6 Dec 2006, 12:07pm

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About Humanyms

What’s this about?
Humanyms is a personal blog of what I find valuable or noteworthy, out there in reading, or in my daily experience. It is a digital Commonplace book.

My notes are predominantly to myself for my own benefit but others seem to like it ok. It was given Honorable Mention for best Ottawa Ottawa Blog at XPress Best of Ottawa 2006. Other tips of the hats have been:Thru Humanyms I am part of the pride of Shameless Lions Writing Circle with my lion, GhufranlionlyonIn January 08 I was given the nod by Rollie as

What’s the Logo?
The logo of the candle is DNA on fire, symbolizing life’s brief candle. It is to light ways across bridges. It’s not iconic of anything religious.

What’s the Name Mean?

Humanyms is a portmanteau of homonym (homo = same, nyma = name) and human.To be human is to be many things and when we say we are human we mean many things. “To be only human”, meaning fallible, or to be forgivable and lovable “anyway”. It means to “be humane”, or merciful. To be “human” can mean superior to all other species, or to be just another primate with dreams of godness.


“Stunning is one of the words that crossed my mind when I first read this site. Pearl Pirie is a Canadian poet, writer and editor and is obviously someone entirely committed to getting people enthusiastic about words. The material here is indepth and thoughtful and very well written.” — Seamus Kearney, June 07

“Only one slice of her artistic nature is expressed through a lens, as a supplement to her poetry and other writing which are gorgeously expressive and indicative of her great intelligence and literary talent.” ~ Scott Speck, Summer, 2007

“She mines the internet for gems and always comes back with not only great stuff but keen insights on disparate topics.” — Robert Peake, February 26, 07

“She passes on an endless supply of interesting links and thoughtful quotes. Her words skip, skim, and sink-in because of her playful poet’s perspective.” — Colleen Redman, Dec 4, 2007

What’s the Mandate?
The mandate is to promote whatever is positive and builds understanding, to jot down whatever catches my eye as being amusing or beautiful or useful to pass on, or try to prioritize to not forget.This is a space to ruminate, not rant, about the nature of being human and how to be human in a positive way. It is to look into finer discriminations of what looks positive but may not be or looks negative but may not be. It is execise space for mind and writing, and positivity.You can listen in or cooperate in meaning-building. If you can teach or learn something, that’s lovely cream. Sometimes this process(ing) looks like

  • articles of lecture notes
  • synthesized thoughts from different sources of reading,
  • event reports,
  • links lists and quotes,
  • a “verbal sketchpad” of various jotted down glad games from my daily life

I took the pledge:

Take-Away Thought

If it were to have an ambassador zen story it would be this:


There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically. “Maybe,” the farmer replied.The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed. “Maybe,” replied the old man.

The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune. “Maybe,” answered the farmer.The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out. “Maybe,” said the farmer.

If you’re still curious, (my! you’re curious but I find that charming), my autobiographical page is here.

i love your site and i find it a little overwhelming. (perhaps it’s cuz i’m pretty new to internet dialogue?)
i very much admire your ‘directives’, with respect to intent.
your e-mail address could be more out in the open on this
incredibly rich site. it would be nice to have more of a ‘human
reference point’, a sense of ‘someone to relate to’, in the midst of all this remarkable stuff.

i’m looking forward to coming back to your site and reading more of your poetry.

although overwhelmed, i find myself quite inspired by your work here.

so thank you.

P: Glad you’re enjoying Tom. The email address is right beside my photo on my sidebar.



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