Forested: spiraling and spirituality

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Lincoln at Forested has kindly provided us with some really gorgeous images of the blueprints of his educational garden space, placed above and below Continue reading

Leopold and more

New Minilecture and Discussion Forum pages are now up and running! Looking forward to reading your comments, and seeing some of you next week.

UPDATE: urls for downloading this week’s texts are now fixed — sorry, I did something wrong with the html coding. Also, I will be emailing folks tomorrow about when we will be meeting this week for our final conversation.

Follow-up

It was a great virtual conversation yesterday, thanks to everyone who took the time to participate. Here are the things I promised I would follow-up on Continue reading

Emerson video

Click here to go to the video about Emerson and the idealist tradition in America. Sorry, this video had been posted earlier under a Minilecture page, and then the html coding got swallowed, and the link lost. This is not “required” viewing; please spend time reading the assigned texts and viewing the minilecture(s) first. Though a little cheesy, the video provides some useful background context and biographical info. which is helpful if you are coming to Emerson for the first time.

New Minilecture(s) up and running

The mini-lecture for this set of readings is a double-header. For those of you who want the shorter, abridged version, click on the video screen below to watch a video I cobbled together over the last several days about Emerson and Swedenborg.

However, should you want more context and detail, click here to go to a high-quality video recording of a lecture I gave in Stockholm in 2010 at the Royal Academy of Sciences — at an event I jokingly call the “Swedenborg Lollapalooza.” A wonderful occassion that brought in all the major “stars” from the orbit of Swedenborg scholarship into one place, and yet let junior, more “green” (no pun intended) folks like myself share the stage with them. I gave a presentation on “Swedenborg and Environmental Thought” that focuses on Emerson… a more complete, fuller version of this text is being published early next year (2013), and a printer’s proof version I have just received is under the texts tab for weeks 5 & 6 — to read only if you have time, after getting thru the Albanese and Emerson.

Calendar Re-arranged (and happy election day!)

Hi everyone —
Well, the verdict came in that it was better for a majority in this seminar to tinker with the calendar, and work with two-week chunks of reading / blogging, rather than new material every work. I hope this might prompt some more blogging entries, especially from folks who’ve yet to contribute. Thanks to all who have done so, thus so far: it’s been a great conversation. Continue reading

Day at the John Muir Archive


Today was an exciting and fruitful day at University of the Pacific, tracing down the ways John Muir was reading and responding to Swedenborgian thought. The wonderful Muir archive in the Holt-Atherton Collection houses Muir’s former library, which includes several books by / about Swedenborg, and/or Swedenborgian figures like Sampson Reed and James John Garth Wilkinson… Continue reading