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Serendipity

What are the odds… Of all the places I could be And you could be too; That I’d be me And you’d be you? And that we’d be here now, Right where we are – Out of all of…

Beach Wolf
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Fear + A Beach Wolf = A Lesson in Compassion

Fear is the great equalizer.  The indiscriminate disease of fear can strike any economic group, race, gender or age.  Fear blinds us to the real issues at hand and seeks to subversively bind us to that which it has…

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Astral Trippin’

I squeeze in and out of consciousness – Consciously aware That I am neither Here nor there. I slip in and out of awareness – Barely aware That I am both places And yet nowhere. I come and go…

Sunrise Lamai Fishing Pier
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Fire in my Belly

There’s a fire in my belly And it’s been burning for a very long time There’s a fire in my belly And it isn’t all mine In fact, it’s mostly for others; For those that I see For those…

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Growing Pains

We see We breathe We are living We live We laugh We are looking We look We seek We are searching We search We find We are loving We love We give We are binding We bind We choke…

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Potential and Self-forgiveness

The concept of not living up to one’s potential is the malignant foundation of a lifelong, self-destructive, cancer-like belief structure. This terminal theory has probably broken more spirits and relationships than any other in modern-day society.  We start the…

Fables

Wendell The Bunny

  Wendell the Bunny lives on an island in Thailand which is home to many of the universe’s creatures however not ordinarily the home of the Eastern Cottontail Rabbit which is native to North America.  The how of Wendell…

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The Discomfort Zone

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam I am a curiosity here; an oddity for sure – a rare bird, a wild animal, the most foreign of foreigners. People stop and stare and tap their friends and their children so that…

Fables

Terrence The Bull

An Unlikely Trio It was a relatively cool morning on the tropical island of Koh Samui and Terrence the Bull found himself more comfortable than he could remember being in quite some time.  There had been a rough sea…

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Kindness Is Not Weakness So Don’t Get It Twisted

Some people mistake kindness for weakness; this miscalculation can be a deadly fallacy in the animal kingdom.  Why have we been conditioned to look upon those who are kind, compassionate and vulnerable as weak?  It could not be further…

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About a Broken Box, Compassion and Charity

I originally wrote this on November 15, 2015, the day after there had been a terrorist attack in Paris.  There have been other similar attacks in France and elsewhere in the world since the time I originally wrote this and…

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Breathing Is Doing Something

Second full day of Vipassana (silent meditation retreat) Wat Suan Mokkh, Chaiya, Surat Thani, Thailand I arrive at the post lunch sitting meditation session in the main meditation hall a few minutes early although in absence of a clock…

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Creating Heaven and Hell

What use have we for the concept of heaven if we can have peace every day? What use have we for the concept of hell when we do not have fear?  It is quite possible that both places exist but perhaps they…

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Tickle My Soul

Tickle my soul Make me laugh from the inside out Be the heart of my heart Leave no room for doubt Of how much you accept and love Every version of yourself The only commitment required Is to maintain…

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And Sometimes

And sometimes I feel like “And sometimes” is the only way To begin the expression of new thought. After one has discarded previous ways of thinking And has opened the channels to new shit, “And sometimes” clears the way…

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Bruise My Heart

Love my heart Until it expands and grows wings So that I may find myself floating And dangling puppet-like from your string Bruise my heart Until my blood rises, boils and thins Until the black and blue Is both…

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Mirror, Mirror

My fears are triggered by your presence My girded façade begins to crumble. Terrified by your mere existence I brace myself for the inevitable tumble. In your reflection I watch and observe My best and my worst selves Riding…

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Man

The arrogance of man, Ignorance combined with entitlement – This is our downfall. The ancient Greeks called it hubris; Excessive pride Which clouds vision And creates a veil that blurs Common sense. Conditioned to believe in our own superiority…

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Where is the Relief?

Where is the relief? It comes in the tiniest of ripples Whereas the pain Presents itself in the greatest of tidal waves Gigantic, monster tsunami waves And you welcome them with open arms They are familiar There is comfort…

Short Stories

Preface to Sunrise Cataracts

The term and title “Sunrise Cataracts” was borne from a warning given to my mother to pass along to me.  The warning was provided by a nephew of my mother’s during one of their bi-weekly phone calls.  (Although he is my cousin,…