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Poppies, Things Of Poetry   Leave a comment

Esperero trail to the RidgeMexican Poppy — Image by kenne

Things of Poetry

Poppies

line the canyon trail,

brightening

each hiker’s way.

Passing greetings

share the joy

as the morning sun

intensifies

the canyon colors

brilliantly reflected

by each poppy,

the things of

O’Keeffe poetry.

— kenne

Christmas Past #8   Leave a comment

Lake Woodlands Christmas 1999 peace & love blogChristmas Past #8 (Lake Woodlands Christmas 1999) — Image by kenne

“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory,
like a thunderstorm,
and we all go through it together.”

— Garrison Keillor

 

Panorama — Tram Road In Sabino Canyon   1 comment

Phoneline View_Panorama1 blogTram Road In Sabino Canyon — Panorama by kenne
View from Phoneline Trail in Sabino Canyon looking toward the Visitor Center and Tucson.

SCVN Training — Day 1   3 comments

SCVN Day 1

Sabino Canyon Tour Led By David Wentworth Lazaroff (September, 2011) — Image by kenne

Yesterday was day one of training for the 20115/16 Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) class. It was just four years ago that I was part of the 2011 class. This year, as then the first day included a tram tour of the canyon by David Lazaroff, naturalist, author and founder of SCVN.

Like a kid, the first day of class was very exciting, getting to know fellow classmates, our naturalists leaders and meeting David Lazaroff. His book, Sabino Canyon — The Life of a Southwestern Oasis, is a must read for all naturalists in southern Arizona. 

Yesterday’s first day for the new class brought back many memories as I was there to greet the new class members. This morning, before writing this post, I viewed again a video I made in 2011 of Lazaroff’s tour of Sabino Canyon. As per his request, the video is available only for SCVN members.

I love going to Sabino Canyon!

I love going to Sabino Canyon,
a place to come together with nature.

I love the people there,
sharing feelings with nature.

I love being able to see
the beauty of nature.

I love going to Sabino Canyon!

I love being able to reflect
on the art of nature.

I love close-up encounters
with all things in nature.

I love capturing the moment,
drawing inspiration from nature.

I love going to Sabino Canyon!

I love learning new ways
to connect with nature.

I love getting to know me
by connecting with nature.

I love finding surprising things
by getting to know nature.

I love going to Sabino Canyon!

I love the feelings of being alive
by walking with nature.

I love knowing that
forever is the life of nature.

I love knowing that
all that is, is nature.

I love going to Sabino Canyon!

— kenne

This video was first posted on this blog March of 2010, a few months before we moved from The Woodlands, Texas
to Tucson, and a year and a half before beginning training to become a naturalist.
Viewing this video now reminds me how little I knew about the Sonoran Desert,
still it’s a reflection of my love for this southwestern oasis.

To the new SCVN class: If you like Sabino Canyon now, you will learn to love it!

 

Invoking the Mystery, Revisited   Leave a comment

Sunrise On The trail (1 of 1) art III blogInvoking the Mystery By Giving Of One’s Time — Computer Painting by kenne

 (The following was first posted September 26, 2009 on this blog. In the process of writing about my dear friend, Linda Ricketts, who passed away recent, I was doing a tab search on this blog when this posting was among those identified. Much has happen in the intervening years that make the premise of “Invoking the Mystery” even more important and timely, especially with Supreme Court’s deeply flawed 2010 decision in Citizens United.)

The book club to which I belong, “The Society of the 5th Cave,” is made up of members, all-be-it old educated professionals, males who pride themselves in being specialists in many areas, but with age accepting reality of being skilled in few. Mostly politically right of center seeking to help me see the light, convinced that those with opposing views are also conducting their own act of ministry.  Wrong, oh truthsayers! Although I may debate a position, I don’t want everyone to agree with me, I just want each person to think. That’s way lifeincsquare-thumb-500x501-20151I selected Life Inc. How The World Became A Corporation And How To Take It Back by Douglas Rushkoff for September reading. (Click here to see Rushkoff on Colbert Nation.) It is a book that can help people better understand the many of today’s economic and financial issues, which Rushkoff feels are not a problem of reality or nature, but a problem of design. Are corporations evil? No! Neither are the people who work within their controlling environments. There is a convincing case to be made for redesigning a poorly designed invention of our culture by identifying non-market ways of developing gift-exchange institutions.

mcd_us_high_9_25We humanize the corporation, so much so that for many who may take a road-trip vacation, tend to seek out a McDonald’s in which to eat, rather than going to a local establish. If this is your comfort level, then you don’t want to be traveling between the tiny Dakotan hamlets of Meadow and Glad Valley. This is where, according to Stephen Von Worley on the Weather Sealed blog, you will be hurtin’ is you suffer a Big Mac Attack.

