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After All Is Exhausted, Nature Remains   Leave a comment

Sunset — Image by kenne

After you have exhausted what there is
in business, politics, conviviality, and so on –
have found that none of these finally satisfy,
or permanently wear – what remains?
Nature remains.”

— Walt Whitman

Easter Is Gone, But Not The Bunny In The Moment   Leave a comment

Easter Is Gone, But Not The Bunny — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“Existence only becomes clear through reason;

reason only has content through existence.

By philosophizing, I seek to call attention to the limits of knowledge,

not with the skeptical purpose of disposing of knowledge altogether,

but rather in order to let the truth which always lies just beyond

those limits shine through for a moment.”

— kenne

When The World Went Black   5 comments

‘Blackout’ — Image by kenne

On an early November Saturday morning
I got up to go to the bathroom.
Closing the door and turning on the light
Instead of light, everything went black —
No warning, it was a blackout.
I remember hearing the noise from
My body hitting the linen closet door.

I can’t tell you how long I laid
On the floor before awakening —
It didn’t seem very long.
Never having experienced a blackout,
I set up, not sure of what had happened.
My upper body was in a lot of pain.

Everything seemed clear, sitting for a moment.
Experiencing no dizziness, I stood up,
Shook my thing, wash my hands
And calmly went back to bed
Not disturbing Joy, still sound asleep.
By daylight, I was experiencing in a lot of pain
In my left side ribs and right shoulder.

I got up carefully, putting on my watch
Before going to the kitchen to make coffee.
Even with all the pain, I was in denial.
Trying to act as if nothing had happened
I poured a mug of coffee before going
To my computer in our study.

It wasn’t long before Joy came in.
She sensed something was wrong,
Bombarding me with a lot of questions.
Maybe she had heard the nose, but
Wrote it off as part of a bad dream.
We discussed going to the ER,
Deciding to take a wait and see.

The following Tuesday, I saw
My primary care doctor who

Ask why I didn’t go to the ER?
After examining me, he
Prescribed physical therapy,
Which began the following week.
He also prescribed my seeing
A cardiologist, which took weeks.

After wearing a heart monitor for a month
And several other tests, the diagnosis;
My heart had a conductivity problem.
The heart monitor showed that on occasion
My heart rate would be in the 20s and 30s.
The cardiologist prescribed a pacemaker
And as of ten days ago, I now have a
Boston Scientific pacemaker in my chest.

I now know more about heart conductivity
Than I ever wanted to know, having been
Given a lot of does and don’t
For the next several weeks.
The pacemaker will keep my heart rate
At a more normal rate creating a less
Likelihood of experiencing another
flatline moment in the future.
The pacemaker should last ten years,
Which is the approximate life of the battery.
My heart doesn’t have a mechanical problem,
However, it has an electrical problem.

If an knife is an extension of my hand
A pacemaker is an extension of my heart.
It is not meant to enhance but to help the
Heart function correctly in the usual sense.
Blurring the lines between the heart
And an implanted device in my chest
Allowing a sense of wholeness despite
Physical changes over time —
We see our existence is as a whole
However, we are collections of parts that,
In truth, are not always working together.

— kenne

This is my pacemaker.

Kemah Boardwalk At Night   Leave a comment

Kemah Boardwalk At Night (March 14, 2003) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Everything comes back, 
in the end, 
having meaning and value 
only if I give it meaning and value.
Great art exist
only because I bring it to life, 
actualized according to my purpose.

— kenne

Photo-Artistry by kenne

Be A Flower   Leave a comment

Flatspine Stickseed — Image by kenne

Be a flower. 
Be a seed. 
Let your growth
Arouse curiosity.
Let it fascinate
And amaze.
Let it inspire the artist
And the scientist. 
Let it shock the doubters.
Let it grant hope
To the hopeless.
Let it begin in silence, 
And end with a loud bang.
Don’t be an open book –
Be mysterious. 
Be extraordinary,
e undefinable, 
Be a ball of fiery fire, 
And above all, 
Grow in silence, 
And let your success
Do the talking.

― from Song of a Nature Lover by Michael Bassey Johnson, 

Oleander Blossoms   Leave a comment

Oleander Blossoms — Tiled Gallery by kenne

You should always know

when you’re shifting

gears in life.

You should leave your era,

it should never leave you.

— Leontyne Price

View From The Top   1 comment

View from the Top, Near Barnum Rock On Mt. Lemmon (10/05/12) — Image by kenne

The landscape changes, so enjoy it: of course,
you have to have an objective in mind – to reach the top.
But as you are going up, more things can be seen, and it’s no bother
to stop now and again and enjoy the panorama around you.
At every meter conquered, you can see a little further,
so use this to discover things that you still had not noticed.

— Paulo Coelho

The Sky Above, The Earth Below   1 comment

View Above Hutch’s Pool In the Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

“In those vernal seasons of the year when the air is calm and pleasant,
it were an injury and sullenness against nature not to go out and see her riches,
and partake in her rejoicing with heaven and earth.”

— John P. Milton

What if . . .   3 comments

Sunset Over The Tucson Mountains — Image by kenne

“What if our religion was each other.
If our practice was our life.
If prayer, our words.
What if the temple was the Earth.
If forests were our church.
If holy water–the rivers, lakes, and ocean.
What if meditation was our relationships.
If the teacher was life.
If wisdom was self-knowledge.
If love was the center of our being.”

— Ganga White

Tourist In Other People’s Reality   Leave a comment

OtherPeoplesReality-2-72Tourist In Other People’s Reality (1974) — a caricature of kenne

In 1974 an artist friend I worked with at a publishing company drew this caricature of me trying to include all the things he felt identified with me. For a long time, it hung on the wall in my office(s). One day I used a sharpy and wrote on the glass of the framed poster, “I’m a tourist in other people’s reality,” which sums up my life. I borrowed the line from Susan Sontag’s book (On Photography), “The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality, and eventually in one’s own.” 

— kenne

Pinned on the wall in the drawing is the Edmund Burke quote:

“No men can act with effect who do not act in concert;
no men can act in concert who do not act with confidence;
no men can act with confidence who are not bound together
with common opinions, common affections, and common interests.”


I Went To The Desert . . .   Leave a comment

Sonoran Sunset-72Catalina Foothills Sunset — Image by kenne

I went to the [desert] because I wished to live deliberately,
to front only the essential facts of life,
and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

— Henry David Thoreau

Cartoon Du Jour — If You Are Not, Then You Are Dead   2 comments

If you are not, then you are dead!

— kenne


Rose Canyon Lake On Mt. Lemmon   Leave a comment

Rose Lake August 2012Rose Canyon Lake On Mt. Lemmon — Image by kenne

“But I’ll tell you what hermits realize.
If you go off into a far, far forest
and get very quiet,
you’ll come to understand that
you’re connected with everything.”

 – Alan Watts

Sunset After The Rains   1 comment


Sunset-2-art-72Sunset After the Rains — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.

— Eric Hoffer

Desert Globemallow   Leave a comment


Globemallow-2-72Desert Globemallow — Images by kenne



new lessons

with learning

old lessons

again and

again to

become wise.

— kenne


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