waiting room: "Today, now, the doctor is here. What a good feeling
to be in the clinic, in this place of miracles. In the hall I see the doctors
working. So clean, so healthy. See what miracles have done for them." L.J.
Schneiderman, "The Appointment." In R. Reynolds and J. Stone, On
Stories, Poems, Essays. New York, 1991.
woman: "She represented the kind of death that our culture wished
to conceal, making it invisible as old women are made invisible: the common garden-variety
kind of death; death in old age, death from wasting disease, death after slowed
of body and mind. Our civilization tries not to acknowledge such death." B.G.
Walker, The Crone: Women of Age, Wisdom, and Power. San Francisco, CA..
spots: On March 21, 1996, I wrote to Robert S. McCully, "The
modern, scientific, mind works through a process of elimination,
spawning binaries, categories, and charisma. Thus several scholars
of Paleolithic Art see dots as marking boundaries, and palimpsests
arising from a lack of space." On March 26th, he replied, "'Scholars'
not read Leroi-Gourhan, since dots went on like waves. No boundaries like
meanders have their own associated signs, such as running angles and
sets of very tiny marks. But what do they represent? It was essentially
serpentine form and its associated angles that led me to assume the
meander was related to a water mythology and
ritual." A. Marshack, "Exploring the Mind of Ice Age Man." National
Geographic. January, 1975
be encountered: J.E. Pfieffer, "Icons in the Shadows." Science
horses, ibexes...: R.S. McCully, "Sorcerers as
Masculine Protest Symbols
in Upper Paleolithic Times." Journal of Psychoanalytic Anthropology.
they linger: J. Weishaus. Refigured from, S. Ortiz, "Dryroot
Shiwana: "The Shiwana are sacred beings in
the traditional religious cosmology of the Pueblo Indian world.
They are figures that exist as conceptualized beings which contain
the powers of life. That's why they are known most commonly as
bringers of rain and snow since moisture is necessary to ongoing
life. During certain traditional Pueblo religious ceremonies,
the Shiwana are personalized, or manifested as Kachina, masked
figures that represent the Shiwana." (S. Ortiz. Private
tank's innards: "The interior mechanism is simple
beyond belief, consisting of a hole and a flap or plug to seal
it, shut and stop the flow of water. On the plastic type, the hole
is closed by eccentric action on the back of the pivoting plastic
flap .On the brass type, there is a single linkage which lifts
the plug and pushes it back into its seat as the float rises. If
there are obstructions in the port or between the closure and its
set, simply remove them manually, reassemble the valve and open
the angle valve. Quickly reattach the float rod onto the valve=s
operating arm, and, as the tank fills, work the float gently up
and down, which should cause the closure to reseat itself in its
port properly. As you gently more the rod up and down, the valve
and shut completely, stopping the flow of water." D. Fredricksson, Plumbing
Dummies. Indianapolis, IN., 1983.
decoration: M. Donald, Origins of the Modern Mind. Cambridge,
sight: From, "Quetzalcoatl's Hero Journey." In, R.
and P.T. Markman, The Flayed God--The Mesoamerican Mythological Tradition.
correspondence: D. Abram, The Spell of the Sensuous. New York,