May 16th, 2007

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Good Morning!!

"A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference."

- A. A. Milne
Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

That certainly feels right to me.  I took a publishing class last night and learned a tremendous amount about the publishing world.  There are six big publishing umbrellas right now, and the names we know are under those.  Only 5% of books make money and they support the rest of the industry.  An agent is an absolute necessity, so that now is the next task, matching our book to the agent who believes in it enough to market it well, and it is for us, too, to learn to better speak of it, so my intention for today is clarity of thought.  Happy Wednesday to All!

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Bumper Sticker -

I saw a bumper sticker yesterday that said, "Practice Compassionate Impeachment."   I like it!!

I am reading a wonderful book I highly recommend, Why Can't We Be Good, by Jacob Needleman.

I love this paragraph from the book.  He was a most precocious young man and spent a great deal of time in the library trying to decipher Plato.

    "But what was I to do about Plato?  There it was: two massive volumes with a name so intriguing to me as the contents were indigestible: The Dialogues of Plato. I must have renewed those books twenty times at our school library, until, finally, our librarian, a tiny, white-haired elf-woman named Miss Yoder (I never learned her first name, or thought of her as having one) stunned me by actually telling me to keep them. I later learned that she had the library order a new set, because the way I was struggling with them and lugging them back and forth appealed to her.  May God give us more such librarians!"

I agree!!

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Jane's poem of this morning -

What I want from this page
smooth and flat not curved like the husk of ear
is to hear the words of my true life, not the yarn the mind spins
like spider’s daily web to make sense of the unthinkable.
To find each day, just once each day, the place in me
that springs in easy steps from this earth’s worn face
into its neighboring blue and hold with benevolence
all that is reflected within my globe of eye.

- Jane Flint

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My poem of this morning -



There is a place this morning I want to touch like fudge held in the hand, slightly grainy and melting, that moment before it enters the mouth screaming, “sweet,” and dissolves in an energizing whirl to mobilize insides out.


There is sadness, too,  a reaching back to who I was, even as I open to who I am now.  I am on the bridge at Esalen, the one that leans over the meditation hut, yurt, circle by the stream, the stream beaming down to the ocean, a space where flame and candle are one, and the place where I fell into myself like Icarus from the sky though the burning was throat not wings and the landing was light.  


I twist the clear plastic wand of window blinds to see what stirs outside and let outside see what happens inside me.   I open the loaf of bread, inhale the scent of slices lined up, together and separate, and take one to butter and feast.  Tongue melts like caramel awaiting the swirl of one red apple, one green.  This day unwinds, a loft of ease.

Jane and I spoke this morning of how much this morning time together sets the pacing and tone for our day.  We like it and are happy to return to it.  I believe I mentioned that at Esalen, Sharon Olds spoke of how poetry began as communal, a way to share the history and stories of the tribe, and now it is considered by most to be a bit "odd" and even counter-cultural.  I consider that this morning as I feel how much it matters to me to just be able to pour onto the page, or, I realize now, computer screen.  We talked at Esalen about what poetry is and might be and it can be almost anything and everything.  Let your mind have grounded flight.  Consider composing a poem of your own today, for fun and life.

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Charlotte -

"The question is not what you do but how you do it.
    You can't be in a higher state of being than to be there for something."

          Charlotte Selver

May we all "be there for something" as much as is possible today.