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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read 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 Read More

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 Read More

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, Read More

Without Purpose

At the risk of sounding like I think that I have all the answers, I will voice an idea. It’s about why so many people are restless and unhappy. Without purpose… none of us is happy. First, let me say that I’m positive that I lack most answers, much less all of them. But each of us has one or two things we can contribute. I’m sharing what I know, so you Read More

It Hurts

The reason that we fall short of achieving our goal is simple. We let pain be a good enough excuse The pain might be physical, emotional, psychological or even spiritual but it doesn’t matter. The rules of whatever game you’re playing still apply. I like to play chess. I have an app on my phone and I play when I’m waiting in line, when I’m too tired to do anything else, etc. Read More

The Pressure Cooker

  People have a tendency to get caught up in The Pressure Cooker. It can be described like this: 1. The situation gets worse and worse until you feel that you can’t go on. You know something must change. The pressure builds up to unbearable levels. 2. You hit rock bottom. You reach out for help and you get much needed guidance. You begin to take action. 3. Your action produces some Read More