The Sense of Wonder

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. – Emerson Wonders abound in the day-to-day world. We only need to untangle ourselves from the biases and illusions binding our senses to realize the small miracles around us. Creative people know the feeling when the veils drop away and you embrace …

The Flowers of Autumn

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. – Albert Camus The magic of autumn has filled the air with golden ripeness. The shortened days and chilling winds add a pleasing crispness to life. All around, Nature paints the scenery with exuberant sparks from a blazing palette. The seeds of spring have …

Creating Yourself Anew

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. – George Bernard Shaw Where are you from? This is one of the first things people ask when they try to get to know one another. But this simple question can be one of the most difficult to answer. I read an interesting article the …

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 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 …

20 Tips for Work-Life Balance

Do work that fulfills you Change jobs if you hate it Find work that is more fulfilling Praise the work of others sincerely Improve your communication skills Learn by doing Proofread your work Evade office politics Don’t over commit Improve writing skills Prioritize your time Organize your workspace Save money Celebrate your efforts Establish “me …

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 Tao of Now

Your hand can seize today, but not tomorrow; and thoughts of your tomorrow are nothing but desire. Don’t waste this breath, if your heart isn’t crazy, since “the rest of your life” won’t last forever. – Omar Khayyám This moment will never come again because it never disappears. We live in an ever-unfolding present. With …

Poem: Blue Moon Rising

Pulsating sinuous strands Spread along sandy flesh Like a lover’s luxuriant tresses across a pillow The approaching lantern of fertility Brightens the aching heart Drains away negativity Positive tingles prickle the spine Musky incense tantalizes the tongue Face into the wind and listen The blue moon’s siren call Echoes throughout the briny deep Silky steps …