Sunday, May 4, 2014

where do all these pea picklin’ thoughts come from?

Mornings I walk through the fields to the river with Elliott. Afternoons I walk over the river via the road; Elliott stays home. The river is high and wide and muddy and laced with frothy bubbles as it surges around trees on its way to the lake.

Bubbles on a river.

One day I paused to watch wide swaths of bubbles heading toward a twiggy island and thought it was kind of like watching clouds and that I would soon be seeing images in the bubbles like an elephant or a donkey or Aunt Matilda. But all I saw were bubbles. I walked away and wondered: Where does thought come from?
Thought: 1. the act or process of thinking; reflection; meditation; cogitation (from Webster’s New World Dictionary, Second College Edition, 1986)
I was talking with my auto mechanic and snow plow guy (one and the same), ready to switch out my snow tires for regular tires. He was skeptical, reminded me that the last date he plowed last year was May 17. This year, that is the date of the first farmers market. I don’t remember that May 17 snow—all I marked on the calendar was that May 17 was the date hummie returned. The first tick had showed up the day before.
 … Thoughts enter our brain from a source that is outside of our physical body and, only when they reach the brain, does it begin to act and decipher them. … (from Israel News, 2013, #1 response from Google search where do thoughts come from)
One morning Elliott met me at the door with a mouse in his mouth.
Thought – … ; reflection, cogitation, consideration, meditation, study, lucubration, speculation, deliberation, pondering; … (from Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases, 1937)
Some days I think I should write about writing, but then again, what would I say? That like shit, it happens?

(2011, #3 on Google search)

And the treads on all my shoes, the ones lined up by the door, are caked with mud.
Thought, the power of the mind (q.v.) to form and rationally apply general conceptions. Thinking is a complicated process that depends on pre-existing intelligence, learning, and experience. It necessitates seeing what things have in common and putting those things into new relationships; the ability to retain impression of previous situations and to recall them (memory); the symbolizing of actions and objects by words. However, in its simplest form, thought is recognizing in the mind what another thing is, and having pleasure or pain from it. … (from The New World Family Encyclopedia, Volume Seventeen, Stratosphere—Undulant Fever, 1954)
Lately deer have been coming around in ones and twos and entire herds. One morning one was napping in the yard not far from the front door. When I opened the door to let Elliott out, shutting it behind him, that deer got up, stood still, was knock-kneed and all agog staring at Elliott. Minutes passed before it loped away. I opened the door. Elliott came in.

Yes, Elliott, them deers is back.

All thoughts come from the Universal Mind. (from Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo & The Mother, #20 on Google search)
It has been a grey, damp, brown, wet, grey, damp, brown week. Except for the furry black rims on the deer’s ears, the slick red branches of the dogwood, the fuzzy green of the evergreens. Then, late Friday, the sun came out. Saturday was grey until another dinnertime flash of light. Sunday morning, grey. Around here people like to say, as they did in Chicago, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute, it will change.” Which may be true except in spring when cold drab seems to be … forever. Folks up here deal with it by pretending spring does not exist. They call it winter and say we have winter until June, then, if we’re lucky, summer, maybe.

A flash of light.

Thought … Despite the fact that thought is a fundamental human activity familiar to everyone, there is no generally accepted agreement as to what thought is or how it is created. … (from Wikipedia)
I have started walking dogs up at the local shelter, and one has touched my heart. She is an older mutt, small to middlin’ in size, has floppy ears, skinny legs, is brown with a weathered-white face. I think: love.


  1. Thank you for walking the shelter dogs, and, awww, can't wait to see your new addition! ~ P

    1. Oh. There is no addition quite yet ...

    2. I know. But it sounds imminent! ~ P