Silence

silence screams for attention. begs. pleads. cry’s. finally it slinks off to a corner and sulks, loudly. silence is not happy. silence has long boney fingers that wrap around your neck to cut off your words. and then you have nothing to say because silence is dark and the words that do escape are swallowed…

The Uninvited Guest

She coughs. Five minutes, ten. Twenty minutes, an hour she coughs. The body knows, and rejects. She’s tired and sore. And she coughs. Cancer is like an uninvited dinner guest. Brought by an uncle, this guest gets drunk off your wine and won’t leave. He sits across the table with a sneer on his lips.…

Fear Is The Enemy

If you follow the news these days like I do, you undoubtedly have noticed a rise in racism, bigotry and hate in America. It seems to be coming from all facets of society from the common worker to the (so called) elite, and from our government, congress and one presidential candidate in particular. The problem…

For Words

Cars approach, cold beams of light stabbing, searching over folds of snow. The dog, her nose to the ground sniffing, searching out small movements. In the distance, a train whistle, like the forlorn wail of some lonely beast, searching the night for another like it self. Seeking only some small comfort, a mouse under the…

The Carrot Before The Horse

Is it destiny to work back breaking labor, bending cutting lettuce, laying brick, maintaining warp and weft, punching cash register buttons on sore feet to achieve the ever allusive American Dream? Is hope, denying what is? That paycheck not big enough to cover the light bill? Two jobs, ten, twelve, fourteen hours, buying clothes at…

Another Year

Every once in a while I fall into the trap of reflecting on my life. This usually happens at the end of the year. The Gregorian calendar, the calendar which most of the world uses, says that today is the last day of 2015. Named after Pope Gregory XIII and introduced in 1582, the Gregorian…

My Religion History

In earlier posts I have written about Buddhism, the basic ideas, the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold path. As I discover more things about Buddhism myself I’m going to write about what I find. But I’ll give you a little personal history first. I was raised attending non denominational Christian church. A church that…

Revisiting Mindfulness

I first posted this in January of last year. For those of you who read my Buddhism posts, don’t be worried. Mindfulness training is not a gateway drug to Buddhism. What this does for you is really amazing. We humans let our minds wander constantly, always thinking of something other than what we’re doing. It’s…

A Short Course in Buddhism

At around 560 B.C.E. Siddhartha Gautama was born near the present Northern border of India. He was a prince, not a god but a man, born to a King. As he grew, his parents protected him from the world. Never letting him see suffering, old age, poverty or death, he knew nothing of these things.…

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 58 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the…

The Tea Journey and New Years Resolutions

Well, the holidays are in the past and I can now move on to thinking about other things. I’ve been so busy over this Christmas time that I haven’t written a post here for awhile. As the title of this post suggests, I’m still on a tea journey. I have stopped drinking Mountain Dew in…