November 6th, 2007

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Good Morning!

The day is filled with computer issues so this will be a brief posting and probably the only one today until we get some issues worked out.

Charles Schumer,, the Democratic senator from NY, explained in an editorial in the NY Times today why he is supporting Mukasey for Attorney General.

He says we need somebody strong, and this man is strong, and the alternative is to let Bush have no supervision at all, which, of course, is what he has had, but it seems that now we are attempting more awareness.   It was clear what Gonzales was when he was approved.  I could never believe he was approved, and here we are again.  I do believe in the art of compromise, but it certainly seems to be skewed, when the country is unanimously against torture and water boarding and yet we approve a guy who won't deny it.   Compromise means both sides give a little.  What is given here?

No wonder both my computers struggle today.  They want me to type light, fluffy things in pink and baby blue, and here I am with dire warnings in white and black.

Settle comfortably into the day, knowing that good and right almost always  prevail.
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Ruth Asawa -

To place the value of art in your life, read of Ruth Asawa.  I loved seeing her exhibit at the De Young and just checked out her book.  Here is a piece of her and her vision of seeing interiors and exteriors, inside and outside, at one time.   It's a perfect way to integrate the day.
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Afternoon -

Thanks to Thom, my lap-top has now completely returned from Hong Kong, and in the moment, all chips are happily in a synchronous chirp.

I hope you voted today.  We need to stay involved, and it seems the Congress has united to overturn a Bush veto.  We don't have money for infrastructure, Bush said, only for war.  It seems the Congress is accountable to the voters and disagrees.  Maybe the tide IS turning toward sanity,  forethought, and intelligent care.

Here is the last paragraph of Jon Carroll's column today.  I think it is an excellent application to all we do.

Jon Carroll:

    I am sometimes asked for advice on writing. The only two things I know for sure are: Good writers read a lot, and good writers write a lot. As the artist Chuck Close said: "Amateurs look for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work."

Darkness comes early this evening.   We turn toward the introspective time of year, like Bears.



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Victor Frankl -

Victor Frankl, from Man's Search for Meaning:


  "... it can be seen that mental health is based on a certain degree of tension, the tension between what one has already achieved and what one still ought to accomplish, or the gap between what one is and what one should become.  Such a tension is inherent in the human being and therefore indispensable to mental well-being.  We should not, then, be hesitant about challenging man with a potential meaning for him to fulfill.  It is only thus that we evoke his will to meaning from its state of latency.  I consider it a dangerous misconception of mental hygiene to assume that what a man needs in the first place is equilibrium or, as it is called in biology, "homeostasis," i.e. a tensionless state.  What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task.  What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.  What man needs is not homeostasis but what I call "noo-dynamics," i.e. the existential dynamics in a polar field of tension where one pole is represented by a meaning that is to be fulfilled and the other pole by the man who has to fulfill it."

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Focus -


    You must always work not just within but below your means.  If you can handle three elements, handle only two. If you can handle ten, then handle five.  In that way the ones you do handle, you handle with more ease, more mastery and you create a feeling of strength in reserve.