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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Ley Lines which connect us

Posted By on Tue, Dec 26, 2017 at 1:09 PM

When I first moved to the New York City of the Ozarks in the 70s, I read a fascinating article in Fayetteville’s old alternative paper, Grapevine, about ley lines in the Ozarks. For most people today, ley lines are what “Ancient Astronaut Theorists” prattle on about during what the once-proud History Channel laughingly refers to as documentaries.

It’s hard to find anyone today who remembers that article, but I remember it as being pretty interesting. For those interested in ley lines in the Ozarks, here is link you might find useful.

http://www.ozarkangel.com/2010/05/arkansas-calling.html

Ley lines, for those who have managed to stay away from the subject, are thought to be alignments between sites of religious or cultural importance, often believed to have spiritual significance of some sort.

The Reader’s Digest Condensed Version above is pretty much all we need today, as I’m not really thinking about spiritual real estate.

What I am writing about, and have been thinking about for some time, are the connections between us as people, a sort of humanistic form of ley lines, if you will.

Oh, not between each and every one of us - in a universe in which we value conservation of energy, that would be pretty wasteful.

No, I am thinking more along the lines of what Gertrude Stein meant when she wrote that when you have a particular need, the universe will often provide it. I am, of course, paraphrasing what she said, but you get the general idea.

I have been thinking of the people in our lives, the major players in the our dramas, who turn up almost out of the blue, yet play integral parts in who we become, or what we attempt to accomplish.

Sometimes you know in an instant upon meeting someone - though, admittedly, insane asylums and prisons are full of people who imagine such things - but more often than not their importance to us is a gradual thing.

I have less than no interest in geographical ley lines, but the ties that bind us as human beings? That intrigues me greatly, more as I get older, I think.

Please note: I said as I get older, and not as I get old.

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Today’s Soundtrack

Writing to Dimitri Tiomkin’s score for “Strangers on a Train,” quite possibly (hell, probably) the finest of all of Alfred Hitchcock’s films.

Just follow the link and enjoy - well, the score, at least.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ4Qj3sxi8k

Following that, listening to the score for “Ben-Hur,” composed by Miklos Rozsa, one of the greatest film scores ever.

Don’t believe me?

Well, just check out the famous SF short story, “The Aliens Who Knew, I Mean, Everything,” by George Alec Effinger.

So there.

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When I was a boy, I was told that anybody could become president. I’m beginning to believe it. - Clarence Darrow

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