MICRO-STORY: She has a syndrome, the doctor said, maybe she’ll return and maybe she won’t. My beautiful girl lies motionless on the bed. Her eyes do not open. She is not really here. He says the trauma was just too much, a result of our exodus, the shattering sea and the bodies bobbing in the waves, her mother one of them. I am a father alone in a place that is not my own, on the outside, with a daughter who has disappeared deep into her inside. belindadoveston.com
'The Dividend' a young son, upset that his busy father ignores him, visits an opium den and becomes addicted to the drug. Hollywood’s sensationalized portrayal of women in opium dens fuelled the outrage of righteous citizens.
April 2018: Hubble, bubble, toil and (no) trouble | I Ching Cafe
MICRO-STORY: The driveway grew a wart, a fungoid pushing its way through rock and root. It seemed innocent enough at first, and then it grew. I was there the moment it burst, the puffball spewing spores into the breeze, hopeful for infinite propagation. It was not the cloud of microbes that held my attention. It was the solitary unblinking eye that glared up at me from within its bowel that froze my core. I could remove the mothership, but I could never capture its progeny…
March 2018: Make it beautiful and enjoy the fruits of your labours!
MICRO-STORY: He had waited a long time, patience tested to the very edge of his own outer limits. He was told that he would know, in time, what he was destined to do and become. As the rain poured down, clarity emerged as if the deep dust of forgetting had finally been washed away. The sword felt good in his hands, still heavy yet no longer tainted with restless confusion. His excitement bubbled up through the mud. At long last he would walk his own path, breathing freely…
A pet swan being helped into a car where it enjoys a ride to the shops. Its owner Mrs Watson of Chesham, Buckinghamshire says that 'Leila' who has been a family pet for two years, can open doors and is a good guard 'dog'.
The Unexpected Knot: Hexagram 25 Innocence to 21 Biting Through. A great lesson on how evidential the I Ching is, even if we do not understand just how much at the time!
MICRO-STORY: She could not move her toes. Not even a wiggle. On the first night, a deep cold descended. Freakish, the radio had said. In the pre-dawn shimmer she thawed, slowly. Her body ached as life returned. Yet her heart was on fire, the light of freedom creating its own glow from the embers deep inside. Never had such a small space felt so infinite and alive with possibility. She would not seek revenge for the past, only to take each mile as a marker on her road to somewhere else…
I Ching Hexagram 46 Pushing Upward: Plants know the secret to growth - steady effort and persistence around obstacles. Good advice for us!
I Ching Hexagram 32 Duration to 50 The Cauldron: Long-term relationships require endurance and consistent effort. Hex 50 is the cooking pot for transformation.