poetry

Different Bird

A flock of feathered friends gather 'round the feast, telling jokes and stories, bantering with great ease. Along comes a scruffy one who wants to join the fun. He squeaks a touching tune but the others turn and run. Different feathers, different tune, different all around. The little bird takes refuge in the morning sun.… Continue reading Different Bird

Reflections on Culture, Uncategorized

Daring to be DIFFERENT

Why is it so common for us to be encouraged either directly or in very subtle ways to fit in with our peers? We can be made to feel bad for standing out in a crowd, whether it is how our bodies look, how we dress, or what we believe. We can also feel uncomfortable… Continue reading Daring to be DIFFERENT

Reflections on Life

When freedom and duty are one

I have been struggling most of my life with a sense of obligation to others and a self-imposed pressure to please others. It creates stress in the body which I am certain contributes to at least two ailments. I would like to attain complete spiritual freedom, heal this body, and leave behind the stress that… Continue reading When freedom and duty are one

poetry

Duty Calls

Love's worn hand leads me through the fray, shuffling aside the duty calls to the crowd's dismay. "Shine your shoes!" "Fix your blues!" "Donate your soul today!" Love knows that true freedom never obligates. Freedom is as freedom does but the jury can't decide if love is telling the truth or if love is telling… Continue reading Duty Calls

Short Stories

Escaping the Prison of Your Mind

The struggle to find peace and happiness within ourselves can feel like an uphill battle. As a teenager, I was incredibly socially awkward and self-conscious. Happiness was fleeting as a sideways comment from a friend could bring me down. In art class in high school, I painted an image of a naked young woman curled… Continue reading Escaping the Prison of Your Mind

Reflections on Life

Setting Goals for Goodness in 2020

New Year's day is upon us once again! This time of year is often seen as a good time to set new goals or intentions and have a fresh start (to clarify, I consider an intention to be a general direction and a goal to be a specific task-oriented step in that direction). We can… Continue reading Setting Goals for Goodness in 2020

Reflections on Culture, Reflections on Life, storytelling

Following the Heart and Finding God

There are many clichés about the heart that we use day to day. "Follow your heart", "listen to your heart", "stay true to your heart"... but what if these are not just clichés. What if we take them literally and they reveal a world of magic beyond our wildest imaginings? About five years ago, I… Continue reading Following the Heart and Finding God

Reflections on Culture, Reflections on Life

Can we be both independent and dependent?

Many people growing up in Western Society (and increasingly in other societies as well) attend school with the message that you can do or be whatever you want to be in the World. Sometimes this message is accompanied by strong suggestions of what you should do by your parents, as they try their best to… Continue reading Can we be both independent and dependent?

Short Stories

SS Heroes- A Human Odyssey (Part 1)

It was a regular day aboard the SS Heroes luxury liner. SS Heroes was the fastest vessel of its kind and every day it seemed to go faster and faster. It had been travelling on this aimless course for decades. It had an enormous capacity of one million passengers. Days seamlessly blurred into nights in… Continue reading SS Heroes- A Human Odyssey (Part 1)

Short Stories

The Creative Dragonfly: Water and Its People

The warm fall sun dazzles my wings as I hover and swoop over the Valley. The wind rustles the tall willow trees and beaming children play among bright orange pumpkins. I follow a whoosh of air over the main road and find a small frog pond with lily pads. I bask in the sun on… Continue reading The Creative Dragonfly: Water and Its People