Monthly Archives: November 2016

Am I special?

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped … Continue reading

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It’s raining

  It hasn’t rained at my house in almost 120 days. Need me to do the math for you? August the 5th was the last rain we had, less than .05 inches on that day. It rained once in July, less than an … Continue reading

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I am a sore loser or in good company?

“It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company.” –  George Washington Since the election I have had to pare down the amount of time I spend watching or listening to the national news. I haven’t … Continue reading

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How we are weaved together

The Vietnamese Buddhist monk, author and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) preaches the concept of interdependence. In personal terms, you and I remain and develop because of the existence of each other. Thay concludes that if we stay mindful … Continue reading

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I bought someone a meal today

I needed a few things at the grocery store today, dog food, dog bones, some ham and sliced cheese. I got the chance to speak with John, an elderly man who bags groceries there. I hadn’t seen him in several … Continue reading

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The booming business of hate

“The timing is not good. We are black. We are Muslim. We are Somali. We are all the negative stigmas.” – Omar Hassan, speaking in reference to the country’s increasingly intensified anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim fears I believe, with all my heart, that … Continue reading

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The book that wasn’t, a journey of rejection

Back in 2011 I wrote a manuscript (I guess it’s not a book until it is published) which blended a Christian text with Buddhist and Zen concepts. I described it as “using the Book of Saint James as a writing prompt, … Continue reading

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