Archive for July, 2016


“In 1934, conservationist Aldo Leopold and his wife
Estella bought a barn — the remnant of a — farm and
surrounding lands in south-central Wisconsin. The entire
Leopold clan — five children in all — worked together
to put into practice Aldo’s “land ethic”, which involved
ecological restoration and sustainability. In the process,
they built more than a pleasant weekend getaway; they
established a new way of relating to nature. In 1948,
A Sand County Almanac was published, and it has
become a beloved and foundational text of the
conservation movement.”
Leopold’s youngest daughter’s own memoir
can now be placed comfortably beside her father’s

Source: A Longhouse Birdhouse: STORIES FROM THE LEOPOLD SHACK ~

Scott Watson and Chuang Tzu

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“Once upon a time, Chuang Tzu dreamed that he was a butterfly, flying about enjoying itself. It did not know that it was Chuang Chou. Suddenly he awoke, and veritably was Chuang Chou again. He did not know whether it was Chuang Chou dreaming that he was a butterfly, or whether it was the butterfly dreaming that it was Chuang Chou. Between Chuang Chou and the butterfly there must be some distinction. This is a case of what is called the transformation of things.” – C.W. Chan, translation

Is it that we are all dreaming

or we are all being dreamed?

Butterfly that which dreams

you dreams me Chuang-Tzu.

– Scott Watson

Sendai, Japan

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Quotations from Chuang Tzu by Thomas Merton / New Directions & Terebess Asia Online (Tao)

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Quotations from Chuang Tzu
by Thomas Merton

Chuang Tzu. The Way of Chuang Tzu. Translator/Editor Thomas Merton. New York: New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1965. ISBN 0877736766

Chuang Tzu was a Taoist sage, living sometime before 250 B.C. The book Chuang Tzu is believed to contain both his own writings and writings by others about him and his teachings. The quotations at this site were taken from The Way of Chuang Tzu, which was compiled by Thomas Merton (a Roman Catholic monk) after reading four different translations of Chuang Tzu. It is an abridged version of Chuang Tzu.
As Thomas Merton says in his introductory note, you enter upon the way of Chuang Tzu when you leave all ways and get lost.


To name Tao is to name no-thing.
Tao is not the name of (something created).
“Cause” and “chance” have no bearing on the Tao.
Tao is a name…

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otata 8 – august, 2016 :: selections


Scott Watson


When you can’t
be in the mountains
here’s the wine





A universe’s
loneliness is
me too even
asking what’s
for dinner.



Cupping you
these hands
mountain stream




Myth is where
we’re all from
a frog croaks no


Up in the sky radiation
from Fukushima meets
radiation from Chernobyl.
“Hi! How’s business?”


I lose
my way


Corrado Aiello



Incontri estivi:
frequenti pizzicori


summer encounters:
frequent invisible

from otata 8 – Lorin Ford, Jeannie Martin, vincent tripi, John Levy, Scott Watson, Cherie Hunter Day, Andrea Cecon, Hansha Teki, Scott Metz, Tom Montag, Helen Buckingham, Mike Montreuil Ξ selections from Poets from Haijin Italia, 41 Ξ Scott Watson – Two pieces on Santoka

Source: august, 2016

Harnessing the Immune System to Fight Cancer – The New York Times


Dr. James P. Allison and Dr. Padmanee Sharma have been research collaborators since 2005, and spouses since 2014. Dr. Allison developed Yervoy, the first of the checkpoint inhibitors.CreditIlana Panich-Linsman for The New York Times

New drugs and methods of altering a patient’s own immune cells are helping some cancer patients — but not all — even when standard treatments fail.

Source: Harnessing the Immune System to Fight Cancer – The New York Times

Daily Haiku: July 30, 2016 | Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog

trying to follow
one firefly
by Donna Fleischer
bottle rockets, #21, 2009


Source: Daily Haiku: July 30, 2016 | Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog

G.L. Mind – Being Gazed Upon