Life Cycling

January 11, 2018.  It’s been a little over five years since I slipped my left wrist into the silicone band bearing the wisdom Celebrate What’s Right With The World – motto of Dewitt Jones, photographer and philosopher.   I’d just spent a week “on Molokai time” recalibrating with Dewitt and others.  I wondered how long the band might last. At least five years: the one I am retiring to my altar shows no wear until placed on top of a new one.  Then I can see it has thinned, which explains sometimes slipping off.

2012 held a pair of life-changing encounters.  A week with Mr. Poetic Medicine, John Fox, in Canyon De Chelly broke me open. Mother Nature delivered a Vision Quest where I’d anticipated just poetry and nature appreciation.   I came home wobbly, at best.  Within days, notice of a Dewitt Jones workshop on Molokai slid into view, and I signed up on the spot.  I was a fan of Dewitt’s philosophy from videos in wisdom classes.  With crossed  fingers, I began another adventure.  Getting to Molokai felt a lot like another Vision Quest, but the Island way and the people (once there!) were what I needed.  I will never forget returning, standing outside the Austin airport waiting to be picked up, unable to contain my smiles, eager to say THANK YOU! to the one picking me up (the one who put up with me after Canyon de Chelly!)
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Breaking On Lava Rocks

May 24, 2015.  This is another flash back — to ocean waves breaking on huge chunks of black lava, on the beach of Molokai late 2012.  I was there for a week of photography opportunity.  I encountered many unanticipated inner churns, impossible to reflect in photography alone.  One evening at sunset, I set the camera down on a rock, sat myself down on an adjacent rock, and turned to poetry.   I was grateful later that I’d snapped a couple of photos beforehand.

The image is of a wave hitting the rocks.  These came and splattered came and splattered — rhythmic, intense — hypnotic!

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