Saturday, March 11, 2006

Landslide of changes

By Stevie Nicks
I took my love and took it down
I climbed a mountain, I turned around
And I saw my reflection in a snow covered hill
'til a landslide brought it down

Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?

Well, I've been afraid of changing cause I've
Built my life around you
Time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I'm getting older, too
I'm getting older, too

I took my love and took it down
I climbed a mountain, I turned around
And if you see my reflection in the snow covered hill
The landslide brought it down
The landslide brought it down

Soooooo... I'm sailing through my own changing ocean tides right now, and unfortunately I need to focus my time and energy on other things for a while. Sorry everyone. Fortunately, you've got a great person to pick up the slack where I'm dropping it. Anatman is the newly-appointed illustrious leader of Flapping Mouths, and will be taking over all administrative responsibilities. I'll drop in as I have time, and occasionally post comments, etc. but Anatman will be running the show.



At March 11, 2006, Blogger aumeye said...

Jules ~ Stevie Nicks and Landslide are forever favorites of mine. What a perfect way to introduce your announcement about leaving your position with this blog that you so kindly created and generously attended to. I feel a little sad that your voice may not be heard here as often as it has been, for you, like the aforementioned Stevie, are one of my favorites.

An early thank you to Anatman for taking the helm. Good luck.

And Jules, continued wishes to you for a clear and light path leading to a joyous and peaceful destination.

At March 11, 2006, Blogger karen said...

Hello Jules,
You have done a great job managing this space. I hope that everything is well with you. Incurable romantic that I am, when I read your post I became so sad. All I could think of was your previous posts regarding your personal life and the turmoil you were feeling around that. Again, I hope that all is well with you. I also will not be posting. I was awakened about 4:30 this morning by the many geese on our property and decided I may as well sit for a while. As the sun began to come up, I could see the geese, the leftover snow birds, robins, cardinals and the first red-winged black birds which I always feel is the first sign of spring. Everything was alive with sounds. Everyone was getting on with their lives. As I continued to sit a thought occured to me, actually tip-toed into my thoughts that perhaps the highest order of life is the ordinary, the everyday. I have struggled for months with nagging doubts about practice and organized religion and things that have disturbed me in these organizations. Amid the songs of the birds it occured to me that maybe surrender to the ordinary, the not knowing, is best after all. Just to be who I am and live with it. My life has not been easy, but it has given me so much to be grateful for that maybe it is time for me to give back anonymously. By that I mean to step out of my wonderings about enlightenment, satori, kensho, nirvana etc and come back down to earth and live as I was meant to. Not to strive after something day after day, but to re-enter the world in a way that I don't miss what my life has been about. I don't want to be anyone. I don't want to achieve anything. I just want to be, watch, and see what happens. I'm older that most of the people posting here and if the first 50 years of my life have gone by this fast I imagine that the next 10 or so will be swift. So, I am going to continue my practice as always. But I am going to spend less time pontificating about it and go back to my art work. I have two requests for drawings to be done and I think that and a long walk in the woods is a good place to start. Thank you everyone who posted, commented etc. I have had lots of fun, laughs and thought provoking moments. I just would like to get out of my own way now. I'm sick of my own mouth.

At March 12, 2006, Blogger Anatman said...

"Anatman is the newly-appointed illustrious leader of Flapping Mouths"

As we discussed, Jules, please feel free to lift this responsibility from my shoulders at any moment. I hope you do visit and post often.

I see my role here as janitor or floor-sweeper more than anything else.

The only difference now will be that we will not have the pleasure of seeing Jules' frequent posts. I, for one, will miss them.


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