Knowledge Is Not Wisdom

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Over the past year I have been furiously accumulating facts and analyzing same. I look forward to my self-made storm of details dying down. The Krishnamurti Foundation has a retreat in Ojai, California. Perhaps I can get there by year’s end. I hope.

Knowledge is Not Wisdom

“In our search for knowledge, in our acquisitive desires, we are losing love, we are blunting the feeling for beauty, the sensitivity to cruelty; we are becoming more and more specialized and less and less integrated. Wisdom cannot be replaced by knowledge, and no amount of explanation, no accumulation of facts, will free man from suffering. Knowledge is necessary, science has its place; but if the mind and heart are suffocated by knowledge, and if the cause of suffering is explained away, life becomes vain and meaningless…

Information, the knowledge of facts, though ever increasing, is by its very nature limited. Wisdom is infinite, it includes knowledge and the way of action; but we take hold of a branch and think it is the whole tree. Through the knowledge of the part, we can never realize the joy of the whole. Intellect can never lead to the whole, for it is only a segment, a part.

We have separated intellect from feeling, and have developed intellect at the expense of feeling. We are like a three-legged object with one leg much longer than the others, and we have no balance. We are trained to be intellectual; our education cultivates the intellect to be sharp, cunning, acquisitive, and so it plays the most important role in our life. Intelligence is much greater than intellect, for it is the integration of reason and love; but there can be intelligence only when there is self-knowledge, the deep understanding of the total process of oneself.”

– J. Krishnamurti
The Book of Life

https://kfa.org

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Book Update

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June 14, 2019

My overall eye health judged good to very good, notwithstanding my poor vision to begin with. Major change in that vision since last my last eyeglass prescription. Eye strain has resulted from trying to focus with glasses which are now distorting everything I look at. New glasses are due in two weeks.

Doing my best to carry on in the meantime. My writing and revising partner has begun her chores and work is proceeding between the both of us.

June 9th, 2019

All unfinished parts of the book have been completed, save for the writing on Southern Utah and Southern Colorado which will take place in the first week of July. I have been working across 38 files which have now been assembled into one document with 13 chapters. I have a book!

I am under word count and am now proceeding with the book’s final revisions. My eyesight is failing, however, and I can only work in short stints. I am spending much time now in dimly lit rooms. I have an eye appointment on June 13th to see if my condition is simply overuse or something else. I am enlisting help at this point, with some writing being sent off to others for revising, word count reduction, and final editing.

August 1st, 2019 remains my deadline which I am confident I will meet. Thank you for your continuing support.

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The BLM Burro Creek Campground Near Wikieup, Arizona

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Burro Creek Campground, about ten miles or fewer from Wikieup, Arizona. This campground is base camp for rock clubs from as far as Utah. Agate is the main draw in the surrounding area, not at the camp itself. Potable water, first-come, first serve, the small group camp by reservation. $14 a night for the individual camp sites. Good pull throughs. Would advise smaller vehicles, ideal tent camping. No day use fee!

Creek is pretty but access is past narrowly spaced pipes, a nasty barbed wire fence encloses the entire campground. Good, clean water flowing right now. Great canyon setting, about 1,900 feet. Didn’t check cell coverage, I assume none. Anybody not enjoying rockhounding would still enjoy this campground.

View from the bridge over Agate Creek. Canyon invites exploring although get a BLM surface status management map of the area to show public land ownership.

The bridge abutments are  nicely done in Southwestern Art Deco style.

Don’t drive across the bridge with any large vehicle or a trailer in tow. Single lane dirt road beyond the bridge, I don’t know at what point you could turn around. Ask first. Logical place to turn around is the campground with its pull throughs in the Day Camp and regular campsite areas. Group camp looks tricky to turn around a large vehicle.

All 4X4 owners want a picture of their rig. It’s a thing.

“Yesterday you said tomorrow.”

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In Memoriam to Tim Lukaszewski by Paul Preston

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Tim Lukaszewski, MD 1948-2019

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Tim Lukaszewski, MD known affectionately by his hundreds of patients and colleagues throughout Alameda County as “Dr. Tim” died May 4, 2019. First diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in 2015 with a prognosis of 3-6 months, Tim managed to pack in several more years of living life to the fullest. As he wished, Tim died quietly at home in Berkeley with his husband of 38 years and love of his life, Paul Preston, at his bedside.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a Biochemistry degree in 1969, Tim got his medical degree from Stanford in 1974. Dr. Tim went on to practice not only psychiatry but Primary Care medicine. He firmly believed that psychiatrists should not only help a patient’s mental health, but attend to their physical health as well. He always considered himself a hands-on physician. Throughout more than 40 years of practice, Dr. Tim devoted himself to caring for the severely and persistently mentally ill. A core tenet of his psychiatric practice was that clients should also benefit from access to appropriate resources and ongoing supportive services while in treatment.

Dr. Tim was a staff psychiatrist at Asian Community Mental Health in Oakland from 1975 until 1997 when he became the Medical Director, retiring in 2015. Fluent in Spanish, he was also a psychiatrist and Assistant Medical Director at La Clinica de la Raza in Oakland from 1995 to 1997. Dr. Tim also worked as a psychiatrist for a number of agencies in Alameda County including Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACCESS), the Strides Program, Eden Adult Outpatient Mental Health, Herrick Hospital and the Hayward Psychiatric Group.

