hitting the dusty trail

OK.  Finally I have done every thing that needs to be done before I hit the dusty trail.  The plan is to hobo around Europe for 3 weeks mit packed out 4×4 and tent.  I have a very loose plan, but mainly plan to play it by ear and see what happens.  On the list of countries to visit are: …

twilight zone

The time for our trip is growing closer. I can feel the pull of the open road. My mind has already begun to dissolve the ordinary world. I am now in that twilight period where I am neither here nor there. I am becoming more aware of the wisdom contained in the phrase, “The more you know, the less you …

wisdom walls

I found these little gems down a side street in Oxford, near Radcliffe Square: click on the photo for a larger view.

word of the day

Nihilism – A view point that traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless.

in the mind, there are no limits

In the province of the mind, what is believed to be true is true or becomes true, within limits to be found experimentally and experientially. These limits are further beliefs to be transcended. In the province of the mind, there are no limits. – John C. Lilly

Think and Grow

Lao Tzu wrote a wonderful book called the Tao Te Ching, the Book of the Way.  In the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu expounds upon the teachings of the Tao, the universal force that governs all things.  Technically speaking, one cannot be taught the Tao directly because as Lao Tzu writes: The Tao that can be told is not the …

irish blessing

may the road rise to meet you may the wind be always at your back may the sun shine warm upon your face the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand

how do you get to know a city?

I’m in Newcastle for the next couple of days. This is my first visit. I’m not quite sure what to make of the place yet. It’s been less than a day so I’ll reserve my opinion until later. How do you get to know a city? Hold that question because I didn’t get a chance to answer it before I …

london haiku

buses pass by me constant companions all day still with me at night

morning wandering

I decided to go for an early morning walk.  I like to watch a city wake up.  Even at 5am London is alive and pulsing.  Workers are turning up to the big department stores to clean them and stock shelves.  McDonalds is serving coffee.  A call girl is on her way home after a night’s work.  I wanted to see …

to-ing and fro-ing

I can see how easy it is to be surrounded by hundreds of people and yet still feel lonely.  I am sitting outside a coffee house on Oxford Street watching all these people walk past.  The odds are I will never cross paths with any of these people again.  We have been bouncing through the sands of time and have …

from Spinoza

Some of my favorite quotes from Spinoza: “The rational person is the one who strives always to increase his power, to change passion to action, and to secure for himself joy, independence and serenity that are the true marks of freedom.  To achieve this condition, however, is to amend our emotions – to master that in our nature which otherwise …