Magical Mental Machinations

Magical Mental Machinations

The mescal I drink is hallucinogenic and I am filled with dreams. ~Roger Moore For my very first trip to India, the International Health Clinic offered three types of anti-malarial pills. The one I was most interested in had the side effect of inducing vivid dreams. I fantasized a mind-altering experience providing creative fodder for […]

Does it Pass for Intelligence?

Does it Pass for Intelligence?

How many virgin books have I radicalized with first ink on a creamy chaste page leaving the entire document defiled by the ravings of a lunatic better suited for life in an asylum, not an asylum of padded walls, rather, lost in an asylum of red canyons were the mad man can scream those words […]

Am I Cheating Myself?

Am I Cheating Myself?

Everything and every place that reminds any person of the Spirit is sacred! That’s what the mesas told me, while the sun heated the wind that blew off the desert and the Hopis sat in the shade waiting for customers. ~Gregg Valenzuela I oft fear, by not living in the desert Southwest, I am cheating […]

Writing My Heart into Existence

Writing My Heart into Existence

¿Qué estas escribiendo? Estoy escibiendo mi corazón en la existencia. ~David Olson I oft contemplate why I am compelled to daily scratch words on to unlined paper with the drive of an acorn forcing itself through layers of soil and emerge into the light. What is the demon driving daily discourse with myself? Writing is […]

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 […]

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