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

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

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