Evolution at work.

Evolution at work. Before: Curtail the uncontrolled sale of guns. Then: Guns aren’t the issue. It”s the shooters. and Then: We are trying to determine why they did it. Now: When it happened, our kids hid. Yippeee Don’t take my word for this...

Volunteering

Was it for two or three years?At my age, a year apart doesn’t make a difference. Being a hospice respite volunteer. Hospice Care of Kitsap County closed its doors in 2015 because of budget shortfalls. The 24 hour Care Center had 15 beds, but some were always...

a Laughing Matter?

a Laughing Matter? This recalled memory had me laughing just now. I was living in a studio apartment in Elmhurst, Queens, NY.,placed a saucepan of chicken wings in water on the range to boil,then visited a friend one floor down.An hour or so later she asked,...

Seeing all too clearly.

Seeing all too clearly. Waiting, hoping for changefor something to happen will not hit the jackpotand get what you want. In my case it’s easy to knowthe one word that tells all. FEAR.I say I have done this and thathave lived here and there won awards and gotten...

imagine

imagine imagine a peopletotally severed from their birth languageand tangible culture. imagine a peopleshipped to a new land and coined sub-humanby those that control. imagine a peopledeprived of all schooling then many years laterseen as hostile and brutish. imagine...

baggage carriers

baggage carriers. we all are,aren’t we? it is easier to seethem carry it, than to see minebeing lugged along. when mind is seenand related with air is fresherand love smiles outloud. f

me me me & us

What’s in it for me?me me me If I don’t care for mewho will? me me meme me me others make a differenceus feel the difference in a wordme us me me me us When you feel ityou know the power. Words.What’s in it for us?...

You hear me?

You hear me? When spirits speak,many will listen. Hearing and listeningare not the same. We may listen to the words,and not hear their meaning. Some one will say blah blah blah.If that is you, please move on. It’s amazing how words can flipthe switch. You hear...

a Private Letter Made Public

a Private Letter Made Public Regarding my ‘Color Matters’, another writer stated,”A vexatious subject in many ways, not least for the unhappiness it can cause”.My response was, Some may agree this subject of color is infuriating, frustrating...

a Living Paradise

a Living Paradise Paradise is being conscious of each breathin out in communion with all existence.More still, paradise is engagingwith energetic flow behind appearance. Paradise includes all aspects of life and deathand storms and calm and sex and gender and...

Color Matters

Color Matters Many people discuss white privilege.Other folks just can’t fathom it.Some will think they know. When you live it each dayin your heart and bones,what is there to think? White folks can snooze here. Now let’s talk light privilege.Here we mean...

Color, Then and Now.

Color, Then and Now. May I ask you to consider my thoughtson social and racial privilege,in its past and current forms? Our dominant North American culture evolved from Europe,so let us start there. Whiteness was/is likened to purity.European aristocracy painted and...

I AM Here

I AM HERE Who AM I? Where is HERE?Let’s answer the questions put forth,before moving on to unrelated topics. Who am I?”Who are you?” is the primary question we asked the person sitting across from us. We asked and respondedfor 10 days, I think it...

Fear rules the roost

Fear rules the roostlong ago rootsalive today. Chipping thru a rockwall so tallmoving one breath at a pain full timeopening to a lifeshut down long ago. The inside here friendssaved this mind bypulling shutters closed keeping the out outthe in in hereand doors locked...

Questions

How can we go up, while the movement outside the window is going down? Dad and Ma and us four(at the time) kids had lugged the heavy suitcases through the snow, to our new home. We pushed through the heavy green outside door,. Ma pushed a gold button on the lobby...

Over the Rainbow

Over the Rainbow My friend said to write a piece titled ‘Over the Rainbow’.My mind enclosed those words like a Venus Fly Trap and that was almost end of story. I bristled when first seeing her words. Don’t know why. Maybe this! Rainbows were once...

The Last Bookstore

I hope fully that it’s not the last, because ‘last’ has been crossing my mind a lot these days. A lot compared to what/when?When the d words (demise, destruct, delete) hover,like gulls above the ferry, waiting for a tasty morsel. Scene...

Reggie, me and Kaia

I was 4 paragraphs into writing this note.My fingers reacted quicker than this mind,and deleted the recorded thoughts.(Guess I needed to start anew.)So here we go again. Reggie, me and Kaia.Reggie was the first canine. A Miniature SchnauzerBuddha companion. The...

What am I capable of?

What am I capable of? I didn’t know I was capable of being more at home with dogs than with people. For about 20 years I lived with canines, exclusively. Exclusively with people after Vietnam (hmmm . . . had to open some dusty folders), six or 7 years. I...

Netflix. Woodstock.

Netflix. Woodstock. just watched Netflix, Woodstock.Got emotional. Tears rolling freelyto below my lips. It talks about free love. I missed all that free love.I got back in ’68, 1 year afterI left, minus a few days. Going to Woodstock was a dreamon my...

I feel . . .

I feel . . .I feel lifeI feel loss don’t know deathso can’t feel ittoday I saw bright flowers,picked blue berries,(a mixing bowl full) visited my VA doctorordered a creamy breve,served by a sensuous woman. walked around the gardenate a few cherry...

Forget

Vietnam, a long agostill changing story.be hear live now. war is warnot confined to yesteryearor even yesterday. You want war?Have a ‘my way’ fight. I’m right. No. I’m right. you want war?It’s not mine to givereceive accept whatever...

In my backyard

In my back yardwe round them upand send them backacross the border In the newsthey bulldoze housesbecause the earth has value,not the homes of others In my back yardfathers and sons are killedand dragged and lynchedand jailed just because In the newsolive orchards...