Mystic Strings

THE concept of mystic strings has been with me for a while. String, strand, cord, rope, twine, and twist are expressing the idea of individual threads being roped or twisted together to form a stronger unity. Metaphorically, the idea suggests that an individual is part of a community, whether a family; a string of friends; a working professional group; a writer’s group; a sport’s team; a theater group, etc. – the list goes on and on – and this is the concept that interests me.

I do not write about heroes, nor do I write about gritty individuals; I write about humans as they live their lives, with and without each other and further, about the impact of their choices and actions. Every day is a struggle to be the individual you want to be; yet, we all do it, fight for the person we like. And in our fight, we experience love, loss, revenge, and redemption, invariably united with people in our lives that make up our piece of twine and therefore, messing with our sense of individuality.

This is the conflict I like to write about and to me, it is mysterious. Driven by conscious, sub-conscious and unconscious forces, our fight is not ours alone.


  1. Excellent. Charlene Spretnak once wrote:
    “a bear taken out of its habitat and put into a zoo is still a form of mammalian life, but it’s not a bear.

    It’s not a bear.

    It’s not a human if its felt connections with the unfolding story of the bioregion, the Earth community, and the cosmos are atrophied, denied, and replaced. It’s not a human if it can no longer experience awe and wonder at the beauty and mystery of life, seeing nothing but resources and restraints.

    Relationships aren’t just cozy add-ons to our lives, they ARE our lives.

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