Creating Yourself Anew

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.George Bernard Shaw

Where are you from? This is one of the first things people ask when they try to get to know one another. But this simple question can be one of the most difficult to answer. I read an interesting article the other day that made the distinction between people who view the world from anywhere and people who view the world from somewhere.

The values of some people are rooted to a certain location and time, such as their hometown. They are die hard fans of the things they grew up with, like local sports or cuisine, These folks self-identify with geographic-based definitions. Somewhere folks look back nostalgically on an imagined golden age where the light shined a little brighter. To them change is often seen as a deficit to their lives. And sadly somewhere people can hold on to prejudices and other negative ideas learned in childhood. They see the world at large through a narrower locally focused lens.

Anywhere people live in a more self-determined way. Change is not only accepted but sought after. These folks don’t identify as deeply with their place of birth and regional affiliations. Their identity is mobile as are they. People from anywhere are more individualistic and globally focused. Most have moved away from their hometowns. They struggle to purge their views of preconceptions of others which they may have inherited from their family and childhood friends. People from anywhere view the world through a wider universal lens.

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. Dr. Seuss

Just as Yin and Yang contain portions of their compliments, the views of somewhere people also contain elements of the anywhere perspective and vice versa. Being proud of your origins is not negative in anyway, just as having a more international viewpoint doesn’t make one nobler. There are often crucial economic aspects to remaining a somewhere or becoming an anywhere. People live where they can find a job. Finding a job and putting down roots are seen as a positive sign of maturity.

As a single father of three, contractual worker on a low rung of the economic ladder, my options for mobility were extremely limited. But I wanted my children to understand the wider world outside my hometown. And so we: watched international movies; enjoyed Japanese cartoons; shopped in various Asian supermarkets; learned to cook foreign dishes; read writers from other countries… In this way, today my kids see the world beyond the neighborhood where they grew up.

I was inspired by my Uncle Curt. My Dad’s older brother traveled the world for various jobs as a pilot/mechanic. He visited dozens of countries, spoke five languages had adventures from the tip of South America to the North Pole from the Sahara Desert to the Sumatran rain-forests. At his core, my uncle carried the universal truths of honesty and integrity. His mind was opened to the wider world when he was a boy growing up deep in the backwoods of Kentucky where my paternal ancestors were from. Uncle Curt, my Dad and his brothers would listen to broadcasts about the world on a crystal radio they built themselves. Those broadcasts filled him with wanderlust. He joined the Navy before WWII and afterwards he explored the world. Standing in my Dads garage, he once told me, “You’ll never see the world living on this corner.” At that moment I became an anywhere person.

I am proud to say I have had wonderful people from over seventy countries read my blogs since I began. Thank you. I cannot tell you how much you all mean to me. When I was a little boy, I would look through the Atlas and imagine what life must be like in various countries. My grandma bought us National Geographic magazines, and I could see more of the world. In museums I learned more about the incredibly varied cultures around the world. Living in China for a dozen years, I got to experience daily life in a very different society. But some things have remained a constant whether one is a somewhere person or an anywhere person, we all want to live a better life no matter where we are from. If you live your life sincerely and with integrity, you can create yourself anew. PEACE and LOVE.

Happy Birthday Bitcoin

Money often costs too much. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bitcoin is now a teenager. Happy 13th Birthday Bitcoin!!!

On 31 October, 2008 Bitcoin’s anonymous creator(s) Satoshi Nakamoto posted Bitcoin’s genesis foundational white paper titled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”.

What is needed is an electronic payment system based on cryptographic proof instead of trust. (Bitcoin white paper)

Shortly thereafter on January 9, 2009 released the code and Block Number 0 – known as the genesis block.

The price of Bitcoin finally crossed the $1 one dollar threshold in February 2011. As of this writing, a single bitcoin is trading for $61,100. So do the math. And the cryptocurrency revolution of information, media, banking, finance, commerce, etc. has just begun.

