Capturing The Moment — Court Of The Patriarchs Panorama   Leave a comment

One of my favorite National Parks. (July 2, 2014) — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

Canyon Views Panorama (1 of 1) blog framedCourt of the Patriarchs, Zion National Park Panorama — Image by kenne

The Court of the Patriarchs is named for three towering figures of the Old Testament. These sandstone peaks (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob Peaks) hold court over Birch Creek Canyon and a section of the Virgin River, named in 1916 by Methodist minister Frederick Vining Fisher. The Court of the Patriarchs is just one of many majestic and inspiring views in the park.

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My Zion

Stains across an aerie altar, white streaked red
suspended above my reach, but not my sight.

Perhaps ancient titans sacrificed, honored, bled
now revealed in golden strains of morning light.

My Zion, my refuge
from all it is not.

Oh Zion, my haven
where solace was sought.

Did angels take wing from that lofty perch?
Does the stone truly weep for ages past?

When bygone men for food here did search
in the…

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The Two Party Choice—Between Despicable Republicans and Impotent Democrats   Leave a comment

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT — kenne

Uncommon Sense

I have been thinking about the stolen seat on the SCOTUS recently, During this debacle, the Senate Republicans refused to do their duty, advising and consenting to President Obama’s SCOTUS nominee, Merrick Garland, and the Democrats sat by the side wringing their hands. So, what would I have done?

Here is a description of the role of the Vice-president of the U.S. with regard to the U.S. Senate: the Constitution names the vice president of the United States as the president of the Senate. In addition to serving as presiding officer, the vice president has the sole power to break a tie vote in the Senate and formally presides over the receiving and counting of electoral ballots cast in presidential elections.

Hmm, “in addition to serving as presiding officer.” At the time, the VP of the U.S. was Joe Biden, a long-term Senator who knew the rules of the Senate…

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A Seashore Day   1 comment

A Seashore Day — Photo-Artistry by kenne

On the Sea

It keeps eternal whisperings around

Desolate shores, and with its mighty swell

Gluts twice ten thousand Caverns, till the spell

Of Hecate leaves them their old shadowy sound.

Often ’tis in such gentle temper found,

That scarcely will the very smallest shell

Be moved for days from where it sometime fell.

When last the winds of Heaven were unbound.

Oh, ye! who have your eyeballs vexed and tired,

Feast them upon the wideness of the Sea;

Oh ye! whose ears are dinned with uproar rude,

Or fed too much with cloying melody—

Sit ye near some old Cavern’s Mouth and brood,

Until ye start, as if the sea nymphs quired!

— John Keats

Katelyn and Sisters At Her Graduation   Leave a comment

Re Ann, Justice, and Katelyn after Katelyn’s Graduation on May 28, 2022 — Image by kenne

“Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.”

— from Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young by Mary Schmich 

Begonia Blossoms In The Hotel Pool   2 comments

Hotel Pool In Palm Springs (June 17, 2022) — Images by kenne

The winds picked up on our second day in Plam Springs, blowing some of the many begonia blossoms into the hotel pool.

Joy Surrounded by begonias — Image by kenne

Desert Orangetip Butterfly Art   1 comment

Desert Orangetip Butterfly — Photo-Artistry by kenne

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly,

but rarely admit the changes

it has gone through

to achieve that beauty.

 
— Maya Angelou
 

” . . take one as needed”   Leave a comment

This poem was first posted in May of 2013, then again in May 2018, with a beautiful sunset image. — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

Sunsets & Yard Flowers September 2012Tucson Sunset — Image by kenne

Why I live in Tucson, “. . . take one as needed.”

The sky is more than blue,
it’s “Tucson blue,”
as I walk the trails,
sometimes in pain,
but always convivial
in fellowship with nature
where there is strong
medicine in the air —

. . . take one as needed.

Landscapes draw inspiration,
subtle and complex
as an O’Keeffe painting,
everywhere you look
(with a trained eye)
stories of the past
can be heard
in your mind’s ear —

. . . take one as needed.

Allowing the mind
to enclose infinity
(yes, the mind can)
for the moment
to accommodate
all the sounds
all the smells
all observable images –

. . . take one as needed.

