacks argument, facts, common sense, and evidence. Would the majority support him if Mueller makes him look very guilty, obstructive, collusive, treasonous, and very corrupt? Americans were dumb enough to elect him and still support him now, but what about when the cards are all on the table?

The stakes are no less than survival of democracy, the credibility of the elected governing, support of the law and legal system–in short, the last shreds and foundations Trump has not destroyed yet.

If the U.S. becomes nothing more than ‘Which side are you on?’ sans evidence, reason, fact, empirical evidence, reason, etc., then the country would be a laughing-stock toast.
One CSNBC commentator said this morning’s ‘news’ was Theatre of the Absurd and commentators were admitting that NAFTA has to survive or America will be really isolated against Europe and everybody else. So far no one in his base is challenging the damage he’s done economically to them.

He is a crazy man on the loose shooting everyone and everything from the hip on whims.
It may finally come down to a loss of the American majority that prompts the Senate to go to impeachment trial.

There is no more integrity and credibility in the White House going back to 2016. It’s taking too long to right Napoleon’s ship. The American Dream is dead and lives on in DJT’s head, nowhere else. Things get worse there daily and continue to spread, infect, and destroy everywhere else. As I said before, myriad countries and lives have been destroyed and DJT egomanically loves that. He is evil because he has no respect, empathy, sympathy, or moral compass. It will only get worse for millions of people everywhere because of who he is, his stupid choices and the damage and destruction he’s wreaked.

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June Quotables

(why I travel to Butchart Gardens near Victoria as often as I can)

“Flowers…are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

“How many undervalue the power of simplicity! But it is the real key to the heart.”
–William Wordsworth

“I love my past. I love my present. I’m not ashamed of what I’ve had, and I’m not sad because I have it no longer.”
–Colette

“Gratitude is a soil on which joy thrives.”
–Berthold Auerbach

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”
–Ram Dass

“There is enchantment right in front of you, waiting for you to notice.”
–Janet Luhrs

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A Slew of Presidential Pardons

“I am the Emperor, The Great F-in’ Poobah. I am above the law.”
“Respecting the law of the land means nothing to me.”
“Look, I’m The New Law, baby. Get used to it or you don’t exist in my army.”

Confirmed by Guiliani, who says Trump could shoot Comey and not be punished.

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Even Weather Network Is Getting Political

This morning perky Suzanne was saying that “a low in the U.S. is pushing instability into Canada”. Must be thinking of the trade talks with Trump.

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And Where Do Dreams Come True?

(a favorite preferred/projected (self-)image)

The possibilities we dream of come truest in our imaginations. Occasionally we are lucky and some of these dreams transition to physical reality. Then they assume an even greater transformative power. It is also in our dreams and imagination that we are, each of us, freest, too.

For anyone who is frustrated and profoundly unhappy in their lives, I would suggest the person enjoy and take pleasure within personal fantasy and imagination. There, there will be no or fewer disappointments. There, people will find the perfection and happiness they seek.

Always there are limits in physical reality. That and many different points of view, backgrounds, contexts, experiences, and agendas. One’s dreams are always up against that much potential conflict, naysaying, contrariness, and defeat.

In my own life, it has been my dreams and imagination that have long sustained me. I am like the speaker in Paul Simon’s “I Am a Rock” who has long lived mostly innerly and steadily built my own resources and integrity. An only child, I have long stood alone and actualized whatever (limited) possibilities I have had.

But some dreams have remained and survived the big bad world and I credit personal consciousness, imagination, and memory as being the main driving forces and foundations in my life. There have been myriad nice possibilities that haven’t been actualized, but the mere remembrance and contemplation of these have sufficed. In that, a being true to one self all over again and an appreciation of dream and imagination which have largely given me the lucky, contented life I’ve had so far.

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Modern Evil:

DJT

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“Timebends”

(my autographed copy)

(The ending of Timebends, Arthur Miller’s autobiography. He concludes with an image of wolves on his Connecticut rural property.)

“In the darkness out there they see my light and pause, muzzles lifted, wondering who I am and what I am doing here in this cabin under my light. I am a mystery to them until they tire of it and move on, but the truth, the first truth, probably, is that we are all connected, watching one another. Even the trees.”

Indeed, if you have ever been to a party, a concert, a meeting, or some other social gathering, then you know the truth of Miller’s words. We are for a brief time, in the same space and potentially, ephemerally connected. And everyone observes and watches everyone else. And imagines and draws their various impressions and conclusions.

……………………………..

Interesting book. He felt his tragic wife, Marilyn Monroe, was truly talented, but not understood or appreciated by the masses and the media. His conclusion about her/metaphor for her:

“…she was poet on a street corner trying to recite to a crowd pulling at her clothes.”

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Aldous Huxley on Technology

“Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.”

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On Life–Luminosity by Woolf

“Life is not a series of gig-lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end.”

“There is a coherence in things, a stability; something…is immune from change, and shines out…in the face of the flowing, the fleeting, the spectral, like a ruby…Of such moments…the thing is made that remains for ever after.–Virginia Woolf

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