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A Series of Shitstorms

A Series of Shitstorms

Life is a shitstorm, in which art is our only umbrella. ~Mario Vargas Llosa Life is a series of shitstorms punctuated by short seasons of calm, the ebbs between the onrush of shit flushed into serenity and smelly chaos. Most of my shitstorms have been self-induced, the result of poor choices, boorish behaviors, impulsive actions […]

The Tibetan Bell

The Tibetan Bell

My two halves, body and soul, don’t know if they should separate forever or reunite in a warm embrace of reconciliation. ~Carlos Fuentes Before I put pen to paper in the pre-dawn sunrise, I sound a set of Tibetan Tingsha cymbals, hammered from seven metals into a single being by Nepalese artisans. The rich sound […]

Vortex of Madness

Vortex of Madness

Somewhere in the depths of solitude, beyond wilderness and freedom, lay the trap of madness. ~Edward Abbey I wish I learned to embrace solitude early in life rather than when I did just past the half-century milestone. To do so would have protected me from hiding in companionship because I was afraid of loneliness. I […]

Immortality Through Writing

Immortality Through Writing

You start by writing to live. You end by writing so as not to die. ~Carlos Fuentes After fits and starts reaching back to my youth with an extended run in my late twenties, I began writing in earnest with my first blog published on 23 Sep 2011, a few months after my 50th birthday.

Funktionslust or Funktion Slut?

Funktionslust or Funktion Slut?

Funktionslust (German): The love of doing something merely for the sake of doing it, not simply because it’s likely to work. ~Seth Godin There are mornings my ritual writing ablutions feel perfunctory, a routine duty hastily performed to get it out of the way, to bolster my shaking claim at being a real writer and […]

First Blush Love Letters

First Blush Love Letters

The joy is in creating, not maintaining. ~Vince Lombardi Each page of my many love letters brings me joy, some immediately, orgasmic many like the prodigal are joyous during later readings when I can look back on what was in relation to what is, a long, satisfying marriage.

The Rainbow Within

The Rainbow Within

The light expressed naked yearning when projected outside. Focused inward, it strove for completion. ~Haruki Murakami Light shines into me and reflects out through me. Is it the same light? No. It is bent, reshaped, refracted into new colors. Similar to a prism breaking light into fundamental colors but different in that the filters modify […]

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