In Remembrance of John Lennon

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality. – John Lennon It was forty years ago today that John Lennon was murdered outside his home, in front of his wife. John was just forty years old. He was shot in the back four times by a madman …

The Amber of the Moment

Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why. – Kurt Vonnegut Trapped within the amber of the moment here in the US clarifies life. The sheer magnitude of ongoing rotten events shredded many veils of self-delusion. If you’ll pardon the comparison, but the cumulative impact of so much bad …

Passion Vitalizes Art: A Poem

Spark the soul’s hearth with courageous fervor The glory of glories does not respond to gentle entreaties The wellspring of creation is unreachable to sober pleas Awakened imagination generates ecstatic abandonment Through art we re-unite with Creation Initiation slithers from fingertipsGlowing vitalitySparkling originalityFrom blankness comes the reflection Transforming the emptiness Through sincere devotion Unquestioned desireUnquenchable …

The Infinite Now

Hold to the now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past. – James Joyce For the past month, I have been editing a new novel. To write a novel you have to deal with characterization – where a writer “reveals the personality of the character”. But a terrific amount of creative alchemy …

Into the Mystic

For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream. – Vincent Van Gogh I for one have had way too much data thrown at me this year. Numbers, graphs, charts all displaying little hope, and instead offering increasingly more of the same. Numerical data drives the …

Giving Thanks

If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough. – Meister Eckhart Let us all give thanks this day and every day. So many people in the US are traveling to be with family. I cannot understand that. Truly, why take the chance for a day or two of eating together? …

Make Your Soul Grow

To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it. – Kurt Vonnegut I normally spend part of each morning and evening reading, browsing through interesting facts, articles, and images. At various times during the rest of the day, I create things. I write, …

Count Your Blessings

Reflect upon your present blessings – of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. – Charles Dickens The word blessing carries different connotations depending on one’s personal beliefs. Eudaimonia is a Greek word for happiness, human flourishing, and blessedness. Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher, used …

Love Peace and Soul

Wherever there is love, there is life. – Mahatma Gandhi I have been dreading these days for months. This week in America the number of deaths due to the pandemic rose above 250,000 – A Quarter of a Million. And that number could possibly double before spring. I have found it difficult to find the …