The Space Between Us Is Love

The space between us is love.
Full of care for each other and those not here,
and possibility
with the same life it has when we embrace,

The space between us is love,
because what isn’t?

The space between us is love.
It opens up and we do not know
what next will appear?

The space between us is love.
Let our planet’s gravity protect us from
literal curses we may spew at each other
and with immediate or later regret.

The space between us is love.
In that moment between what I thought
and those words I said.
And oh how I wish I could take them back.
Oh how I will hold that space,
next time.

The space between us is love
The space between us is love
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The space


John Abbe, March 2020

I’ve been explicitly seeking spiritual community for a few months now, and just realized it’s plural. Not that I want more than one spiritual community necessarily, but that there are two overlapping sets of activities I’m engaged in:

  • A search for spiritual community for myself — formally with the Friends, and informally through Nonviolent Communication networks and whatever other opportunities present themselves.
  • Learning more about spiritual community and holding space for others’ search for spiritual community.

One thing that I am learning is how bespoke spiritual community is, perhaps must be from the individual perspective — people move toward or away from different spiritual institutions or possibilities for all kinds of reasons many of which go largely unexplored. And yet part of the draw of community is that it offers some kind of reliable commonality, some throughline.

Does this bring up something you’d like to share? Are you in or seeking to be in one or more spiritual communities? Comment below or email me at

Testing in serious numbers is just getting underway in the US, so the number of cases reported here will be jumping. (3/8) “Don’t panic” is always good advice (thank you, Douglas Adams) but “Better safe than sorry” also seems to apply here.

This article on pandemic phases (3/9) notes that phase two is “when people who don’t realise they have contracted Covid-19 go about their daily lives rather than stay isolated.” This is where a lot of the US is right now, and the article includes this image (already on Wikimedia), depicting how being careful now will help prevent COVID-19 from doing more harm than it will already:


A doctor in Italy (now on lockdown across the country) noted yesterday: “Some of our colleagues who are infected also have infected relatives and some of their relatives are already struggling between life and death. So be patient, you can’t go to the theatre, museums or the gym. Try to have pity on the myriad of old people you could exterminate.

This is my life.

Astoundingly often, it works.



WikiBirthday is March 25, let’s make something of it!

I should get up on what’s happening with Ward’s Federated Wiki.

I was just talking with dog, who seemed interested to spend some time together when I was about to eat. Unthinking, I suggested there would be plenty of (other) time to spend together. Immediately correcting myself I noted that of course I knew the only time we have is right now.

I find these conversations with dog often remind me of very helpful things.

About 20 years ago, I went to a one-man show of an evening with Buckminster Fuller in San Francisco. Fuller (or rather, the actor Ron Campbell) let you know right away that your perspective was going to be shifted this evening, when he invited us all loudly to, “Sit in, sit in!” and went on to explain that since our planet Earth is a sphere there isn’t properly an up or a down, but rather an out and in.

Being ready to have your perspective shifted is a good way to go into anything systems-related, such as the latest from the Academy of Systems Change, Leverage Points and the Iceberg Model in Economic Development:

[P]lacing a higher value on living assets (people and Nature) than on non-living capital assets is a key leverage point, enabling us to see why economies that mimic life enjoy a win-win spiral of systemic health and prosperity.

I look forward to Jay Bragdon’s book, Economies that Mimic Life. And I will be writing more here about the relevance of the leverage points to news — in general and especially on KEPW.

I’ve been writing raw HTML again. Still works. Feels good.

The Limits To Growth showed the consequences of unchecked growth on a finite planet in 1972. Lead author Donella Meadows continued her big picture environmental & social analysis for the rest of her life, and I find her “Twelve Leverage Points to Intervene in a System” a very handy map to help understanding things from a systems perspective. I’ve been giving a short riff about it for a few years to folks, and here is a recording of it (inspired by sharing it with Cooperation Eugene), recorded in February 2019.

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