indeed, why ask why?

“People say that we’re searching for the meaning of life.  I don’t think that’s it at all.  I think what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences in the purely physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.â€?  – Joseph …

janine

Janine, my dream, I drink you up like a Kasteel Cru on a lonely night Like the night we first met I was passing through without a lot to do. You were behind the desk on the headset While Benny Goodman played Roll ’em on the clarinet I was dreaming of nothing until I walked into you Janine, my dream, …

dingy cafes

And so I find myself sitting in a dingy café that lured me in with the offer of free Internet access.  Only the access is not really free.  You have to buy their coffee, of course.  But also the only ‘free’ Internet access is their website!  I could have just as well stayed in my hotel room had I known …

writer’s journey

During my Saturday morning surfing, I came upon these three sites: http://oneredpaperclip.blogspot.com/ http://www.nikinielsen.com/bio.html http://www.areyoumywife.blogspot.com/ These sites have really got me thinking about my dreams.  I have tended to do one thing to the next without much connection between any two points. I have an idle dream of being a writer, but have struggled with finding my writer self over the …

happy thanksgiving

No turkey for me today. Being an expat, I haven’t celebrated Thanksgiving in 6 years and it was only reading a post from Raw Dawg that reminded that today is Thanksgiving. I am about as far away from the Thanksgiving tradition as I can get. I’m away from home, alone, in Scotland having a Chinese buffet for dinner. I don’t …

new reading list

“Writers are always watching people. In order to have output, we need to have input.” I am a tired puppy tonight. And once again, I ate the foulest tasting hamburger in the world. But there you go; at least I had something to eat. I need to go on a reading sabbatical. I started Ken Wilber’s One Taste and within …

NLP Taster Evening

A quick commercial for a really cool event we’re running in December. If you’re in the area, please do come along. I promise it will be fun, informative, and full of magical moments. How can an evening’s learning be so much fun and still be life changing? How can you learn some tools and techniques in just 3 hours that …

labels

Labels. Labels. Labels. We have this innate need to label things. I realise labelling is a part of our survival mechanism. Back in the day running around in the jungle, we needed to label things, good, bad, dangerous, poisonous, friend or foe. And the labels were signals to the brain to act accordingly in relationship to the label. So if …

wicked

wicked thoughts between Chardonnay and pizza blond delivers wife waits. Note: This poem is written in the poetic form made famous by Allen Ginsberg known as American Sentences. It’s basically a derivative of the Japanese Haiku. Instead of three lines totaling 17 syllables, American Sentences are written as a single poetic sentence totaling 17 syllables. The above is my first …

happiness is

Instant happiness is FORGET the past; FUCK the future, BE here now! (early morning insight while lying in my hotel bed)

work life balance

Work life balance is a myth. To be balanced is to be mediocre. Even Jesus eluded to this in the Book of Revelations: ‘…you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other. So, because you are lukewarm I am about to spit you out of my mouth.’ What I have noticed is in my …

do we need a map?

The map is not the territory. If you have the territory, why would you need a map? A map presupposes a destination, an endpoint to obtain, a goal. If I sent you an email that read, “Meet me in Wales next Thursday at 10:02am as a matter of urgency. By the way, after I send this message, you won’t be …

death part II

Death, he gets his gratification By serving man his termination And when all men meet their expiration Death gives no explanation.

CBT 1992

I was visiting one of my West Point Classmate’s website and found this little gem tuck away on her site.  It’s a video of Cadet Basic Training better known as Beast Barracks.  Brings back some fond memories!

mystical flow

The most beautiful and most profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the source of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand in rapt awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exits, manifesting itself as …

death part I

Death hides behind every corner, every bend. To some he is an enemy, to some he is a friend. Death favours those who live in sin. But he claims all in the end.

homebase

Ah the joys of coming home and the anticipation of sleeping in my own rack.  I had a late flight in from Scotland.  I used BMI Baby instead of Fly “May” BE.  The BMI Baby crew actually seem to have pride in their company and treat their customers with a little dignity and respect and on top of that, the …

question no. 53

Question number 53 is courtesy of those funky business boys.  The Nobel Prize winning Mr. Henry Kissinger is reputed to have started a press conference with the question: ‘Does anyone have any questions for my answers?’  Which reminds me of the poster of a monkey scratching his head underneath a caption that said, “just when I thought I had all …

stirling nights

The barista in training told me there were several good places to eat in Stirling. I told him I would be here for several weeks which would give me plenty of time to try them all. I told him tonight though, I want a burger. “Where can I go to get a good burger?” I implored. “Ah that’ll be The …

oxford

I pretty much had a quiet day.  I read An Enchanted Life until mid-afternoon, cooked myself a late spaghetti lunch and then watched the two episodes of Heroes that have been waiting for me to watch them.  The rest of the eveing I spent on packing for my trip to Scotland tomorrow, plus a few odds and ends. Here are …