Where There's Smoke, There's Fire (or Drive All Blames Into One)
A near-sighted young eagle dove from a precipice toward the rocky waters below for a fish he thought he saw. He caught his right wing as he dived and broke it. He tumbled clumsily into the water but was able to painfully pull himself on to shore. He was unable to fly, in great pain and stumbled and rested about the shore at the bottom of the precipice.
A young yogin looking for a place to meditate heard of a cave called Kelly-Taco-Tom-Tap in the mountains surrounded by villages. He heard the villages were Buddhist and would be helpful and sympathetic with his interests. He moved into the cave and began to practice. The villagers heard of this and became curious, they went to Black Bear, the shaman and asked what he thought. They reported he seemed to be talented and genuinely interested. Black Bear, who never practiced much, was jealous and said, "This could not be true; he had seen his type before and knew him that type to be nothing but trouble." The villagers didn't pay too much attention, so that evening Black Bear went outside the village and started a fire of leaves and young sticks to create a lot of smoke. The smoke rose the height where the yogin was meditating. The next morning the villagers awokes and saw the smoke and became afraid. Black Bear walked among them, leaving the fire to burn. "I told you," he said. It's that yogin. That type is nothing but trouble…
The emails in this volume chronicle and document some of the story presented in the memoir. There are perhaps one hundred or so more, which may be added in later editions or a separate volume. The earlier emails demonstrate a far weaker, far less studied experienced relationship to the topics discussed in the book. Those in this volume are a good example of the later emails.
There is also a second project by the author with a similar set of email chronicles. This is TaxTheRichDotName email series and reflects the author’s involvement in recent political efforts to redress the current distribution of wealth in the country.
For more on either of the Email Chronicles and on both projects, the reader is referred to http://www.blamingjaphyrider.com and http://www.taxtherich.name.
The blog for Blaming Japhy Rider is at http://www.philip.bralich.authorxpress.com
About the Author
The author has a PhD in linguistics, many years teaching ESL and essay and research writing. He has much experience presenting at professional conferences and publications in theoretical syntax, ESL and computational linguistics; much experience with professional business presentations, business writing, and grant writing as well. He has thirty years’ study and meditation of Zen and Tibetan Buddhism as well as a wide reading of Western and Eastern psychology and philosophy.