The Smoky Dragons of Reality

No phenomenon is a real phenomenon until it is an observed phenomenon. We are participants in bringing into being not only the near and here, but the far away and long ago. – John A. Wheeler A distant cousin of mine, John Archibald Wheeler, was one of America’s greatest physicists. He worked with and taught …

The Tao of Now

Your hand can seize today, but not tomorrow; and thoughts of your tomorrow are nothing but desire. Don’t waste this breath, if your heart isn’t crazy, since “the rest of your life” won’t last forever. – Omar Khayyám This moment will never come again because it never disappears. We live in an ever-unfolding present. With …

Thrive on Change

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. – LaoZi Would you like to thrive on change? How are you doing at this moment? Don’t think about yesterday or tomorrow. Think about these …

The Sweetness of Patience

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. – Ralph Waldo Emerson The pace of life can be overwhelming at times. We live in an era when time is marked down in nanoseconds (billionths of a second). In the past I taught teachers about GPS, and I was often asked – how fast is …

Poem: Blue Moon Rising

Pulsating sinuous strands Spread along sandy flesh Like a lover’s luxuriant tresses across a pillow The approaching lantern of fertility Brightens the aching heart Drains away negativity Positive tingles prickle the spine Musky incense tantalizes the tongue Face into the wind and listen The blue moon’s siren call Echoes throughout the briny deep Silky steps …

WTF is Crypto?

A dollar picked up in the road is more satisfaction to us than the 99 which we had to work for, and the money won at gambling or in the stock market snuggles into our hearts in the same way. – Mark Twain Have you heard about the $2,000,000,000,000 cryptocurrency fueled economic revolution sweeping around …

What is Enough?

I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough? – Vincent Van Gogh We live in a time of great material abundance. But the haves and the have nots stand on opposite sides of a deep chasm of inequality. Many people focus on the holes in their lives …

Happy Birthday to the WWW

The Internet? We are not interested in it. – Bill Gates, 1993 The very first webpage was posted on August 6, 1991. Computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee posted the “plain vanilla” web page on the servers at CERN where he worked at the time. The computer wizard developed the protocols for HTML, HTTP and URLs which …

The Oneness of It All

All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything. – Swami Vivekananda In Eastern thought, One has the dual meaning of number or quality. The modern concept of mindfulness flows out of the spiritual traditions from both East and West. Mindfulness emphasizes the non-separation of …

Poetry: Touch of The Wild

A touch of the wild resides with us all Our soul-songs resonate with nature’s call Instincts stirred by nameless scent trails drifting in the wind Rise from ancient gray-green mind-mud Nostrils flare and pulse quickens The net of consciousness far cast into the wild landscape Subconscious skills engage gathered sensory echoes Body hairs bristle at …