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the plus of minus

  As a schoolboy, I had a hard time accepting that two negative numbers, when multiplied together, would produce a positive… But I wanted to pass the test, so I went along. Now, years later, I’ve come to see how … Continue reading

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Spare the Rod, Save the Haiku

I have no vessel, I receive with both hands            — Ozaki Hosai *  Once again, a haiku stops me in my tracks… In this culture, information constantly flashes at us…dulls my feeling sense, if I allow. Fortunately, ever so often, … Continue reading

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Air for the Soul

  In my post on “experience” last week, I used 391 words… Yesterday, I discovered I’d already conveyed the same basic idea, using a mere 42 words. But let me warn you: those 42 words are in a poem (the … Continue reading

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Haiku Truth

          Since my house            burned down, I now own            a better view         of the rising moon                     — Masahide*  Perhaps our new mythology would be well-served by some haiku… Haiku seem so simple, so direct.  Children can enjoy haiku… …yet a … Continue reading

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Testing the Worm’s Faith

  “What type of God would allow such a thing to exist?” We’ve all heard some version of that question.  Maybe we’ve asked some version of it ourselves. It’s an age-old religious-philosophical dilemma.  But perhaps science can now help us with … Continue reading

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A Good Assumption

  I’m disappointed to learn that the verse below is not actually a fable… …because I so enjoyed fables as a boy–morality delivered with a wicked sense of humor. In fact, I appreciated Aesop’s fables much more than the parables … Continue reading

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More Than Words

  If the words of our new mythology need to provoke spiritual feeling… Then perhaps we should consider this haiku: The sky is high: the tips of tendrils have nowhere to cling.         — Takahama Kyoshi (trans. Bownas/Thwaite)  When I first … Continue reading

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