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   America's dog; the coyote!
(Let's stop killing them!)


    You can call these things that happen "A string of coincidences." and that will please your brain. I call them "miracles", and that pleases my heart. I prefer the latter.
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    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!

                                                                      









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Notes
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Right About Now (02/28)

Thinking About What's Going On




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Men's Health, Mine anyway!
(Up-dated January 15th.)

Once again.

You Americans and your Guns!

Background Checks, the Political Manipulations

Fall Out





Books


 
                                 
     During my dance with anal cancer, I’m being specific about the type because though “cancer” is the overarching theme, the type of cancer, and the area of involvement, determines how it is experienced, my life long reading habit was at full stop. I’d guess that perhaps any kind of cancer would have the same effect though my bladder cancer three years ago was far less impactful when it came to everyday life than this anal cancer journey. With this one I had neither the desire nor the ability to read anything. All I wanted to do was be passively distracted (watch TV) or sleep. So books were left to gather dust and this page was unvisited. (Sitting was a major problem too.)
    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.
   
    My “skimmer” has been “Strayhorn, an illustrated Life” and of course it’s a bio. of Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington’s alter ego and the creative genius who wrote many of the great pieces of music attributed to Duke, “A-Train”, “Lush Life”, “Chelsea Bridge” and many more beauties.
    This is mainly a book of appreciations for Billy from such luminaries as Nancy Wilson, Lena Horn, Dianne Reeves, Herb Jefferies, and many more. The photos are interesting, the text full of praise for Billy of course. (Duke, despite his financial and personal support of Billy over the years, comes in for some criticism about his tendency to take credit for a lot of Billy’s work.)
    This is a nice tribute to an often overlooked musical genius and someone worth listening to again.
   
    I ran across a small effort by actor and director Alan Arkin, My Improvised Life. If you’re an actor or someone interested in creating personal growth workshops, this is a fine resource.

    My “between” (skimming and deep reading) has been “The Lost Art of Dying” by L.S. Dugdale, MD. and yes, it IS about dying. Though I didn’t come close to a death experience this time, the fact is, I, and we, weren’t sure that, prior to all the tests that were run, the cancer wasn’t everywhere and any treatment might be a lost cause. End-of-life considerations were a topic we spent time on. And, frankly, at my age, pushing 86, dying IS a topic that enters our conversations now and then.
    If you’re edging into the “golden years” or have a friend or parent already there, this is a pertinent read.

    My “deep read” is by David Michalelis, it’s Eleanor, a well written biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. Of course it’s also about FDR and what the country was going through during his time in office and her time as a target for every Right Wing nut case and Republican (but I’m repeating myself here). Those days, the 30s-50’s, don’t look very much different from today, threats of “blood-in-the-streets”, and racist diatribes flooded the news back then too. There was no “QAnon” back then, but plenty of hate and insanity about race and government conspiracies.
    I won’t read a badly written bio. because style IS a consideration when this genre is undertaken. Michalelis is a craftsman and his writing carries the narrative well. I thought I knew plenty about those times but this bio. opens up new territory. A fine educational read.
   
                                               




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).
    Newest; Not much yet, "All Creatures Great and Small" is a winner on Masterpiece.....and "Scarlet and the Duke" (I may have that title wrong.) Both on PBS of course. c





 

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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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