Kenneth Madden

Monthly Archives: February 2009

Broke up

You’ve got to be somebody or so I’ve been told. Everybody be somebody. We’re always becoming that person we imagine we should be or could be (as well as maintaining the concept of and feeling of who we are) and we’re always approaching or anticipating something that will make this happen. We’ll “get there” as it were. You may brake up with the weight of it all and there will be laughter, much laughter at the realization that what was (apparently) happening was what was always being looked for. The realization that there is no separate you and there was nothing that ever needed to be done. You are always home. As Wei Wu Wei put it:
Why are you unhappy?
Because 99.9 per cent
Of everything you think,
And of everything you do,
Is for yourself -
And there isn’t one.

San Fransico Fine Arts Museum

B Madden

That’s my Bro outside the Fine Arts Museum in San Fransisco.

I’ve just noticed two specs from dust on the sensor. I’ll fix them asap. Dust magnet sensors- one of the major draw backs of digital photography I think you’ll agree. I’m currently using the arctic butterfly and find it quite good. If you know of a better system please let me know.


Ripples move outward from an apparent centre. You cannot find the centre of a ripple as it’s finished as soon as it’s started. It’s simultaneously there and not there. A ripple reminds me of a musical note- it’s being born and dying simultaneously. It’s both there and not there.
Ripples have no boundary. It’s not that everything is connected- It’s that it’s all one. Being.

What’s being suggested here cannot be spoken, yet it is all that is. Pouring through all of your senses right now, is what it being sought- Being. The mind moves in linear time and will always seek something else. It dare not see No- thing for that will scream that there’s nothing to look for and this is it. The end of the story of me. The surprising thing, the divine comedy is that this ‘Me’ we attach to everything is a total illusion. Everything that is (apparently) happening is an invitation to see This for what it is- Timeless, Boundless unconditional love. It’s so simple and open that it remains hidden.

Unwanted at The Crane

Unwanted are Cathy Jordon, Seamie O’Dowd and Rick Epping. Here’s their bio:

The songs and tunes of the Atlantic Fringe – the combined traditions from Ireland to Appalachia and beyond, are the result of generations of movement and migration, of leave-taking and homecoming, back and forth across the ocean in an endless tide of cultural exchange. Lyrics and melodies borrowed from one land wash ashore on another, only to return again later transformed, peopled with new characters and set in different modes.

From the rich traditions of both sides the Atlantic has come the source and inspiration of the music of Unwanted – three Sligo-based musicians, each with exceptional talent and a lifetime dedication to their music.

Galway World Cup

I love the directly opposing reactions shown in the first photo. The team celebrating are from the Gaff Youth Cafe in Galway City. They went on to win after a penalty shoot out. The world cup has been running for a number of years now. There’s a real buzz about it and it’s all for a good cause. I’ve included an exert from the Galway Independent about the event.

“The Gaf on Eglington Street were the winners of the GOAL Galway World Cup Fun Weekend that took place in the city last weekend.

Participants from ‘The Gaf’ youth cafe on Eglinton St. taking part in the opening parade of the Galway World youth cup as Tunisia in Salthill Devons grounds on Friday.

The Gaf, who were representing Tunisia, beat The Wolfe Tone Youth Project from Wexford, who were representing Cameroon, four penalties to three penalties after a 2-2 draw in normal time.

As part of the fundraising event, €10,000 was raised for GOAL, which will go towards building a school in Mutumo, Kenya and towards the GOAL Street Children’s Project in Nairobi, which the Galway World Cup is twinned with.

The Galway World Cup Fun Weekend offered an opportunity for young people to come together for a National Fun Weekend Tournament promoting self esteem, teamwork, friendship, social, personal and educational skills, sportsmanship and the opportunity to integrate with other young people from around the country while also focusing on inter-cultural awareness from around the world. A total of 32 teams (youth projects) representing different nations from around the world took part in the competition.”

Aikido Galway

I posted a picture in January from pictures I took at the Galway Aikido club. Here are some more pictures from that evening. Aikido is an excellent sport to photograph, it’s akin to watching two people dancing. I won’t pretend to know anything about it but I certainly enjoyed watching it. The people at the club are very friendly and welcoming and it’s less formal then some of the other martial arts. Check it out if you are interested.

Chico, CA

We stopped off in Chico last September after climbing Mt. Shasta. Chico is a fun town!

You’re always being held.

All the time I was trying to hold on (to something) and all the while I was being held. All the time I was moving to find something in time that was timeless. You can’t approach your own absence she whispered and there’s nothing that can be done as there’s nothing to do. All is well, whole- One- This.

This picture shows prayers written and attached to a tree in St. Augustine’s. I can’t say I know anything about God, Jesus, Mary or prayer but I like to photograph church’s and I like to sit in spacious open buildings. I see no boundary, No-thing that is holier or more worthy and I have only ever met myself. These lines from the Gospel of St. Thomas come to mind:

Jesus saw some babies nursing. He said to his disciples, “These nursing babies are like those who enter the kingdom.” They said to him, “Then shall we enter the kingdom as babies?” Jesus said to them, “When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will enter the kingdom.”


Ballinacourty, on your bike.

No story- just this.