The Stages of Grief

Most everyone is at least a little bit familiar with the concept of the stages of grief. Regardless, a lot of us need to hear this again. Most of us need it right now, more than ever. I know I do. For so many people, this past year has just been tragedy after tragedy. Sure, many of them happened in parts of the world we’ve never even been to. But if you

conjunct saturn

I’m working on a book of poetry, called one pass by. The theme of the book is one trip of the Moon through the lunar cycle, with the Moon as the protagonist of each poem. She’s speaking directly to the reader or just thinking out loud. They’re musings about the moods and experiences that come up each month, as Luna aspects the other planetary bodies in our solar system. Our moon travels

El Negro Matapacos

This is El Negro, aka El Negro Matapacos. This courageous dog has been (unofficially) canonized as the protector of peaceful protestors who are assaulted by the police or military of unjust, corrupt governments. He’s also the patron saint of street dogs. He’s one of my heroes. There’s lots of great information about El Negro online, wonderful demonstrations of valor on the part of this ultra brave and loyal animal. A Tradition of

Animal Sacrifices?

chicken-livered – adjective: Cowardly; easily frightened. ETYMOLOGY: The word chicken has traditionally been used to describe a coward. Also, earlier people believed that the liver was the seat of courage. But chicken-livered or chicken-hearted, it’s all the same. Earliest documented use: 1616. Source: Word A Day, by Anu Garg ———— Why am I starting with that definition? First, because it was the word of the day in a newsletter that I get

Kindness

Kindness is not without its rocks ahead. People are apt to put it down to an easy temper and seldom recognize it as the secret striving of a generous nature; whilst, on the other hand, the ill-natured get credit for all the evil they refrain from. —Honore De Balzac, novelist (20 May 1799-1850) I love this quote. Many mistake kindness as either something that either someone’s default nature (it’s always easy for

Staying Healthy

Everyone is turning attention to staying healthy, with the ever-present threat of the Coronavirus looming over us. It’s clearly making a huge, negative impact on day to day life. While this strain of disease appears to be particularly aggressive and highly infectious, the advice we’re being given is relatively basic. It’s things like “wash your hands and avoid contact with the public”. That’s sound information, certainly. But luckily, there’s a lot more

Art Matters

In a recent Facebook post, I was saying that the arts are in a real state of decline and how, at first, I was incredibly hesitant to say anything about it. The reason for the hesitation being, I assumed that I was probably just guilty of doing that old codger thing of “Why, back in my day…” followed by how everything was better, back then. But I just realized one of the

In Their Shoes

I’m a fan of movies of all kinds. One of the many types of films that I like is what I think of as the “dark journey”. That means when characters go through the uglier sides of life.  A film that I watched recently that captures the dark journey quite well is ”Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot”. It’s a true story of a well known cartoonist in San Francisco,

Two Approaches

Each of us swings back and forth, constantly, between two conflict approaches. The two approaches largely (not entirely) determine how we will experience other people and the world around us. Before you read even one, it’s essential to remember that we’re all susceptible to the baser emotions of fear, greed, hatred, pessimism, an outlook of lack versus abundance, prejudices and so on. Each of us resorts to the less desirable of the

Curses

I’ve been seeing more and more justifications lately of how cursing is supposedly no big deal. Here’s a short list of why yes, it’s actually a big deal. Please note as you read, how the idea of spiritual karma is conspicuously absent from my points. If you happen to believe in karma, then that just adds even more layers of why you shouldn’t do this, to what I’m saying here. Of course,