Daniel Mack

Glossary of terms


Alchemy: practiced ability to transform

Apple Cores: what David Horton says is the reminder of eating an apple


Archetypes are tendencies we have; they are old, old ways of being that humans live out. They are amoral and adjectival

Boiling Stones: small, irregularly shaped stones added to liquids to make them boil more smoothly mainly in distillation. They provide nucleation sites so the liquid boils easily without becoming superheated. Without boiling chips, a liquid heated in a smooth container can become superheated and release vapor suddenly, sometimes violently

Bricoleur     more


Creative Fitness

Foraging Economy:   interdependent relationship, not too hierarchial; heterarchial; ebbing groups, gleaning

Haiku: feeling and the economy of writing. nature, now, AHA!           examples

Holswege: a path through the Forest that leads nowheremore

Inherent Vice. ~ The tendency of material to deteriorate due to

the essential instability of the components or interaction among components.

Magical Thinking: 

SUSAN (age 4) was drinking juice when she got the hiccups. 'Please don't give me this juice again,' she said, 'It makes my teeth cough..'

DJ (age 4) stepped onto the bathroom scale and asked: 'How much do I cost?'

CLINTON (age 5) was in his bedroom looking worried. When his Mom asked what was troubling him, he replied, 'I don't know what'll happen with this bed when I get married. How will my wife fit in it?'

MARC (age 4) was engrossed in a young couple that were hugging and kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his eyes off them, he asked his dad: 'Why is he whispering in her mouth?'

TAMMY(age 4) was with her mother when they met an elderly, rather wrinkled woman her Mom knew. Tammy looked at her for a while and then asked, 'Why doesn't your skin fit your face?'

JAMES (age 4) was listening to a Bible story: 'The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city but his wife looked back and was turned to salt.' Concerned, James asked: 'What happened to the flea?'

'Dear Lord,' the minister began, with arms extended toward heaven and a rapturous look on his upturned face. 'Without you, we are but dust...' An attentive 4 year-old leaned over to her parent and asked quite audibly, ' What is butt dust?'


Protective Custodies:  conscious and unconscious ways we behave to keep us out of harms way while transformations are happening.

Puddles: the casual shapes of what happens after something melts; not to be mistaken for the process of melting.



implies "poverty." It hints at the elemental sereneness of a gentle springtime rain tapping on the roof of a rustic lodge. It transforms intellectual entanglement as well as all forms of self-regard and affectation, to unearth the unadorned truth of nature, which underlies the variety of relative phenomenon: things are indeed wretched, miserable, forlorn and dreary.  BUT...

Since nature is asymmetrical, spasmodic, even "imperfect", wabi is the purity of natural imperfection. austerity without severity. 



When an artless, unschooled dignity is merged with a certain uncultured antiqueness, or the chimera of this age-old attribute, Japanese artists use the word sabi to describe it. Sabi is literally "solitariness," or even "lonesomeness." Sabi embraces solitariness. It’s an acceptance of it—a relaxed and peaceful satisfaction in being solitary.