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  1. some June day in 2013, a truly summer day in every sense, lazy cloud, his brother, and myself climbed into a jeep I hadn't completely destroyed yet, drove down a couple of backroads through the forest, to Cumberland falls and met up with Marblehead. of course the falls itself was the first thing that we shared commentary on. jim said what a great place for meditation it was and how difficult it is to completely clear one's mind; how could you ignore the water falls and not think of it in its presence? he said something about how I didn't look like the college student he was expecting to meet. he generously offered to buy us all lunch, and asked what we wanted to order, there by a snack stand; hotdogs, ice cream soft drinks, burgers, fries, place. lazy cloud quickly spoke up, saying that the lodge was where lunch is being served and Marblehead ended up buying us all pork chop plate dinners. jim smoked his cigarette after lunch and after we had touched upon a few Taoist topics; lazy cloud's brother and Marblehead got into a long discussion concerning solar power. we probably hung out just over a couple of hours. if I had to condense down to one word that described the encounter and Marblehead, that word would be jocund. marblehead said he wanted to get over to jelico mountain while there was still light to check it out. Marblehead, said he had met a few other bums. he talked some about the poker playing ralis. on our way back after we had parted ways with Marblehead, lazy cloud and his brother talked about how they really enjoyed meeting jim. lazy cloud described jim as a "scientific Taoist". I thought it was remarkable that in person, jim was the same as an online Marblehead. I hate using overused descriptors, but the word authentic fit jim like a glove. in real time jim was just as quick and spontaneous as Marblehead comes across here on this forum; except in person, much better. his typed hehehe isn't the same as looking into his eyes while he did hehehe with a cigarette hanging off his lip. I met Marblehead at the one year anniversary of my XYP initiation. we all know his materialist theory views and have heard about his chair. after our meeting I did notice some change in his postings concerning spiritual aspects. he was one who wanted to see evidence and wasn't much on things he couldn't identify objectively. however, jim was open minded and knew there were mysteries in the universe and with the process some of us here refer to as Dao. we've read Marblehead's "Evolution is a fact." Marblehead/jim was well aware he was undergoing evolutionary process too. he left his mark here for sure. a prolific poster, a handy philosopher to engage with, an authentic person. he remains part of the magic that is The Dao Bums. as long as this site remains online, Marblehead achieves immortality. an immortal dao bum, if you will.
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  3. old farmer's advice

    more of the swivel search lights on commanding hilltops and countless drones than the choppers here to think about. fortunately no one has had to be airlifted medical reason out of here. in the hills, a chopper may have a distinct advantage and sometimes at a severe disadvantage, depending on some variables.
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  6. herbz

    yesterday, I spent some time with my cuz mary. she had surgery on Friday, still a little sore, moving slow, I went out and watered her flowers for her. we walked about a third of the way down her driveway as she is trying to build her strength back. her driveway winds up about half a mile. her place sitting up above the branch is idyllic and perfect for quiet recovery time. she showed me her pear trees and said the peaches were all gone. on the walk down the driveway and back up she said her mom called these purple flowers 'farewell summer'. later, my aunt showed up and asked me if I knew what these purple flowers were called. I said, yes, they're ironweed. my aunt looked at me and said, 'I always called them farewell summer." yes, I said, they bloom late summer. my dad had told me they are a sign of good soil. Cherokee used them medicinally. I refreshed her pit's water bowl and was rewarded with a friendly lick. I put some bird seed out and moved the bird bath closer to the bird seed. when I first showed up she shared what little herb she had. ive cut way back on my consumption of and have been experiencing unpropitious results thereof. I commented on a hummingbird that was resting on a twig, I asked her if she had ever tried Charlie's (a former neighbor who moved out to new mexico--not to be confused with Charlie, her house dog, 18 years old, found the secret fountain of youth apparently, playfully teased me with it's pink monkey squeaky toy) floral water, she hadnt and if had some floral wire could make a swing for the hummingbird. I looked up brian doyle's essay on hummingbirds for mary to read. if you havnt read it, here is your chance.
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  9. No more right-wing bullshit.

    This is the first ive looked at this thread, and ive only looked at the most recent posts. From those, i see that The Dao Bums is alive, well, and kickin'! Of the few posts i just read. From liminal luke, ilumairen, sean, walker, nungali, manitou, ct, steve---the authors of those posts would make up a super mod dream team. Like walker reminded us of Word is bond. It certainly is. And World is Bond. That's my take and i know I'm not alone in thinking this world is for bonding. Forging unbreakable bonds that endure all this world can throw at ya. This type of bond looks out for each other, this way there are no weak links. These types of bonds shine eternal. For some of the best bonds found anywhere--we're in the right place. Right here on The Dao Bums.
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    Moving day
  11. Scott Meredith

    Maybe check Meredith out on FB and start a dialigue with him if you want
  12. Paintings with a Wow Factor

  13. mystical poetry thread

    AMONG THE EYES The blind guides have come for us We summoned them thinking to save ourselves These are the terms Nothing is forgiven nothing is remembered And order they tell us was never ours ---WS Merwin Merwin closes with RAINLIGHT maybe check it out if you feel so inclined