James N. Powell's Blog

April 16, 2016

 By Jack Loeffler
Several years ago, my friend author William deBuys was writing his fine book, Seeing Things Whole: The Essential John Wesley Powell. He had selected several illustrations for the book including a map of the drainage areas of the arid West rendered by John Wesley Powell. This map appears in the Eleventh Annual Report of the United States Geographical Survey, 1889-90. Powell had wandered throughout the American West during the late 19th century, and recognizing that aridit...
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Published on April 16, 2016 15:10

March 30, 2016


In Defense of Anonymity (Letter to George B. Moore, denying him an interview)
 
I don’t know why we write, dear George.
And at times I wonder why we later publish
What we’ve written.
I mean, we throw
A bottle into a sea filled
With garbage and bottles full of messages.
We’ll never know
To whom the seas will deliver it, nor where.
What’s more likely
Is that it will succumb in the storm and the abyss,
In the sand below that is death.
 
And yet
This grimace of a man adrift isn’t so useless.
Becau...
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Published on March 30, 2016 22:07

March 22, 2016

March 9, 2016

     The gap means non-connectedness, un-connectedness — the Self, Absolute, unconnected with the relative. This is Cosmic Consciousness. All activity — the movement of the hands, and the activity... of the mind and intellect and ego — and then the Self, Absolute, being a witness to the whole thing. So there is a gap; there is a non-connectedness between this [activity] and this [Self], and that is the gap. Now in God Consciousness the gap is there, but it is so beautiful;...
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Published on March 09, 2016 09:36

November 25, 2015













                               Karim Baba    
                In what distant deeps or skies,

                     Burnt the fire of thine eyes.  
&nbs...
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October 17, 2015

CHAPTER ONE Teresa of Avila The Progress of a Soul
By CATHLEEN MEDWICK Knopf
Expeditions
Teresa de Ahumada began the first of her many journeys at the age of seven. This was not the usual thing for a well-off Castilian girl in 1522. She lived in Avila, a city of walls within walls: ancient ramparts, built to guard against Moorish invaders from the barren, windswept countryside; church and monastery walls, erected as bulwarks of the faith; and the facades of houses, designed to keep strange...
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October 11, 2015




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