In between here and there lies a place of quiet a place of no longer yearning for others' attention or affection or respect It's a place fully alive to absolutely everything in the universe that exists to know the mysterious workings of things It does not love or hate or boast of arrogance nor bow … Continue reading Quiet spaces
I never thought that my best friends would have been objects instead of people, but here we are. I liked to smoke. I loved to smoke. My favorite time of the day was early morning, with cup of coffee in hand, pack of cigarettes on the table, and an hour to leisurely peruse Facebook and … Continue reading Losing my best friends and it’s great
This, the sad smile of summer She leaves with a kiss of sun and a shiver of cool She swears she will return in a few days for a short visit before she leaves for the south for seven months Her snappy sister arrives in a huff, hair twirling in the bitter wind she taunts … Continue reading Gone for the year
BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, the house vibrated with each beat. Jane cocked her head, startled. "What's that noise?" I told her it was a car speaker booming somewhere close. "A CAR SPEAKER!" "WHAT??" I walked out on to the porch and the next door workers were blasting from a truck as they threw trash into the … Continue reading Neighbors are the best people
He kept his eyes averted and fidgeted when he talked but something I said touched something in him because he came alive with words that tumbled out in a halting, insistent rush to tell me a story he had held on to like a talisman for more than thirty years. "I used to be the … Continue reading Interview with a stranger
"I'll never amount to anything." "My whole life has been a failure." "I'm no good at anything." "Screw it. Might as well drink a beer and wait to die." How many times have I had that creepy negative refrain playing in the background of my brain? How many times have I NOT had that … Continue reading Talking to myself, again
Every night now I wake up at 3, 5, and finally, at 7:30 am Of course, at my age, that's not so bad But the reasons for each startled wakefulness vary with the hour but each time has the same feeling of dread the same balloon of anxiety in my stomach, so I turn on … Continue reading National Poetry Day
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So, Im getting a slew of new devices today and the rush of getting new things will be eclipsed by the realization that once I get home with my cool toys, my IQ is going to drop by at least 50 points. This always happens, and I always swear I can figure it out this … Continue reading Modern technology is grand. Until it isnt.
Religion isn't always moral. The hurricane emergency in Texas isn't just a natural catastrophe. It is also a moral crucible by which religions are judged and national leaders are held up to the harsh light of their actions. That they are found wanting more often than not is not a new phenomenon. That their followers continue … Continue reading Jesus saves. Moses Invests.