Five Free Books for Father’s Day

This Sunday is Father’s Day. For me, this is the first Father’s Day of my life without my Dad. Last summer he passed away at the ripe old age of 96. I was very lucky to have him around for so long. My wife’s father passed away this fall. He was always kind to me …

Reunion After the Plague

The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again. – Charles Dickens Several weeks ago I got the best news of the year, my wife had bought her ticket home. We would be reunited after being apart for over eight months. I was thrilled. For eight months, I have lit the light …

50 Ways to Boost Self Awareness

Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got. – Janis Joplin Be Mindful Express Gratitude every day Resist being a perfectionist Forgive others Think abundantly Stay motivated Increase concentration Still the mind Exercise patience Gain from other cultures Look towards the heavens Open your heart to new experiences Grow through adversity Don’t follow the crowd Embrace …

The Boomer Whisperer

The spring evening cools the warm stone. A heady perfume of grass and ground rises from behind the veiled sunset. Night wings beat. A stillness comes. From the front porch, sounds of child’s play call the heart to sift the years through open hands. The memory of nights such as these coaxes the eyes to …

Street Photography in China

Everything that is visible hides something that is invisible. – Renee Magritte I have been sorting through my photographs of China from 2003-2019. My first visit to China, I went to Beijing in July, 2003 – just after the WHO cleared the city for international travel after SARS. I want to share a few of …

Memorial Day 2021

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them. – John F. Kennedy Today is Memorial Day in the US. Officially the holiday honors those who died while serving in the military. My family always honored all the deceased veterans …

Reading the Sky

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. – Kierkegaard The past couple of weeks the area around my apartment has been claimed by a rather large crow. The bird acts as a sentinel against the neighbors’ awful free-ranging cats. It caws furiously at the cats. If you let your cat …

Count Your Blessings

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. – Albert Einstein You have all heard the same advice before from many different people. To achieve your dreams you must set goals. In short you have to become a seer – a person who through supernatural …

Life from Art

It’s the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top. – Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance I have opened a store in Etsy to sell my art called “Life from Art”. I only sell and ship to the US for now. The first name I chose had been taken …

Home of the Great Spirit

The Great Spirit is in all things, he is in the air we breathe. The Great Spirit is our Father, but the Earth is our Mother. She nourishes us, that which we put into the ground she returns to us…. Prayer of Big Thunder (Bedagi) a member of the Wabanaki Alonquin First People People should …