Gazing in Wonder

I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach 10,000 stars how not to dance. – e.e.cummings Since everything has slowed down to a crawl these days, I have lingered longer while window gazing. For the past week or so hummingbirds have appeared to browse through the pussy willows in the woodlot just …

Quest for Truth

If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way. – Seamus Heaney Writers spend a lot of time searching for the right words to express barely understood emotions or to describe imaginary events. We live a great deal of our lives trying to understand the minds of fictional points of …

The Power of Music

My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary. – Martin Luther Musical tastes are very subjective and personal. I have a pretty eclectic taste in music. Listening to a wide range of styles and genres brings me great joy. But when times are …

Stay Healthy

When things go wrong, don’t go with them. – Elvis Presley The world, as we knew it, is shattering. Hundreds of millions of people have been stymied by questions of WHY? Why did this happen; why can’t authorities deal with it; why is it happening to my life??? And that, as Shakespeare said, is the …

We All Are Cousins

Come away, o human child! To the waters and the wild, With a fairy, hand in hand, For the world’s more full of weeping, Than you can understand. – W.B. Yeats Great unknowns sprout and multiply daily, or so it seems. My lovely daughter in LA was told last night to scurry inside and stay …

Release Anxiety

If one looks at a thing with the intention of trying to discover what it means, one ends up no longer seeing the thing itself, but of thinking of the question that is raised. – Rene Magritte Our life is bound up with the lives of so many others. We gladly attach portions of our …

Unplug from Media

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. – e.e. cummings Our modern world suffers from increased complexity. A multitude of distractions vie to refocus our thoughts towards their product. The commodification of our attention has infiltrated deep into the substrata of our …

Simple Taoist Meditation

Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity. Voltaire Meditation is an ancient practice that predates written history. There have been artistic depictions of meditation in the Indian subcontinent going back over 7,000 years. There are countless forms of meditative practices written …

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 …

Making Positive Changes

When the heart is right, “for” and “against” are forgotten. – Zhuangzi For many years, I have had to struggle against defensiveness and anxiety. I suffered from multiple calamities as a young adult. To compensate, whenever overly stressed out, I would coil back into my hard emotional shell as a form of self-protection. The negative …