Self Improvement

72 Virgin Guns

72 Virgin Guns

I don’t understand the male obsession with scoring a virgin. Unless it is the fragile male ego afraid he won’t ‘measure up’ to past lovers so seeks a person who has no reference to laugh in his face. I think that’s why Islam entices martyrs with hte promise of 72 virgins. The need for virgins […]

Stroking My Beard, Meditatively

Stroking My Beard, Meditatively

Pain is what gives rise to meditation. It has nothing to do with age let alone beards. ~Haruki Murakami More than any other sensation, emotional pain has been the springboard for my greatest leaps in personal growth. Were the truth of this pain not so debilitating, I would seek it out to experience the thrill […]

Who’s In Your Head?

Who’s In Your Head?

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. ~Henry David Thoreau To look into a mirror and see a loser is to write a loser future. To look and see a winner gives impetus to engage in behaviors leading to victory. It all depends upon what you choose to see. And […]

A Masterpiece Tomorrow

A Masterpiece Tomorrow

You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously. ~Sophia Bush In a world where second place is the first loser, it is difficult to recognize the blossoming masterpiece of now will continue to evolve into a greater bouquet masterpiece in the future.

Consider A Swarthy Deity

Consider A Swarthy Deity

Fools talk, cowards are silent, wise men listen. ~Carlos Ruiz Zafón The trend of my life is to talk less wherein I expose to the world the fool I am toward listening deeply to others and learning from their experiences thus adding pearls to my wisdom bucket. At least, it’s how I like to view […]

Memories: Cruel or Compassionate?

Memories: Cruel or Compassionate?

Memories are worse than bullets. ~Carlos Ruiz Zafón A bullet pierces the chest wall, scrambles the heart before blowing through the back leaving a spreading sanguine pool. Its work is done. An instant of pain, maybe, followed by an eternity outside the clutches of time. Memories can be crueler. They have the power to blood […]

Painful Mirrors

Painful Mirrors

Truth is often accompanied by intense pain, and almost no one is looking for painful truths. ~Haruki Murakami The truth about painful truth is that it is the truth we need to walk through to overcome the pain from the avoided truth. The process requires us to let go of the subtly painful lies we […]

America The Addicted

America The Addicted

Evil has no place, it seems, in our national mythology. We erase it. We use ellipses. We salute ourselves and take pride in America the white knight, American the Lone Ranger, America’s sleek laser guided weaponry beating up on Sadam and his legion of devils. ~Tim O’Brien The first step to managing an addiction is […]

None Of Us Is Normal In The Head

None Of Us Is Normal In The Head

It was clear that Polito wasn’t right in the head. Who is when you get right down to it. ~Roberto Bolaño For most of my life, I knew I was different than the ‘normal’ people. The only redhead in eight grades of my school & teased because the color was abnormal and I was covered […]

I Am Finally Human

I Am Finally Human

You got to cry without weeping, Talk without speaking, Scream without raising your voice. ~U2 Why do humans, under intense emotions, spill liquid pain or melted joy from their eyes? Does agonizing sorrow, all-consuming ecstasy create a bubbling cauldron in a being forcing the salt-laden water to escape the body for fear of being caught […]

We Get The Leaders We Deserve

We Get The Leaders We Deserve

History has proven repeatedly that lunatics will rise to power again and again on tidal waves of aggressive nationalism and intolerance. ~Dan Brown Why is it that lunatics seem to rise to power instead of the sane, the loving, instead of those leaders caring more for people than stroking their own egos until every citizen […]

Deroot Your Mind

Deroot Your Mind

His mind stopped, like a dead clock, and he was still living with the ideas that were in his head when the clock stopped, showing the same time forever. ~V.S. Naipul Most people are open to new ideas, alternate realities until they reach maybe 18 years of age or until they graduate from University at […]

Bulwarks Supporting Outdated Realities

Bulwarks Supporting Outdated Realities

Once a person is able to…smash apart the old nest…into which he has settled…wisdom immediately appears. ~Hakuin Ekaku, Zen Master It is comfortable residing in a world built on a foundation of right and wrong, to establish rigid views that bulwark one’s view of reality. Until…the structure crumbles because the bulwarks were based on narrow […]

Are You Unfinished?

I believe we’re incomplete, unfinished individuals. ~Carlos Fuentes There is a theory of human development which states we are born Tabula Rasa, blank slates ready to gain knowledge through experience and perception…that is…a person is born empty and nurtured into personality independent of their nature. Anyone with more than one child knows this theory is […]

Loving Yourself Is Spiritual

If you truly love yourself, you could never hurt another. ~Buddha One of my daughters is a nurse. While working one day, she overheard a patient say, in Spanish, to her own daughter, that my daughter did not know what she was doing. Unknown to them, my daughter has a passing fluency with Spanish so […]

Make Me Feel Important

We should picture everyone we meet as wearing an invisible sign saying, “Make me feel important.” ~Dale Carnegie I once had my annual review with my manager who answered an ‘important’ phone call in the middle of our session. The review was already contentious so this interruption during an interaction that was supposed to focus on […]

I Am Another You

I am another you. You are another me. ~Mayan Greeting How would we treat each other if we saw ourselves in each and every person we encountered? Would we show compassion to each other if we recognized ourselves behind the eyes of the foreigner? Would the corrupt cop aim the gun if he imagined the criminal […]

Mental Manumission

Watching television is like taking black spray paint to your third eye. ~Bill Hicks Television, my dear Daniel, is the Antichrist, and I can assure you that after only three or four generations, people will no longer even know how to fart on their own… ~Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind I’m vile and perverted. […]

My Year in Review 2012

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. ~Soren Kierkegaard Too often at the end of a year, I hear people complain about how bad the past 12 months have been and how they are hoping for a better next year. The whining can get tiresome. I understand there are years when […]

A Gift to Myself

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. ~Dr. Seuss, I Can Read WIth My Eyes Shut!   Last year, when I received an iPad as a gift from my kids, little did I know that it would become an almost constant […]

TwoTireTirade

Keeping the faith of fanatics who feel fired up for anything motorcycles. It’s all about the journey and the philosophy of riding on two wheels. Let’s bring alive the truly unique culture of motorcycling and never let the ride leave the fibers of our being.

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