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Spider In Its Web   Leave a comment

DSC_1605Spider II blogSpider In Its Web — Image by kenne

“Said the cunning spider to the fly, “Dear friend, what shall I do,
To prove the warm affection I’ve always felt for you?
I have within my pantry good store of all that’s nice;
I’m sure you’re very welcome; will you please to take a slice?”
“O no, no,” said the little fly, “kind sir, that cannot be;
I’ve heard what’s in your pantry, and I do not wish to see.”

— from The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt

Mushrooms Steps   Leave a comment

Doves, Lightening, HikingMushrooms Steps — Computer Painting by kenne

The Night Serpent

If mushrooms were to
grow backward,
what would the
wee people sit on
under the stars to
watch nude maidens
dance to the night serpent’s
pulsating drum beat?

— kenne

I walk With The Wind   Leave a comment

Sabino Canyon RambleImage by kenne

I walk with the wind

hand in hand

moving with the flow,

only to stand strong

when life takes

a wrong turn

from which I learn

there are no

wrong turns

only unknowns.

— kenne 

Blackberry Season In East Texas — Photo Essay   Leave a comment

Blackberry Season In East Texas — Photo Essay by kenne

A walk in East Park

Thick woods where the swamp drains

Into the river.

— kenne

Hawkeye   Leave a comment

Cooper's HawkHawkeye (Young Cooper’s Hawk) — Image by kenne 

The eye of the hawk
Dares the world around us
Frightening the soul.

— kenne

Knowing and Not-Knowing   Leave a comment

Maiden Pools HikeSomewhere in the Santa Catalina Mountains Continuing the Process of Becoming

I may not know where the trail leads,
which is what inspires me to take it.

Knowing and Not-Knowing

We are all concerned with our competence and the competence of others. Most people are interested in being more competent and surrounding themselves with competent people. The key to our level of competence is our level of knowledge.

In Zen practice, knowledge involves the interplay between knowing and not-knowing. It is important, however, not to conclude that not-knowing means you don’t know. Not-knowing means not being limited to what you know.

Maybe things are this way, but maybe they are not. (Philosophically, it can be important to help people realize what they do not know, is a necessary part of knowledge. But such a paradoxical thought, from a learning and teaching point of view, is confronted with the inarticulate expertise of not knowing that you know is a dead end. Thus, we are left with the only position for developing competence being that of knowing what you know.)

Accessing information can help us in cultivating our interplay between knowing and not-knowing. As an information seeker and frequent Internet search person, I know we can find information on all things thinkable. Today we have access to more information than ever before, but not all information is reliable.

In an earlier blog entry, I shared some thoughts on “Teaching in the Age of Google.” If you have a question; want to know how to do something; want to learn how something works; research a topic, well, just “Google It!” But, how do we determine who are the reliable authorities?

kenne

Cooper’s Hawk — New Life   Leave a comment

Cooper's Hawk-1115 II blogCooper’s Hawk — Computer Art by kenne

New life 

one

standing watch 

one

on the nest

struggling to survive 

a new world of

wind and fire

blowing down 

the mountain

twisting limbs

holding a carefully

crafted nest

chicks to be

in time

in time.

— kenne

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