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    Call them, "A string of coincidences." and that will please your brain. I call them "miracles", and that pleases my heart. I prefer the latter. I think you do too.
c
 


 




    These are such good quotes that I just keep them here to remind me of some wisdoms I may forget day-to-day. So, I may add to them now and then but in the main, just leave them to keep my brain happy. c

"Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing." William James

    "Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have."
Garrison Keillor

    "I was determined to spend my life seeking Truth while being spared the company of those who claimed to have found it." (attributed to) John Henry Faulk

    'I don't know, I just work here."
Joseph, Beautiful Painted Arrow, Real (in response to any spiritual inquiry)

    "I am a member of 'The Church of There's-Something-Going-on-Here!'" coyote

   He was constantly narrating his own actions in a writerly way, in his head. "I had the lonely child's habit of making up stories and holding conversations with imaginary persons, and I think from the very start my literary ambitions were mixed up with the feeling of being isolated and undervalued." George Orwell
(Me, Garrison Keillor & George, and probably a million other writers on the planet.

And finally this one:

A nation of sheep will beget
a
government of wolves.
Ed Murrow

                      
Black lives matter!

                                                                      

and

White lies matter!







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June
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(Up-dated 05/05.)

Once again.

You Americans and your Guns!

Background Checks, the Political Manipulations

Fall Out





Books


 
                                 
    Now that I have much of my energy back along with that has come a revival of reading and I am feeling alive again. So I’m back to my habit of three-at-a-time reading. This kind of undertaking involves at least one of the three being thoroughly read, one being skimmed, and one falling somewhere in between these two extremes.
    Here's a "thorough read"; If you had the opportunity what questions would you ask of Obama? Why didn’t he close Gitmo? How come he deported so many at the border? Why the “surge” into Afghanistan? etc. The answers are to be found in his history of his first term in his very well written memoir, “A Promised Land”.
    Warning, the reading of this book will promote feelings of sadness because we all know what happened after 2017 and the extent of the destruction to our reputation throughout the world as a reliable partner for our allies is nothing anyone could have predicted.
    I’m sure there is a second book coming soon that will explore more of what Obama had to overcome in order to function at all in his second term as if the first four years weren’t hard enough given the insane obstructions erected by the GOP and the rantings of the Right Wing media. The seeds they planted and nourished came fully into bloom as we saw in 2020 and on the Capitol steps January 6th.
    Don’t pass this one up.

    Fans of WW II reflections, that's me, and old pilots will love "The Flying Tigers" by Sam Kleiner. It's the true story of a group of American heroes who took to the air to try to stop the Japanese air attacks in China just after Pearl Harbor (1941). A very good read.

    I certainly cannot claim to be an historian, though I’ve certainly done a whole raft of reading about U.S. history, bios of Presidents, generals, the Civil War, WW II, etc. I certainly haven’t kept all of that info in my memory. But I was an impressionable kid during WW II and exposed to all the Hollywood heroic tales of D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, of Marines storming the islands in the Pacific, submarine warfare, aircraft carriers and their planes, Iwo Jima, the atom bombs, the fire bombing, Dresden, John Wayne, The Flying Tigers, etc., in short all the pertinent information available about WWII, yes including the discovery and horror of the concentration camps and the Holocaust. But! I have just come cross a book by Max Hastings “Retribution” that rips the veil away from any fantasies I might have had about war in general and about the last days of the war in the Pacific specifically.
    I was drawn to this book at the library by the comments on the back cover, “Extraordinary” said one, “ Engrossing” said another, “A Triumph” said a third. So I took it home with my usual two more to determine which of them would be the “deep dive” read I usually wound up with. It was this one. And it’s so detailed and so vivid, I doubt I’ll read another on this subject.
    It’s big, as you might expect, well over 500 pages, and it’s disturbing in so many ways as Hastings uncovers both the heroics and the absolute stupidities (the latter costing thousands of lives of course) of the last days of the war. (The subtitle is, The battle for Japan, 1944-1945)…..and he captures the intensity and the weariness the world felt as the death and destruction, which, after Germany surrendered, continued in the Pacific. Everything is addressed here including the Question, should be have dropped the Bombs?
    Only read this if you are willing to learn some truths about war, politics, and horror. It’s a good read, but not an easy one.