Most of us are products of the corporate mentally and lifestyle. I have worked hard to get to an age where I’ve collected enough assets to make money by having money.  Even though recognizing that my live and my fortune is controlled and manipulated by our corporate state, I’m now working hard becoming part of the gift economy – doing something for nothing and stop behaving like corporations who “… express charitable and community impulses from afar.” A gift economy is a society where the exchange of goods and services are given without any explicit agreement for immediate or future rewards.

“By donating to charities in the same manner as our corporate equivalents, we succumb to the proxy system that dissocializes in the first place.”  Instead, we can start reclaiming what has been lost, by accepting that small is the new big and that through a highly networked world we can begin making local impacts that it spreads. Rushkoff gives many examples of local sustainable efforts that effectively trickle up in profound ways. The more we network doing something for nothing, the more one voluntary act encourages another. The act of giving is a social phenomenon that should be a fundamental life skill. As Walt Whitman wrote in Carol of Words:  “The gift is to the giver, and comes back most to him – it cannot fail.”

Rushkroff’s belief that commerce has been separated from the people who are doing the stuff Gift_us_newand his reference to the gift economy brought to mind Lewis Hyde’s wonderful book, The Gift – Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World. Written over twenty-seven years ago, his insight and guidance is even more apropos given today’s economic and financial challenges. Here is how Hyde summarizes The Gift:

“The main assumption of the book is that certain spheres of life, which we care about, are not well organized by the marketplace. That includes artistic practice, which is what the book is mostly about, but also pure science, spiritual life, healing and teaching….This book is about the alternative economy of artistic practice. For most artists, the actual working life of art does not fit well into a market economy, and this book explains why and builds out on the alternative, which is to imagine the commerce of art to be well described by gift exchange.”

In his chapter titled “The Labor of Gratitude,” Hyde uses the folk tale, “The Shoemaker and the Elves,” a tale of a gifted person, as a model of the labor of gratitude. In the tale, the shoemaker makes his first pair of shoes in order to dress the elves, which is the last act in his labor of gratitude. When Hyde speaks of labor, he is referring to human endeavor such as “writing a poem, raising a child, developing a new calculus, resolving a neurosis, invention in all forms,” as distinguished from “work,” that we do by the hour. Labor has it’s own schedule. Things are accomplished, but often we as if wasn’t us who did them. This is always a bit mysterious. It is the mystery Federico Garcia Lorca was referring to when he wrote at the bottom of one of his drawings he did in Buenos Aires, “Only mystery enables us to live.” Invoking the mystery is to invoke the duende.

If we value the mystery and the categories of human enterprise that invoke the mystery, such as family life, spiritual life, public service, pure science and artistic practice, none of which operates well in the corporate market place, then it is necessary that we find non-corporate ways to organize and support them.

kenne

When I Walk In The Desert   Leave a comment

Baby Jesus TrailStacking Rocks Graveyard — Image by kenne

When I walk in the desert
My eyes are the aperture
Through which the
Desert perceives itself,
Becoming conscious of its beauty.

When I walk in the desert
My ears listen To its harmonies
Expanding our presence,
Becoming conscious of its reality.

When I walk in the desert
My mind gathers
The words to say
What can’t be said,
Becoming award of its language.

— kenne

Capturing The Moment — First Saguaro Blossom This Spring   Leave a comment

Saguaro Blossom (1 of 1)-2 blogSaguaro Blossom, Spotted on the Seven Falls hike today — Image by kenne

Like so many plants this year, this saguaro is blooming very early. Generally, saguaros bloom in late may and June.

kenne

Stopping for Lunch Along the Trail — Mammoth Lakes Revisited   Leave a comment

Photo: Ken & Joy at Rainbow Falls. (To see additional photos, click here.  )

This posting first appeared, August, 2006.

