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. …

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 …

20 Ways to Increase Happiness

My wife and I were apart for eight months during the height of the Covid-19 Pandemic. She was in China, having returned for her father’s funeral, and I was here in the US. After the horrible winter, I began preparing our garden to put my mind at ease. I wanted to do something special for …

Live in the Present

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this. – Henry David Thoreau I am nearing my 400th Post. And to celebrate I …

World between Worlds – A Poem

The spring evening cools the warm stone. A heady perfume of grass and ground rises from behind the veiled sunset. Night wings beat. A stillness comes. From the front porch, sounds of child’s play call the heart to sift the years through open hands. The memory of nights such as these coaxes the eyes to …

The Smoky Dragons of Reality

No phenomenon is a real phenomenon until it is an observed phenomenon. We are participants in bringing into being not only the near and here, but the far away and long ago. – John A. Wheeler A distant cousin of mine, John Archibald Wheeler, was one of America’s greatest physicists. He worked with and taught …

Thrive on Change

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. – LaoZi Would you like to thrive on change? How are you doing at this moment? Don’t think about yesterday or tomorrow. Think about these …

WTF is Crypto?

A dollar picked up in the road is more satisfaction to us than the 99 which we had to work for, and the money won at gambling or in the stock market snuggles into our hearts in the same way. – Mark Twain Have you heard about the $2,000,000,000,000 cryptocurrency fueled economic revolution sweeping around …

Poem: The Sea of Mortality

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. – Oscar Wilde Our body-vessel carries our spirit Atop the crests and troughs of time The vast cerulean sea of mortality Challenges convictions and shatters delusions The fabric of ephemeral awareness Propels the seeker ever-onward Vigilant eyes and resolute hands …

Street Photography in China

Everything that is visible hides something that is invisible. – Renee Magritte I have been sorting through my photographs of China from 2003-2019. My first visit to China, I went to Beijing in July, 2003 – just after the WHO cleared the city for international travel after SARS. I want to share a few of …