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

    You can call these things that happen to all of us, "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.


    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
government of wolves.
Ed Murrow

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    I’ve finally been willing (able) to get back into reading so I’ve got to few books to pass on info about. “Rust” is a memoir by Eliese Colette Goldbach about her years as a steel worker in the steel plant in Cleveland. Eliese struggles with at least two issues, being a woman in a male dominated work environment and having severe bi-polar problems. She’s a good writer, and this is an engaging read. You will learn a lot about what it’s like to be a steel worker……not just about the labor of it but also about the interdependency that is a necessity for physical survival amongst the workers. You’ll also get a lot of insight about dealing with the nightmare of bi-polar illness.

    I picked up “Deep Trails in the Old West” just for the heck of it. (Didn’t think I’d get much out of it.)  It’s the true story of the life of a cowboy, at least that’s how he starts out) from about 1875 to the mid-30’s lived out his life in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri. Frank Clifford reported on his life for this one and what a life! Though he spent most of his 20’s as a cowboy, “No where near as exciting as you might think.” he noted. He also worked as a carpenter, a railroad engineer, a house painter, a county commissioner, and so much more. He only attended school through the sixth grade but was self-taught in the classics (Shakespeare, Keats, Voltaire, etc.) and spoke Spanish fluently.  
    Of course this is a book about his life but it’s also a fine study of the “old west” as it really was, not the silk shirt, ten gallon hat and six gun shoot out we’ve been exposed to by movie-land, but the flannel shirt, rough sleeping, poor-as-can-be situation(s) the typical working man found himself in just trying to make a living back then.
    Yes, it’s a good read.

    “True Believer, Stalin’s Last American Spy” was one I thought I’d leaf through but I got caught up in instead. It’s the story of Noel Field and his family (brother, wife, foster daughter, and friends) all caught up in the web of the Cold War, Russia, Hungary, communism, the State Department, the Dulles brothers, Stalin, and all the political characters you might recall from the 30’s through the 50’s. You have probably forgotten all of that dark time, this book explores it and brings it all back. It’s hard to believe just how weird a time that was.
    Another good read.
    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” was “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.

     I came across two “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.
    Don’t pass this one up. 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. 


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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