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A prayer in his wallet

David Carr Before

Now he’s the “new media” editor of the New York Times.

He used to be a “functioning addict.”

This inteview with David Carr is interesting in a lot of ways. 

David Carr: The News Diet Of A Media Omnivore : NPR
David Carr, who writes the Media Equation column for The New York Times, says that despite cuts, the future of journalism has never looked brighter. "I look at my backpack that is sitting here and it contains more journalistic firepower than the entire newsroom that I walked into 30-40 years ago," he says.
David Carr, After

“I put my addiction on my resume.”

He’s interesting and smart, but also he’s honest.

He talks about being forthright with this employer, the NY Times, at about minute 24:30




The prayer.

Around minute 31:20, he begins to talk about this prayer, and how he says it even though he feels hypocritical doing so. A man after my own heart. 

God, I offer myself to Thee-to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!”

He says he thinks the prayer comes from Saint Francis, but actually it’s from the “Big Book,” and was probably written by Bill W.

“If you cannot pray sincerely, offer your dry, hypocritical, agnostic prayer;
for God in His mercy accepts bad coin.” ó Rumi


Take My Life


Do you know this quote?

Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God”

In my puny, inadequate, hypocritical way, I have joined with those who made that decision.  You don’t need to be an alcoholic or a drug addict to appreciate the wisdom of the 12 steps. The steps provide a good model for facing any problem that makes one’s life unmanageable. Surrender and transformation: these ofent come in handy. 


The great challenge of surrender

Surrender is a battlefield. Don’t let anybody tell you different. 

 I take the third step every day. I need to take the third step every day. Every day. Every day. 

 ”Take my will and make it Thine, It shall be no longer mine.”


This old hymn has been on my mind today. 


Meher Baba said “Everything in the Gita is expressed in these few lines by a Western Mystic.”


Take my life and let it be
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David Wilcox’s Occupy Anthem


The Occupy movement does have a message, it seems to me: 

Do Something. 

Our will and hope and treasure ó Taken by fraud and coercion. And they will go on taking until we stop them. Until we take back from them what they have stolen from us.


Do something. 

Change your mind. TP the White House. Grope John Boehner in the silent halls of Congress.

Maybe write a song. That’s what David did. 


David’s song: 

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Do you know David? 

David Wilcox is a singer, songwriter, and astonishing guitarist with a big heart and a goofy laugh. He writes songs so poignant they will make you weep. Also ones that just are fun. He’s a guitarist’s guitarist, and a ridiculously hard-working creative force.


We became friends before I knew he was famous. It’s still strange to me to be buddies with a guy who has groupies. You can check out his website and music here


Roller Derby on Wikipedia


Gosh I do love roller derby.

One of the best things about moving to Asheville was discovering the Blue Ridge Rollergirls. Women’s flat track roller derby is the sport of the future, here today. 


If you haven’t yet seen a bout, make it a priority. If you have, I know you’re looking forward to the next one. (In Asheville, that happens on 19 November.)


Making lemonade. 

When the going gets tough, the tough write Wikipedia articles. I’ve had the pleasure of rewriting the Wikipedia article on Roller Derby. I’ve also learned a lot more about this interesting sport, and met some fine editors that like the sport as much as me. 

Roller derby - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Now I am sober...


Nobody knows Love like Rumi.

This poem really spoke to me today.



In my hallucination
I saw my beloved’s flower garden
In my vertigo, in my dizziness
In my drunken haze
Whirling and dancing like a spinning wheel

I saw myself as the source of existence
I was there in the beginning
And I was the spirit of love


Now I am sober

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Update: How disturbing...

Madonna got here first...and it just goes to show you

There is nothing so pure that can’t be sullied by an overwrought video and ambient music.


If you’re a glutton for punishment, click the Read More link below, and watch her video.

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All I do is dream of you

You’re every thought. You’re everything. 

A wonderful song perfected.

Chico at he 88s. If youve’never seen this, you’re in for a treat. If you have seen it, I know you’ll want to see it again. 



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Morning Pages


For some people, this simple practice is transformative. 

It certainly was for me. 

My daughter made me promise to write morning pages, and I have done so every day for nearly two years.

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Spend some quality time with your Higher Power.

The stream of consciousness monologue? In time you find out: it’s a dialogue. 



The I Ching: meditating on change.

When I face dilemmas, I will often consult the I Ching.

Trying to get a sense of how my intent accords with the changing flow of the Universe. 

You might enjoy trying this yourself. 



I Ching Online - the Online Book of Changes

There are lots of online I Ching sites. Most suck. But I like this site because the interface is easy (”Throw coins virtually”) to ge an instant reading, because the readings are updated and non-cryptic, and because each reading links to the extremely murky Wilhelm translation. 


Also this is the only site that understands the precedence of the changing lines in a reading (I’ll discuss that in a second.) The site also retains your readings in the browser history.



If you really want to know more about this is supposed to work, just Click to read more...


What to ask?

After a few tries you’ll probably find that the type of question the I Ching answers best is something like “How does this notion/idea/plan of mine accord with the will of Heaven?” You’re not going to get a helpful answer to “Should I wear the paisley tie or the purple ascot to the party?” But if you ask something like: “Is it a good idea to buy that 1967 Jaguar XKE from my brother-in-law?” the answer the oracle gives may appear very relevant indeed. 


Carl Jung and the I Ching.

I’m a big fan of the I Ching, because like Carl Jung, I’m kooky and smart. 

 I first read Jung’s essay on the I Ching in high school, about 200 years ago. In it, he first introduced his concept of Synchronicity. The essay was the introduction to the translation of the I Ching by Richard Wilhelm. He called it the Book of Changes. You can find the full text here

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Carl Jung


Bacon Popcorn


That’s right. Bacon. Popcorn. Bacon popcorn. 



Easy to make. Hard to resist.

Also: pretty much impossible to unclog your arteries afterwards. 


Here’s how to make it. Read more...


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“You call this healing?”


Love is coming to us all




Real happiness lies in making others happy

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