Category Essay

Express Me

Express Me ~~~~~ Art must be thrown ahead of what is happening now, like a quarterback’s pass must be thrown to where a receiver will be, not where they were when the pass was thrown. Similarly, I must decide what art is for me, besides pretty pictures. What appeals to me, mostly isn’t typical, but […]

Life Where I Live ~ and why it needs to change

Life Where I Live and why it needs to change ~~~~~ Your life is busy, if you live in the good old US of A. If you’re not homeless, jobless, addicted, suffering from PTSD, begging for money on the street, wondering where you will sleep, where your next meal will come from, you probably think […]

Early AM Musings

Early AM Musings ~~~~~ Peace is Purpose, Nonviolence is Strength,  Diversity is Unity, Empathy is Empowerment ~~~~~ We must learn to recognize the walls of the world we were born into; see the story we have been told and the one we would choose. The story we have been told comes from family, friends and […]

Redefining War and Peace

Redefining War and Peace ~~~~~ Peace is Purpose, Nonviolence is Strength,  Diversity is Unity, Empathy is Empowerment ~~~~~ War, armies, death, destruction, terror, horror and fear fill our news and our days. These are all very real and frightening, but I believe war deserves a broader definition, as does peace. War is not simply armed […]

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid ~ Updated May 2019

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid ~ Updated May 2019 Originally Written Before the 2016 Election ~~~~~ Peace is Purpose, Nonviolence is Strength,  Diversity is Unity, Empathy is Empowerment ~~~~~ Anyone who lived through the Great Depression, World War II or was educated in the decades after the war is familiar with Roosevelt’s famous words: “…the […]

Invisibility

Invisibility ~~~~~ Peace is Purpose, Nonviolence is Strength,  Diversity is Unity, Empathy is Empowerment ~~~~~ Hello? Can you hear me? Can you see me? I hope you can because I fear I’ve become invisible. It’s not everywhere or all the time. It’s not at home or when I’m out in the world. In fact, it’s […]

Make It So!

~~~~~ Peace is Purpose, Nonviolence is Strength,  Diversity is Unity, Empathy is Empowerment ~~~~~ Every day is a day to make new stories. Our own, the stories we alone can tell. Every day the stories we tell ourselves and others have the potential to change how we see the world, to change the world. You […]