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Climbing to Heaven for the 10,000th Time

Climbing to Heaven for the 10,000th Time

The closer you get to real matter, rock, airmailing fire, and wood, boy, the more spiritual the world is. ~Jack Kerouac I need a deity to keep me afloat in the ocean pulling at my toes toward the black depths of the Mariana trench at the bottom of the Pacific. God or demon, either will […]

Scraped Raw

Scraped Raw

The hot sun drops Its blood red tongue Across a powder blue sky ~Teresa Gallion For four weeks, I missed Chicago’s summer tongue, the sunshine, the gaiety of warm days and long bicycle rides along a lake that seems as big as an ocean. Instead, I was working halfway around the world in two locations […]

I’m A Citizen Of…The World

I’m A Citizen Of…The World

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion. ~Thomas Paine My belief that we are to exist as citizens of the world is mirrored in founding father Thomas Paine and his belief in transnational human rights undergirding his quote. Viewing myself as a citizen of the […]

Arriving Is More Than Visiting

Arriving Is More Than Visiting

Do not resist the urge to travel it will be only a journey and there is no arrival ~Richard Shelton I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to set foot in 18 countries with more planned on horizons near and far. Of all, there are just two in which I arrived, those being my US birthplace […]

Closing My Eyes

Closing My Eyes

I know the feeling, the feeling of seeing a place for the first time and knowing by the heat in the blood that I finally found my home. I was mentally aware home was out there, had pictured it in my head hundreds of times. But had never previously set foot on the hallowed soil.

Bleeding Blue, Vomiting Pink

Bleeding Blue, Vomiting Pink

Once a year go someplace you’ve never been before. ~Dalai Lama Once a year is not enough to visit a place for the first time. Assuming two weeks vacation for the unique trip, there remain fifty weeks mired in daily, weekly, monthly rituals. It need not be. For the cost of a library card, it […]

Drained Sahara Dry

Drained Sahara Dry

You must close your eyes otherwise you won’t see anything. ~Lewis Carroll I wish I could close my eyes at 12:30 pm tomorrow and see the plane landing 15 hours later in Taipei…better yet…22 hours later in Manila. I am dreading the upcoming flights to the Philippines and the return a fortnight later.

Boatsman On The River Styx

Boatsman On The River Styx

I am in a shallow boat running low. The oars stroke rhythmically, consistently, no deviation in time or speed, tick tock mind the clock. Push, drop, pull, raise, glide. Tick. Push the arms forward. Tock. Drop the blades in the water. Wind the clock. Tick. Pull using all the muscles in the back and arms […]

The Fat Tailed Lizard in the Philippines (Seeking Tukó)

The Fat Tailed Lizard in the Philippines (Seeking Tukó)

Originally posted on Adventures of an American Traveler:
Awakened by a Demon The demon screeched as if being tortured in the pits of hell where every last inch of its flesh was flayed and the writhing, skinless, oozing body was dipped in rock salt and set on a slow-burning flame. “Uh-Ooooooo, Oh-Noooooo, Tu-Qoooooo, Fu-Quuuuu, Quuuu-Quu-uuu-uu-u”…

Wrapped In Flesh

Wrapped In Flesh

Armies of flying foxes unhinge themselves from the Banyan tree in the old graveyard and drive across the city like smoke. ~Arundhati Roy I used to watch them from the backseat of the car on the way home from the office when we drove across the crumbling bridge burdened by belching busses held together by […]

Sometimes, The End Is A Centipede

Sometimes, The End Is A Centipede

I go into a dark room looking for a record album and feel in my hand the wriggling form of a centipede who has chosen to sleep in the binding. ~Julio Cortázar With my writing, I explore the dark rooms of my soul, those buried places visible briefly at the tail end of a blink […]

My Childhood Was Auctioned off To The Only Bidder

My Childhood Was Auctioned off To The Only Bidder

Originally posted on Adventures of an American Traveler:
The past is a place of reference, not a place of residence. ~Roy T. Bennett With the sale of the family Summer Estate in Central Wisconsin in March of 2018, the second to last vestige of my childhood goes the way of the final Dodo bird clubbed…

Ant Breath

Originally posted on Adventures of an American Traveler:
When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke I am…

Belizean Waters

Belizean Waters

Originally posted on Adventures of an American Traveler:
The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace. ~ Kate Chopin The First Thing… Chillin’ @ The Beach The first thing I learned upon arrival in Belize is their primary language…

Morocco

Morocco

Originally posted on Adventures of an American Traveler:
Looking at the world through the sunset in your eyes Traveling the train through clear Moroccan skies Ducks and pigs and chickens call Animal carpet wall to wall American ladies five-foot tall in blue ~Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Marrakesh Express One of the reasons I love travel…

The Sacred in a Subway

The Sacred in a Subway

Nya b’a’n tu’n tcub’ neje, ex tu’n tcyija cyi’jxjal, aj toc ten b’etil ku’n b’e’x chi xjetw’elix timi× a mo tjosa. It is not good to go forward and back while walking because this will cause abnormalities in your breasts or testicles. ~Mayan Proverb It took me 39 steps to reach the top of a […]

Swimming Thru Ancient Temples (A Holiday in Cambodia)

Swimming Thru Ancient Temples (A Holiday in Cambodia)

Originally posted on Adventures of an American Traveler:
Me (soaked) in front of Angkor Wat We arrived in Siem Reap Cambodia late in the evening and hopped into a tuk-tuk for a ride to the hotel. A Cambodian tuk-tuk is reminiscent of a covered rickshaw but with the runner replaced by a motorcycle and the carriage…

Sharpened Thoughts

Sharpened Thoughts

Originally posted on Adventures of an American Traveler:
Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from. ~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Seeking Solitude If I had to choose one word to describe…

Come Travel with Me (2014 in Review)

Come Travel with Me (2014 in Review)

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. ~T.S. Eliot My travels in 2014 are now but fleeting images, memories that exist only in closed eyes, cherished remembrances and more than 10,000 photos. I want to make the […]

Rambutan (Ugly Red Fruit)

Rambutan (Ugly Red Fruit)

Originally posted on Frozen Memories:
Rambutan Driving through Sri Lanka, we passed many road side vendors selling this odd looking red fruit. I asked my driver what it was so he stopped at the next vendor and bought me a bag full. The spikes are not sharp so peeling the shell did not result in…

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