July, August, September, 2006



Dear Yáll, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about nothing. Curious how it can cut both ways. Take the idea, for example, that “nothing can save us.” It could be understood negatively or positively, because, in a positive sense, nothing CAN save us. Just imagine the peace of turning almost everything off and coasting along on the sea of moments that we call time. Ironic, is it not? Nothing out there can save us, but accepting the majestic beauty of nothingness itself might possibly save us. The kingdom is within.Bill Joyner (6/19/0)

The Cinema Circus Earth Show Movie Go Round         “Dare I disturb the universe?”  – T. S. Eliot


“O my gosh!” you think, as these  tough street stories unroll across the screen, accompanied by a steady stream of expetives exploding like grenades of anger all around. Violent dialogs, vicious intentions, necessary deeds of deliverance, mixed emotions, diverse parallel worlds. And beneath it all, a question we all must face now and then, “Should we intervene ... or just leave it alone?” And with every choice, a gamble in terms of what miracles or tragedies might occur if we do or do not intervene? Moments of sheer malice and  blunder blend with scenes of incredible wonder as the ultra-believable characters in CRASH are inter-mingled in a sea of chance. Don’t turn anything off. You just have to stay with it, that’s all. For there is a chance that the difficult truth of CRASH might reveal something quite surprising – the possibility of impossible  reunions and unimaginable transformations. 





The story of UNITED 93, the doomed 9/11 flight, destined to end in a field somewhere in Pennsylvania, is a sensitvie and serious recreation of events on that terrible morning in 2001. It begins with the eventual suicide pilot quietly reading The Koran, deep in a trance of worshipful devotion, getting ready for his really big day. And, as you might expect, we are introduced to the passengers, just average folks like you and I, rubbing shoulders with strangers, being freindly and folksy. We know the story inside out by now, but it’s still a healthy reminder of what we’re up against – holy roly jihadists whose single-minded  passion is that all not like them must be destroyed.


On PBS TV, I learned about how single-mindedly and valiantly Eugene O'Neill (sp?) struggled to complete about 16 volumes and variations of what his overwhelming masterpiece, A LONG DAYS JOURNEY INTO NIGHT. Because of his rapidly diminishing health and ability to go on, he boiled it (and, indeed, the entire story of his existence) down to the necessary essence.
Every day

we must wake up "To succeed," someone said, "simply means to

follow through."

and decide

how best to A person who is in a hurry does not have

the time to help --

navigate even if he is on his way to preach to us

all to be good Samaritans.

our way

through -- Israel Charney in his book


the ins


    and the outs,

      the ups

and the downs.

We must be,


always open

to everyday


and possibilities.

-- Bill Joyner


  It takes time

to be holy,

to water and feed

the animals and plants,

to re-beriend

a distant friend.

It takes time

to be still,

to stretch,

to breathe,

to pray.

It takes time

to write a note,

to read a book,

to review,

to recharge

and to revive,

to mend an


to devise

and act upon

a plan.

It takes





Some things I have heard about


from initial readership:

"Ďt touched me."


"Nothing in there is boring."

Some people report their pleasure in being able to look at just one thought or page and put the book aside 'till next time. Others have expressed appreciation for the variety afforded by the inclusion of quotations from different writers and sources. Hey, I read it myself now and then, and in my opinion, it's a great little coffee table or gift item book, good looking and substantive. At present, a slightly revised 2nd edition if being prepared, so if you'd like an advance copy reserved, just send $20, which includes mailing costs. Plus, I'll autograph each copy that goes out.


Kiki Joyner Michaelek


My once and future book, THE CELESTIAL CAROUSEL, is on hold 'till around late September when I hope to make an appearance with it somewhere in the vicinity of Wilton, Connecticut, assuming that I will find the energy necessary to actualize such An Evening with Bill Joyner, which will be an introduction to THE CELESTIAL CAROUSEL and some vintage youth scene film footage from events in that area circa 1969. Volunteer help toward this end would be more than welcome in terms of (a) funding, (b) dvd projection equipment, (c) leg or phone work on acquiring a venue (my first choice -- the Wilton Library), and (d) providing addresses of possibly interested persons in the area -- any or all of that would be helpful. Thanks! -- Bill Joyner.


THE CELESTIAL CAROUSEL (A Circus of Spiritual Discovery)

By Bill Joyner

This baby is born, weighing in at 51/2" X 81/2" and 91 pages. Thanks to each of you who have invested in and patiently awaited this arrival. The first edition of only 125 copies is sold out , but will be available with the next printing, for a donation of $20, including postage. Just let me know by mail (POB 3411/Sarasota, FL 34230), phone (941-355-4050) or e-mail (joynerbill28@gmail.com) if interested.




William T. Joyner

The Celestial Carousel is a collage of original text, social commentary, quotations from American literature, and artwork by noted cartoonist, Christopher Browne.

In this "Circus of Spiritual Discovery," poet William T. Joyner explores secular experience and biblical ideals as a natural/Taoist response to the uneasy rise of worldwide fundamentalism in the 21st Century.


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