So celebrate the birth of Bitcoin by getting a little cryptocurrency for yourself. To quote Satoshi Nakamoto – “It might make sense just to get some in case it catches on.”

Bitcoin & Crypto’s Ancient Code

A student knows when to buy. A master knows when to sell Anonymous

(Excerpted from my book

The energy of an ancient divination code is embedded within the digital world. The essence of this code cultivates the flowing dynamism of the ubiquitous, primordial Way of the universe – the Tao. Countless cryptographic architectures incorporate the unifying energy of the Tao into their decentralized structure. Understand this and increase opportunities for success.

The I Ching is an ancient Taoist book of wisdom used for divination – foretelling of future events and finding hidden knowledge. The I Ching or Yi Jing is translated as The Book of Changes. The Book of Changes contains 64 hexagrams – a figure with six vertically stacked lines. The 64 hexagrams are created from the 8 trigrams: Heaven, Lake, Fire, Thunder, Wind, Water, Mountain, Earth. The three lines of a trigram are either Yin (broken line) or Yang (solid line). There are a possible eight combinations of three lines and a total of 64 combinations when two trigrams are combined. And each line is an important part of the overall conditions the hexagram reveals.

Over one thousand years ago, the Song Dynasty scholar Shao Yong based his philosophy on the King Wen arrangement of hexagrams. His work was translated by Joachim Bouvet, a French Jesuit scholar, who was among the first missionaries who came to China in 1687. From 1697-1707 Bouvet corresponded with the German polymath Gottfried Leibniz. Leibniz invented the Binary Code which forms the foundation of modern-day computing. When Bouvet sent Leibniz a copy of the King Wen sequence, Leibniz discovered a pattern in the ordering. Leibniz determined the King Wen sequence ordered the I Ching hexagrams in binary number order from 0 – 63 with 0 for Yang lines and 1 for Yin lines.

In Taoist thought, the movement of Yin and Yang create the energy for change. Understanding the shifting patterns of changes ahead will assist you in making correct decisions. The I Ching has influenced mystical beliefs across Asia for thousands of years. The book was central to the development of the Tao Te Ching and scores of other books of wisdom such as The Art of War.

In the midst of chaos, there is opportunity. – Sun Tzu The Art of War

Powerful forces are shaping the rapidly evolving crypto-based world. At times, the path ahead can become clouded by chaos. Learn to focus your energy and take advantage of opportunities others may miss. Ponder the cryptic wisdom revealed in following the Tao of Crypto and discover the Way within. Read the Tao of Crypto

The following chronology illustrates the interconnected paths leading from the ancient binary hexagrams of the I Ching to the binary algorithmic crypto-world of the Twenty-First Century.

I Ching – 2000 BCE: The I Ching consists of three layers. The first layer are the eight trigrams and sixty-four hexagrams. The historical record of the origins of the I Ching hexagrams and trigrams has been lost to the mists of time. Ancient legends say the I Ching was created by Fu Xi. Fu Xi and his wife Nu Wa who were the first humans who created the foundations of ancient Chinese culture. It was said the trigrams were written on the back of a great dragon tortoise (or horse). Legends say the hexagrams were revealed to Fu Xi while he studied a map of the Yellow River.

King Wen 1112–1050 BC: The second layer of the I Ching is represented in the hexagram and line statements. These were said to have been created by King Wen of Zhou over three thousand years ago.

I Ching Commentaries – 5th and 2nd Centuries BC: The third layer of the I Ching is called the Ten Wings. The Ten Wings are a selection of commentaries on the text. Some scholars have tried to identify Confucius as the author of these commentaries, but that has been disputed for centuries.

Good fortune and misfortune take effect through perseverance.

I Ching – Ten Wings, Sixth Wing, Second Section, Chapter I

Shao Yong – 1011-1077 AD: The Song Dynasty scholar believed the energy of the Tao, which is the foundation for everything, could be understood by dividing the various elements into numbers. Shao’s studies were called xiangshu xue – “image-number study”. Although perhaps unintentionally, Shao ordered the hexagrams according to the binary numbers created by the lines of Yang – 0 and Yin – 1. It was this arrangement that later inspired Leibniz. The more ancient King Wen Sequence is used more widely in interpretations of the I Ching. This book uses the King Wen Sequence in Section Two.

