Thursday, October 19, 2006

ku # 420


An odd light tonight in the Forks. The Au Sable never looks blue. Adirondack rivers are tannic brown. Weird.

It looks like blue dye was dumped into the river, which is odd because that's exactly what the pulp mill just around the bend used to do. Town's people could tell what color paper they were making on any given day because the Au Sable was also the same color. Ahhh, the good old days.

That's Main Street on the left. I'm on the bridge over the West Branch of the Au Sable about 100 yards from where it meets the East Branch of the Au Sable to form the plain old Au Sable River. Guess that's why I live in village called Au Sable Forks.

FEATURED COMMENT: Michelle C. Parent wrote, "I see that you've situated yourself in that place the Celts called "between". It's a place where you are neither in one place or another and two worlds meet...anything that lies between is traditionally a place of potent enchantment: a bridge between two banks of a river; the silver light betwixt night and day; the moment between dreaming and waking; the motion of shape-shifting transformation; and all those interstitial realms where cultures, myths,landscapes, languages, art forms, and genres meet."

3 Comments:

Anonymous Michelle Parent said...

I see that you've situated yourself in that place the Celts called "between". It's a place where you are neither in one place or another and two worlds meet. Living where the two rivers meet is a kind of "between" in my eyes. You are where the two rivers join and become a new river that is neither one or the other. That is a place where two world meet, is it not? Of course the Celts meant in "between" places the worlds that met weren't necessarily this physical world we touch everyday. Other "between" places are sea shores, dusk and dawn, fences and other boundaries, crossroads, etc. This quote expresses it very well:

"anything that lies between is traditionally a place of potent enchantment: a bridge between two banks of a river; the silver light betwixt night and day; the moment between dreaming and waking; the motion of shape-shifting transformation; and all those interstitial realms where cultures, myths,landscapes, languages, art forms, and genres meet."

A good place to be, in my opinion!

It looks like you found a magical moment to be in "between"

10/19/2006 02:36:00 PM  
Blogger gravitas et nugalis said...

hey Michelle

Thanks very much for the Celtic lesson.

It's interesting to note how many cultures have created/recognized the notion of "between". Ours - the market-driven one - doesn't seem to value or recognize such an idea, at least not in a spiritual sense.

More's the pity.

10/20/2006 01:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Michelle Parent said...

I like to use "betweens" sometimes as a form of meditation too. I focus on the space between inhale and exhale or the silence between one tick of the clock and the next. Once you notice one "between", you start to notice a myriad of "betweens" and it can become a walking/waking form of meditation. You just have to look and/or notice. Then again, that is the hardest part isn't it?

10/20/2006 02:27:00 PM  

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