Saturday, August 7, 2021

"... She's got everything she needs, she's an artist, she's free to look back if she wants to..."

"... And reads us stories out of the I Ching ..."

Yesterday YouTube churned up a song I remember well from 1967, the year I bought the Richard Wilhelm copy of the I Ching for three reasons.  One was that Bob Dylan had mentioned it in an interview, second was that Country Joe and the Fish mentioned it, and third was that my college roommate had a copy and taught me how to use pennies to consult the I Ching.

Today Blogger let me know that someone had visited one of my old posts which mentions the I Ching:

"It is very difficult to bring quiet to the heart."

"True quiet means keeping still when the time has come to keep still, and going forward when the time has come to go forward. In this way rest and movement are in agreement with the demands of the time, and thus there is light in life."

For some reason today, my attention was drawn to my blog archive:

Interesting to see that during my first year of blogging I posted almost every day of the week and that ever since I have not come close to that.  The smallest number of posts were during my last year working as a medical transcriptionist before I retired.  The largest number of posts were the year after the year R died.  Given that this is only August of 2021, I'm well on my way to an unusually prodigious year of blogging.

December 8, 2021, will be the 15th birthday of my blog.  I find it astonishing to think about all that has come to pass during these years and am grateful for the lasting connections made with blog friends near and far in this unforeseen community.


Anonymous said...

I loved reading this. Reminded me of the post I wrote years ago about the I Ching. Here's a link:
Yes, those first years of blogging were the most prolific. We had much to say in the early days. This year may be the fewest posts on Dharma Bums. Life gets smaller as we get older, and add the pandemic to that and suddenly there's not much to say at all except I'm glad we keep in touch.

Colette said...

We have that version also. My husband brought it into our life together oh so many years ago. I went to find it, to check the name, and I hardly recognized the book. It is old, old, old. And smaller than I remembered. I really should dust it off and use it again.

Sabine said...

I really enjoyed that read. I used to do a lot of the I Ching - if anything just as a motivation to think about another aspect.

ellen abbott said...

I never consulted the I Ching though my husband did some before we met. I think I might get a copy now though.

my first year of blogging, same, almost every day. second year a little less, third year and beyond, every other day or every three days though sometimes a week would go by. I'm in my 12th year.