“The surreal is but reality that has not been disconnected from its mystery.” — Rene Magritte

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Music Coming from the Missing Pages,  photograph by Michelle Tennison

 

What do I absorb from the sun and stars?
          My mother’s voice 

Question Mary Ellen Binkele,  Answer Michelle Tennison (2014)

 

“All truths wait in all things” — Walt Whitman

Perhaps there is more meaning inherent in everyday things than we realize.

When we play The Question and Answer game in definition form, with questions such as What is faith?, it feels like an experiment in living words, one where we might begin to reclaim language after years of devitalization through manipulative and/or mercenary agendas. (Beware the Vision checking account or Freedom mortgage). Many of us are longing to experience an authenticity in communication that we feel has been lost. One way to do this is to concretize and reconnect abstractions to their original source:  The living Earth.

What is faith?
          A cicada shell still hanging on the tree

Q&A Session with Chris Hudson, Mary Ellen Binkele, and Michelle Tennison  (approx. 2003)

 

blackberry blossoms signed

Blackberry Blossoms, photograph by Michelle Tennison

 

Is there … anything more charming, more fruitful and of a more positively stimulating nature than the commonplace?

— Charles Baudelaire, Salon de 1859

What is prayer?
          I see a purple flower underneath some vines on the long, long walk to you.

Q&A Session Mary Ellen Binkele and Michelle Tennison,  (1999)

Dark Matter

The overwhelming majority of the universe is:  who knows?

— Richard Panek, The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality

Apparently we are only aware of about 4% of reality, and scientists are in a scramble regarding the rest …

What is critical mass?
          The space between stars

Question Michelle Tennison,  Answer Paul Miller (2014)

Meanwhile it is said that 90% of our DNA (aka “junk DNA”) serves no known functional purpose …

What is the soul?
          A water bug skims over the surface
          perfectly balanced between
          here and there

Question and Answer Session with Mary Ellen Binkele and Michelle Tennison (1999)