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International String Figure Association                                   http://www.isfa.org
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Special Snowflake Design                                   http://www.specialsnowflake.ca
Uhlick Pottery & Tile                                                           http://www.uhlick.com
Kublai (Khan) asks Marco (Polo), “When you return to the West, will you repeat to your people the same tales you tell me? “
“I speak and speak,” Marco says, “but the listener retains only the words he is expecting. The description of the world to which you lend a benevolent ear is one thing; the description that will go the rounds of groups of stevedores and gondoliers on the street outside my house the day of my return is another; and yet another, that which I might dictate late in life, if I were taken prisoner by Genoese pirates and put in irons in the same cell with a writer of adventure stories. It is not the voice that commands the story; it is the ear.”
“... And I hear, from your voice, the invisible reasons which make cities live, through which perhaps, once dead, they will come to life again.”
                                                                    Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
C. Jensen, Finn Slough Mahabharata
Kamala Subramaniam, Trans.

The Field of Kurukshetra
        The warriors on either side met and set down the rules which had to be followed by both armies. The fight should be between equals. For instance, a fight should be between two chariots or two archers or two mace-holders. If, during the fight, one should withdraw, he should not be harassed. If the fight is with words, the opponents should reply with words and not with arrows! Anyone who runs away from the field should not be killed. No one who is unprepared or frightened should be attacked. Charioteers, animals and servants who had to blow the war trumpets, drums and cymbals should not be attacked. These were some of the rules of chivalrous fighting which had to be observed. After these rules had been agreed upon, the two armies prepared themselves for the great encounter.
The Spell of the Sensuous
David Abram

The Body’s Silent Conversation with Things
        The sensing body is not a programmed machine but an active and open form, continually improvising its relation to things and to the world. The body’s actions and engagements are never wholly determinate, since they must ceaselessly adjust themselves to a world and a terrain that is itself continually shifting. If the body were truly a set of closed or predetermined mechanisms, it could never come into genuine contact with anything outside of itself, could never perceive anything really new, could never be genuinely startled or surprised. All of its experiences, and all its responses, would already have been anticipated from the beginning, already programmed, as it were, into the machine. But could we even, then call them experiences? For is not experience, or more precisely, perception, the constant thwarting of such closure?

When We Were Very Young
A. A. Milne
Lines and Squares

Whenever I walk in a London street,
I’m ever so careful to watch my feet;
    And I keep in the squares,
    And the masses of bears,
Who wait at the corners all ready to eat
The sillies who tread on the lines of the street,
    Go back to their lairs,
    And I say to them, “Bears,
    Just look how I’m walking in all of the squares!”
And the little bears growl to each other,
    “He’s mine,
As soon as he’s silly and steps on a line.”
And some of the bigger bears try to pretend
That they came round the corner to look 
    for a friend;
And they try to pretend that nobody cares
Whether you walk on the lines or squares.
But only the sillies believe their talk;
It’s ever so portant how you walk.
And it’s ever so jolly to call out, “Bears,
Just watch me walking in all the squares!”

Abram, David. (1996). The Spell of the Sensuous. NY: Pantheon Books.

Baker, Ian. (2006) The Heart of the World. Penguin.

Davis, Wade. (2009). The Wayfinders. Toronto: Anansi Press Inc.

Ferguson, Marilyn. (2005). Aquarius Now. Boston: Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC.

Franklin, Ursula M. (2006). The Ursula Franklin Reader: Pacifism as a Map. Toronto: Between the Lines.

Milne, A. A. (1924). When We Were Very Young. NY: Dutton Children’s Books.

Rinpoche, Sogyal. (1995). Glimpse After Glimpse: Daily Reflections on Living and Dying. San Francisco: Harper Collins.

Subramaniam, Kamala, Trans. (1995). Mahabharata. Bombay: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
Glimpse After Glimpse: Daily Reflections on Living and Dying
Sogyal Rinpoche

July 28
        Though different forms are perceived, they are in essence empty; yet in the emptiness one perceives forms.
        Though different sounds are heard, they are empty; yet in the emptiness one perceives sounds.
        Also different thoughts arise; they are empty, yet in the emptiness one perceives thoughts.
Dudjom Rinpoche

June 2
        If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.

May 10
        The absolute truth cannot be realized within the domain of the ordinary mind. And the path beyond the ordinary mind, all the great wisdom traditions have told us, is through the heart. This path of the heart is devotion.

April 1
        Since everything is but an apparition,
        Perfect in being what it is,
        Having nothing to do with good or bad,
        Acceptance or rejection
        You might as well burst out laughing!

Dirk van Wyk
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
phone: 403-283-7665mailto:dirk@makedovisibles.comshapeimage_9_link_0