Naming Blogs

The name Ghost Dog is in reference to the Jim Jarmusch film of the same name. I love this movie and the name Ghost Dog is the perfect trope evoking for me several levels of meaning, the first of which is my love for movies. Followed closely by my love for books, stories, photography and music. The movie contains all these elements and more. Including an eccentric character acting alone following his own code as expostulated in the book The Hagekure: The Way of the Samurai. Another element of my life very important to me is my interest and devotion to Eastern Philosophy. The way of the Samurai has long fascinated me. Two of my favorite passages from the book and included in the film are as follows:
“The Way of the Samurai is found in death. Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily. Every day when one’s body and mind are at peace, one should meditate upon being ripped apart by arrows, rifles, spears, and swords. Being carried away by surging waves. Being thrown into the midst of a great fire. Being struck by lightning, being shaken to death by a great earthquake. Falling from thousand-foot cliffs, dying of disease, or committing seppuku at the death of one’s master. And every day, without fail, one should consider himself as dead. This is the substance of the Way of the Samurai.”
“There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you still get the same soaking. This understanding extends to everything.”
My tagline: Notes from the Underground with pictures says two things. First it is another literary reference about a disaffected character communicating with a wider audience from the vantage point of his underground location actually a “mouse hole.” This could be any blogger typing away on his computer keyboard in some dimly lit lonely basement,a  cheap hotel with neon lights blinking outside, or lonely apartment on Santa Monica Blvd. or other such accommodation. I see Tom Waits, Charles Bukowski, or Nelsen Algren.
The picture thing has to do with my love of photography, visual images, and the stories they tell. I will be illustrating my posts with my own work for the most part, but on occasion, when the moment is right, I might snag an image off the internet.
Well, that about explains it. I would be interested in hearing what you have to say, so drop me a line or leave  a comment. As my friend Timi says, keep the conversation going.

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7 thoughts on “Naming Blogs

  1. Thanks for sharing. I get your tagline. I am usually hitting the keys alone on the dining table. I’ve enjoyed some of the photography you’ve shared on Google+ and look forward to seeing more here.

    The way of the Samurai, seems dark to me. I don’t know much about them, except what I remember from the movie, The Last Samurai. I guess being warriors, meditating on death helped them accept its inevitability, and made them less afraid?

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  2. Ah, Timi, you make me think. And that is a good thing. Thanks for your comments and your interest. I can understand why you might think the Way of the Samurai is dark. You are right to say that being warriors, meditating on death helps them accept its inevitability and makes them less afraid. It is also a basic Buddhist principle to realize that life is short and therefore precious. Here is a Zen saying: “Form is like a dew drop on the grass, life is like a flash of lightening-transient and illusory, gone in a minute.

    I have found great inspiration from the Samurai. Another book I really like is the “Book of Five Rings,” by Miyamoto Musahi. Here is a quote from that book: “There is nothing outside yourself that can enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within, Everything exists. Seek nothing outside yourself.”

    Having said all that, I am more a Buddhist philosopher than I am a Samurai warrior. But, there was a time, I followed the code.

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    • Thanks Benn for explaining. Fascinating stuff, I admit I know next to nothing about Buddhism, Zen or Samurai. I agree that in the scheme of things, life is short and therefore precious. I hope I use my time here wisely.

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  3. I like movies and pop culture, music, art and theater, too. I am one who goes all over the place in my posts, but I developed the byline of “Relationships reveal our hearts” as a way to consider how humanity fits into so many areas. Benn, thanks for the shout out on my post, “How Sweet It Is!”

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