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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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Molehills are Mountains

As many of you know, I recently completed the final official stage of The Camino de Santiago de Compostela; a journey of approximately 120km/74 miles from Sarria to Santiago which winds through the spectacularly picturesque countryside of Northern Spain. …

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Gypsy

As I prepare to leave my newfound home of one month for my next destination, I reflect upon the numerous and overwhelming gifts I have received here in Altea on the Costa Blanca of Spain: The surreal cerulean blue…

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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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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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 Light

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…

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…

Fables

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

You Will Know

You will know you’re doing it right When you no longer want to leave You will know you’re doing it right When you can stop just to breathe. You will know they love you When they disagree and fight…

Poems Light

On the Gift of Aging

I’m losing my eyesight But have a clarity of vision like never before. I’ve lost the ability to make babies But I meet my children every day in the people I see and speak with for I give them…

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Absolute Moments

“I wish I was there with you…” is an oft-uttered phrase. I propose that we stop believing in wishes and instead believe in thoughts that become words that become actions that become reality. Let us create our realities by…

Short Stories

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…