Learning | Art | Poetry | Reading

Mechanics and Magicians

Let wise men piece the world together with wisdomOr poets with holy magic.Hey-di-ho.— Wallace Stevens, Hieroglyphica (via Rhys Tranter) I’ll admit to this: I need a bit of magic to begin some of my Mondays. Magic that goes beyond the second cuppa, beyond the brace of cold water on the skin, but something that acts…

Poetry | Community | Family | Lifestyle | Personal Growth | Relationships

When There Is Impulse and Time

What gentle echoes,half heard soundsthere are around here..You place yourself insuch relation you heareverything that’s said. Take it or leave it.Return it to a particularcondition. Thinkslowly. Seethe things around you, taking place..I began wanting a senseof melody, e.g., followingthe tune, became somehowan image, then several,and I was watching those thingsbecoming in front of me..The you…

Stoicism | Community | Family | Relationships

Our Present Sphere

“All around us lies what we neither understand nor use. Our capacities, our instincts for this our present sphere are but half developed. Let us confine ourselves to that till the lesson be learned; let us be completely natural; before we trouble ourselves with the supernatural. I never see any of these things but I…

Poetry | Learning | Lifestyle | Personal Growth | Stargazing

This New Glimpse

Starting here, what do you want to remember?How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?What scent of old wood hovers, what softenedsound from outside fills the air?Will you ever bring a better gift for the worldthan the breathing respect that you carrywherever you go right now? Are you waitingfor time to show you some better thoughts?When…

Culture | Community | Exploration | Lifestyle | Personal Growth | Productivity | Relationships

Living Life Between Two Melvill(e)s

“As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.” — Herman Melville, Moby-Dick “Ye cannot live for yourselves; a thousand fibres connect you with your fellow-men, and along those fibres, as along sympathetic threads, run your actions as causes, and…

Culture | Learning | Lifestyle | Personal Growth | Seasons

Crispy Days

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald Who says beginnings should be saved for New Year’s or spring? Every day offers the same opportunity for transformation. Aside from seasonal planting and certain outdoor sports, a crisp autumn day seems just as appropriate a time to change…

Habits | Productivity | Writing

Lost Words

“If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to ­music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will…