Self-Defense Against Adversity

Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it. – Kahlil Gibran Many of us suffer from various forms of anxiety. These tremors in our heart-minds originate in suffering whether from real memories or imagined scenarios. The shadows stalk our everyday lives and chase us in our dreams. …

The Heart’s Memory

He was still too young to know that the heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past. – Gabriel García Márquez Our perceptions of memories change over time. Some events have great significance attached to them in the present …

Gaining Perspective

The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole. – Oscar Wilde It is said that at times you can’t see the forest for the trees. This means you are too close to the details of a problem to find a solution to the issue as a whole. These short, concise expressions of general …

Believe in Your Daydreams

Everything starts as somebody’s daydream – Larry Niven We are the stuff of dreams. The lives of each and every one of us has been shaped by our dreams, and the dreams of our: parents, ancestors, teachers, teachers, and so many more who influence us each day. The technological electrified world we inhabit was dreamed …

Conjunction with the Unknown

Don’t try to comprehend with your mind. Your minds are very limited. Use your intuition. – Madeleine L’Engle It isn’t obligation that gets our feet moving in the mornings; it is anticipation. The anticipation of something better. And the deep down awareness that the something we achingly deserve in our bones may never arrive, may …

My Three Hundredth Post

In order to write about life first you must live it.– Ernest Hemingway To celebrate, I am happy to announce the national publication Poetry Quarterly will publish one of my poems in their upcoming edition. The poem is one of my neotranscendentalist poems about nature. This injection of good news was just the soul-vitamin I needed. …

The Amber of the Moment

Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why. – Kurt Vonnegut Trapped within the amber of the moment here in the US clarifies life. The sheer magnitude of ongoing rotten events shredded many veils of self-delusion. If you’ll pardon the comparison, but the cumulative impact of so much bad …

Make Your Soul Grow

To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it. – Kurt Vonnegut I normally spend part of each morning and evening reading, browsing through interesting facts, articles, and images. At various times during the rest of the day, I create things. I write, …