mind mirror

Ben:  “Let go of your conscious self and act on instinct.” Luke: “How am I suppose to fight?  I can’t see!” Ben:  “Your eyes can deceive you.  Don’t trust them.”   Inner space If we spend time only working with our rational mind, then we are only ever likely to get half of the story.  If we want to truly nurture …

they call me the seeker

I want to go prowling in the wilderness to hear the voices of the siren’s call, to feel the pull of the stars, to prowl the spaces between and betwixt.  The night calls…

my girl, part II

(Picture:  a sketch I did from an advertisment for cars of all things!) My girl’s a pretty girl She is a city girl And I’d do most anything To keep her in style My girl has a long long nose Just like a garden hose But I’d do most anything to keep her in style My girl has great big …

black coffee please, make that two

Maybe I just don’t get out much because I had no idea these things existed.  Or maybe I’ve just been living in England too long and need to get myself back across the Big Pond and find out what’s going over there!  I like my coffee straight up – black, no sugar – coffee flavored coffee as Denise Leary once …

living on purpose

I attended the Professional Speakers Association meeting the other night and one the keynote speakers gave a presentation on purpose.  His theme was that we should live our lives on purpose not on accident.  He said the way to find your purpose is to align your true core values with your true insecurities.  Once you truly understand what they are you …

life is a mind game

  “The chess-board is the world; the pieces are the phenomena of the universe; the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature.  The player on the other side is hidden from us.  We know that his play is always fair, just, and patient.  But also we know, to our cost, that he never overlooks a …

abortions reach a new record

  (Picture: a digital print I made called Savage Peace, click image for larger view) Yesterday it was reported that abortions set a new record for one month in Britain.  Marie Stopes, which performs about a third of the abortions in Britain, conducted 5,992 abortions in January.  The question is why?  Liz Davies of Marie Stopes thinks it’s possibly due …

every day is christmas; every meal a feast

If you open your eyes in the morning and you are still breathing, then you are alive.  Every thing else is a bonus. (Picture: somewhere on manuevers in Germany) Part of my training as an Infantry Officer required me to go to Ranger School, which is suppose to primarily be a leadership school for combat soldiers who want to join …

pleasure is good

  Whatever happened to good old fashioned hedonism, you know, the doctrine that states that pleasure is good and that pursuing anything other than pleasure is absurd and irrational? The only thing we pursue these days, it seems, is work, work, and more work, so we can buy more things we don’t need or have the time to enjoy.  The things …

consumer units

(Picture: Birmingham, New Street) We live in a consumer society and it runs on a simple principle – our lives will be better if we buy this car, own this home, eat this food, use that mobile phone, drink this beer, or wear this brand of clothes.  We have allowed ourselves to buy into the illusion that if we own these …

reason is a whore

(picture, created in photoshop, click here to see a larger view) “Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has.” – Martin Luther Martin Luther didn’t have much good to say about reason.  He likened reason to the Devil’s bride, a “pretty whore” that comes in and thinks she’s wise in what she says and that her words come …

Specialization is for insects!

(Picture, thanks to the Flying Kiwi) A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, design a building, conn a ship, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve an equation, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a …