Disservice With A Smile

I am not a fighter.  I don’t know the sensation of what it is like to hit another person in an angry fashion.  I don’t know how it is to knock a tooth out , or the feeling of someone’s jawbone crack underneath my knuckles.  I have never had to roundhouse kick my way out…

Sweep, Sweep, Sweep

    I was on Lisa Neumann’s Sober Identity website yesterday and threw my hat in the ring to do her “I Want to Achieve” Achievements Board “challenge”.  I chose the above.  It’s a piece from the one and only Yoko Ono (I realize the double negative in her instructions…I have waived that off as…

To My Beautiful Brothers and Sisters Who Struggle…

To my beautiful brothers and sisters who struggle… ….know that you are never alone.  While you may feel that no one could possibly be in more pain, in more trouble or more desperate than you…there are countless of us who have been there and know what you are going through.  Grab the hand that reaches…

Man Up, Buttercup

I have always had a tenuous relationship with the idea of manhood.  Or, at least the theory of manhood, and all that entails in being a man. I think it’s difficult for some of us dudes to understand what is expected of us at the best of times, but it is doubly difficult when you’re a…

Small Talk – Large Problem, Right Sized

Small talk is difficult for me.  It’s not end of the world stuff, nor is it something that is unique to me only.  There are larger and more important things in my little orbit that could use improving, but for some reason small talk is something that has always  just jabbed at me. I never…

A Scattering of Dubious Intentions

Here – have the shirt off my back.  Really.  Take it.  Got it? Good. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7…ok, where’s my parade?  Where are the accolades?  Where is the applause? Intentions.  Motives. Expectations. All these things get entwined, don’t they?  They do for me, at least.  It has been said that the world…

Folding, Unfolding

I’ve never done origami.  It seems fairly intricate and involves a precision that my hands don’t seem fine-tuned enough to tackle.  But there is a beauty and science that permeates through origami, a simplicity that blends art and purpose.  It has been said that origami is bringing out, through folding, the nature of paper which the…

Sing Your Death Song

“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service…