Joachim Bouvet – 1656 – 1730: A French Jesuit scholar who lived in China for many years. He translated the I Ching for Europeans. Bouvet corresponded with Leibniz and sent him a copy of Shao Yong’s binary numbers sequenced diagram of the I Ching.

Gottfried Leibniz – 1646 – 1716: – The influence of the I Ching on Leibniz’s development of binary math cannot be understated. Leibniz wrote at great length about the I Ching. As an example, he wrote an article entitled: “Explanation of the binary arithmetic, which uses only the characters 1 and 0, with some remarks on its usefulness, and on the light, it throws on the ancient Chinese figures of “Fu Xi”

The present is saturated with the past and pregnant with the future. – Leibniz

Joseph Marie Jacquard – 1752 – 1834: – The French weaver/merchant Jacquard’s mechanical loom used programmable punch cards for encoding data. The binary system of holes guides the two weaving elements of the warp and weft threads. This system led directly to early programmable computers.

Charles Babbage (1791 – 1871): Babbage has been called the father of computing. In 1821 Babbage invented the Difference Engine to compile mathematical tables. All the elements of modern computers are contained in his later Analytical Engine. Babbage borrowed Jacquard’s concept of using punch cards for programming his machine thus continuing the line back to the I Ching.

At each increase of knowledge, as well as on the contrivance of every new tool, human labour becomes abridged. Charles Babbage

Ada Lovelace – (1815-1852): daughter of Lord Byron is thought by many to have been the first computer programmer for Babbage’s Analytical Engine. She translated a paper by an Italian engineer who wrote about his ideas related to a speech given by Babbage. Lovelace’s translation included extensive notes, including algorithms for Babbage’s Engine. Her genius was realizing the machine could be used for more than computing numbers. In this way, she connected directly to the fundamentals of Taoism in the I Ching.

George Boole (1815 – 1864): – Boole, a philosopher and mathematician, wrote his most famous work, The Laws of Thoughts, while he was a mathematics professor. The book contains his masterwork – Boolean Logic which led to the Information Age. In another line back to the I Ching, Boole’s system of logic was based on binary, yes-no, on-off approach operations.

Claude Shannon 1916 – 2001: – Shannon was a mathematician, engineer, and cryptographer. Shannon applied Boolean Logic to electrical circuits as 1 and 0. In this stroke of genius, he understood all information could be represented by ones and zeroes.

We know the past but cannot control it. We control the future but cannot know it…. Information is the resolution of uncertainty. Claude Shannon

David Chaum: In 1983, cryptographer Chaum created a cryptographic system called eCash.

In 1998 – the word cryptocurrency was coined to describe a decentralized cryptographic system.

January 2009 – Bitcoin invented. Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency created by a person or persons calling themselves Satoshi Nakamoto. Bitcoin was the first real world application of blockchain technology. That spark illuminated the Way of Crypto.

The present is the only thing that has no end. Erwin Schrödinger

The Tao of Crypto

(Adapted by Wheeler from the Tao Te Ching – Dao De Jing)

The Tao of crypto is constant

The anonymous code generated the crypto-world

The anonymous code is ever present

The code brought to life the ten thousand assets

Appreciate the subtle internal mysteries without desire

Yearn for the known external manifestations

With different names, the mysteries and manifestations originate together

This uniformity reveals the enigmatic Tao of crypto…

To learn how to take advantage of the ancient code embedded within the modern world read The Tao of Crypto

A Poem of Valediction

The glistening torii gate framed the lush sanctuary like a vermilion sentinel.

Dawn’s silver silence was fractured by stuttering footsteps on rough slate.

A cinnabar leaf clung to the stone lantern drawing the eye upward.

