Sunday, July 31, 2005
my untrained mind seems a most well-balanced exposition of the
subject ... Catholic
experts urge caution in evolution debate
..."The idea that calling something 'random'
means that it's without direction is a mistake," Townes said.
"In a gas, for example, random interaction among particles
ensures uniform distribution and temperature. In other words,
an unplanned process produces an orderly outcome."
"Evolution," Townes said,
"is like that. It's a random process that produces spectacular
Jesuit Fr. George
Coyne, head of the Vatican observatory, agreed.
"Chance is the way we scientists see the universe.
It has nothing to do with God. It's not chancy to God, it's chancy
to us," Coyne said.
learn the other day of the death of fr. cecil pickert ... i'd
heard he was in the hospital and then i heard he died ... very
unexpectedly ... he was with us at the chapter just a month ago
... i lived with him for a year in milwaukee ... my senior year
... his direct and simple caring ... his regular good humor and
hopefulness ... were strong figures for me of how to be a carmelite
... rest in peace, cece ...
Saturday, July 30, 2005
Friday, July 29, 2005
News - Science - Homeland Health: How Environmentalism Can Regain
... by Eric T. Freyfogle ...Substantial
credit for this anti-green shift goes to the capable and well-funded
environmental opposition, which has been aided by journalists
unwilling or unable to navigate polemical minefields. But just
as much credit (or blame) belongs to the environmental movement
itself, which is fragmented, incoherent, and disinclined or unable
to defend itself against opposing claims. People are confused
about what the cause seeks to accomplish and about the resulting
costs. They worry also about the effects that environmental rules
will have on liberty, private property, and the nation's ability
to compete internationally.
can turn things around if they can rethink their priorities and
craft more coherent, consistent, morally compelling ways of addressing
our environmental plight. The cause needs to stress new themes:
the health of the land community as a whole, protecting life and
creation, and investing in America's future in ways that yield
big dividends. Most of all, the movement needs to talk consistently
and forcefully about good citizenship, future generations, and
the morality of living responsibly.
tells me true the next post at finish
will be number 2500 ... come see the meechy monkey
dance this mess around
me the right to say that i think low
is one of the great american bands ... nothing ... what do i know
... why can't i just say i like 'em ... i do ... and the great
stands up to many many listenings ... just like
all their other stuff ... and i'm deeply in debt to good old amatthews
(what's up kiddo?) for having introduced me many years ago ...
anyway if i were a band i'd be low and i'd try to open for shirley
if she'd have me.
Thursday, July 28, 2005
leg is not much better at all today ... sigh
the book of disquiet
... what is this ... some kind of
proto-blog ... ? ... I
was born in a time when the majority of young people had lost
faith in God, for the same reason their elders had had it - without
knowing why. And since the human spirit naturally tends to make
judgements based on feeling instead of reason, most of these young
people chose Humanity to replace God. I, however, am the sort
of person who is always on the fringe of what he belongs to, seeing
not only the multitude he's a part of but also the wide-open spaces
around it. That's why I didn't give up on God as completely as
they did, and I never accepted Humanity.
this may be too close ...
last night at dinner i was reckoned a victim of
secular society because i wondered why science needed to incorporate
religious understandings ... i wondered what an infusion of religious
or metaphysical discourse would or could add to the work of science
... i was told that there is no middle ground between the "positivism"
of darwin's "blind chance" and the "good sense"
of the christian's "divine intelligence" ...
a misstep ... i think the matter
on both "sides" is a horrible reaching out to strangle
holy mystery ... to deny the unfathomable complexity of our origins
... both "sides" would diminish wonder by "solving"
us ... too simply ... science has good eyes ... but religion's
got - uh - soul ... let science keep looking and thinking ...
let religion keep knowing in its own best ways ... let science
and religion meet for coffee or dinner from time to time ... let
them laugh a lot over pie.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
just stumbled upon this
which comments wisely on the matter ... says i
leg is a tiny bit better ... i can go up the stairs without the
rails ... but going down is tougher ... still got a slow limpy
limpy all over the place ... miss the morning walk horribly ...
especially this morning which is cool and pretty after yesterday's
frontal rain chased the muggy away
that all this flailing
in poetry occurs because i've never understood any
of it ... (he was right so many years ago who said it) but have
had this curiosity that (neither he nor) i understood ... a zombie
attraction to saying in the hope of finding ... an idea or a clod
or a community or a shiny wad of tinfoil ... i've got one leg
on ice and one in the fire ... and stubbornly will not move ...
look ... almost two and half years of doing fyp
... and what ... i'm thinking these 'unnatural' things have limits
as certain as any 'natural' thing ... i don't think i've reached
it yet ... but am beginning to think about it and feel it ...
but i wonder if when the day comes to shut it down will i ever
write again or will i have gotten it out of my system and finally
be happy with my own silence ... and then a bigger silence might
have to dump these books ... disappear ... or what ... for life
and it's always possible i shoulda
been doing something else altogether with my time ...
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
leg is sore ... there's no bruising and just a little swelling
... but i can hobble around ... this wipes out the morning walk
for a while ... the stairs are lots of fun ...
Monday, July 25, 2005
reading wise blood
the other day spun me off into reading
mystery and manners
... packed with witty & possibly true
thoughts about writing reading & catholics ... which spun me into
her letters ... which are pretty sharp
rub it in ... This population is likely to have maintained
a moderate degree of the muscle mass from their more active days,
yet seems to have started to lose some of the flexibility they
had when they were younger. This results in a relatively large
muscle, which is less flexible than it had been, and on occasion,
it is challenged with a ballistic or explosive force, resulting
in partial or complete rupture.
forty minutes ago i jumped to avoid an angry wasp (i'd just swatted)
and did some damage to my right calf ... most likely diagnosis:
- Injuries of the Medial Calf : Article by Anthony J Saglimbeni,
...A medial calf injury is a musculotendinous
disruption of varying degree in the medial head of the gastrocnemius
muscle that results from an acute forceful push-off with the foot.
This injury occurs commonly with sports (eg, hill running, jumping,
tennis), but it can occur in any activity. This injury often is
seen in the intermittently active athlete, often referred to as
the weekend warrior.
warrior ... right ... monday bug swatter ...
i've got it iced and elevated ... now what? certainly
no more acute forceful push-offs
for awhile ... but i'd
be happy to be able to walk at least into the doctor's office
Life In Poetry
... kooser's way brief intro to a (the?) berry
t j b l
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