Tag Archives: feeling

something to regain

“Freedom’s just another name for nothing left to lose.”       — from Me and Bobbie McGee, by Kris Kristofferson When I first heard that line, years ago, I thought to myself, “What a beautiful idea!” But I now see a dark … Continue reading

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what the wise man told me

When I was an angry young man, an older, wiser man told me: “No one can make you angry…no one can make you feel one emotion or another. “Those are your emotions.  You control them.” His words have served me … Continue reading

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positive ID

  I identify with Michael Vick… Yes, that Michael Vick—the pro football quarterback who spent 21 months in prison for his involvement in a dog fighting operation. I’m not saying his story in some way mirrors my story… I’m not … Continue reading

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Spare the Rod, Save the Haiku

I have no vessel, I receive with both hands            — Ozaki Hosai *  Once again, a haiku stops me in my tracks… In this culture, information constantly flashes at us…dulls my feeling sense, if I allow. Fortunately, ever so often, … Continue reading

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Weaving My Own Understanding

  He wrapped himself in quotations—as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.                            — Rudyard Kipling Ironically, I’m using a quote to explain why I try not to use too many quotes. True, sometimes I do succumb … Continue reading

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More Than Words

  If the words of our new mythology need to provoke spiritual feeling… Then perhaps we should consider this haiku: The sky is high: the tips of tendrils have nowhere to cling.         — Takahama Kyoshi (trans. Bownas/Thwaite)  When I first … Continue reading

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A Ritual for All

A defense lawyer, representing Texas death row inmates, showers after work each day to wash the prison from his person. The lawyer, David Dow, described this daily ritual in a recent interview with Terry Gross on the National Public Radio … Continue reading

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