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Footprints in the Windsm # 2348–Just another curtain

Footprints in the Windsm # 2348

It is not deeper, nor necessarily farther in where we “go.” It is just another curtain, even if less often opened, or never before opened. It might be more painful than other curtains, or less. It might be more intricate or less. Probably each curtain is just as close to home.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on June 22nd, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2347–utterly unable

Footprints in the Windsm # 2347

Ourselves: we can explain, but we are utterly unable to understand.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on June 19th, 2024 | No Comments »

Ever larger chunks

To find ever larger chunks of yourself, delve into ever more particular faces of your friend.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on June 18th, 2024 | No Comments »

painful falsity

The growth we seek is not magic. It comes in every conversation in which we open to a new and possibly painful falsity in what we knew for certain.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on June 18th, 2024 | No Comments »

Mechanical is as mechanical feels

If it feels mechanical, it is. Don’t keep pushing. Turn somewhere else in your conversation. Fresh paths rejuvenate.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on June 17th, 2024 | No Comments »

Not sparkling

I’ve been writing to you all along as if the person opposite you is a sparkling being, full of wit and creativity and art. But he’s not. He’s complicated, confusing, moody, and boring. Most days. Until. There was you. All you have to work with is an extract of reality. All you ever have.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on June 17th, 2024 | No Comments »

Tests don’t make you stronger

I know my Maker is with me because my life grows more complicated. Tests are not to make one stronger but to pull out what is already inventive.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on June 16th, 2024 | No Comments »

Why, Understand, About

The question is why we don’t understand about conversation.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on June 16th, 2024 | No Comments »

You must study opera

If you want to learn about conversation, you’ve got to study architecture, Vodou, forests, underground rivers, and octopuses. And opera. You must study opera.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on June 15th, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2346–Human size

Footprints in the Windsm # 2346

Conversation has the benefit of being human size. We can hear our voice. We can have it heard. We cannot get this on the national stage or even in our gatherings. We can discover and have our discovery heard with respect and awe.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on June 15th, 2024 | No Comments »

Different mountaintops

How sure can we be that big things are composed of smaller? There is a school that holds that the big bring about the smaller. I suppose these two are simply looking to explain the same reality from different mountaintops. What do we do with these notions, so as to learn of conversation? Does the conversation bring about these two persons? Do the complexities draw up as from a well the persons to embody them? Are we parts of one another because our species has an in-bred tug one of the other? Does the novel call the voices, and then the voices call the characters?

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on June 15th, 2024 | No Comments »

Staying hidden?

What else is happening? What is trying to stay hidden?

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on June 14th, 2024 | No Comments »

Arguments are rarely complicated

Arguments are rarely complicated, however complex their roots.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on June 14th, 2024 | No Comments »

Complicate this narrative

We are here to complicate this narrative. Where is here? This conversation. What narrative? First, that of your friend.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on June 13th, 2024 | No Comments »

Beware the single

Beware the single—it limits how far you thinking can travel. For instance we may be tempted to speak of the quality of life when qualities might serve us better.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on June 13th, 2024 | No Comments »

As hand in hand

As hand in hand
we sway up and up
our breaths labor
we pull against our connection
then together
we attain the summit
we know what we have known
but now only vaguely
and with certainty
that the coming
and the lostness
and the together
made us

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on June 12th, 2024 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2345–Wait for curves

Footprints in the Windsm # 2345

Life is not straight line
Simply wait
For the next curve


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on June 12th, 2024 | No Comments »

That’s all?

This is of what we’re capable
Of what are we capable?
Are we sure that’s all?

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on June 12th, 2024 | No Comments »

wild with tame places

Conversation is an exploration. We get lost in a metaphor of planet spinning in devoid space, a ball with hot molten rock somewhere in the middle, when maybe we are a field, a curtain of curtains, a territory wild with tame places.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on June 11th, 2024 | No Comments »

Lament each other

What if we sit and lament on each other as at a funeral or wake? Old Doug, I will miss his ___. Rob about made it to ___, but gave up a little too soon. Or maybe something happier.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on June 11th, 2024 | No Comments »

scrutinizing the surround

Conversation can take on the role of scrutinizing the surround, both in time and space, both life and us and community.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on June 10th, 2024 | No Comments »

conflagration! existence!

Conversation is steel on flint
when we meet
conflagration! existence!

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on June 10th, 2024 | No Comments »

to expand the rest of life

Communitas is not only a stage to pass through, not a brief stop, but a kairos moment to be within—to enjoy, take part in, grow—to work upon one’s self and each other—to expand the rest of life. Not just yours.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on June 9th, 2024 | No Comments »
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