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January 5, 2004


My intention... was to suggest that all things--stories, incidental sounds, from the environment, and, by extension, beings--are related, and that this complexity is more evident when it is not oversimplified by an idea of relationship in one person's mind.

~John Cage
"Indeterminacy" from Silence

wading gene pool

These photos are not intentionally related to the above Cage quote. I found all three in a concert program from Prague, circa 1994. Each one reminds me of a different member of my family--my grandfather, father, and step-father, respectively. The Czech gene pool is not very wide or deep, so it's not surprising that there are similarities. I keep these pictures around, tucked in various books; they serve the function of any family snapshots--to remind of certain people. It doesn't matter that they are images of strangers. What counts are the associations they trigger.

I've been walking to and from work lately, 40 or so minutes each way.  What a luxury! It's been too cold and/or slippery for biking. (For me, at least, though every day I see hardier people braving the ice, snow, slush, and sleet.) At first walking seemed impractical, slow, almost boring. But now I cherish this time spent "out of the loop," caught between here and there, my mind mostly empty.