Writing

Reading + Writing = Understanding

Reading + Writing = Understanding

My writing is an avenue to negotiate the way through an increasingly complex and tormented inner world…

The Perfect Word

The Perfect Word

I am fascinated by words, have a love affair with idioms…

Life Lightning

Life Lightning

Humans tend to see only frozen moments, not the flow of things. ~Kathleen O’Neal Gear When Darwin’s momentous theory could not be validated by his postulated long series of incremental modification transforming one species into another, the eminent scholar Stephen J. Gould, posited a theory where change occurred in an evolutionary flash followed by a […]

Digital Immortality

Digital Immortality

If I were asked what I want to accomplish as a writer, I would say it’s to contribute to a literature of hope.~Barry Lopez My reasons, plural, I have no single raison d’etre, are not as altruistic as Messr Barry Lopez. Where he sows words to reap hope I have only despair and write to […]

A Creative Environment

A Creative Environment

Everything in the desert originates from the same Point somewhere on the periphery ~R. Russell McGuire For the past month, I’ve seated myself outside my office in the pre-sunrise hours and meditated in the silence before humanity flowed into the city from the outlying neighborhoods and suburbs carried in by glass and steel caterpillars. Lately, […]

Notebooking

Notebooking

Keepers of private notebooks are a different breed altogether, lonely and resistant rearrangers of things, anxious malcontents, children afflicted apparently at birth with some presentiment of loss. ~Philip Connors I’ve been a notebooker on and off for decades. The first significant batch created during my darkest days suffered the abuse of an intruder which put […]

Hell’s Cage

Hell’s Cage

Tools with which to pick the lock on the cage of self. ~Philip Connors I hide from myself yet know not that I am hiding. I seek contentment in the external not realizing happiness is hidden within the cage I locked to hide myself from myself during the seasons I simultaneously ran from and toward […]

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 […]

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 […]

Revelation In Wet Ash

Revelation In Wet Ash

Poetry is written with tears, fiction with blood, and history with invisible ink. ~Carlos Ruiz Zafón If I could be a success in any profession, I would choose to be a writer…now that I am past the prime of my athletic prowess and the screaming adulation of millions when obliterating an attack on the football […]

Schizoid Man

Schizoid Man

Death seed blind man’s greed Poets’ starving children bleed Nothing he’s got he really needs Twenty-first century schizoid man ~King Crimson I have attempted to imagine what it is like to be schizophrenic. Try as I might, I cannot fathom a realm in which my thoughts, emotions, and actions are so out of touch with […]

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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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