So much to see, so little time in the eastern Sierra Nevada.  Before leaving the Mammoth Lakes area, Rosalie and Jerry were kind enough to hike with us to the Devils Postpile and Rainbow Falls.  There are many beautiful sights to see from the trail, many of which were first seen from the many Ansel Adams photos taken here.   We stopped for a trail lunch at the base of the falls.

kenne

Our Table of Thanks — 360 Yahoo Blog Revisited   Leave a comment

Our Table of Thanks, Entry for November 28, 2006
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Photo: Our Table of Thanks

Our Table of Thanks

On this magnificent fall day
Observing visions past
Creating images for future memories
Around our table of thanks

Visions dancing on beams of light
Provoking pose for thanks
For the moments not forgotten
Becoming tomorrow’s fabric

To mold our future being
Obligating acts of relation
In life’s vault for safe-keeping
Around our table of thanks

kenne

Posted June 10, 2009 by kenneturner in 360 Revisited, Poetry

360 Yahoo Blog 1st Anniversary, November 28, 2006   5 comments

360 Yahoo will be closing down the 1st of July, so I have been posting some of those entries on this site. After one year into my first blog, I make this entry. 360.yahoo.com/kenneturner Anniversary, Entry for November 28, 2006
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360.yahoo.com/kenneturner
Anniversary


Prose and Photography, like Life, has its own Justification

One year ago, 135 entries later and aproximately 9,500 hits
(I read recently where there are now so many blog sites
that the average number of hits per day is one.), this blog
began with the purpose of sharing existence through the
experience of one with the desire to generate
other views on our place in
time and space.
In doing so, I have come to the realization that
this poetic gesture may be nothing more than
bullshit to someone else.

So, on the anniversary I’m taking this moment to
share a few words from the renowned moral philosopher,
Harry G. Frankfurt:

“One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so
much bullshit. Everyone knows this.  Each of us contributes his
share.”

And I would add, some more than others.
But then, one person’s truth is someone else’s bullshit.

“As conscious beings, we exist only in response to other things,
and we cannot know
ourselves at all without knowing them.
Moreover, there is nothing in theory, and certainly
nothing in
experience, to support the extraordinary judgment that it is
the truth about himself
that is the easiest for a person to know.
Facts about ourselves are not peculiarly solid and
resistant to
skeptical dissolution.  Our natures are, indeed, elusively
insubstantial – notoriously
less stable and less inherent than
the nature of other things.  And insofar as this is the case,

sincerity itself is bullshit.”

This view may cause some confusion.


But, not in our upside-down world
in which the normal order of things
seem to be completely reversed.

This often exist because the
, “. . .more you try to stay

on top of water the more you sink;
but when you try to sink, you float.”

Effort is good, but effort exceeded
can have the reverse effect.
The key is knowing how
to assess the effort.


. . .remember to assess the effort,
but poetry and photography, like life,
has its own justification.

Happy Anniversary,
and all that bullshit!

kenne
(I  love to receive your comments and suggestions.)

Posted June 9, 2009 by kenneturner in 360 Revisited, Commentary, Information

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Are You Able To See the Picture?, Entry for March 04, 2008   Leave a comment

8688Image: Are You Able To See the Picture? — kenne
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Are You Able To See the Picture?

Most people “don’t understand the show,” because they are not able to see the picture. Okay, I admit you see something, but what are you seeing if the image is not clear? Just as with a digital image, the clearness or resolution is dependent on the amount of information contained in the picture. The more information, pixels in the cast of a digital image, the better we are able to see the picture, from which we are able to reason. Whether we utilize deductive or inductive reasoning, each is dependent on observations. If no observation is made, or if the observation lacks clarity, then any ability to reason is based on “blind faith.” Therefore, some who are perceived as being conveyors of information, “are not engaged in the enterprise are all,” and are indifferent to the truth – or at least an indifference to finding the truth. In today’s world, it is more common to hear the statement, “It is the truth.” rather than, “Is it the truth?”

