My Duct Tape Life

My Duct Tape Life

This is my own little section of the Order of Thelemic Knights website. This is where I share more of me rather than material on Thelema or OTK topics.

To Know, Know, Know Me Is To…

Love, Love… yeah… I’ll just stop right there.

I’m fairly eclectic, that’s a fancy word that really just means I sometimes lack focus in choosing what I write about. I write poetry, short stories in several genres, tutorials, there is also the proverbial novel that I have been writing since I was about 22 years old, now I’m… well, older, and the novel is still incomplete. I assisted in writing procedure manuals for the community college I attended before University. The procedure manuals are the only writings that have found their way into hands other than my own until now. No one reads procedure manuals anyway right?

I love writing and have since I was just a wee lad. It’s only been recently that I’ve somewhat revealed the goings on inside my head to an unsuspecting world. Up to now, I had always feared rejection or ridicule. These days? It simply doesn’t matter. See, there are two kinds of people in the world. There are those who will love what I write and heap oodles and oodles of praise and affection upon me; then there are those who will not like anything I’ve written. They are simply wrong and you should probably avoid this type of person. I’m kidding of course.. mostly.

I have separated my writing into two categories, Creative Spasms and Random Spasms.

In my 50+ years…dammit! I went and spilled the beans there didn’t I? Dammit! So, moving right along… In my life I’ve been called many things. Some were not very flattering and I was almost always the one calling me them. In high school, much to my abhorrence, my nickname was Waldo. Let me just say that anyone who calls me that now is immediately placed on my poopie list, and trust me, you don’t want to be on that list. Please note the intimation of a not so veiled and completely worthless threat.

One day a friend of mine said to me, “You know what you are? You’re the uncarved block!” I immediately said, “Gee thanks, you’re a blockhead too!” He then tried to explain what he meant by that and ended up just telling me to read The Tao Of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff. I did so and loved it. I cannot think of a more fitting description of who I am and I am certainly not embarrassed to be considered one! Uncarved block is a loose translation of the Chinese word pu. It can also be translated as ‘unhewn log’ or ‘simplicity.’ Pu is pronounced ‘pooh’ just as in Winnie The Pooh, who just happens to be my all time favorite uncarved block.

From Wikipedia: “Pu represents a passive state of receptiveness. It is a symbol for a state of pure potential and perception without prejudice. In this state, one can see things as they are, without preconceptions or illusions. It is believed to be the true nature of the mind, unburdened by knowledge or experiences. In the state of pu, there is no right or wrong, beautiful or ugly. There is only pure experience, or awareness, free from learned labels and definitions. It is this state of being that is the goal…”

Yeah, I can handle being pu. It’s probably not a good idea to say that out loud in front of other people though. They may misunderstand and call some people who will bring you a new white coat with very long sleeves and an oddly placed belt.

I’m very glad you are here and I look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions on the subjects I write about. So jump on in and maybe we can learn something from each other. Stranger things have happened… just look at the platypus… I mean look at it!

Thanks for stopping by and now back to our regularly scheduled chaos…

Sapere Aude

Sapere Aude

Just some guy. Somewhere. Doing some things.

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