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Footprints in the Windsm # 1910–Send your stories

Footprints in the Windsm # 1910

Send us your stories for 300-year grandchild elders.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on October 23rd, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1908: Premise: discovered story

Footprints in the Windsm # 1908

Premise: through discovered story and conversation we draw the generations to better humanity; we draw the species to become ever more whole and inclusive.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on October 16th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1907–Play with fire

Footprints in the Windsm # 1907

play with fire
dare to grow old
heal the world


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on October 13th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1906–First be

Footprints in the Windsm # 1906

First be human.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on October 9th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1905–Far fewer debilitated

Footprints in the Windsm # 1905

Today I feel on the cusp of something new. We do not fear age so much as society’s fearful picture of age. And that perhaps stems from too little factual knowledge of what aging comprises.

I suspect that far fewer people are debilitated in old age than we think, and that far fewer of those who are debilitated would be but for cultural beliefs.

So we should be living engaged, stirring the pot, rolled into the mix, risking life for life.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on October 5th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1904–Wouldn’t you read it?

Footprints in the Windsm # 1904

If your eleventh generation grandfather had written a story wouldn’t you want to read? Particularly if it were addressed to you? Wouldn’t you make an effort to interpret its language and thought patterns into your own life? A story from your own life would hold the interest for your eleventh generation grandchild, or a story you make up and address to them saying “I wrote this for you.” Perhaps you ask them strategic questions.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on October 2nd, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1903–If any effect

Footprints in the Windsm # 1903

No, we don’t know whether we will have any effect. No, we don’t know what to do, what stories to tell, what messages to send. But we do have a power. Our power is try. Our power is far-sight. Our power is caring. Both directions.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on September 28th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1902–Elders to do

Footprints in the Windsm # 1902

What do I want elders to do? Take a bigger view of their role for the grandchildren. Take responsibility for the grandchildren. Tell stories, play games, give their spirits. See and accept their central roles in the future of the human species.


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Footprints in the Windsm # 1901–cannot say our effort mattered

Footprints in the Windsm # 1901

We were here
but cannot say
our effort mattered
do what’s right
expect to be hated


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

Footprints in the Windsm # 1909–Speak in novels and poetry

Footprints in the Windsm # 1909

Speak O Elder to the grandchildren
Speak in novels and poetry
in music, dance, in things
that last and things that don’t
Speak in work and especially in play
Speak in all your voices
For the grandchildren


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on September 19th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1900–loving in the garbage out

Footprints in the Windsm # 1900

arms and legs and mouths
and loving in the garbage out
loving in the spats before the making up


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on September 18th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1899–and then we disappear

Footprints in the Windsm # 1899

Society sees aging as continuous narrowing to a small ball, and then we disappear; elders see their lives growing every day, opening out and out, taking on the care of ever larger swaths of beings and times.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on September 14th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1898–We got older by

Footprints in the Windsm # 1898

We got older by doing the same things over and over. We could have done new things and gotten newer.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on September 11th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1897–A life about cloud watching

Footprints in the Windsm # 1897

What is life about for you now? What these days is the focus of your life? What are your valley vistas? Even the metaphors of ladders and mountain peaks and God above speak a language of masculine youth. O there are more dimensions. The family gatherings? A baby gazing experience? A tug of a fish on your line? An experience of canoeing the rapids? Cloud watching?


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Footprints in the Windsm # 1896–Come to understand

Footprints in the Windsm # 1896

I have come to understand


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on September 4th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1895–Choosing a new role for humanity

Footprints in the Windsm # 1895

Once we give sway to algorithms, allow them to make say medical decisions for us we become superfluous. Like the wild animals. Birds. Canada Geese. Monarch butterflies. Bees. Snakes. Frogs. Wheat. Corn. Conversation. Growth.

Algorithms do not need a why. They do not need a meaning. Perhaps our roles then are in Whys and Meanings.

