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  • I'm working my part of the circle, or so I think.

    The oak that warms my small house tonight (sometimes so much heat, I have to throw the door open, a wood stove knows not when to stop) comes from a tree removed from not more than 15 feet from the porch.

    It is hard and dense, and, will release to me the potential energy it carefully stored up for (?) 20, 30 years? The ash that remains will return to my compost pile, and cycle into plantings maybe a season away.

    I dream it as a circle, but is that just my own imagination? Surely I will burn more than my share of wood this season, more than I can cycle back. Am I part of a losing cycle of consumption?

    The math is probably doable.

    Yet, I would rather marvel at the variegated texture, the pieces that ft together or not.

    I reflect on that satisfying feeling of arcing the axe correctly to split it into stove sized pieces. That act alone may be the most satisfying task I do on a regular basis.

    I think of "parts" and wonder if that ad expression "parts is parts" came from the east coast chicken king, Frank Purdue (Google tells me otherwise, that is another fast food empire).

    Maybe I have too much time on my hands.


    I am using Cowbird to share the story of a 15,000 mile road odyssey I took in 2011, which started with me quitting my job in March and setting out in June for a loop around the US and Canada. It's less of a day by day narrative and more of an attempt to tell a story of the story, with some amounts of imagined bits that emerge on looking at the media from the trip, including the more than 1400 images, videos, and audio files collected in my digital time capsule, the Storybox.
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