Murmurs from the tree



Letting go

May 28, 2022

Most of my writing time is devoted to games right now, so I may not keep a regular schedule here. I feel more focused and enthusiastic about my writing, and

Narrative Time and Linear Time

May 19, 2022

The events of a story take place in an eternal past / present / future that can be thought of as “narrative time.” Narrative time is not anchored to the

Role Playing and Community

May 13, 2022

Communities form through behaviors and decisions, not by accident. A functional community requires members who regularly practice behaviors that sustain it. Spontaneous individual actions that demonstrate or reinforce a feeling

Making a change

May 06, 2022

I’m proud of myself for keeping up with this blog for over a year. It was not my first attempt at blogging, but it was the first one to cascade

Stay Tuned

Apr 29, 2022

While I’ve posted an entry once per week since beginning this blog over a year ago, I am taking some time away for Beltane. I’ll return next week.

Buddhism Goes to War

Apr 22, 2022

  The Art of War arose from the Daoist reflection on warfare, strategy, and tactics. Daoist analytical methods emphasize the power of holistic frameworks. Placement of soldiers cannot influence the

Wrathful Buddhas

Apr 15, 2022

The Tibetan Buddhist tradition contains a panoply of demonic images that project anger and force. Wrathful Buddhas sit wreathed in flame, indifferent to the changing conditions of the world. Beings

Capitalism Kills Ownership

Apr 08, 2022

Despite rhetoric that glorifies the free market as the guarantor of ownership rights, late stage capitalism is marked by a concentration of ownership. As wealth flows toward the owner class,