Animals

progressive reawakening


Hello readers, Are you an idealist? If you are anything like me, it probably really bothers you when you see an individual or some group of people or defenseless animals becoming the object of mistreatment or discrimination. Like me, you might be struggling to make a living and having the feeling that the little safety […]

Why kindness matters


Hello readers! I am about 200 or so pages into book 2 of The Century Trilogy, “Winter of the World” by Ken Follett.  What is so compelling about Follett’s portrayal of our recent history in this epic series is how he helps the reader to see the primary motivating factors at work in human nature through […]

The heart in our stomachs


Hello readers, Some aching in my lower back caused me to recently go see my dear chiropractor, Dr. John. He gave me a series of exercises to do in which I have to remain more or less flat on my back for over a half hour at a time. I checked out an audiobook by […]

I have a dream: Earth Day 2015


Dear readers, I am sure many of you are concerned about the state of humanity and how we treat one another as well as the home in which we all live. My dream for all of us is that we collectively begin to yearn for balance and that we eagerly accept responsibility for ourselves and […]

Is my deodorant making me fat?


Hello readers, Over the last three years or so, I have dedicated a portion of my reading and research to health and wellness. I work in a public library, so I have wide and easy access to a variety of published materials and reference databases. I have made my own comparisons and conclusions, trying to […]

Thankful – thoughts on environment and culture


  Hello readers, Sometimes I fantasize about an America built on the principle of inter-connectedness of all things and beings.  I try to imagine a place where the schism of culture that is our European mono-theistic birthright never happened. Where man against nature was never a theme in literature or science. What might have happened […]

The Thing With Feathers (a book review)


a murmuration of starlings Hello readers, Who among us has never envied a bird in flight? Our mysterious neighbors, many of them so well adapted to urban life, are a subject of endless fascination. Noah Strycker’s book, “The Thing With Feathers: the surprising lives of birds and what they reveal about being human”, is a […]

My new nature: shedding the need for civilization


  Hello readers, Puttering around my kitchen this morning, a thought that has been shifting around in the sub-floor of the jungle that is my brain started to gently rise through the undergrowth.  Making its way up, the nebulous formation of that thought that has been my preoccupation for a while now became just a […]

Squirrel (a poem)


This morning at the wheel I urged, cringed, mentally moved a hesitant squirrel his trajectory suspended on the median golden parallels. Could not bear the surging SUV hunching my shoulders hunkering down to imagine bodily protection for an insouciant rodent Gasping as he moved forward as the vehicle neared lithe body not speeding as if the […]