Not Dead Yet

A linocut of a woman's face, white on black back to back with a woman's face black on white

The coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic has­n’t killed us all, yet. There is much to write about, but most of it isn’t worth writ­ing about. The key touch­es on my life could also be expound­ed upon; but lit­tle has changed empir­i­cal­ly, much has epis­te­mo­log­i­cal­ly. I will sum up.

  • Truth Con­di­tion: I haven’t been proud to be an Amer­i­can since Trump was elect­ed. Increas­ing­ly mil­i­tant, state-spon­sored fas­cism is being deployed as naked white suprema­cy. The “Trump 2020 No More Bull­shit” flags that bray my neigh­bor­hood tes­ti­fy that cur­rent­ly racism and fas­cism are pigs that Amer­i­ca has stopped putting lip­stick on.
  • Truth Con­di­tion: There is a good rea­son the 2nd Amend­ment fol­lows the 1st. This is a koan. Bifurcate.
  • Poten­tial Con­di­tion: NO GODS NO MASTERS sounds like a good next tattoo.
  • Present Con­di­tion: I’ve grown more lib­er­al, the way a mir­ror cracks.
  • Poten­tial Con­di­tion: I am work­ing on a series of med­i­ta­tions on death that also tie into the 7 prin­ci­ples of Her­met­ic mys­ti­cism and 7 ele­ments: fire, water, earth, air, void, ener­gy, decay.
  • Poten­tial Con­di­tion: I plan to make a linocut print for each of them and find­ing fig­ure mod­els is going to be inter­est­ing because I’m so awful at drawing.
  • Present Con­di­tion: The boy donat­ed his hair, got glass­es, and joined Cross Coun­try. He’s lev­eled up and I love him more than ever.
  • Poten­tial Con­di­tion: A two-week camp­ing road trip to Arch­es, Mon­u­ment Val­ley, Grand Canyon Las Vegas, Death Val­ley, Sequoia, Joshua Tree, and White Sands is planned for the last two weeks of the month.
  • Lim­i­nal Con­di­tion: My dog is near the end, and I am sched­ul­ing her pas­sage into entropy like I’d sched­ule a chim­ney clean­ing. Farewell tour imminent.