This is—I am—a work in progress. But never merely that: Also the fruit of aspirations from past eras, past lives, ancestral dream-walking back beyond memory. Also a gift from and for all of us, a part that in its partiality reflects the whole. - [[Group chats]] - [[How might we teach?]] - [[Oblique strategies]] - [[Thyself.ai]] - [[Poems]] - [[About]] --- >Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos. —Jonathan Lethem, [The Ecstasy of Influence](http://harpers.org/archive/2007/02/the-ecstasy-of-influence/?single=1) --- >The passage into mystery always refreshes. If, when we work, we can look once a day upon the face of mystery, then our labor satisfies. We are lightened when our gifts rise from pools we cannot fathom. Then we know they are not a solitary egotism and they are inexhaustible. >—Lewis Hyde, The Gift --- >It is the landscape of your own strengths that matters. And you can set your own, completely human pace through it. —Venkatesh Rao, [The Calculus of Grit](http://www.ribbonfarm.com/2011/08/19/the-calculus-of-grit/) --- >You must depend upon affection, reading, knowledge, skill—more of each than you have—inspiration, work, growing older, patience, for patience joins time to eternity. —Wendell Berry, [How To Be a Poet](http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poem/30299) --- *May all beings be happy & free.*