Oceanic Soul

There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath. – Herman Melville A while back I found a large bone on the beach. After studying it for a few hours I determined it was from a whale, specifically it was a …

Secrets of the Universe

If you want to find the secrets of the Universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration. Nikola Tesla Happy 30th Anniversary to the Hubble Space Telescope. This image of a “firestorm of starbirth” is from the “Cosmic Reef Nebula” in the Large Magellanic Cloud (a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way). Space imagery …

Change Your World

…Re-examine all you have been told in school or church or in any book, and dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem, and have the richest fluency – Walt Whitman (Leaves of Grass) It is time to release yourself from the chaffing bindings of disagreeable preaching, teaching …

Happy 50th Earth Day

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. – George Bernard Shaw April 22 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day. The celebration began as a reaction to the impacts industrialization upon the planet. Mankind has altered Mother Earth in so many ways, and now our alterations are …

Divine Nature

All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art. – Jorge Luis Borges There is nothing extraneous …

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 …

The Unwanting Soul

The unwanting soul sees what’s hidden, and the wanting soul sees only what it wants. – LaoZi A modest purity dwells in the silky silence of blades of grass sweeping away the sand grain by grain. The spirit must open wide to discover such rich experiences. Stop the time-clock and uncover a cosmos: beneath your …

Seeking Simplicity

Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple. – Pete Seeger I’ve been thinking about simplification a lot these days. Perhaps it is a sign of age, or dare I say maturity, but I’ve been reducing my needs to as few as possible. By cleaning off various wants, …

Be One with the Wild

I thought of the wilderness we had left behind us, open to sea and sky, joyous in its plenitude and simplicity, perfect yet vulnerable, unaware of what is coming, defended by nothing, guarded by no one. – Edward Abbey Check out my wife and I clamming on Youtube Children are taught human beings have five …