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 …

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 Power of Love

Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary. – Oscar Wilde I met my wife face-to-face over fifteen years ago. For more than a year before that, we chatted and got to know each other over the Internet. We found each other when one day, after several terrible events in my life, a voice …

Ode to My Kite Soul

This body in which I live has ripened to maturity Once supple flesh strains against the yoke of time Outflowing years sculpt my well-seasoned visage Every day I open my eyes is a good day My essence is ever-reaching beyond this tangible frame Entering the green tabernacle I unpack my kite soul Folded within my …

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 …

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 …

Be Grateful for Those You Love

Let us be grateful for the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust Be eternally grateful for the people in your life who shine a positive light upon your day. Every day give thanks to the almighty universe for being fortunate enough to witness another …