Subud House/Spring Street Center/Open House

I rarely write about my spiritual community, Subud, because one of Subud’s cultural mores is to NOT proselytize and in practice that becomes NEVER TALK ABOUT IT, which would explain why the membership is aging, not especially diverse (at least not in most U.S....

Cascadia IV (I Did Not Build That)

I’m thinking of the controversy from an event during the 2012 U.S. Presidential campaign. It’s the You Didn’t Build That notion and was the response by less conscious people about the nature of how things get done, even in (especially in) a country...

Demise of Mental-Rational Ontology

It never ceases to amaze to me to see how connections in this world are made, how, in the words of Michael McClure: “We swirl out what we are and watch what returns.” Case in point, a lodger coming to the Subud House in October for a conference. (I am...

Global Warming Sentences

In my two most recent readings of American Sentences, I used as an ordering device the month of April. I went through my manuscript and copied off all of the poems written in April that were published in my 2015 book, based on 14 years (at the time) of daily practice....

530. Cig Butt Mystery

If you believe in Traditional Chinese Medicine, you know the lung/heart meridian is related to grief. I can’t help thinking that anytime someone has a smoking habit, grief must not be far away. Combine that kind of thinking (radical/root-oriented) with the fact...