Breaking the Bondage of Experience

Breaking the Bondage of Experience

We are prisoners of our own experience. ~Sam Wilson If we are prisoners of our experience, how do we break mental shackles imprisoning our ability to think critically, to understand the souls of those different than us? I don’t believe it is ever possible to completely escape our prison cells. But…but we can grow the […]

My Muezzin

My Muezzin

We are the muezzins of the desert crying out like mockers from memory’s violet towers. ~Natalie Diaz My muezzin’s call lives in the writings of Edward Abbey, in words at once haunting & enlightening & inspiring & grounding, words pulling my mind to the sacred desert. As a siren lures seafarers to their death, his words […]

Conceived by a Book

Conceived by a Book

Few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds it’s way into your heart. ~Carlos Ruiz Zafón I have a favorite book. A most favoritist book from amongst the 1000 plus I have read in the past 30 years. Very few others come close to the fondness I have […]

Books From The Firehose

Books From The Firehose

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” ~George R.R. Martin I read many, many books. I constantly have two our three going each colored with highlighted phrases that capture my attention and require more than one reading. I read so many books, I […]

Are You Perpetuating Ignorance?

Are You Perpetuating Ignorance?

“Those who ignore history tend to become its victims.” ~Carlos Romulo I was educated in the USA, in quality, private schools. Still, the history in our books was sanitized, devoid of almost any hint of wrongdoing perpetrated by my country against other countries, against its own citizens. It was whitewashed giving the impression that all […]

Books 2016

Books 2016

As usual, many more books made it to my to-read list than I actually read probably on the order of 5 to-reads for every 1 book read. At this rate, I will never get through all the books I read which is why I anguish some whenever I need to select my next book. I was […]

Literature Is Love Making

Literature is a wound from which flows the indispensable divorce between words and things. All our blood can flow out of that hole. ~Carlos Fuentes There is literature designed to tell a story, a story keeping the reader engaged through the creation of page turning tension. Tension that builds until climax leaving a person emotionally […]

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