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Footprints in the Windsm # 1942–Coronavirus: Oldsters reaching out

Footprints in the Windsm # 1942

Saw a news story last night about youngsters playing music and singing on videos for oldsters. It triggered for me stories I had seen about prisoners recording bedtime stories for their children, and about grandmothers tutoring children half a world away. Our elders in isolation could do similar things, spelling parents from home schooling tasks, perhaps. Telling stories of how things were in the past (reminiscent of The Foxfire books), recounting the library that each oldster is. Recordings of these could go in the family and community archives.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on March 28th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1941–A good long while

Footprints in the Windsm # 1941

If it’s going to do us any good, this pandemic will have to last a good long while.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on March 25th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1940–Like a dream our old life vanishes

Footprints in the Windsm # 1940

The sun came up this morning
The water yet crashes over the falls
Birds to one another call today
Yes they know of our fright-filled disease
In some deeper longer knowing
~~~
There is a stream beneath that holds as one
The crashing waters and the still
~~
Like a dream our old life vanishes
Shouldn’t this crisis be slowing to a calm?
~
There is a stream
We’re of this stream


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on March 21st, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1939–The real dangers

Footprints in the Windsm # 1939

What are the real dangers of the world around us? Bullets? Diseases? Our shrinking from loving?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on March 14th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1938–Faith in your doubts

Footprints in the Windsm # 1938

Have faith in your doubts. I doubt we are a people as divided as we are telling one another.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on March 11th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1937–Four times we might just live

Footprints in the Windsm # 1937

Four times we might just live
once in experiencing
twice in writing reflectively
thrice in rewriting for the generations
fourth when another reads the lesson we did not see


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on March 8th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1936–Cheap hope, dear hope

Footprints in the Windsm # 1936

There is a cheap hope, a hope for results. It is cheap because it denies anything will get in the way. It is cheap because it brings fear on the other side of the coin, therein devaluing the hope. There is a dear hope, the deep “ability,” as Vaclav Havel wrote, “to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.” This deep hope is anchored not in outcomes but in work for specific people.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on March 4th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1935–Not our words

Footprints in the Windsm # 1935

Not our words
are we elders
to generations
of grandchildren
more a
tune in the wind
needing a practiced ear
and do we
practice giving
our ear
to our ancestors?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on February 29th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1934–Saw us open

Footprints in the Windsm # 1934

Disease Divorce Debility Death
Fillet us, saw us open
Raggedly, display our gizzards
Here meet profundity
The curious craft of vulnerability


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on February 22nd, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1933–Here’s the fact:

Footprints in the Windsm # 1933

Here’s the fact: we are falling apart, we are evaporating. How do we use this fact to teach? Not to teach, to lead? Not to lead, to inspire? Not to inspire, to befriend? Not to befriend, to walk alongside? Not to walk alongside, to be silent together in the face of mystery?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on February 19th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1932–Waging an heroic embrace

Footprints in the Windsm # 1932

She waged an heroic battle against her disease, we say. Why give disease that much power? Can we find some stories to tell, some conversations we need with which to embrace one another?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on February 15th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1931–wrinkles and wonder

Footprints in the Windsm # 1931

The call of the elder may just be to live life as it comes to us, thinking in our every day of the later and earlier ones and our responsibility to them, knowing our own failures and successes are all part of the wrinkles of life, of what gives the wonder to it.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on February 12th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1930–Bringing us a chuckle

Footprints in the Windsm # 1930

Inseparable threads entangled
Weft: eldering is about gratitude, despair,
being turned, going forth:
entwined we are a green thread,
a red, a brown, yellow, blue, ochre
Warp: loving, conversing always!
story, spiritual discipline:
threads, gossamer and brilliant
So what about these others:
neither warp nor woof
angling across, bringing us a chuckle?


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Footprints in the Windsm # 1928–When we look/into the eye/of the one/facing us/….

Footprints in the Windsm # 1928

When we look
into the eye
of the one
facing us
we can find
much
to
fear

fear
respect
admire
love


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Footprints in the Windsm # 1927–Etherealizing:

Footprints in the Windsm # 1927

Across the stages, elders are etherealizing: getting larger and more capacious until they are indistinguishable from the mystery.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on January 29th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1926–Frogbots

Footprints in the Windsm # 1926

We had thought the machines might take over our world, our minds. Recent news of robots made of living cells (frogbots/xenobots) and living concrete made from bacteria, suggest something other: life might take over machines. Or some other permutation you won’t think of while pondering this.

Then ponder further: in 300 years our grandchildren will be living in such a world. How can what stories you tell this day, what you write or think deeply about, be of help to those grandchildren living in such a world?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on January 26th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1925–Demented or augmented?

I’m not demented—I’m augmented!

:- Doug.

Footprints in the Windsm # 1925

I’m not demented—I’m augmented!


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on January 22nd, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1924–Years gains giving

Footprints in the Windsm # 1924

In years
noticing our profound gains
choosing profound giving


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on January 19th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1923–Death is not a risk

Footprints in the Windsm # 1923

Death is not a risk
It happens to us all


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on January 15th, 2020 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1922–Do with story?

Footprints in the Windsm # 1922

What can we do with story? And?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on January 8th, 2020 | 1 Comment »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1921–Abandon hope

Footprints in the Windsm # 1921

Abandon hope. Do the work.


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Footprints in the Windsm # 1920–Walking the train

Footprints in the Windsm # 1920

Walking the train
new things to be seen
mountains out this window
valleys and fog out that
new voices
something seeps in
will not know for days


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on December 21st, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1919–Desire for divisiveness

Footprints in the Windsm # 1919

What are we learning from the desire for divisiveness current in our culture? How could this inform our lessons and messages for the generations?


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