FIELD NOTES (04/27/2017)

I dreamt of crows.

One in particular. In the dream I was feeding them from my roof-spot. In the dream there was some type of passage/blockage that had to be cleared, not unlike a windowsill, in order for me to feed them. So I was opening that and leaving food & also leaving coins. The coins were nickels, I think…Im aware that shiny objects are intriguing to corvids so I mustve incorporated that into the dream. There was one crow lingering just before I woke up – it was looking at me from up close as I cooed “hello bb! Hello bb! Hello bb!” The dream-crow looked @ me & left moments later.

I woke up. 6:22 am. Opened windowsill, to toss out some seed – at that very moment a big fat one was just landing on the roof next to me to investigate. A BIG one. The seed scattered on the roof as it relocated across the street, black wings beating like wind-whipped drums….rippling…crow relocated across street. Watched me. Continued to pour seed out. I closed the window & the crow left a few moments later.

So you should view this fleeting world: a star at dawn, a bubble in a stream, a flash of lightning in a summer cloud, a flickering lamp, a phantom and a dream. Went to get some strawberries from the freezer. A hint of snowfall – like a thin film of sleet, opaque yet perceptible (at least against the background of the street)…though after just moments of writing here it has shifted…a bit thicker. Again I look up & it has certainly begun to snow in late April. Wow. So gorgeous – hope the crow I scared off gets some roof-seed before it’s hidden.

What do Charles Manson and Jiddu Krishnamurti have in common?

Let’s start this one with a quiz.

But you can’t do that without any background, study, or idea of what you’re being quizzed on. Right? That’s not fun for most people. So here’s what is important to know in order for you to answer this straightforward, single-question examination below. Charles Manson is a notorious musician, cult figure, and convicted murder whose life has been the focus of much media scrutiny. Jiddu Krishnamurti was a philosopher, speaker, and writer of the 20th century who was famous for his keen articulation of reality and humankind.  Krishnamurti’s life story is a fascinating account of an influential spiritual teacher; Manson’s is an equally fascinating odyssey from the world of petty crime to celebrity status and, most often, to prison.

Being that both of them were outspoken public figures, there there were ample occasions for individuals to speak with them and interview them on film. And thanks to YouTube I’ve had the opportunity to see some of this great footage of both Manson and Krishnamurti. This past week I was watching a video filmed in the early 80’s On some occasion each of them were asked a seemingly innocuous question – WHO ARE YOU? 

So here’s the quiz. WHO SAID THE FOLLOWING? (Manson or Krishnamurti)

Question: Who are you?

???: I am nobody.

Watch these videos to find out.