Conversations with Jeppe Graugaard, Part 3, Dialogue on Wholeness

Jeppe has posted the third and final conversations from my time in Denmark last Fall.        

Conversations with Jeppe Graugaard: Part 2, Dialogue on Craft

Jeppe has posted the second of our conversations from my time in Denmark at the end of October.      

Conversations with Jeppe Graugaard, Part I, Practice

  I'm just back from two weeks working with Jeppe Graugaard in Denmark. This recording is the first of a three-part series of conversations resulting from our time together. More on this and other aspects of what went on while I was there to follow….      

Drawing Desire

However we approach our predicament we face a myriad of traps, evasions, and projections. It's no different when we come to an opportunity to act within a practice. Except it is…. In a practice we interact with complexity outside the confusing complications that abound in our customary, conditioned state. Living inside our reactions it is …

Carved above Jung’s door

Vocatus atque non vocatus, deus aderit. Invoked or not invoked, the god will be present.      

Finding North, a review

Navigation is at the heart of everything we do on the water. I've been asked by his publishers to review George Michelsen Foy's new book: Is disaster… always envisioned geographically, is it always navigational in the deepest sense? Finding North, page 22 George Michelsen Foy asks this question early on in his extended ruminations in the …

Communion with the Sacred

Charcoal drawing, Dance

Art and craft, these two simple words do a fine job of naming two of the three realms of living. I've had some difficulty finding an equally straightforward and simple term to describe and name the third. For a while I've latched onto John Michael Greer's "Theosphere." It is literal enough. It describes a realm …

More and more… it’s fragments…

More and more it's fragments that feel true. Fragments show their edges. Edges that intrude into the illusion of completion. Edges that cannot be ignored. Fragments insist there is more we don't see. Can't see. Fragments show us how we "piece things together." Even the smallest, most torn fragment leads us to fill-out its story. …

Memoir, Fragments of my Father

"Write hot and edit cold." A powerful admonition! It seems easy enough to grasp. Until we see how long it can take to get cool enough…. It's a question of arriving at a different perspective. We write, especially writing hot, within a momentum backed by the force of our point of view. Inside this we …

A Question of Purpose

My thoughts have been circling around what may best be described as questions of purpose. This might be considered central to any life led with some degree of introspection. As with most things of value this pursuit has been short-changed by our culture's dominant modus operandi. It's taken quite a while to sort this out. …

Welcome!

I work as an: artist   designer   writer   Within these three realms:   Art   Craft   Communion   However you find your way in I hope something engages you. Let me know if anything resonates with you. Your message is confidential and goes directly to my personal e-mail.         …

Queequeg’s Coffin

Queequeg's Coffin is a thought experiment. An image around which we might connect an intriguing conceptual stance with a pragmatic call to action. What I find most valuable is that it does not presuppose what that action might be. It is a container transcending the motivation behind its origins. Queequeg was Ishmael's bunk-mate in Moby …

Confusion is part of the message

Let's be clear. Confusion is part of the message. This fact has been elusive. One effect of confusion is that we struggle to find some simple way to untangle it. The real lesson of confusion is that it is a sign we are perceiving complexity as complication. Linear thinking and the Machine Model lead us …

Desperado Philosophy: An Order So Unwieldy

More than enough time for another cocktail. A shared interest in the narrative buoyancy of Queequeg’s coffin alerted us to the remarkable work of the poet, painter and boat designer Antonio Dias. An Order So Unwieldy.            

Pointing out futility

"That’s what I like about you Julien… you are always able to show me the futility of everything. Well, the futility of everything except Nothing." Julien Matei Reading this line Julien has posted on Mirrors of Encounters brought a smile. I've never been complimented, even sarcastically, for doing this. I have been accused of it, …

Abandoning persuasion

It's becoming more clear every day that our predilection to interact by means of identifying with ideas and then battling to have our ideas prevail does not address any of the dire circumstances we find our selves in. I see this as it touches on each of us as individuals. It divides us from each …

Attending Quality

A personal website has many functions. It can be hard to sort them out. Most often they are advertisements for a Persona, a means to find a job, or a signpost in an attempt to reach a cohort of the like-minded. Sometimes they are attempts to sort things out. The effort of presentation becomes a …

A Welcome Review

Over on his blog, PatternWhichConnects, Jeppe Graugaard had this to say about my work. Last year we co-published three of these conversations which delved into some of the processes that underpin the sense of isolation and fragmentation we had both experienced (albeit in different ways) as well as the ways in which we were beginning …