Across the koi pond joyful sunbeams ignited the recently transplanted laceleaf maples.

Crimson radiance dripped onto the mossy rocks like celestial fire.

Back home, for centuries their transient blush enticed yearning wanderers.

Their distant cousins offered solace from five thousand gray miles away.

Straining like the final bloom of autumn.

A crumpled letter rustled in the gentle breeze.

Curious koi paused beneath the bridge attracted to the fluttering white paper.

Their fiery brushstrokes streaked away beneath the lotus,

As the reader’s knees buckle under the connotations.

His dark reflection wavered under a perfect honey gold ginkgo leaf.

The fan shaped messenger brought with it memories of his ancestral village.

Just before winter, the children would gather a perfect golden leaf.

Each child would present their flawless leaf to the village elders along with a haiku

Determined to discover transcendent beauty, he roamed the mountaintop in vain.

During his last autumn of childhood, shining heaven dropped perfection at his feet.

Trembling against the bitter mountain winds, he clutched the leaf to his heart.

Ethereal energy pulsed from his grandfather’s gnarled hand.

The words appeared in his mouth unthought.

Fan of golden flame

Home forever in our hearts

Returns with the fall

Placing the golden leaf on the airplane window,

His spirit drifted homeward like the box kites he flew as a boy.

Soaring over the ocean he dreamed of this his final season.

Cryptocurrency Book Hits Top Ten

My cryptocurrency book – the Tao of Crypto broke into the Top Ten and is NUMBER 8 today on Amazon in the Online Trading category!!!

Bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrency are the hottest investment topics worldwide. Read the Tao of Crypto and discover the hidden code within cryptocurrency. Learn how to use the ancient wisdom of Taoism to increase overall financial success.


Harness the energy of an ancient divination code embedded within the digital world. Enhance your future.
The essence of this code cultivates the flowing dynamism of the ubiquitous, primordial Way of the universe – the Tao. Countless cryptographic architectures incorporate the unifying energy of the Tao into their decentralized structure. Understand this and increase opportunities for success.
In nanoseconds, trillions of lines of code compile into crests and troughs upon vast digital seas. The interlinked actions of billions ebbs and flows twenty-four hours a day driving the global economy before it in great data-waves.

Millions of dollars per second course through thousands of geographically disperse channels like great energetic arteries generating hundreds of diverse crypto descendants from the fruitful near future. Individual participants’ binary choices within the pulsating global mind summon the dual complementary forces which bring forth the One – the it within every bit – The Tao of Crypto.

Section One focuses on the connections between ancient teachings and today’s crypto-sphere. The section introduces several metaphysical concepts in order to reinforce the mystical connection between individuals’ actions and autonomous digital systems. Included in the section is a condensed crypto version of the Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing) which deepens the mystical interconnections from the decentralized world to the Tao source code.

Section Two contains a divination method for using the ancient energy of the I Ching in the 21st Century Crypto world. The section includes modern day interpretations of the 64 Hexagrams to aid readers in their crypto trading decision making process. Change is a constant. By gaining an insight into the present and near future changes can potentially aid a person in making better choices along the Way.

Section Three is a Crypto Lexicon. It is intended to be a general introduction to the ever-expanding terminology of the day.
The human mind has the power to shape reality. – Wheeler

My Book Hits #1 on Amazon

My short read Pony Anne and the Silver Lantern Express is Number One on Amazon – And #2 and #3 🙂

Pony Anne and the Silver Lantern Express is a fanciful historical fiction about the only female Pony Express rider. On Christmas Eve, 1860 Anne takes the reins for her injured fiance and delivers the mail. Along the way Anne meets a helpful, but mysterious stranger named Klaus driving a sleigh across the deep snow. The stranger gives Pony Anne a magical silver lantern that helps her family through hard times for generations. Enjoy this charming Christmastime tale of: courage, dedication and love set on America’s frontier.

Happy Dictionary Day

To celebrate the birthday of Noah Webster, I am releasing five of my books for free on October 17.

