Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
We in Canada are about to undergo yet another federal election so we should be wary of much bad behavior by the aspiring leaders. This poem by the ancient Lao Tzu comes to mind when I envision all the rhetoric that we Canadians are about to be bombarded with.
It is better not to make merit a matter of reward
Lest people conspire and contend,
Not to pile up rich belongings
Lest they rob,
Not to excite by display
Lest they covet.
A sound leader's aim
Is to open people's hearts,
Fill their stomachs,
Calm their wills,
Brace their bones
And so clarify their thoughts and cleanse their needs
That no cunning meddler could touch them:
Without being forced, without strain or constrain,
Good government comes of itself.
I wonder what is required reading when you go to Political school (Is there such an entity)?
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Life has an amazing way of being. Last Saturday Crystal and I met with Leisel, the daughter of our dearly departed Angelene Tysseland. We had the opportunity to go through some of Angelenes books and papers and keep or borrow what we liked. I came across a number of books that resonated with me, one of them being Lao Tzu's "Way of Life". For those who are not aware, this man lived around 604 BC and his words resonate with a profound relevance in this day and age. I have since re-read it twice and intend to continue doing so because his message speaks so strongly to me and clarifies so much that seems murky about life today. Please read this small poem as an example. I appreciate that it might not mean as much to the next person at this time as it does to me. Nevertheless, it is a profoundly simple and strong message.
As the soft yield of water cleaves obstinate stone,
So to yield with life solves the insoluble:
To yield, I have learned, is to come back again.
But this unworded lesson,
This easy example,
Is lost among men.
Lao Tzu 604 BC
I am amazed that this man, who lived 2615 years ago, possessed such common sense knowledge that the majority of the earths inhabitants lack today. Why is this so? All of us are so out of touch with life, with life as it should be. The great events happening today can be a lesson on the right way to live. Thank you, Angie, for the book. I know that you read it many times, judging by all the footnotes I have come across and I now know that your latest Cantata "Labyrinth" had its roots there as well.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
I have been doing a few encaustic paintings these days. Basically I have just playing with them, like I used to when I was a young Kloppisz (slang for an innocent young boy and probably not spelled right) making Ukrainian easter eggs with my Baba at her kitchen table. Man, that seems like it was just yesterday. I love the smell of Beeswax, nothing like it in all the world. Working with wax is for me a meditative practice. This piece is an experiment and I'm not sure where I'll go with it, but it has some interesting possibilities. Personally I see evidence of humans in it, maybe its me trapped in there. Maybe I'll call it "The Bear Dream", and go from there.