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God is an Amoeba

Note:  I discuss this blog post and a host of other topics with the lovely and inspiring Sophia Wise One on her Vagina Talks Podcast: Episode 52:  All Death is Ego Death. Available by clicking the link or on…

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Locked-up Abroad: Self-Imprisonment Edition

MMA Fighters and Ledge-Jumpers I innately know when I am miserable (in-misery) and in need of a time-out but my insecurities have conditioned me to believe otherwise so sometimes it takes me a bit to acknowledge that’s where I…

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Palm Tree in the Desert

One of the blessings I cherish most in my life is having the ability to observe nature unimpeded by the constraints of time.  The similarities between human behavior and those of flora and fauna are many and I suppose…

Poems Light

Unchained

When we say we are Victims of circumstance; We are but children Afraid of consequence. When we think and feel It’s someone else’s fault; We feed our guilt And fear of getting caught. When we stop trying To accuse…

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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…

Poems Light

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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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…

Poems Dark

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…

Poems Dark

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…

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,…

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The Gecko and The Cat

It was an exceptionally dark night in the jungle.  It was the rainy season and although there were a million stars in the sky, nary a one could be seen from the forest floor on account of the dense…

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Who Am I?

Who am I? This is the million dollar question, no? If this was the American game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” the audience would be useless for this question and I could phone as many friends as…

Poems Light

Be a Mirror Part 2

You want me to be more like you? You want to fix my behavior and my thoughts too? Just a few minor adjustments are all that I need. To fit the image of what you want me to be.…

Fables

The Fish Famine

A Fishy Platform Mr. Donald Man O’ War was the governor of the Western Reef which was an elected position.  Although he had position, wealth, power; was well-traveled and had many fish vying for his romantic attention, his language…

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For Ashleigh

It was the holiday season and as was tradition, my family and I were spending time at our beach house as Christmas happens in the summer in South Africa.  It is probably a funny thing for people on the…

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How to Spread Love Instead of Fear

Fear does not seem strong enough a word to describe the widespread yet subversive, intense and prolific paranoia that lives in most of us. We unwittingly spread the poison, the highly contagious and deadly virus that lives in our…