Empathy

Fishhooks in my Brain

Fishhooks in my Brain

I had already shuffled out of the train into the stale, dank, piss smelling underworld, grabbed a couple of plain Dunkins while navigating the tunnel system. Sadly, they no longer have the dunking handles that were the brand mainstay. I breached the surface to feel the breeze blowing fresh off the monster lake straight swimming down Washington street as dawn was cresting. I bought a large Early Grey, one teabag please, and two hardboiled eggs to quell my hunger. The shelled eggs were perfectly smooth, baby ass velvety…

Connected but not Integral

Connected but not Integral

They hear Coyote howl and think mayhem, death is nigh so hide the bite-sized dog that still shits on the floor behind the locked house door…

The Art is Seething

The Art is Seething

Perhaps my art would percolate to the surface if I could paint with any sense of visual acuity. But I’ve stood at the blank canvas for so long the paint has dried on the palette into crusty cakes as useless to the brush as I am to mankind…

Raising Boys & Girls the Same is Nonsense

Raising Boys & Girls the Same is Nonsense

Raising boys and girls the same way is utter nonsense. Boys and girls are different people. To raise them the same assumes they are the same. This is not only a disservice to each, it is violence against their souls…

Torture or Natural Order?

Torture or Natural Order?

Was it torture or the natural order of life???

A Denial of God

A Denial of God

My problem is with the word God, for all the limitations it has placed on my imagination, such as, “God the Father.” ~Terry Tempest Williams When you read the word God in the opening quote, what image flashes before your eyes? If you were raised in the West, it was probably the ubiquitous image of […]

Raping God

Raping God

All the world seems a church and the mountains altars. ~John Muir In America, freedom of religion is considered so foundational to our founding documents, it was enshrined in the 1st Amendment to our Constitution. Its placement as the 1st Amendment means it was thought more important than the 2nd Amendment although, to many, guns […]

Hearing Silent Voices

Hearing Silent Voices

Not being heard is no reason for silence. ~Victor Hugo The voiced voiceless are ignored by the powerful because they lack the funds to purchase a seat at the table where decisions are made by the few at the expense of the multitudes. Perpetrated long enough, less than a generation, more quickly if those with […]

A Belly Feeding Upon Itself

A Belly Feeding Upon Itself

The sole method the exploited have to break their chains: violence. ~Mario Vargas Llosa Being a life long member of the middle class progressing in stature from lower-middle through middle-middle now flirting with upper-middle, I am as far removed from understanding the challenges faced by the lower classes as a hawk is from the moon. […]

We is Greater than Us and Not Us

We is Greater than Us and Not Us

Boundaries are fears mande manifest. ~Terry Tempest Williams I am continually amazed at how people see power and control in straight lines. This power bestowed on arbitrary linearity leads them to anoint books with more authority than the heart bled scribblings on tenement walls. Violate lane laws and the force of government descends with the […]

The Human Holy Trinity

The Human Holy Trinity

My father recognized mind-body-spirit as one word. ~Lucy Rockefeller Waletzky Each of us is a Holy Trinity, three integrated components. Three symbiotic elements, a combination of physical and nonphysical space rendered into indivisible existence. We are a tripod of equally important legs. A mind leg. A body leg. A spirit leg. Stability requires each have […]

A Hungry Heart

A Hungry Heart

She looked pained in her sleep. Was the pain inflicted by a bad dream or fear, upon waking, the nightmare would begin? ~David Olson Her lungs heave and hollow in long, rhythmical waves, cresting, falling in equal measure but different rates. The tide rises and falls at the behest of the moon seeking to kiss […]

Diversity? What is it Good For? Absolutely Everything!

Diversity? What is it Good For? Absolutely Everything!

Being equal is not the goal. Appreciation of differences is the goal. It is the differences that make us dynamic and interesting. ~??? It’s taken me more time than I like to admit but I am finally existing in a space where I can see beyond my predisposed tendencies and appreciate diversity for diversities sake. […]

The Hero Within

The Hero Within

We are all on a hero’s journey. ~Joseph Campbell Life is born of struggle and struggle we do unto the grave. From the moment we are squeezed from the narrow tunnel like a zit released that sprays onto the mirror until we struggle with our last breaths and the final trapped in our lungs. No […]

Mad? Enlightened? Is There a Difference?

Mad? Enlightened? Is There a Difference?

Hummingbird flitters and squeaks Brazenly buzzing the back porch, Giving important news Too rapidly to be understood. ~Gregg Valenzuela 6, 7, 8, and more ratty layers of tights and sweats smoothed precisely, one at a time, so there are no wrinkles each tucked into LL Bean boot knockoffs splitting at the seams on a muggy […]

Hypocrite Much?

Hypocrite Much?

All acts of kindness are lights in the war for justice. ~Joy Harjo If kindness is not inculcated in a person before they reach their teens, the hope for justice is little more than a wet dream staining the sheets. I was taught to be kind but rejected the teaching well into my 20s for […]

When Fear is Fashionable

When Fear is Fashionable

Are my actions guided by love or fear? ~David Olson An animal manacled by fear lashes out at all hands not caring if they hold harm or help. They are blinded thus unable to make rational decisions so end up hurting and helping themselves in equal measure. They learn to be comfortable in the consistency […]

The Repricklicans and Dickocrats Are Not Our Friends

The Repricklicans and Dickocrats Are Not Our Friends

Knights view the world as a cataclysmic conflict with winners and losers, with battles to be fought, and with right and wrong as dominant drivers. Gardners…have the instinct to look for ways to heal, to connect, and to grow the people they encounter. These biases affect the way people buy groceries, practice a religion (or […]

Embracing Authenticity

Embracing Authenticity

It breaks my heart when I meet a person and learn they are hiding parts of themselves so the can appear to fit in. ~Unknown One of the greatest gifts I received from my parents, besides unconditional love, was their coaching to ensure we each bloomed into our own flower be it red or yellow […]

Judgith Notith

Judgith Notith

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. ~Carl Jung When I picture darkness, I think of my internal life, the place from which thoughts rise like smoke, thoughts cloaked in shadow, perfumed with evil.

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