Thu - September 24, 2009

At Least I Quit Cigarettes

This is for Brugh Joy, who is battling a particularly lethal form of cancer right now. I just talked to some friends who studied with him in the same group as I did. They are on their way back home today from Rex Ranch, where our groups have been meeting. Brugh is a pattern level psychologist as well as an extraordinary dream interpreter and a doctor of internal medicine. The nature of the patterns of the collective unconscious I learned from him. The ending is from a song by the Geezenslaw Brothers, "She Put a Jukebox in the Bedroom."

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Thu - September 10, 2009

In Germany Before the War

Today I was looking for one book and, as often happens, found something else which had been lost. It was a 1978 issue of Psychological Perspectives, which contained an article by Joseph Henderson in which he described a dream he had while near the Austrian border with Switzerland, before WWII. I have recalled this dream from memory a few times, and was interested to look at it and see how much I had recalled and how much I had forgotten.

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Fri - September 4, 2009

Political Rant

Once in awhile I have to have a political rant. I am thinking about how hopeful we were when we elected Obama, and how it turned into one of those tug of war games. One side tries to drag you in their direction and the other side tries to drag you there. Because so many Republicans voted for Obama I thought there might be some unification of the country so that we can get some really important things done.

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Tue - August 25, 2009

Unvetted Sources

The news has degenerated into conversation. This conversation is held in salons, and there are clubs anyone can join, just like the Catholic Church or, if you're too lazy to go out, the Jehovah's Witnesses. They will come with the good news, which is that you need to join with some other people like yourself and believe the same things together. You have to do some social testing to find find out who's one of us and who's one of them. I think that was the motive behind the Spanish Inquisition. So today a doctor social tested me during a skin exam. "What do you think of Obama?" she asked.

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Fri - August 14, 2009

Chief Red Scare

And now it's time for an some advice from the toast of the Creek Nation, Chief Red Scare. The chief does in fact get toasted before giving out advice, though he abhors hor d'ourves the way dog nature abhors a vacuum cleaner. It's a phobia and gets activated by the mention of toast, pate, finger sandwiches ... that sort of thing. The Creeks had an abstract sense of humor when the white man arrived, but got depressed after a short while. They considered it rude to say anything without injecting humor, which means Red Scare combines in one personality what in Europe required both a King and a Fool. Ironically, his advice is generally worthless.

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Mon - August 10, 2009


I remembered this book at for the seventies, but as it wasn't copyrighted until 1979 it barely escaped being part of the eighties. That was a daring escape from mediocrity for a book that was itself a daring escape from mediocrity. When I started reading it it seemed like a genre CIA thriller, but as it unfolded it was much better than that, and defied genre. Recently I mentioned to Karen, who was in a seminar with me, that I was re-reading it, and to my surprise she mentioned that she had read it back when it was published.

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Wed - July 29, 2009

100 mph

I am beginning to like this series! It could be expanded and worked into something if I get myself down to some dedicated writing. Having the guitar in my hand makes it easier to read, for some reason. Maybe it's like knitting or using worry beads.

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Thu - July 23, 2009

Black Mercedes

This is, as are all the Ash Fork episodes, my practice in writing spontaneously. The hardest thing about not rewriting is that the story isn't shaped with an always consistent internal logic. It's more like telling a story off the top of my head, which I began doing when my daughter was little, and I had the perfect audience. : ) These were more difficult, but an excellent mental exercise. I am editing for length and flow now that I am doing them as readings. The original Ash Fork series -- five of them -- are now in the archives.

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Wed - July 15, 2009


I had almost forgotten about this Ash Fork series. It explored the idea of creating rituals to avoid the violence of unconscious patterned behavior, as well as to create a desired outcome. I became interested in the creation of ritual as a way of communicating with the psyche's pattern reading capacity when in workshops with an African shaman who also had PhD's from Brandeis and the Sorbonne, Malidoma Patrice Some.

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Wed - July 8, 2009

Road's End

This week I went back to the Ash Fork files to adapt another one for reading. This is from the third series in Ash Fork. In each series my only rule was that I couldn't rewrite, so I was practicing writing without content editing. I could edit for clarity and grammar and so on. When doing one of these as an audio reading, I am editing for length and coming back around to my original idea, which was to make stories which contain hypnotic suggestion, as an alternative to the practice of boring somebody into catatonia with sensory channel overload techniques.

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Mon - June 29, 2009


I am going to retire Stray Shot sometime in the not too distant future, and launch a new site, Cybersomatics. It will be an exploration of the soma in space, which will be an exploration for me because I have no idea really where it will take me. These two audio segments were recorded for KOWS in Occidental for next Friday night, when Arnold Levine, aka El Supremo, will be interviewing Gregory Sams, author of a new book called: "Sun of God," an exploration of the sun as the organizing consciousness underlying everything.

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Mon - June 22, 2009


Tonight I plugged in the Snowflake and wrote a song. It came out perfectly.

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Tue - June 9, 2009

Betty Crocker

This is the third act of Trophy Room.

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Blackberry Honey

This is the second of three acts of Trophy Room

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Trophy Room

I am continuing moving some of the Ash Fork segments to audio. This one is in three acts, this is the first.

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Fri - June 5, 2009

Trouble in Mind

This is from the third Ash Fork series of vignettes, and centers on the art of healing; more specifically, Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, who was Mary Baker Eddy's body worker. It was from Quimby that she learned much of what she put into her book on Christian Science, which led to her being one of the richest people in the country if not the world. Of course she did not have ears to hear some of what Quimby was saying.

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Thu - May 28, 2009

Consumer Society

David Lynch's Mullholland Drive was the inspiration for this song, which was a lot of fun to write. I have been experimenting with just telling stories for awhile, and thought I'd throw in one of my songs to see how the process is coming along.

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Tue - May 19, 2009

The Swim

One of my favorite things that Don Juan told Carlos is that a Sorcerer is an empty man except for a collection of stories which have a universal application. This isn't in the Ash Fork Series, it's just a piece combining some different experiences at different times, looking for the story with an abstract core.

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Wed - May 13, 2009

Laughing Birds

Somando was sent to Ash Fork by $omaCorp to assassinate the Count. But first he had to get past the security perimeter, a Mexican by the name of Memphis. If he had solved he puzzle of the laughing birds he would not have ended up with his circuit board replaced and his funds transferred.

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Fri - May 8, 2009

Road Kill

Moving into Space requires adaptation to parallel processing. Time is a logical sequence, and there are lots of them. Mostly they're all screened out except the one being followed, to protect the system. But when the injectables hit the system it blasts off into Space, and all bets are off. Like Handsome Jack jilting Marie Laveaux, Luther took the dowry and split to Space in violation of contract.

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