     I came across two more “winners” from the library. I usually get two or three at a time one of which I’ll skim through and the other one or two may turn out to be a deep read. This time I came up with two of the latter.
    The first is Douglas Preston’s “The Lost City of the Monkey God” which may sound like the plot of a comic book but turned out to be the story of a very risky archeological exploration of a previously unknown city in the impenetrable jungles of Honduras.
    First of all I will have to note, because on the surface this indeed sounds like an unlikely discovery in a time when we believe we’ve got the whole planet figured out. In small print on the cover right in the middle of the word “City” is the sub-head “A true story” because otherwise a curious shelf searcher might tend to think this one belongs in the fiction section. It doesn’t, and it’s amazing that it doesn’t because the (true) story is filled with the stuff of fiction.
    There are even a few pages addressing the reality of “pandemic” and how such a thing has happened in the past. Of course this was published in 2017, yet it might have been 2020! This is an important read.
   
    The second gem I’m still in the midst of and it’s a thick read that I almost passed up just because I thought I knew it all. This was of course, hubris on my part. It’s “These Truths” by Jill Lapore and it’s a history of the U.S. as you’ve never encountered it before.
    I’ll do a short review of it when I finish but I’ll just say now, it’s not only a “deep read”, it is pure pleasure. Lapore is a fine writer and an incredible researcher of historical fact over fiction. Another one worth your time, and at 789 pages it WILL take time.
    And it has, and is well worth it. No matter how much of U.S.history you have filled up on, you'll find that this one will top your list.

   
                                               




Movies (& TV)

 

   

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     During the "dance" alluded to above, my main distraction, and I needed one, was "old" TV. I found two shows I actually enjoyed. "Monk" & "Tales of Wells Fargo" (starred Dale Robertson.) "Modern Family" is consistant fun. "Midsomer Murders" is low key Brit. mystery fare, of the Agatha Christy school. We usually fall asleep before the complicted plot is resolved.
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    Kierkegaard came up with two concepts that are commonplace to us today: one is "subjectivity," the idea that we all perceive the world — and "truth" — differently; and the other is the "leap of faith," that faith is not possible without doubt. “One must doubt the existence of God to have faith in the existence of God. Belief without doubt is just credulity.”

    Novelist and essayist David Foster Wallace said: "Postmodern irony and cynicism's become an end in itself, a measure of hip sophistication and literary savvy. Few artists dare to try to talk about ways of working toward redeeming what's wrong, because they'll look sentimental and naive to all the weary ironists. Irony's gone from liberating to enslaving.”

    Ben Okri  author of, The Famished Road (1991), incorporates African myth and folklore, which has been labeled magical realism. Okri disagrees: "I grew up in a tradition where there are simply more dimensions to reality: legends and myths and ancestors and spirits and death. You can't use Jane Austen to speak about African reality. Which brings the question: what is reality? Everyone's reality is different."

 

 

 




Dick Prosapio, MSW, aka Coyote; ceremonialist, psychotherapist (recovering), writer (Intuitive Tarot, Becoming Coyote) drummer, photographer, dancer, and leader of experiential workshops for 30+ years. Co founder of; The Foundation for Common Sense©. Elizabeth Prosapio, BFA, RMT, aka Raven; leads WildWoman weekends, is co leader of The Long Dance and Shadow Dance, leader of Woman's Spirit Weekend, a (very) fine artist and massage therapist and co-wrote Intuitive Tarot with Dick. (US Games pub.) Elizabeth is available for "Soul Face" drawing (more info by contacting her) and is also the co founder of; The Foundation for Common Sense©.

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