Thomas Jefferson’s famous line, “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal . . .” is considered by all as a statement of truth, but is it? It is more a statement of belief that should always be guarded by the question, “Is it the truth?”

The other morning, while working at the computer, I was listening to the President’s news conference – not paying much attention, that is, until I heard a reporter asking a question reference the $4 a gallon for gasoline. As the reporter continued his question, as if suddenly waking up, Bush interrupted, “Wait — what did you say? The reported responded that many analysts have making the projection. (Actually, some pumps in California already have reached the $4 level.)

“Oh, yeah?” Bush said. “That’s interesting. I hadn’t heard that.”

This coming from a president that wants to continue allowing tax breaks to oil companies. Bush’s bewilderment brought back memories of when his father’s supermarket counter moment demonstrated a similar lack of knowledge of something so common to life in everyday America. (It must be a “DNA” thing.) In the president’s “Is it the truth?” dialog with the reported, it was apparent that his lack of any environmental-scan knowledge of the economy was not a question of seeking the truth, but one of reasoning based on an indifference to the truth.

As for seeing the picture, for some of us the picture is changing, which brings to mind the John Clare poem, The Flitting:

Time looks on pomp with careless moods
Or killing apathys disdain
– So where old marble citys stood
Poor persecuted weeds remain
She feels a love for little things
That very few can feel beside
And still the grass eternal springs
Where castles stood and grandeur died

kenne

With Eyes Wide Open   Leave a comment

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Image: “Angel Novus” — Paul Klee

With Eye”s Wide Open,
It’s Hard To Believe the Situation We Are In.

Today’s leaders continue to justify yesterday’s mistakes. Five years ago we began what has become “. . . a nightmare of spiraling violence, sectarian warfare, insurgency, roadside bombing and ghastly executions.” (NY Times, March 20, 2008) Over 4,000 American military have died, and 160,000 are daily in harm’s way. In addition to the US troops, over 180,000 contract civilians and several thousand civilian government employees are stationed in Iraq. It is difficult to obtained exact numbers, but it’s
estimated that the total number killed, wounded, and displaced is in the millions. All these five years after we invaded Iraq.

The administration and many in Congress continue to create their own “facts” for its “war on terror” as they continue their work in the “dark side,” to use Cheney’s words.

“A lot of what needs to be done here will have to be done quietly, without any discussion, using sources and methods that are available to our intelligence agencies, if we’re going to be
successful. That’s the world these folks operate in, and so it’s going to be vital for us to use any means at our disposal, basically, to achieve our objective.” — Meet the Press, 9/16/2001

Normally, I spend a lot of time trying to learn more to better understand the human existence. But, every now and then I turn to what I already know and have experienced, from which there is still much to learn. Just taking the time to listen to the music, art and books I have -– taking the time to internalize the magic of the music, carefully read the depth of the words and looking anew at that which makes the “visible” visible. Why seek more before making use of what I already have. Plus, what good is life without making complete use of what we already have, because life is given only once?

When I do turn to my already gathered knowledge and experience, especially in times unspeakable destruction that impales our future, I frequently turn to one of the most creative minds of the 20th century, Paul Klee. Among Klee’s paintings are a series of angels.

Like in one of his most famous, “Angelus Novus,” Klee’s angels are very fragmented creatures, appearing very elusive. Walter Benjamin was so taken by Angelus Novus that he bought the painting. In his interpretation of the painting, Benjamin seems to see in the angel the despair many of us feel in our not being able to help the victims of yet another unjust war. Benjamin wrote:

“A Klee painting named “Angelus Novus” shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned towards the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling up ruin upon ruin and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which its back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.”

“Art does not reproduce the visible, rather it makes visible.”

—Paul Klee

“Listen to what you see
You are blind to what you hear
Listen to what you see
Do not fear the truth beneath
Reach for roots beneath the trees
Listen to the words you seek
Don’t listen to a word they say
Do NOT listen to a word you’ve heard
Do not listen to a word you’ve heard
People are people we live for our own
Live how you think not by what you’ve been told. . .”
— Justin Nozuka – Don’t Listen to a Word You’ve Heard

 


— kenne

Posted May 30, 2009 by kenneturner in 360 Revisited

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