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Crossroads Dispatches



A neo-renaissance, eco-epicurean savors, curates and shares slices from the surf's edge on the inspiration, imagination, the art of living, the living of art - and anything that screams Life.



Published: 2014-02-06T15:31:44-06:00

 



the higher, wider, more blazing, beckoning pull

2014-02-06T15:31:44-06:00

"The only things that concerned the sheep were food and water... They’ve forgotten how to rely on their own instinct, because I lead them to nourishments." - Santiago the shephard boy hero on page 7, The Alchemist In the bestselling...



Follow Your Satcitananda

2013-05-06T00:08:46-05:00

"If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living." -...



choose the story with wild animals, magic, and divine intervention

2013-04-04T20:21:38-05:00

Hearing (and living) lots of adventure stories lately. Recently regaled with Hamdi Ulukaya's story of growing up milking sheep at his family’s dairy in near the Euphrates River in Turkey. I listened to CEO Ulukaya's tale unfurl into Chobani Yogurt's...



tries to be timeless in a society built on time - jack kerouac

2013-03-25T20:28:33-05:00

Months ago, I walked into a Balinese haven trapped amidst the concrete grittiness of Oakland because it was called Monkey Forest Road and because from afar it seemed to beckon as an oasis. Another fall evening, I was blessed to...



whenever a mind is simple - Emerson

2012-11-22T12:14:22-06:00

"Whenever a mind is simple and receives divine wisdom, old things pass away,--means, teachers, texts, temples fall; it lives now, and absorbs past and future into the present hour." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance Sharing a short and sweet excerpt...



I only do what I feel like doing - Saul Williams

2012-09-27T15:51:52-05:00

"Have wings that feared ever touched the sun? I was born when all I once feared--I could love." - Rabia Last week, I went to see Saul Williams live in San Francisco (hat tip to Kwan Booth, thanks) on his...



the quixotic ideal of reality-hacking, and fears (disguised as waiting) in the creative process

2012-09-05T19:07:57-05:00

Fear and the creative process is and isn't spoken about much. Here's a snippet from a e-letter I wrote a musically-inclined friend today. What the heck, I'll publish it. oh, it's john cage's 100th birthday today (um if he were...



This is a world liberated from adult judgments and expectations, and campers flourish in it

2012-07-05T19:24:27-05:00

I've been carrying around a brochure for Steve & Kate's summer camps for a few weeks now in my purse. I'm not in their target audience, yet it spoke to me loud and clear: "At Steve & Kate's, campers step...



When's the Last Time You Tried to Pay the Rent with Love?

2012-07-04T15:57:50-05:00

I'm reposting an oldie but goodie today that evokes Independence, at least in my mind. It was originally written on June 28, 2005--nearly seven years ago today. I'm back in San Jose, CA at least for the moment, where this...



it's a jungle out there... and the ecosystems they co-create

2012-05-23T23:10:33-05:00

"There is an almost sensual longing for communion with others who have a larger vision. The immense fulfillment of the friendships between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality almost impossible to describe ..." - Teilhard...



the next great unknown

2012-05-15T19:08:58-05:00

At first I didn't connect a friend's email subject line: row row row your boat gently down the stream with the "truck art" I saw last night when I went for a walk. I mulled over that "last great unknown"...



delving into spring, or does a bamboo ask Is this too exuberant?

2012-02-29T22:56:36-06:00

At least where I live, the white and mauve blossoms are peeping through the buds. Feathery fern unfurls on the mesquite trees around the sidewalks sharing the Mojave desert. Delicate orange globules grace the gritty branches of globemallow. In Chinese...



There are good ideas, and then there are good ideas that make it easier to have other good ideas - Steven Johnson

2012-02-12T22:02:12-06:00

"There are good ideas, and then there are good ideas that make it easier to have other good ideas." - Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation I believe that sentence summarizes the book Where...



the future of us = wonder year(s) and experiments in imaginal science

2012-02-07T20:36:30-06:00

"The Wonder Year project is an invitation to imagine what lies beyond the apparent boundary of 2012, not as a rigidy imposed concept or prediction, but as an adventure." - The Wonder Year I adore invitations and adventure, so this...



spirited away by dragon adventures and ego dystonic fevers

2012-02-04T22:41:35-06:00

The ruins of the once center of the cosmopolitan world Byzantium Empire are underground in Istanbul. Paradoxically, antique and precious things aren't the only thing underground. Often new and too edgy things reside underground. Although, I'm tiring of hiding underground....



what can be explained is not poetry - w. b. yeats

2012-02-02T21:00:25-06:00

“Publishing a volume of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo,” said author Don Marquis, speaking from experience. Something you’re considering, Leo, may seem to fit that description, too. It’s a...



The self ended and the world began. - Louise Glück

2011-10-03T03:21:47-05:00

‘What makes a really capable child give up in the face of failure, where other children may be motivated by the failure?’ - "The Effort Effect According to a Stanford psychologist, you’ll reach new heights if you learn to embrace...



I'm not going to wait twenty years to see if we can make a living off what we do. - Guy Laliberté

2011-09-28T21:00:41-05:00

The only place I found in Las Vegas that feels like my kind of 'home' is a cafe (and Red Rock Canyon). The owner is Brazilian, and opened the Sambalatte "lounge" as he named it, one year ago. No doubt...



Before I die I want to ______

2011-09-20T16:50:30-05:00

Before I die I want to.... that was the question sitting there blank on the blackboard. The answer not to be engraved in stone, a fixed and unmoving testament. Just chalk--so it's okay to morph it, play it by ear...



They had no problems understanding light speed and teleportation except that they could have done it more discreetly. - Malidoma Some

2011-09-14T17:58:41-05:00

"The millet fileds were generous and the harvest was good. The hard work of collecting and transporting grain from the farm to the roof of the houses where it waited to be put into the granaries was over. Now, in...



I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia. - C.S. Lewis

2011-08-22T20:00:46-05:00

"I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia." - C. S. Lewis I didn't read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (2nd in The Chronicles of Narnia) as a child....



I was doing what I could with what I had where I was. - Bob Dylan

2011-08-17T17:36:27-05:00

I was doing what I could with what I had where I was. -- Bob Dylan What Dylan replied when asked about the secret to his success. That may be paraphrased as I had to jot it down quickly as...



game-changing, or how to turn economic recovery into a multi-player game experience

2011-07-20T00:53:15-05:00

"Game-changing." You hear that term bandied about in innovation circles. In application, it isn't that frequent as "game-changer" implies something that leapfrogs one out of the lock of a current system, institution, industry, regime, paradigm and defines its own brand-new...



You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life? - Rumi

2011-07-03T19:56:24-05:00

"It is far more delightful to be fond of the world because it has thousands of aspects and is different everywhere. . . for every divergence deserves to be cherished, simply because it widens the bounds of life." - Karel...



companions on the journey. . . of enchantment

2011-06-30T17:24:58-05:00

I was re-reminded of my purpose (for want of a better term) while reading this via Time magazine about J.K. Rowling's new online venture, Pottermore: "When Rowling does what she does best, it's the closest thing to magic available in...