August 1, 2020

Words, in their way, might help us see the objects of creation, those creations which grow in beauty from the mind of man.  Statues, pictures, et cetera, we understand by words, those vessels of ideas before, beyond the things themselves.  Words contain the universe, a universe which knows itself by the mind of man.  We…

June 30, 2020

Book III of “Eden to Ohio” Indians, Johnny Appleseed, U.S. * * * What was the appearance of this Ohio when first by Chapman seen.  This “Ohio” translated from the Seneca, Ohi:yo [oh-hee-yoh], “continuously spilling creek” was a crisscross of rivers, a glaciated bottom-land, a land set-to-flame by the pre-Columbian residents (the Indians) who burned…

June 15, 2020

Book III of “Eden to Ohio” Colonization, Eden, Apples, Apple Cider * * * Aristotle composed many books, many lectures, most now lost.  Among those lost, the dialogue “Alexander, ‘On Colonization’”.  You might remember that an eager occupation of Aristotle’s Lyceum and of Plato’s Academy was the production of constitutions for those Greek colonies which…

May 31, 2020

Book III of “Eden to Ohio” Chapman, Appleseed, Swedenborg, Colonization * * * At memory’s farthest reach, my people touch Ohio, Appleseed country, before that, none now living can say.  We have photographs, well, drawings, really, most of what was photograph has faded leaving the outlined highlight of handsome, strong willed citizens.  One such picture,…

March 30, 2020

LITERATURE Essay 1: Homer, Hesiod, Homeric Hymns Part 4: Homeric Hymns * * * IN JOY, in praise we lift our voices to God, all of them; we lift our voices in communion with the life-giving force of the universe; in song we participate, we join in meaning, one with the Divine.  Listening back from…

March 15, 2020

LITERATURE Essay 1: Homer, Hesiod, Homeric Hymns Part 3: Introduction, Homer, Iliad * * * THE SOURCE of our religious imagination is HESIOD, more than any other author he codified the liminal character of our nature, the traditions of our cults, our ritual practices, et cetera; yes, even into Christianity, that Roman assumption of Yahweh,…

February 15, 2020

LITERATURE Essay 1: Homer, Hesiod, Homeric Hymns Part 2: Homer, Odyssey * * * Sing through me, O Muse, of the man of many turnings, many devices who off-course wandered time-and-again after plundering the citadel of high walled Ilium.  Many cities he saw, many men, and learned their minds; many pains he suffered in woe,…

January 30, 2020

LITERATURE Essay 1: Homer, Hesiod, Homeric Hymns Part 1: Introduction, Homer, Iliad * * *   μῆνιν ἄειδε θεὰ Πηληϊάδεω Ἀχιλῆοςοὐλομένην, ἣ μυρί᾽ Ἀχαιοῖς ἄλγε᾽ ἔθηκε Here begins our literature, and all that came thereafter: Rage—Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus’ son Achilles,murderous, doomed, that cost the Achaeans countless losses Fagles, Robert. The Iliad. New…