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Oak Tree Gall   Leave a comment

Oak Tree Gall — Image by kenne

“If you cannot trust yourself,
you cannot even trust your mistrust of yourself –
so that without this underlying trust in the whole system
of nature you are simply paralyzed.”

— Alan W. Watts

Art Is Where You Find It   3 comments

Nature's ArtNature’s Wood Art Found On Mt. Lemmon — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it,
move with it, and join the dance. 

— Alan Watts

 

Cactus Blossom Art   Leave a comment

Cactus Flower Art.72Cactus Blossom — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.”

— Alan Watts

2006 Abstract   1 comment

Abstract I 6-11-09 II Angel In The Vortex-2-Edit-1-Van Gough-72Angel In The Vortex — Abstract by kenne
Van Gogh Colors On The Original Abstract, 2006 

 “Life exists only at this very moment,

and in this moment it is infinite and eternal,

for the present moment is infinitely small;

before we can measure it, it has gone,

and yet it exists forever….”

— Alan Watts

 

American Snout Butterfly   Leave a comment

 American Snout-1084-72American Snout Butterfly — Image by kenne

For the poets have seen the truth that life, change, movement, and
insecurity are so many names for the same thing. Here, if anyway,
truth is beauty, for movement and rhythm are of the essence of all things loveable.

— Alan W. Watts

Texas Bar –There Was A Young Man . . .   1 comment

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA Texas Bar, Byran, Texas, 2001 — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“There was a young man who said though,
it seems that I know that I know,
but what I would like to see is the I that knows me
when I know that I know that I know.”

— Alan Watts

We Have Everything And We Have Nothing   Leave a comment

kenne (1 of 1)-3-Edit-art-72Self-portrait (Photo-Artistry)

I’m now in my 16th year of retirement. Still, like a lot of retired people, I stay very busy, working as a volunteer naturalist in Sabino Canyon, where we teach children about nature, leading nature walks and hikes on the many trails in Sabino Canyon. When I’m not volunteering, I spend my time doing creative things, usually after morning conditioning activities.

Over the years, I have created an extensive iTunes library of music and recorded poetry and psychology. This morning while walking in the neighborhood, I had my iTunes library on shuffle, and two of my non-music recordings of authors came on; Charles Bukowski, “Something for the Touts, the Nuns, the Grocery Clerks and You” and Alan Watts lecture titled “Insides and Outsides.” It was spiritual.

Alan Watts — Insides and Outsides (audio)

Charles Bukowski Video

We have everything, and we have nothing
Some do it well enough for a while and then give way
Fame gets them or disgust or age or lack of proper diet or ink across the eyes or children in college
Or new cars or broken backs while skiing in Switzerland
Or new politics or new wives
Or just natural change and decay —
The man you knew yesterday hooking for ten rounds or drinking for three days and three nights by the Sawtooth mountains now
just something under a sheet or a cross, or a stone, or under an easy delusion
Or packing a bible or a golf bag or a briefcase
How they go, how they go!
All the ones you thought would never go
Days like this, like your day today
Maybe the rain on the window trying to get through to you
What do you see today?
What is it? Where are you?
The best days are sometimes the first, sometimes the middle, and even sometimes the last.
The vacant lots are not bad
Churches in Europe on postcards are not bad?
People in wax museums frozen into their best sterility are not bad?
Horrible, but not bad?
The cannons, think of the cannon
And toast for breakfast and coffee hot enough to know your tongue is still there
Three geraniums outside a window, trying to be red and trying to be pink and trying to be geraniums
No wonder sometimes the women cry
No wonder the mules don’t wanna go up the hill.
One more good day, a little bit of it
Enough and not enough

Arcs and pilgrims, oranges, gutters, ferns, antibodies, boxes of
tissue paper
In the most decent sometimes sun
There is the softsmoke feeling from urns
And the canned sound of old battleplanes
And if you go inside and run your finger along the window ledge, you’ll find dirt, maybe even earth
And if you look out the window, there will be the day
And as you get older you’ll keep looking, keep looking
Sucking your tongue in a little
Ah, ah, no, no, maybe

We have everything, and we have nothing.

— Charles Bukowski

Ala Videon Watts and Charles Bukowski Video

Thistle And Bee   2 comments

Friday with Friends & Molino Basin to Prison CampThistle and Bee — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself.
Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies.
We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes
conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.”

— Alan W. Watts

Mountain Mushrooms   1 comment

Doves, Lightening, HikingMushrooms on Mt. Lemmon — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Where do I begin and end in space?
I have relations to the sun and air, 
which are just as vital
parts of my existence as my heart.

— Alan W. Watts

Bee On Mexican Bird of Paradise — Photo-Artistry   1 comment

Mexican Bird of Paradise-7772-Edit art-II blogBee On Mexican Bird of Paradise — Photo-Artistry

When each moment becomes, an expectation life is deprived of fulfillment.

— Alan W. Watts

 

Rufous-crowned Sparrow   1 comment

Rufous-crowned Sparrow (1 of 1)-2 grunge art blogRufous-crowned Sparrow — Grunge Art by kenne

“The meaning of life is just to be alive.
It is so plain and so obvious and so simple.
And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic
as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”

— Alan W. Watts

Skipper Butterfly — Grunge Art   Leave a comment

Skipper Butterfly (1 of 1)-2 grunge art blog

Skipper Butterfly — Grunge Art by kenne

“You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.”

― Alan W. Watts

 

 

“Morning Meditation” In Black & White   Leave a comment

Man on Rock B-W (1 of 1) blog“Morning Meditation” In Black & White — Image by kenne

By trying to understand everything

in terms of memory,

the past, and words

we have, as it were,

had our noses in the guidebook

for more of our lives,

and have never look at the view.

— Alan W. Watts

. . . just look!

Climate Change: Do You Feel The Heat   Leave a comment

Turkey Creek Trail

“Climate Change: Do You Feel The Heat?” — Image by kenne

If you ask me
to show you God,
I will point to the sun,
or a tree,
or a warm.

But if you say,
“You mean, then,
that God is the sun,
the tree,
the worm,

and all other things?” —
I shall have to say
that you have
missed the point
entirely.

— Alan W. Watts

The ‘I’ That Knows ‘Me’   4 comments

Del Sol - kenne (1 of 1 art II)_edit blogImage by kenne

There was a young man who said,

“Though it seem that I know,

What I would like to see is

The ‘I’ that knows ‘me’ when

I know that I know that I know.”

— Alan W. Watts

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