Magical Music

Magical Music

Music is an anesthetic. ~Yusef Kumuyakaa Music is an anesthetic and a stimulant. A calmer and an exciter. Music has the ability to amplify and attenuate a person’s mood. It swoons of love and drives people to a hateful nationalistic fervor rationalizing the invasion of sovereign nations. It unites a group while inciting to divide […]

Art Solves Mystery

Art Solves Mystery

There is no such thing as an artist: there is only the world, lit or unlit as the light allows. ~Annie Dillard If everyone is an artist, as I believe we all are, then it reasons some are more comfortable exposing their souls, then the term itself is irrelevant as there is no need to […]

When A Heart Smiles

When A Heart Smiles

Men don’t inhabit a country; we inhabit a language. ~Jaume Cabré Is a country simply a land mass bounded by contiguous borders? Or is it the collective humans identifying with each other based on a common understanding of an ideal as expressed in language? Or a desire for a unifying goal, an incorporation of a […]

I Am Whole And I Am Nothing

I Am Whole And I Am Nothing

I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert dune, sees nothing and hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs and gleams… ~Antoine de Saint Exupáry I fell in love with the desert before I ever set eyes upon her. I was transported there by a siren singing, a siren perched […]

Form Is As Important As Function

Form Is As Important As Function

Why couldn’t I accept what was happening without trying to explain it? ~Julio Cortazar The Engineer in me thrills at elegant explanations of occurring phenomena. My epistemic bent is to seek reasons for occurrences, rationale for emotion. I want to understand what wind set World War II in motion. I want to understand the value […]

The Agony of Minutiae

The Agony of Minutiae

We were together. I forget the rest. ~Walt Whitman I am a gist person. A sensor of essence. A smeller of feels. A feeler of auras. Ask me to recount a movie and you will be lucky to hear more than a few words. To recount an entire paragraph is an anomaly as rare as […]

The Eyes Look. The Heart Sees.

The Eyes Look. The Heart Sees.

The question is not what you look at, but what you see. ~Henry David Thoreau The eyes look. The heart sees. I look at a woman wearing the Islamic headscarf and I see a human of faith seeking alignment with God in her pursuit of a happy life and personal fulfillment in this world while […]

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