Saturday, October 27, 2007

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Scooterdude Spotted Again

Here is some images taken by Mr. Wood of Cycles Maximus. (Check their fine site It was great meeting him and colleague and to learn about their cycles. Best of success!
Also, it’s been such warm weather that Doug has been able to extend his season. So, you can still stop by ‘Big Daddy’s Hot Dogs’ in Copley Square and enjoy the edibles at his stand. It’s nice to see him doing a brisk business.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Angel-Light, the Gaze of Child-like Delight

In October, especially in the afternoon, the illumination in the Square is brilliant. Always changing, the reflections off the Tower’s glass-panels cascading down onto the brick pavement, or the rays reflected off of the Church’s stained-glass, or other ‘echoes of light’ in this rectangular canyon shower the ‘Trickster’ with the special effects he often requires for his performance.
It was a delight again to be greeted by the Duck Tour hosts and their crews. Always a pleasure to wave and laugh to the families and the children. My heart grows fuller and fuller with each passing observer and welcome. It does both my mind and heart good to be so involved in the passing of the day with so many people in this mid-Autumn glow.
There, another picture is snapped of me with my WindScooter above my chin!
And, there, a video camera follows my glide around the plaza!
And, there again, a ‘high-Five’ from a group of skateboarders! “THAT’S SICK!”
“Thanks!” I shout back as I catch the next ‘wave of wind’.

But, it was a passerby named John who offered me a nice word of encouragement. “You are like a child. Even in the Bible, it calls us to be like children. You’re happy and that’s attractive and desired by people who watch you.”

“Thanks, John.” I said, shaking his large, carpenter’s hand. “I’ll treasure what you’ve said. Happiness, yes. Happiness to be found in life, in whatever circumstance or station in life we might find ourselves.” To everyone who watches, I hope I can express these sentiments, that we find ourselves as children, that happiness is available day to day, perhaps in the simplest of activities and sharing, in the smiles and laugher of life, as the children know it, and teach us.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Scooterdude, or Trickster?!

a simple ride, a simple glide...

Windy City (reprise)

fellow street performers

Honkfest Poster

Great Weekend in Harvard Sq.

Honkfest and OktoberFest! A great success and celebration of music and community joy! Scooterdude of Copley Square transformed into Scooterdude of Harvard Square, as he 'figure-scooted' to the fantastic carnival sounds from the several stages. The band from Portland, OR which finished the festivities was rockin' Some of my fans were thrilled to see me there, and asked, "When are you gonna be on Jay Leno?!"

Hmmmm.....thinkin about that now....

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Trinity Church - Sacred Space in Boston

Special Installation at Trinity Church

This seems a worthwhile event at this sacred space in the middle of Boston's Back Bay.
Go to:

mobius presents
The Human Cost of War
by Joanne Rice
of the Mobius Artists Group
Daily at Noon, Starting October 7
Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston

Joanne Rice of Mobius Artists Group
Starting Sunday, October 7 at noon and designed to continue for two years
Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston

Joanne will bring 100 small stones to a site by Trinity Church, Boston on a daily basis at noon, starting Sunday, October 7, and designed to continue for two years. The stones will ideally accumulate at the site and eventually number over 70,000 if the site goes undisturbed. Joanne Rice asks "What is the human cost of war? I hear the numbers and think: my brother, my sister, my mother, my father . . . The action remembers the daily toll of war." The site is on a grassy area at the corner of Boylston and Clarendon Streets by the Trinity Church sign.

From Trinity Church: "To be the host for this art action was a natural choice for Trinity Church. As a parish, we pray for peace for all people. And as our landmark building demonstrates, we have long history of supporting innovative forms of artistic expression."

Saturday, October 6, 2007

View Looking Up (taken while balancing*)

The Gift of the 'Scoot'!

As I have fewer and fewer opportunities to perform and to scoot, (schedule and location the primary reasons), it becomes clear just what a gift it all has been, mostly in terms of my mind and spirit, a purification, a cleansing bath of innocence and purity, with every smile of a child, every gesture of approval and recognition, every sense of notice and involvement with a stranger, and blessing of the crowd, even from each cop ‘on the beat’ delivers a gentle and up-lifting push. It has become a unique and wonderful event of purity, transforming me and my world. My concern is that I lose that glow. I worry that as I am less available to exercise the ‘scoot’ I might let go of its transformative power, and return to a previous weight, a previous mind-set, and previous unhealthy habits of body and mind. It will now require more mental and physical self-discipline where before it came of its own. I only had to ‘ride’ and I was in that heavenly zone. Now, it seems I’ll need to work to preserve that state, and discipline myself to maintain what came so easily before.

As is my practice, looking up, with the Scooter balanced on my chin, I’m caught in the instant, the present moment, of peace and tranquility now. “Ah, Serenity” I sigh. I no longer strain to achieve this balance but it now comes effortlessly, almost of its own energy, and I can truly relax as I look heavenward. I’m in my Center, and my Center is in me. There is nothing else. It’s all of one single moment of peace.

As I’d recounted to one of the passersby who’d asked me about Zen, I acknowledged that it is the experience of the ‘singularity of our existence, both individual and collective.....the Point.....the Singularity, the Center,....


the Cosmos!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

AltWheels festival a mixed occasion but generally worth the visit.

Enjoyed meeting all the good people who believe in alternative transportation and green options and who were willing to spend not just a few hours, like I did, but a few days of work and preparation for the event. Greetings especially to Hilary, Ron, Brogan, and all the good volunteers.

My suggestions, however, include, 1) a better location so that more people can access the booths and exhibits, and so that maybe there might be a demonstration plaza/space, or arena for riding, a better surface area, with pavement and not brick (so that WindScooter might show his stuff!)
2)more ‘focal’ events to draw the crowd into one or more shared experiences.

just suggestions.
but enjoyed it all the same.