Diversity, a word
often heard when
describing the Sonoran desert
(the source of that concept)
and the purposes
all living things play
trying to…

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Posted June 30, 2022 by kenneturner in Information

Revisiting GEB   1 comment

First posted on June 21, 2009. — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

Escher's_RelativityRelativity – M.C. Escher — Source: Wikipedia Fair Use

A first read of Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (GEB), by Douglas Hofstadler, may leave you wondering what’s it all about.
But like any great work, its true meaning comes from where the reader is (self-representation) at the time of the reading.
As I constantly matrix my experiences, GEB, like a “popup” reminder on my computer screen, has crossed paths
with many of my current states of being. Again, I find myself driven to read what is not an easy book to master.
Often, the words used to describe the book are “turgid and confused,” words that may be used to describe me.

— kenne

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Indian Paintbrush Wildflower   Leave a comment

Indian Paintbrush Wildflower — Photo-Artistry Image kenne

The Courts Call To A More Staged Authentic Culture   Leave a comment

Abstract Art by kenne

The High Court’s call for

a return to a more

staged authentic culture

disregarding its

political implications

is indicative of its failure

to fully understand the

structure of modern society,

not acknowledging that

the individual is part of

a greater whole

discounting the interaction

between people

and institutions

in the community.

— kenne

Photo-Artistry Sunset   Leave a comment

Posted August 13, 2018, Zagajewski passed away on March 21, 2021. The poet Robert Pinsky wrote that his poems are “about the presence of the past in ordinary life: history not as a chronicle of the dead, or an anima to be illuminated by some doctrine, but as an immense, sometimes subtle force inhering in what people see and feel every day—and in the ways, we see and feel.” — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

Sunset (1 of 1)-Edit blogPhoto-Artistry Sunset by kenne

Try to praise the mutilated world.

Remember June’s long days,

and wild strawberries, drops of rosé wine.

The nettles that methodically overgrow

the abandoned homesteads of exiles.

You must praise the mutilated world.

You watched the stylish yachts and ships;

one of them had a long trip ahead of it,

while salty oblivion awaited others.

You’ve seen the refugees going nowhere,

you’ve heard the executioners sing joyfully.

You should praise the mutilated world.

Remember the moments when we were together

in a white room and the curtain fluttered.

Return in thought to the concert where music flared.

You gathered acorns in the park in autumn

and leaves eddied over the earth’s scars.

Praise the mutilated world

and the gray feather a thrush lost,

and the gentle light that strays and vanishes

and returns.

— Adam Zagajewski

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Posted June 29, 2022 by kenneturner in Information

Bee On Coneflower   Leave a comment

Bee on Coneflower (East End Park, May 27, 2022) — Image by kenne

In an open meadow

near the forest

coneflowers

in every direction

sway in the breeze

attracting honey bees

as we walk the trail

a guest in the park.

— kenne

European Starling   Leave a comment

European Starling (Kingwood Texas, May 27, 2022) — Image by kenne

A visitor in another land

mimicking other sounds 

as noted by Shakespeare

singing to a Mozart tune

only to be blamed for 

the decline of other birds.

— kenne

Churches Are Businesses, So Tax Them   1 comment

George Carlin — Source: The Milwaukee Independent

“I don’t know how you feel, but I’m pretty sick of church people. You know what they ought to do with churches? Tax them. If holy people are so interested in politics, government, and public policy, let them pay the price of admission like everybody else. The Catholic Church alone could wipe out the national debt if all you did was tax their real estate.”

— George Carlin

Five Years Out   1 comment

We have now completed 12 years in Tucson, which in some ways, is hard to believe. When we moved to Tucson in 2010, we had a five-year plan and agreed to reevaluate and create another five-year plan — would we stay here or move on to something new?
Then, Joy was evaluated as having breast cancer, so our planning process was put on hold. Surgery removed the cancer.
Now we are 12 years out and 12 years older. We still have an itching for adventure, but our pace is slower. So, what’s next?
We don’t know yet, other than celebrating twelve beautiful years in southern Arizona. — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

kenne-kika-joy-on-patio-arriving_20100621_1287-blog-ii 2014 framedKenne, Kika & Joy, June 21, 2010, waiting for the movers.

We are starting our sixth year here, longer than most friends and family would have predicted, especially since Joy has not grown to love southern Arizona the way I have. However, the five years we have lived here have allowed us to experience most of the things we took into consideration when deciding to move — a new adventure and being closer to Joy’s family in southern California.

We are now looking forward to year six in the desert southwest, which will include continuing to explore options, contrasted with more traveling. The following poem is titled “Birthday” but could have easily been titled “Life.”

turned around,
here am I.
knowing how
not the why.

young in heart,
old in age.
feeling the itch,
pacing the cage.

inner peace,
knowing the thou.
learning to write
a thesis of now.

turned…

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Posted June 27, 2022 by kenneturner in Information

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