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Feb 23, 2006


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Ironic, I just came across your blog last week and was looking for a post to give me a handle and context on your writing.  This is this post.  What good fortune.   'Seek and ye shall find', as they say.

I'm right with you on constant change and ripple effect you talk about. The world is constantly changing as is anything we perceive.  One thing I'd like to add is that while ever we look at the world, identify ourselves with it and then call it 'home', we are bound to resist these changes and that resistance can only cause great distress and despair as we 'suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune'.  Are we so sure the world is home? Isn't home the place we perceive it from? When we look beyond these changing appearances we find Life itself, and can recognize it as both unchanging and forever benevolent. Aren't we that?

Interesting - for some reason I had absolutely no doubt that 'Ripples' represented something like you described, and I've been reading a while. The image I've had is a pebble dropped into a pond creating ripples that grow into waves by the time they reach the edge - very similar to your explanation.

The butterfly effect....

Your constant observations. Your questions. Your always looking around the next corner.

Your readers already knew....

Such an interesting blog and great commentary here! I enjoyed the post very much and the thoughts it provoked. When we think about change like a mobile then we can see that everything on earth is connected. When any one thing moves the connecting pieces ripples go out infinitely touching, to some degree, the entire whole.

I've been watching "What the Bleep" DVD, and there was a reference to ripples as what the native American shaman saw when Columbus' ships were first in the horizon. At the time native Americans had never seen such ships and therefore their brains could not "perceive" the ships. As the shaman looked at the ripples on the ocean and pondered upon the causality of the ripples, he began to see the ships, and with his credibility, he helped others see the ships too.

If we liken ripples to "patterns", then I have had a long love affair with ripples watching, before I even knew enough to articulate what this was that had fascinated me.

And here I thought I was a big picture guy.

I had always seen Ripples as a guide to those in transition, be it from one job to another, from employment to retirement, from hobbyist to entrepreneur. That would have been challenge enough.

But Ripples aims, in fact, to capture a world in transition. It would see the portents of things to come and express, in clear and urgent terms, ideas whose time has already come.

To succeed, it will have to part the curtains of convenient and conventional thought and push aside both practice and prejudice.

Catching ripples in a pond that is as large as the planet Earth is no small challenge. I wish you good luck.

Typepad doesn't like multiple pings, so it's tough to trackback when hosting a blog carnival, but this post is listed in the Carnival of the Vanities at

Articulate, interesting, definitive, succinct, focused ... I think, my friend, that you are writing the perfect blog. And - even though you describe the title as non-intuitive - at the very first glance, it conveyed the true meaning. A totally usable word for a previously unrecognized wonder. Cheers! ~Linda

Ah yes "ripples " , a concept most pronunced in the old gardens of Kyoto that were designed in the 13th century very much with the Buddhist notion of ripple ...have a look is a meditation upon peace and "random order" . cheers from Australia.

It was very interesting blog

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