In addition to his medical career, Dr. Tim was truly a Renaissance man with multiple talents, diverse interests and an insatiable curiosity. In 1988, he received an M.S. in Horticulture from the University of California Davis, and later with his husband Paul created a website and database with over 45,000 photos of California native plants (http://total-plant.org). An accomplished pianist, Tim was also an a cappella singer and song arranger with “The Irrationals.”

Together with his husband, Tim was the co-editor of The Bauer Quarterly, a publication about early 20th Century pottery. He loved creating art, especially botanical drawings, etchings and woodblock prints. He was even a finalist for a position on the reality show “Survivor.” Tim loved to travel throughout the world, photograph native flora in several states, backpack, garden and participate in marathons and triathlons. He especially enjoyed spending time with his many loving friends across the country. Everyone knew Dr. Tim as a straight-talker who was honest about what he believed. But, he also had wonderful sense of humor and loved to be silly, joke with his friends and display an amazingly quick wit.

Born in Milwaukee in 1948, Tim was preceded in death by his father Bennie and his mother Birdie. Besides his husband Paul, Tim is survived by his brother David Lukaszewski (Fran) of Parker, CO; his sister Mary Eggers (Michael) of Safety Harbor, FL; his former sister-in-law Marsha Willis of Castle Rock, CO; his father-in-law Michael Preston of Greenfield, WI, and several cousins, nephews and nieces.

When his cancer and treatments made it impossible for him to continue working, Dr. Tim wrote this in his retirement letter to his colleagues and staff:

“I want to thank each and every one of you for your dedication, hard work, compassion and comradery. We have been a great team and have helped many people. A friend of ours once described the work we do as ‘the noble work.’ Please continue this important work to help those less fortunate than most of us. Finally, I want to remind all of you to stay healthy, set limits for yourself around work, go home to your families, and hold your friends close to your heart. Life is short and sometimes unfairly so. I have lived a healthy life – eating well, exercising regularly, and enjoying life outside work. I urge you to do the same. Stay mindful of the little joys and value every new day with your friends and loved ones.”

Tim is grateful for all the kindness, love and support from his friends, family and the many Kaiser doctors, nurses and staff that cared for him over the course of his illness. He wanted to give special thanks to his husband Paul, his cousin Mark Latus of Milwaukee and his hospice nurse Patty Bresnan and her team.

Tim has requested no services. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Tim’s name can be made to any of these:

The Jepson Herbarium
1001 VLSP #2465
Berkeley, CA 94720

The Ridges Sanctuary
P.O. Box 152
Baileys Harbor, WI 54202

The Nature Conservancy
Attn: Treasury
4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22203

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Shown are two of Tim’s favorite plants: Calochortus kennedyi var. kennedyi and Calochortus luteus, the cover of “The Irrationals” first CD, and three of Tim’s drawings.

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Time Well Spent

“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” Jack London

Another friend has died. He used his time.

Friend is such a strong word I hesitate to use it. Tim was always friendly to me, though, and that meant a great deal. He also loved my best friend very much and that counts beyond measure.

Tim was a complete overachiever in in the best meaning of those words. He was a physician, a plantsman of the first order, an accomplished photographer and a singer. He collected pottery and juke boxes and poker chips. Little escaped his interest. Few subjects resisted his intellect.

Tim was always laughing and every photograph shows him smiling. He had this mischievous smile when he was thinking out a joke, a pun, or a play on words, It was as if he was reveling in the thought before he expressed it. Playing with it. Thinking what a joy it was to think.

Tim was sick for a long, long time. He battled death and all the miserable medical procedures and pain that proceeded it for many years. His partner was also sick at the same time and remains so to this day.

Lived well, died poorly. That’s too often heard. We can’t control our death. With luck, with grace, we control our lives before then. Tim and his partner traveled extensively before his death, he got reacquainted with old friends, he continued caring, he enjoyed life even while spent, tired, and gravely ill.

We should all spend our time as well.

Tim, rest in peace.

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Finishing The Book

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Here’s my plan leading up to August 1st.

May: 500 words a day on all unfinished topics until completed.

June: Organizing all materials into the chapters described in my original proposal. Heavy revising to get word count down.

July 1 to the 7th. Quick trip to south-eastern Utah and southern Colorado to collaborate info found on-line, through interviews, and to take pictures.

July 7th to August 1st. Processing photos, final revising, organizing all materials into the publisher’s Dropbox folder as previously requested.

No travel this month save for a two day trip to San Francisco for dental work. No rockhounding, play, or extra-curricular activities save that needed to complete the book.

Below. Quartz infused rock exhibiting some botryoidal texture. Another mystery of the universe. Amargosa Valley, Nevada.

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Goldfield Gemfield Gem Claims Update

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Sharon Artlip has been in touch. She and her sister Nadiah Beekum own the Gemfield Gem claims in Goldfield, Nevada. (internal link)

I’ve written quite a bit about the claims at this site and also in the May, 2016 issue of Rock&Gem Magazine. Another name for the claims now seems to be “The Rainbow Chalcedony Claims.”

Sharon writes that, “It has been a wonderful couple of years.  We are still having fun at Gemfield and always trying to improve it.  If you would like I will send you the current brochure.”

Here’s a link below to the current brochure in .pdf, archived at this site. (internal link).

2019-03-Gemfield Gem-Claims-History-pamphlet

This is a link to Sharon’s website supporting the claims:

http://www.gemfieldnv.com

And here’s a postcard photo of the claims. Click here (internal link) or on the image for a much bigger view:

Sharon holding chalcedony in Goldfield at Bryan Smalley’s Hidden Treasure Trading Company. Note her truck’s new personalized plates.

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