Noah Webster’s name is synonymous with dictionary in America. I first fell in love with words, and dictionaries, while reading through our giant Webster’s Dictionary. My dad bought our encyclopedia set in installments – yes, section by section, and the dictionary was included in the first installment. Whenever I would ask my Dad about a difficult subject or hard to spell word, he would point to the “Webster’s” and say go look it up. So go look them up and enjoy a good book.

The Tao of Crypto

Harness the energy of an ancient divination code embedded within the digital world. Enhance your future.

The Boomer Whisperer

A travel companion on the spiritual journey of aging Boomers.

Unboxing Your Soul

We are all wandering timelessly through paradise. Unboxing your soul reveals who you truly are.

When Thunder Comes

On April 18, 1942, sixteen American B-25 bombers audaciously attacked the Japanese mainland in what became known as the Doolittle Raid, and afterwards fifteen crews were forced to make emergency landings or parachute into China. When Thunder Comes explores the remarkable intersecting lives of the Chinese rescuers and the Doolittle raiders using personal interviews and an abundance of Chinese media sources.

Pony Anne and the Silver Lantern Express

Pony Anne and the Silver Lantern Express is a fanciful historical fiction about the only female Pony Express rider. On Christmas Eve, 1860 Anne takes the reins for her injured fiancé and delivers the mail. Along the way Anne meets a helpful, but mysterious stranger named Klaus driving a sleigh across the deep snow. The stranger gives Pony Anne a magical silver lantern that helps her family through hard times for generations. Enjoy this charming Christmastime tale of: courage, dedication and love set on America’s frontier.

Art and Imperfection

Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern. Alfred North Whitehead

Two mighty sentinel walnut trees guard the front yard of my childhood home. One tree is straight as a telephone pole. The other tree’s trunk bends about ten feet off the ground. One day my father pointed to the “crooked” tree and said, “You know why that useless damn tree bends? Your grandfather came over the day I was planting those trees. He took out his pocket knife and cut into the top of one sapling. I told him to stop. He said the tree was strong and would be fine. He ruined that tree. It’s been worthless ever since.

I instantly revered the tree with its wondrous imperfection extending towards the heavens like the joint of a graceful finger. In my mind, the tree grew backwards through time to the point where my beloved grandfather altered its form. In that moment long passed, I fell in love with the marvelous imperfection connected to my departed grandfather – Buddy. The seed of my personal aesthetic was planted that golden day when I, an adolescent boy – my form altered by rampant hormones and misunderstood emotions – first embraced imperfection.

I am the fourth of five children – the ring finger, more or less, of the group – and the forgotten one. As such, I was often left to my own devices to self-create a world around me. A metaphysical creative force followed me throughout my day then and now. Fantasy and reality blend together in a magical realism inner narrative. In school, I would finish class assignments before the rest of the class and spent the idle time drawing in my notebook. Wandering down neighborhood alleys after school, I’d find odd bits of scrap, old magazines, and other imperfect castoffs. Richly unique blemishes and defects overflowed with the promises of treasure.

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. – Henry David Thoreau

In high school, I began to experiment with watercolor painting. Unlike acrylics or oils, which can be painted over, watercolor painting is a grand and glorious encounter with one’s own artistic flaws. Colors blend and fuse in infinite variation while dancing atop the flowing water. Brushstrokes merely suggest a direction across the dampening paper. The chromatic flood spontaneously overruns skillfully sketched borders in an ecstatic improvised tango with the artist. Art lies in the chaotic interplay between intent and result.

Artists must work with the imperfections of their medium, especially sculptors. After moving near the ocean, I have been attracted to the flotsam and jetsam that washes up on the beach, especially driftwood. The photos in this article are of a piece of driftwood. When I picked it up, the asymmetrical wood grain and corroded nails caught my eye. The splendid coloration from the rusty nails exuded a strange energy. I was certain wonderful art waited within its imperfections. To create this piece, I hand sanded and bleached it in several steps. Each step revealed a more beautiful surface. I feel the finished piece radiates with what the Romans called a “genius loci” – protective spirit of a place. The unique patterns of its imperfections charge my desk with its creative energy like a spirit-lantern.

