Friday, June 14, 2024


Ideally, what should be said to every child repeatedly,
throughout his or her school life is something like this: 

Friday, May 31, 2024

Zen Story: In His Time of Dying

A Zen teacher was on his deathbed. 
His student asked if he had any last words.
The master replied, “I am afraid of dying.” 

Friday, May 10, 2024

i sing of Olaf glad and big

 i sing of Olaf glad and big

E. E. Cummings - 1894-1962

e. e.cummings

i sing of Olaf glad and big
whose warmest heart recoiled at war:
a conscientious object-or

Friday, April 12, 2024

Politics: Tiny Trinkets

One cannot impose a dynamic, expansive, metaphysical
vision of existence on timid minds who crave the miniature, 
like porcelain bibelots of frogs and sparrows. 

Camille Paglia: Free Women, Free Men page 257-8 (pdf).

Friday, March 22, 2024

Who is 'Not Us'?:

Compassion hurts.
When you feel connected to everything,
you also feel responsible for everything.
And you cannot turn away. 

Friday, March 1, 2024

Richard Brautigan: Trout Fishing in America

I can't remember who introduced me to Richard Brautigan.
It seems like I should.
Someone who reads him must be intriguing. 

Trout Fishing in America pdf here

Friday, February 23, 2024

Finding Yourself: In Books

It's much easier to not know things sometimes. Things change, and friends leave. And life doesn't stop for anybody. I wanted to laugh. Or maybe get mad. Or maybe shrug at how strange everybody was, especially me. 

Monday, March 20, 2023

Life at the Trinity Rescue Mission

In 1984 I went through a drug and alcohol program run by Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. It was free and lasted 90 days. Afterwards, I stayed at their rescue mission; in its old location at 901 Bay Street.

Trinity Rescue Mission 901 Bay Street Jacksonville Florida