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Fungal Art  - 
The Book of the Dead Man (Fungi)
Marvin Bell, 1937

Live as if you were already dead. – Zen admonition

1. About the Dead Man and Fungi

The dead man has changed his mind about moss and mold.
About mildew and yeast.
About rust and smut, about soot and ash.
Whereas once he turned from the sour and the decomposed, now he breathes deeply in the underbelly
of the earth.
Of mushrooms, bakers yeast, fungi of wood decay, and the dogs preceding their masters to the
burnt acre of morels.
And the little seasonals themselves, stuck on their wobbly pin stems.
For in the pan they float without crisping.
For they are not without a hint of the sublime, nor the curl of a hand.
These are the caps and hairdos, the mini-umbrellas, the zeppelins of a world in which human
beings are heavy-footed mammoths.
Puffballs and saucers, recurrent, recumbent, they fill the encyclopedia.
Not wrought for the pressed eternity of flowers or butterflies.
Loners and armies alike appearing overnight at the point of return.
They live fast, they die young, they will be back.

2. More About the Dead Man and Fungi

Fruit of the fungi, a mushroom's birthing is an arrow from below.
It is because of Zeno's Paradox that one cannot get there by half-measures.
It is the fault of having anything else to do.
The dead man prefers the mushroom of the gatherer to that of the farmer.
Gilled or ungilled, stemmed or stemless, woody or leathery, the mushroom is secretive, yes, by
Each mushroom was a button, each a flowering, some glow in the dark.
Medicinal or toxic, each was lopped from the stump of eternity.
The dead man has seen them take the shapes of cups and saucers, of sponges, logs and bird nests.
The dead man probes the shadows, he fingers the crannies and undersides, he spots the mushroom
underfoot just in time.
When the dead man saw a mushrooming cloud above Hiroshima, he knew.
He saw that death was beautiful from afar.
He saw that nature is equidistant from the nourishing and the poisonous, the good and the bad,
the beginning and the end.
He knew the littlest mushroom, shivering on its first day, was a signal.
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It is a sports story that will demand debate from every corner of Connecticut. Courant sports columnist Jeff Jacobs on what the proposed XL Center renovations mean for the state's sports fate.
HARTFORD — This is the beginning. This is not the end. This is the beginning of the most important sports story in Connecticut in 2015. A story that will have no scoreboard, at least not until a decision is made on what route to take with the most important athletic facility in our state.
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This is a cool story. I always drive by this place and wonder about it.
Growing up, brothers Alex and Joe Giadone shared a bed until they were in grade school and a bedroom until Joe went off to college. Now the men are back in Hartford living together in a 14,000-square-foot fixer-upper that they bought from the Episcopal Church.

Take a tour inside here.
HARTFORD — Growing up, brothers Alex and Joe Giadone shared a bed until they were in grade school and a bedroom until Joe went off to college.
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Another Fall

Withered garden plants heaped upon the compost pile,
garden tilled and smooth and resting, woodshed full,
air cold, sky clear, mountains red and yellow.

How many more times to see this turning from life to death?
How much longer to be healthy and want to be a part of this?
When will my own turning toward death make me look—

as my father looked at the end--only inward so that I
can't see what's out there, beyond me, in this sweet world?

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Philadelphia native Gene Demby was 4 years old when city police dropped a bomb on a house of black activists in his hometown. Thirty years later, he's still trying to make sense of it all.
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I like the 'pay per pound' since I like just a little sweet.
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By Leo Babauta. Our lives get so complicated not overnight but gradually. The complications creep up on us, one insignificant step at a time. Today I order something online, tomorrow someone gives me a gift, then I get a free giveaway, then I decide I need some new tools. One item at a time, ...
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Han Shan, that great and crazy, wonder-filled Chinese poet of a thousand years ago, said:

We're just like bugs in a bowl. All day going around never leaving their bowl.

I say, That's right! Every day climbing up 
the steep sides, sliding back.

Over and over again. Around and around.
Up and back down.

Sit in the bottom of the bowl, head in your hands,
cry, moan, feel sorry for yourself.

Or. Look around. See your fellow bugs.
Walk around.

Say, Hey, how you doin'?
Say, Nice Bowl!

By David Budbill

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