Writing these one-page, blog-format, daily entries, I find myself making a series of draping daisy chains.  Actually, when I was small, we used dandelions.  Perhaps a more exact metaphor would be the different colored construction paper chains we’d make for grammar school special occasions where we’d drape paper chains back and forth across the room.

With our little plastic scissors, we’d snip out a long rectangle from a sheet of heavy, colored paper.  Pasting Elmer’s on one side, we’d loop around the other end and hold the ends together until they stuck.  Then we’d slip the next chain inside the circle, paste one end, hold both sides firmly and continue the chain.

In each entry, I seek to take myself and the reader on a little journey.  Leaving home, I like to explore an idea, maybe note something new along the path, introduce the idea to another idea it may not have met and then carry the new relationship back home.

Having established a little circle, the next day I look for a starting place somewhere along the path of the previous day’s contribution.  Beginning the new circle within the older circle, I seek to carry myself and the reader to a new place, starting from an established idea, with formerly unrelated ideas getting to know each other once again.

Eventually, the chain runs its course and it’s time to drape it across the room.  Then we start a new chain that, when completed and hung, will touch other draped chains as they lean against each other when stretched from wall to wall.

Language is a peculiar medium with which to communicate the nature of evolution and transformation, the origins of humans and the dynamics of social change.  Creating our daisy chains of words and draping them across a conversation, we have few opportunities to alert the listener to the various ways the conversation creates interconnections over time.  Obama in his Reverend Wright speech accomplished a rare act of making connections between multiple societal threads while revealing their importance in his own life and society at large.  It was in making those connections that his words evoked the nature of the world we live in.  His words revealed a process, a spiritual insight, in the very way the words were put together.

Using words to construct a metaphor, creating a picture in the listener’s mind, is one way we transcend the limitations of a narrative, single-thread communication form.  When music makes a picture, we are experiencing both a narrative and a simultaneous presentation of pattern.  Experiencing both, we get close to the truth that both narrative and simultaneous are inextricably entwined and actually two facets of the same, out-of-time, experience.  Words can evoke this understanding.  With these entries, over time, I seek that goal.

As a child, I adored making chains of paper.  As a grown-up, I’m seeking the places where ideas merge.  Making daisy chains of essays that talk with one another through time, I come closer to transcending time.  The narrative chains get broken, the timeless emerges and the daisy chains of childhood and the present day embrace.


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