Talking Rocks in New Mexico

Talking Rocks in New Mexico

Originally posted on Adventures of an American Traveler:
There are few situations more frightening than sitting comfortably with your back against a smooth rock on a gloriously hot, dry, and sunny day breathing pristine mountain air without a worry until hearing an agitated buzzing and realizing you are face to face and within striking distance…

Real or Failed Fantasy?

Real or Failed Fantasy?

When the great guiding spirit cleaves humanity into two antagonistic halves, I would be with the people. ~Che Guevara As my Republic descends into a hellacious bastion of haves oppressing the have-nots, of rich lording over the poor, of the powerful minority manipulating the majority, of powerful crushing the weak, of governments using the people […]

Smelling of Madness

Smelling of Madness

After three days the room only smelled like me, in other words, like old age and madness. ~Roberto Bolaño Popular fiction associates old age with senility, a grizzled, cantankerous fool flirting with lunacy daily not only when the moon is full like the rest of the population. I was a prisoner of my own form […]

Passive Music, Active Poetry

Passive Music, Active Poetry

If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week. ~Charles Darwin In a world awash in information and, sadly, disinformation designed to manipulate a gullible public, the truth of poetry and music in an almost […]

Universally Connected Consciousness

Universally Connected Consciousness

You think your pain and your heartbreak are unique in the world, but then you read. ~James Baldwin Mired in spine crippling pain, it is easy to believe we as an individual are uniquely aware of the agony associated with physical suffering. Reading a book, quality books or rags churned out by sketchy houses can […]

Injuring Eternity

Injuring Eternity

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity. ~Henry David Thoreau The vastness of Eternity is incomprehensible to my tiny human intellect. Compared to illimitable time, all life even that of the ancient trees is less than a tick, less than a tock on a clock. I find it easier to view my life […]

The Danger of Categorization

The Danger of Categorization

Be curious, not judgemental. ~Walt Whitman By nature, humans are prone to classifying, categorizing, creating rows and rows of familiar boxes to hold information. It helps us avoid danger when we place all large toothed snarling animals into the death bucket allowing us to respond without thinking. But our tendency is to extend bucket classifications […]

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