Sunday, May 3, 2015


I'm so excited by the prospect of elaborating another brilliant insight, quite as profound as "Every Spoke" as the name for a peace activist non-profit: the idea of even-handedness, in all its metaphorical richness, to convey the importance and potential richness of developing ambidexterity.

Red and Blue Hand Prints, titled "AMbidexterity" by the artist
By Erik Wannee (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
And once again I don't have time to do this topic much service, being exhausted from a long morning in the garden, planting tomatoes and laying slate for path stones, and a long afternoon at the computer, complying with Google's Mobile Compatibility Requirements.

Friday, May 1, 2015

On the other hand,

I was struck by the relevance of this quote, and its paraprosdokian nature, as possible help in conveying the importance of chirality. We strangely are not bothered by the dissonance of thinking the hands (and the rest of the bilaterally symmetrical body parts) mirror images of each other, thus essentially identical (at least equal in their essence), and yet of their metaphorical uses--to describe the oppositional systems of democratic political struggle, "left" and "right"--as polar opposites, and to celebrate the rare occasions on which the opposing sides can compromise enough to get a bit of governing done.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Beard and the Bonnet [or is it a Babushka?]

As a tribute to

David Novak's String Figure Jack, I would like to offer some astute reflections on ambidexterity and androgyny, correlated with the Doubting Game and the Believing Game, and what by now must be fourth wave of feminism, what I like to call the rise of the Feminary. But all that is much too complicated for so late at night, so I will instead invite you to enjoy David's amazing performance. This is my quintessential example of string game storytelling, so far, and I am dreaming of a retelling of "Ma Liang and the Magic Brush" which might employ almost as many different figures...My MacArthur Project...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Read Quote of John Kabler's answer to What does it feel like to be intelligent but take blue-collar jobs? on Quora

Made me think of Mike Rose's "The Mind At Work"
Book cover of Mike Rose's "The Mind at Work"

There's an essay he published based on the same material as the book, Blue-Collar Brilliance, published in the The American Scholar

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Rhinoceros Up the Tree

When I asked my brilliant granddaughter how to frame my water string stories for Ebb and Flow, she said, "Humor!" immediately.

I am not known for my humor. I have quite a bizarre sense of humor, I'll admit, and tend towards the obtuse, which is about two turns of a Möbius strip past obscure. Yet I still persist in believing that there are more of us freaks with odd senses of humor than is generally supposed, and so I venture this joke I just read in "The Electric Radish:"
"Sumatran Rhinoceros Way Kambas 2008" by Willem v Strien - flickr: IMG_2227. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

How does a rhinoceros get up a tree?

She climbs on an acorn and waits.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Amazing virtuoso ensemble