Miracle of Life

There is, one know not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath… – Herman Melville Lines of poetry have been whirling around my mind these days. Almighty spirits permeate our Universe / The infinitesimal motions of their comings and goings constantly alter the fine …

Inspirational Poetry

This is a sample of my recently published book of poetry, Shine a Splendid Light: Poems and pieces from a restored life. It is Volume One. From the Artist the Universe Demands Art and image, subject and artist are bound together forever. Something beckons to the artist’s eye causing his head to turn and notice …

Manifesting Happiness

All who joy would win / Must share it / Happiness was born a twin. – Lord Byron Happiness is a state of mind. There is no shop that sells happiness, or app that beams happiness into your head. Approaching life with open arms and a smile encourages happiness to appear more frequently. My wife …

Manifesting Wisdom

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. – Emerson Not a day passes when I do not witness something miraculous. Since I was a small boy I have marveled at this world of ours. My earliest memory was retrieved through meditation. I was only a few months old lying …

Have Faith in Yourself

One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end. – Krishnamurti On this first day of the new decade I found a bottle floating in the surf. The cork of the wine bottle was encrusted with small barnacles and the label on the stem, worn smooth by …

Grateful for the Beauty of Life

Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them. – Marcus Aurelius Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or so the saying goes. Perhaps that is why I feel that life, no matter how difficult the days and weeks may be, is beautiful. Each of us can …

Give Generously of Yourself

Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, they send forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of …

Take Control of Your Future

A bend in the road is not the end of the road… unless you fail to make the turn. – Helen Keller Life is made of moments both momentous and mundane. There are times when attention lapses and disaster strikes and in a split second life can be annihilated. But fortune can also play a …

Be at Peace with Yourself

Silence is a source of great strength – LaoZi Silence is a necessity. Solitude feeds the souls. In the 21st Century there is far too little silence and far too much background noise. The constant bumping and thudding of external distractions keeps the mind agitated and out of focus. Peaceful quiet time alone or with …

Let the Light Shine

Even the darkest night will end, and the sun will rise. – Victor Hugo Being optimistic comes easier after suffering. Or so it seems to me. The darkest nights dawn upon the brightest days. Life knocks us around, some much more than others. I cannot pretend to know anyone’s mind except my own. But I …