So then the work of the elders will perhaps be to help us find what our roles should be, to find our Whys, Meanings, and Stories.

This is a bigger role than I thought. It is not merely making humanity better. It is choosing a role once our old story no longer fits.

We had thought we were the smartest. We had thought we were those who collaborated the best. Yet algorithms can connect and communicate and thereby collaborate. They can connect to us and read us and our very thoughts. Because we let them. So now we reach a species-level identity crisis.

The very point is that I do not know the answer. I do not even want one answer. We need to work together beyond working together. We need to think together. We need to create. We need to dig deeply to figure out who we are. Together. We need to converse.

What do we want to have happen? Where?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on August 31st, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1894–Not the way

Footprints in the Windsm # 1894

This is not the way it must be.


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Footprints in the Windsm # 1893–Here’s what it means

Footprints in the Windsm # 1893

At the potluck picnic yesterday, I did not, as intended, speak out loud the question, “What does in mean to be human?” Yet I received a response. It left me closer to the question, “What can it mean?”

I brought in food—then took the baskets back to the car to get them out of our way, and out of remembering about them—overheard a couple telling about their trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula—we talked about their exchange student—he was big on sports and they were not—he preferred spending time with other foreign exchange students rather than his designated surrogate family—we spoke of their son’s interest in firefighting and his next school year which would include ride-along times with EMTs—and whether he would like the emergencies and blood and all—and whether he had the muscle strength to do the job of a firefighter—I got some lemonade—people came in and out—the conversation went back to the U.P.–another couple is planning to visit there in a month or two—I asked about Painted Rocks, Lake Kit-iti-kipi, the Keweenaw Peninsula—in passing—one man was hungry so we uncovered the food and I mixed up and finished prepping my salads.

I moved into the dining room and talked with a couple and a single man who were talking about the latest political debates and candidates.

After that I got something to eat and sat at the kitchen table with another group of people and we had a lively and desultory conversation, lighthearted, joking, remembering old songs.

Then I went outside and sat at another table and listened to the host tell about his days in the aerospace industry working among engineers—another man came up and the topic switched to boats, from 50 footers people lived on to 17 footers to canoes—then to fishing and the different segments of the St. Joseph River—that group fell apart and we went to where the children were playing, and another man and I identified some of the plants as poison ivy, so that stopped the ball game.

Then I moved to the table on the deck where the 10 or 12 remaining people were talking—about picking cherries and blueberries and strawberries—about putting up and preserving foods—about knitting and crocheting and needlepoint.

Then someone said to his or her spouse, “It is about time we got going” and pretty much everybody got up to start packing up the remaining food and saying goodbyes and thank yous to the hosts.

So this is what it means to be human. This is the kind of role that machines and algorithms will not take over. What is the long-term value of this humanicity?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on August 24th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1892–Do you believe in people change?

Footprints in the Windsm # 1892

Do you believe in people change?


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

Footprints in the Windsm # 1891–Intimate now this mist

Footprints in the Windsm # 1891

This fog envelops me
Why won’t you let me see?
Did you descend a cloud from sky?
Or rise from pond and saturated earth
And stillness in the wind?
Or from the breath of people round?
It matters not: my vision’s circumscribed!
I start to see the little things
Closer, larger, larger
My contending begins abating
Softness rolling in or out, down or up
It matters not: intimate now this mist
And I contented turn toward home


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on August 17th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1890–Story authentically

Footprints in the Windsm # 1890

Maybe the most helpful thing we can do for the generations of humanity is to tell our stories with authenticity, so they can derive their own questions.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on August 14th, 2019 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 1889–I only had a normal life

Footprints in the Windsm # 1889

I only had a normal life
Even though I sigh
Important it is to know
I lived
I was awake


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Footprints in the Windsm # 1888–The challenge ooze

Footprints in the Windsm # 1888

The challenge point
is in “happily ever after”
the hero bringing the boon
here the forces grey
hold you hero in their ooze


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