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White Woods, 7/03/10, Steamboat, CO

Today is the day we are all scheduled for our hike through White Woods.

First: Coffee and a left over scone. Everyone is sleeping.

I randomly openĀ  Jewish Christian Dialogue, Drawing Honey From the Rock and start reading a bit about Neoplatonism and realize many of my views are Neoplatonic. For some reason this is disturbing to me. Further reading a difference is distinguished between the Jewish and Christian teachings: Jewish / how to live, and Christian / (see the creeds) what to believe.

Once all else in the house are awakened, we drive downtown to Wynona’s – known for their cinnamon rolls as one of if not the best in the country.

Conversation goes deep thanks to Ben starting with an introduction to the dollar auction in an explanation to Political Lobbying, and then into the deep with experimental economicsĀ  and the prisoner’s dilemma. Soon we cover ethics, social morality and law, political philosophy, social experiment, comic books and movies. The conversation is like air – as if having watched a movie in 2d and then seeing it in 3d without the glasses.

It is 11:30 and we carpool to White Woods where there are bagged lunches prepared by Ellyn awaiting us upon an outdoor table. Dale and Jonalyn and Finn greet us.

Bill and Robin present a view into Spiritual Abuse: we discuss.

After a group consideration of how scripture gets used out of context to manipulate people through fear, forgetting God’s Grace, Ben offers, “the Devils Irony”. This sticks with me as a term.

Book Titles fly:

Changes That heal

The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse

Grace Awakening

So you Don’t Want to Go To Church Anymore

A presentation is given from the end of the movie, The Truman Show. Discussion is wrapped up and we head outside to walk the land.

White Woods is beautiful and magical.: I hang in the back of the hike line with Philip and Savannah for most of the trail, stopping several times for contemplative viewing. We work our way up to 360 and back to finally work on Jonalyn’s garden.

Dale lights a fire in the fire pit.

We carpool back to town for dinner at the Cantina. The restaurants in town are jammed because of Fourth of July weekend. Steamboat is a popular destination.

The night ends with music in the loft. Molly and Philip share their talents. Molly, once a punk rock singer, reveals a beautiful singing voice (again – she sang a couple days ago with Philip in duet filling the Cimarron from the loft).

Julia digs her elbow deep into my right rhomboid to break up an antagonistic 2 month old knot of muscle and nerves. Barry Ben and I try to watch JCVD on dvd but it is late and we only get 15 minutes in before sleep dominates our thoughts…

Before going to bed, I check email. Savannah has sent a link. It relates to all our talks this weekend:

An excerpt from a Social Observation sponsored by the Washington Post, in relation to Beauty … a quote:

“In his 2003 book, Timeless Beauty: In the Arts and Everyday Life, British author John Lane writes about the loss of the appreciation for beauty in the modern world. The experiment at L’Enfant Plaza may be symptomatic of that, he said — not because people didn’t have the capacity to understand beauty, but because it was irrelevant to them.

‘This is about having the wrong priorities,’ Lane said.

If we can’t take the time out of our lives to stay a moment and listen to one of the best musicians on Earth play some of the best music ever written; if the surge of modern life so overpowers us that we are deaf and blind to something like that — then what else are we missing?”

…Truth, Beauty, and Goodness….

That leads me to my final waking moment Bach’s Chaconne played by Heifetz.

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