Posts by AlanL

Fukushima’s Children

ART
BY GEOFF READ

My collaborative artwork with children is based on the principle that they are strongest and most resilient when they are listened to, respected, and encouraged to think creatively. Children often need permission and safety to develop their own ideas about their situation, to make sense of their emotions and express their thoughts…

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Sen-no-Rikyu Hits The Ceiling

BY ROBERT BRADY

Sen-no-Rikyu drops by my house two or three times a year, when he’s in town in this dimension, or when this town is in that dimension, I’m not sure which…

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Mountains of the Mind

BY ROBERT BRADY

Everyone knows that the mind becomes extremely mountainous only a few steps in from the coast. The creatures that reside in this uncharted area on our mental maps are seldom seen by others, yet are common to us all…

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David Byrne in Kyoto

INTERVIEW BY ROBERT BRADY

“I think of myself as a poet who works in every medium available, pretty much except poetry. It’s either song, or in pictures or something else…”

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Colonization.com

BY ROBERT BRADY

These invisible electroincursions began in the form of Japanese cyberdomain registrations by people all over the world other than Japan, a virtual international takeover of cyberNihon that goes on even now.

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The Cloud Resembles a Rabbit

BY ROBERT BRADY

I was experiencing what every traveler senses at every international transit: that borders determine news, and that all news is local.

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Ripples

BY ROBERT BRADY

One early morning each Spring as I descend the mountain road, acquiring as I go the joy of the roadside stream…I am struck for the first time that year full in the eyes by a flash of morning sun up from the earth…

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Variety & What Happened to It

BY ROBERT BRADY

Today…our global spectrum of choices includes not only whether to buy a house or a car in which hemisphere, but whether to buy an infinitely colored version of a hundred models of a thousand brands with or without bay windows or…

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True Destination

BY ROBERT BRADY

Some folks still think of life in the old-fashioned way, as a river flowing to a majestic sea, or as a long open highway leading to a wondrous destination, and either metaphor can still capture in a sort of word-amber what is becoming an increasingly packaged process.

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The Big T

TRANSIENCE
BY ROBERT BRADY

Let’s keep it simple. There’s Big-T Transience and there’s little-t transience. Big-T is cosmic and eternal and everywhere operative; little-t is local, temporary, artificial…

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Notes from Pure Land Mountain

BY ROBERT BRADY

Yesterday, out in the fine gold spring day tilling and planting spinach, I kept being distracted by loud poppings here and there in the sky, thinking them perhaps to be monkeys gathering and eating seeds in the trees or something, or maybe birds, or the trees themselves stretching in the warmth of spring, or…

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Sex and Flat Tires

BY ROBERT BRADY

Not long ago I went to see an exhibition on the history of Japanese advertising from the Edo era to the 1950s or so, and found out much more than I bargained for regarding advertising and society in general, and the extent to which marketing success hinges upon consumer ignorance.

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Living Wisdom

BY ROBERT BRADY

I’ve learned a lot of things from stones, both from building with them and from butting my head against their walls…

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The Big Elsewhere

BY ROBERT BRADY

It’s always some place on the road, the long road of my travels, some small town or country place I’m passing through and perhaps never to pass through again that the nameless epiphany comes…

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Real Streets

BY ROBERT BRADY

Every real street began as a footpath between places very worth walking to…

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Going Home Again

BY ROBERT BRADY

Home had been a large, gray, rambling wooden house that rattled pleasantly during earthquakes. Built in the Western style in the heart of Tokyo, it wasn’t far from the road along which the 47 ronin had carried the head of Kira on that winter morning in 1702.

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Habitat of Spirit

BY ROBERT BRADY

The apparatchiks who are assigned to think of such things tend generally to think of imagination the same way they thought of ketchup as a vegetable: just another box to be ticked on the form…

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Keys to the Kingdom

BY ROBERT BRADY

As we travel the convoluted pathways of life, asking ourselves the myriad questions that characterize intelligent inquiry, such as “Why am I holding this golf club?”

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Blogology 101

BY ROBERT BRADY

The term ‘blog’ is on everyone’s tongue nowadays, where some find it not very tasteful, mistakenly believing that blogs are rank upstarts without tradition…

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Long Knowledge

BY ROBERT BRADY

Heading down the winding road this morning under lowering mountain clouds as the sun was just dawning above the lake, its long rays edging sideways into the dark wedge of space beneath the thick clouds, I was perfectly placed to receive the gift of fresh light livening all the dew the night had draped on the mountainside…

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