Now some people say that you shouldn't tempt fate
And for them I would not disagree
But I never learned nothin from playing it safe
I say fate should not tempt me....
...I've crossed lines of word and wire and both have cut me deep
I've been frozen out and I've been on fire and the tears are mine to
Now I can cry until I laugh, and laugh until I cry
So cut the deck right in half, I'll play from either side.
- Mary-Chapin Carpenter, "I Take My Chances"
So he happens to be a grey lynx, instead. He is, however, the gatekeeper
to this place, the Silver Lion's den; it is his eyes who keep track of
such things, when she is away. Treat him kindly, if you would.
As is fitting, the entry to this cave shall be devoted to a slight hint of
a map of the depths of its interior, some merest sketches, some more
detailed. Such is the way of these things, is it not? So.
- Sun, Moon and Stars: The lion is a creature of the natural
world, and, as such, has his links to those things. Hence, this
- Sun: The King of Beasts is a
Beast of Principles, Duties, and Honor. These things are the light of
day, are clear, are bold, are glorious, and, when pressed too closely,
- Moon: The Lion, as a Cat, is
subject to the forces of mystery. Philosophy, religion, power, these are
all great mysteries, which are often spoken of and not so often
- Stars: Where is guidance, if
not in the pinpoints of the heavens? Are stars dreams, compass pinpricks,
and the like? Here, perhaps, are to be seen a guidance point of dreams to
scatter the heart among.
- The Pride: Such a multicolored word,
one of so very many meanings, is 'pride'. To a lion, however, pride is
the family, the network of power and prowess that is not only pride, in
the more colloquial sense, but home. It is in all these meanings and many
more that I make this section.
- The Hunt: It is the she-lion who
hunts, did you know that? The sole contribution of the male is to make
noise and startle the prey; it is the womenfolk who do the work. In this
section, inequities are hunted down, some with seriousness, some with
flippancy. Conflict is the meat of the meal of living, and intellectual
conflict may not feed the belly, but it feeds something.
- Siesta: After one has hunted well,
and fed well, there is left time to sleep and to play. Lions remember
this, while few humans do.
There is also, recently added, a selection of poetry (and possibly
eventually other things) which I have written. Please see the Book.
Additionally, some of my drawings and artwork are now located in the Gallery.
Another section addendum is my new Boston Red Sox -
Major League Baseball fan page, which is getting more attention than
the rest of this page because I'm still in postseason trauma.
Now up and running, the Cooking for Writers who Forget to
Eat Resource, a list of recipes and food tips for those people who
tend to forget to deal with minor things like basic nutrition when
confronted with a sudden development of progress in a scene.
For more personal-type information, I've decided to install a bio page.
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