A Favor to Ask

I am trying to get started writing for the new Amazon Kindle Vella format. Frankly, I am having doubts about continuing to write fiction. Kindle Vella brings you stories released one short episode at a time, available in the Kindle for iOS app and on Amazon.com. The first three episodes are free. Up the Rabbithole …

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 …

New Serialized Stories

Amazon has just launched the new mobile-first Kindle Vella for serialized stories. Stories are published one episode at a time. The first three episodes of every story are FREE! Subsequent episodes can be purchases using “tokens” which readers can buy in bundles. I am happy to announce I currently have stories available on Amazon Vella. …

The Seed of Self

Nature always wears the color of the spirit. – Ralph Waldo Emerson The world abounds in waves of loving energy, one only needs to open the heart to receive it. Each of us has the capacity to discover the spiritual wealth of the universe. We only have to re-learn how to be natural. The word …

The Cost of Freedom

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. – William Faulkner My Dad racing after WWII My Dad passed away at the beginning of July a year ago. Because of the pandemic, I was not able to travel back for his funeral. But I held my own memorial service …

Street Photography in China II

The photo above was taken by the West Lake. Many couples come from far and wide to have their photos taken at the West Lake. The lake is the location of are several famous romantic tales. This group of photos were taken during my first few months of my twelve years living in China. I …

Soft Fascinations

And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul. – John Muir Modern life is filled with a myriad of technological connections. Look around your place at night, how many different colors of light do you see from various plugged-in mechanisms? Directly in front of me as I write, the …

The Power of Love

Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary. – Oscar Wilde I met my wife face-to-face over fifteen years ago. For more than a year before that, we chatted and got to know each other over the Internet. We found each other when one day, after several terrible events in my life, a voice …

Poem: The Sea of Mortality

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. – Oscar Wilde Our body-vessel carries our spirit Atop the crests and troughs of time The vast cerulean sea of mortality Challenges convictions and shatters delusions The fabric of ephemeral awareness Propels the seeker ever-onward Vigilant eyes and resolute hands …

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 …