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THE SEED CATALOG 2007

January, February, March

The intractable figure of death leading players over the landscape is the final scene of Ingmar Bergman's THE SEVENTH SEAL

 

Popcorn Double Feature Shows

 

Ingmar Bergman’s THE MAGICIAN (1958) would be a perfect double feature companion to THE ILLUSIONIST (2006). They share similar nuances of mystification and existential suspense, and both finally are exuberant visions regarding the triumph of magic. I never have understood why THE MAGICIAN is one of Ingmar Bergman’s less circulated masterpieces. To me, it’s the best! It has the same brooding black & white look of his earlier works, but there is a strong undertow of joyous humor in it, as well. At times the magician and his strange, wandering troupe seem to only be a sham, but some deeper mystery always arrives to compound the puzzle. Finally, what this film is about is the unpredictable magic of plain old human love and its wildly variated expressions.

 

THE ILLUSIONIST proves beyond doubt that Edward Norton is a superior actor! A minimalist in this role, to be sure. Early on, the story goes, he encountered an old man by the road, who was an authentic illusionist, or as we would say today, a magician. And no wonder that the youthful aspirant to such a world was indelibly impressed, as, according to legend, things progressively were disappearing under the influence of this old dude by the road, and finally he himself dissolves into thin air. To put it lightly, that demonstration set the course for Edward Norton’s character, who, in something like 1920s (or earlier) Europe, becomes the David Copperfield of his day, with a decidedly edgy slant toward the sinister, darker side. Preposterous perhaps, the spiritualist displays he summon onto the stage before rapt audiences – but finally, who cares. Even if it’s just a show, what a show! And you never know. Real magic is always lurking around in the shadows. As Leonard Cohen says, “God is alive, magic is afoot.”


– BJ

 

Who am I? How did I come into the world? Why was I not consulted?

 

– Soren Kierkegaard    

 

Imagine an infinity of lives and choices. There would be, I fear, infinitely more chaos than we currently “enjoy”as a result. Boundaries allow the freedom to focus freely upon what we hope to achieve and upon what is, after all, the most amazingly wonderful fact of all – the fact of Now. In the realm of our being, there is a balance of limited freedom and inexorable circumstance. The boundaries that most effectively and favorably influence our behavior are freely chosen from within; the others – restrictions of space, time and sentient existence – simply are there and require adaptive acceptance. Life as we know it is dissolving before our very eyes. We cannot detain or explain it. Time moves us along according to agendas beyond our ability to comprehend, and always there is the crisis of danger and opportunity.

– Bill Joyner

 

 

To be completely free means waking up from all dreamlike states, and reclaiming who you are: the maker of reality.

 

 – Deepak Chopra

 

 

... in the course of our life we leave and are left and let go of much that we love. Losing is the price we pay for living. It is also the source of much of our growth and gain.

 

Judith Viorst in NECESSARY LOSSES

 

 

We are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, hammering on the mind’s door at 4 a.m. of a dark night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends.

 

– Joan Didion

 

 

Dreams are only dreams, not necessarily signs of foreboding. Dreams are fantasies of the unconscious, dimly glimpsed through shades of slumber, but they are not literal descriptions of daytime reality  Dreams do have a lot to do with a person’s inner sense of reality, though. I often dream about being disoriented, bereft of meaningful assistance, separated from my car or my bike, without telephone contact, unsure of where I am, insecure, afraid of “losing it.” Reality reassures us somewhat that we are not so utterly lost as our dreams sometime suggest,  but the dream remains as a reminder of our need for greater inward AND outward stability.

– Bill Joyner

 

 

Machines will do anything you tell them,

as long as you do what they say.

 

 – T. Bone Burnett, in his song Zombieland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Act well at the moment and you have performed a good action to all eternity.

 

– Johann Lavater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only those who take leisurely what the people of the world are busy about can be busy about what the world takes leisurely. 

 

– Chang Ch’ao

 

 

We shall all have a rugged time of it, to keep our mind open and ... deep, to keep our sense of duty and our ability to make it. We shall have a rugged time of it, all of us, in keeping these garden paths, but this, as I see it, is the human condition and in this condition we can help, because we can love one another.

 

– J. Robert Oppenheimer

 

 

 

 

– BJ

There’s no such thing as not enough time if you’re doing what you want to do.

– Robert Half

 

 

Some critics of string theory say that it may prove nothing, that as far as parallel realities are concerned, this is it. But I heard one thing loud and clear in the discussion among physicists on NPR: everything that is, began with a big bang.

 

 

     
 

Contact Dr. J of the Saturday Sixties Show (12-2 PM} 

     
   
 



 

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THE CELESTIAL CAROUSEL (A Circus of Spiritual Discovery)

By Bill Joyner

This baby is born, weighing in at 51/2" X 81/2" and 91 pages. Thanks to each of you who have invested in this endeavor. The first edition of only 125 copies is sold out, but the current printing is available for a donation of $20, including postage. Just let me know by mail (POB 3411/Sarasota, FL 34230), phone (941-355-4050) or e-mail (joynerbill28@gmail.com) if interested.

 

 

THE CELESTIAL CAROUSEL: A CIRCUS OF SPIRITUAL DISCOVERY

William T. Joyner

The Celestial Carousel is a collage of original text, social commentary, quotations from American literature, and artwork by noted cartoonist, Christopher Browne.

In this "Circus of Spiritual Discovery," poet William T. Joyner explores secular experience and biblical ideals as a natural/Taoist response to the uneasy rise of worldwide fundamentalism in the 21st Century.

 

 
 
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