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grieve for the horse, grieve for ourselves

I say: take the general, but leave the horse. I’m referring to the horse beneath Robert E. Lee on the controversial statue in Charlottesville, Virginia. I believe Lee himself would agree to having his likeness removed.  In the years following … Continue reading

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remembering…

Victory.  Failure. After the battle is won The wise ruler behaves As though at a funeral. Grieving.      — from Tao Te Ching, Cloud Hands Edition Memorial Day seems to have become another holiday of celebration in my country. For years, … Continue reading

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the doubting believer

“The world is in chaos.”          — Henry Kissinger* That quote caught my eye because it spoke to a goal of mine.  A deep ambition.  Perhaps an impossible dream… That dream is to someday suddenly see some type of grand design … Continue reading

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wrestling with conflict

A dream of professional wrestling has me pondering the Eastern concept of maya… In the dream: I’m in a large room filled with professional wrestlers.  I’m trying to cross to the other side of the room, where two friends wait … 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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sounds good…until you think about it

  “…in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed… “…but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. “In Switzerland they had brotherly love—they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and … Continue reading

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a question of violence

  Just how violent is it? Recently, while filling out on an outline form, I had to decide how violent my novel was. The questionnaire presented me with four choices: Was the book mildly violent, moderately violent, very violent… …or … Continue reading

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