Category Archives: symbolism

Invisible Mikey:

Since I’m getting a number of hits on this old article, I guess it’s time to bring it back!

Originally posted on Invisible Mikey:

13,000 Santas in Londonderry – @Arthur Allison

Over time, the best and worst in people becomes concentrated and specified.  The dual nature of Christmas is a superb example.

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Filed under Emotions, Metaphysics, symbolism

An Inclusive Border

Our front deck is 35 years old.  It’s been rained on often enough over the years to penetrate the paint and sealant and cause rot.  We considered how to repair and replace it, and talked with local carpenters over the past two years. Continue reading


Filed under animal communication, photos, symbolism

Into Sure Wood

(The best Robin Hood in movies was Errol Flynn’s, performed in 1938.)

I grew up loving stories about Robin Hood.  Were these tales based on the exploits of a real outlaw?  There might have been a number of Robin Hoods in the original region, including some women.  It’s an open question if he really lived or not, but what an inspiring symbol. Continue reading


Filed under Ethics and Morality, Literature, symbolism, Television

This One Starts Out Boring

Firing the big gun (1915)

My recent inability to access the most interactive features here on are producing interesting results. Continue reading


Filed under animal communication, Metaphysics, symbolism, Thinking about thinking

To Our Honored Dead

A Memorial Day Observance

My feelings about holidays that commemorate and accept war as a historical inevitability are complicated.  I realize that millions have sacrificed their lives in acts of service to the nation.  That’s a deeply honorable choice, worthy of great respect.  However, wars aren’t really winnable, any more than executing murderers prevents murder. Continue reading


Filed under Cinema, Ethics and Morality, symbolism


WordPress’ latest updates have somehow blocked my ability to comment on other people’s blogs, so although I would have preferred to pass this reaction on directly at , I’ll have to do it here. Perhaps those of you who appreciate photography and design will enjoy this kind of analysis.

I don’t know Jennie personally, but the care and craft she puts into her highly confessional blog was instrumental in making me want to start writing again, after a 30-year pause.  Her memoir “I Am Jennie” will be out July 10th.  The book’s cover portrays her in a manner that says a lot to me.  Have a look: Continue reading


Filed under photos, symbolism

The Leavening

An extraordinary, miraculous effect occurs as one calendar year begins preparing an exit and the next one prepares for birth.  There’s a lightening of mood. Continue reading


Filed under Communications, Metaphysics, symbolism