For decades, I have delved into so-called Eastern thought. This is, more or less, a catchall phrase for non-Western concepts. Included are the magnificent spiritual beliefs and artistry of India, China, and across Asia. I discovered one concept in particular directly relates to appreciating “imperfections” – the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi Sabi. Byunderstanding the concepts of wabi sabi, a person learns to appreciate the impermanence and transience of existence. Once aware, it becomes apparent that true beauty is revealed in blemishes, scratches, tarnish, patina, wrinkles and an overall rustic simplicity. We all can embrace this affection for the inevitable impermanence of our own being. For, in a way, we are a work of art – the aesthetic expression of what is appealing with more than ordinary significance.

I smile when my wife mentions finding another gray hair. I remind her how 99.999% of her hairs are still the same lustrous black as when we first met. I told her how happy I am when I glance in the mirror and see so much as a shade or shadow of my mostly grayish hairs’ former color. “Be thankful you still have such thick beautiful hair.” We laugh and turn back to our work. As George Bernard Shaw said, “You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.” The difference in our ages matters less and less as our life together ripens into a reassuring maturity. Accepting our imperfections and flaws endure us each to the other. We all need to accept ourselves as we are, warts and all. Embrace imperfection and celebrate our beautifully imperfect world.

Live Your Destiny

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Choice forges destiny. Heated in the furnace of desire, destiny’s iron rod bends to steadfast perseverance. Where some things are inevitably controlled by fate, the power to choose is in our hands to the last breath. Even though one may have limited choices, the lever of destiny rests upon the fulcrum of choice.

It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to imitate somebody else’s perfectly. – Bhagavad Gita

Some individuals embrace the destiny of others far too closely and lose their way. Self-doubt can make a person step into the footsteps of another. But those hesitant steps lead away from one’s true destiny. Always choosing the easy way limits the potential for a life well lived. And the numbing pangs of regret increase with age. Eventually, the misery of a life of indecision presses on the soul like a dark fist. However, the path back to one’s true destiny begins with hope.

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. – Buddha

Although fate plays a part in an individual’s lot in life, everyone must must find their own way ahead. The path to redemption lies within. But first, a person has to believe in themselves. The decision to change summons warm breezes which melt away the bitter shadows of guilt and recrimination. We must lift ourselves up if we are to fashion our destiny.

Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny. LaoZi (Lao Tzu)

Reality begins in the mind. Our senses, however many there are, provide information about the world around us. The mind uses words to create meaning from this sensory information. Acting on this meaning-making creates the looking glass which reflects an individual’s character outward. Some believe much of a person’s character is created at birth. That is why many people take great interest in how their fate is written in the stars. If this supposed fateful character is believed to be true, it can become the polestar of one’s spirit.

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. – William Shakespeare

Many schools of thought seek to dim the shadows of uncertainty. But it is up to each of us to write our own story. All life is lived autobiographically. We see the world from our seat in the center of the stage upon which life’s grand opera plays out. Perhaps in the end, our individual destinies are as Shakespeare wisely wrote so long ago: All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.

20 Ways to Improve Well-Being

Improving one’s sense of well-being brings great rewards. A person begins to feel at home wherever they go as they begin to be the unique individual they were born to be. In this fast-paced world, it is far too easy to neglect your well-being. Take the time for self-care each day and live your true nature.

Control your ego

Smile regularly

Adapt to uncertainty

Continue learning

Exercise regularly

Escape your comfort zone occasionally

Quit bad habits

Learn from friends

Reduce media consumption

Create an inspirational area in your home


Release the past

Manage stress

Find purpose and meaning

Embrace change

Release anger and resentment

Slow down

Appeal to all your senses (music, aromas, colors, …)

Engage in relaxation

Accept and forgive yourself

Unboxing Your Soul