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Footprints in the Windsm # 2169–Mountains, forests, flashing waters

Footprints in the Windsm # 2169

Mirrors and Windows
Conversations are
Yes, my other I
My eyes looking back at me
My ears hearing me talk
Face body legs hands
Soft gentle hands
And strong arms
For holding
Hearing you I see
Mountains, forests, flashing waters


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on October 1st, 2022 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2168–Wait for words to catch up

Footprints in the Windsm # 2168

It seems in age I have not become slower but faster: at times I have to stop and wait for words to catch up to me! Having written that don’t you think I can yet think new thoughts?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on September 28th, 2022 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2167–They do work divine

Footprints in the Windsm # 2167

In our time we see the divine work each is already attempting.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on September 7th, 2022 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2166–Why are we so drawn?

Footprints in the Windsm # 2166

There are many mysteries of this thing called human: love—when do we?, why do we?, why does it surprise?; sex: we know it, we want it, we hold back, then we decide to go but it is a big jump when we do, and then it builds and builds and then. . .; big decisions: we study, we list for and against, we come to the edge, shrink back, then leap; love for all the people on this blue marble: we don’t know them, we cannot know them, and yet the tug when we hear of tragedies and needs; love for this blue marble itself and our place on it: just a hunk of rock spinning in the blackness, merely some collection of earth and water and family and memory, why are we so drawn?, is it more than emotion? One of the mysteries is conversation: why are we drawn to these people, often to any people?, why do we need to be heard?, why do our mother’s eyes, our father’s eyes, our lover’s eyes, bring us to life?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on September 3rd, 2022 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2165–Get over themselves

Footprints in the Windsm # 2165

How does humanity get over themselves?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on August 31st, 2022 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2164–Already whole

Footprints in the Windsm # 2164

Conversation heals
Conversation makes whole
Wholes can ever
Become more whole
You are whole
Already
You can be more whole
Our culture can be more whole
The living community about us
More whole
Conversation heals


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on August 27th, 2022 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2163–Waters do not forget

Footprints in the Windsm # 2163

The waters of conversation do not forget their responsibility. Put out a pitcher. Share something to hydrate as well as bread to break.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on August 24th, 2022 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2162–Boy lost in thought

Footprints in the Windsm # 2162

Like the boy lost in thought, we dance the circle dance of conversation. It stops our thinking to get us thinking new thoughts, it stops our talking to get us talking new talk. New persons.

We remember to remember. We are new persons.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on August 20th, 2022 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2161–People of the fire

Footprints in the Windsm # 2161

People of the fire
Conversation makes
Make conversation


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on August 17th, 2022 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2160–Some hold history is a lake

Footprints in the Windsm # 2160

Some say history is a river
Some say spiral
Others, older perhaps
hold it is a lake
where past, future, present
mingle
I swim through
cool and warm pockets
Ancients speaking
Whispers waiting for birthing
I am—all are—reshaped


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on August 13th, 2022 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2159–A sacred responsibility

Footprints in the Windsm # 2159

Making conversation is not to be taken lightly. It is a sacred responsibility.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on August 10th, 2022 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2158–For a spell for a spell

Footprints in the Windsm # 2158

Trees and grasses. Sunshine and earth. Some water. Someone hands you a slip of paper. It says you alone can be here. For a spell. For a spell. Together you imagine a house. A home. A garden. You enlist help. A house and garden appear. Home comes into focus, continually changing across years. Friends come and go. You join workplaces, groups, perhaps churches, political conversations. By you joining, they change. You change. Your world changes. You see it differently. New people come. With richer pictures of their world. Someday you realize everyone lives in a different world. A world each makes. A world seen through filters each holds up. Even husbands and wives live in different homes, see different trees and grasses, sunshine and earth. Some water. For a spell. For a spell. It is good.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on August 6th, 2022 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2157–Paddle or get

Footprints in the Windsm # 2157

Paddle or get out of the canoe.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on August 3rd, 2022 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2156–Mosquito, dandelion, moss

Footprints in the Windsm # 2156

The big question right now is why and how recognizing our relation to plants and animals, knowing again their personhood, relates to our study of conversation. In one sense it is obvious: relation and person are basics of conversation. Yet we in western thought mode, especially since the rise of science, do not admit that living beings besides humans can be persons. That is, can have value as individuals. So one thing we do not know is how this mosquito, this dandelion, this moss can have worth as an individual. Another is how we might meet.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on July 30th, 2022 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2155–Get your knees dirty

Footprints in the Windsm # 2155

If you’re to have a conversation with your garden, you’ve got to get your knees dirty.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on July 27th, 2022 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2154–Lay down this, accept the next

Footprints in the Windsm # 2154

This life is a gift. I have received it and I treasure every breath of it. And when I am done with it, and my consciousness, I will lay them down and just ahead, I will accept what comes or does not come next. I have that choice I can make.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on July 23rd, 2022 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2153–Giving in return

Footprints in the Windsm # 2153

Conversing is an act of reciprocity: giving to the world in return for all given to me. Pause, consider.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on July 20th, 2022 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2152–Held but not kept

Footprints in the Windsm # 2152

Every day we
are met by gifts
meant to be held
but not kept
our work to pass


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on July 16th, 2022 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2151–In return for attention?

Footprints in the Windsm # 2151

What do you give in return for this person’s attention to you?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on July 13th, 2022 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2150–Who’s to say?

Footprints in the Windsm # 2150

The breeze runs its slender fingers through the leaves of maple, here and there turning up a flash of silver; a stream play-wrestles the fishes; a dog eats the treat so he can play with the human throwing the ball. Who’s to say each of these conversations are not in some way intimate knowing exchanges? When humans “make” a metaphor from the natural world, who’s to say from the plant’s side a lesson was not taught? Who’s to say there is there no imagination that we as yet understand but even then catch?


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on July 9th, 2022 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2149–Why do we break bread together?

Footprints in the Windsm # 2149

Why do we break bread together? Because we need food to go on living. And we need together even more: for the dynamic of living.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on July 6th, 2022 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2148–The shade the eddies the rocks

Footprints in the Windsm # 2148

When the stream flows
water takes on oxygen
and the fish live more intensely
This is our conversation
we the fish
the shade the eddies the rocks
the sun the raindrops


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on July 2nd, 2022 | No Comments »

Footprints in the Windsm # 2147–Some conflicts might

Footprints in the Windsm # 2147

Some conflicts waste our energies. Some might focus them.


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