Poetry Processing: Dump Truck

Dump Truck He didn’t get hit by a truck.(So don’t worry.)He didn’t get hit by a truck.He wasn’t walking along the sidewalk—whistling a happy tune.Not a care in the world ora thought in his head past…How he had kissed me the night beforewith not just his mouthor his lips...more

Ferguson Reminds Us: It's Dangerous Just to Be a Boy

Of all the potential threats I perceive against the health and well-being of my sons, the most frightening is that just being a male (true for all males between the ages of, say, 12 and 25-years-old) walking down the street puts them at risk....more

A Little Golden Book of Recovery: On Saturday Mornings We Play in the Garden

“Saturday. Cartoon Day,” she whispers me awake each Saturday morning. I don’t know why she whispers. I am the only one here. I try to ignore her but she whispers again, “Saturday.” ...more

May As Well Smile...

She had an open smile so I smiled back, like I do. We were both in the MRI waiting room at the hospital doing exactly the thing for which said room was designed. The topic of discussion was food. Although it’s not unusual for me to go all day without eating, being told I can't makes me hungry. We chatted about recipes and restaurants and grocery stores which led us to agreeing that it’s hard to even get actual food out in the world these days.“I’ve never bought meat or vegetables at a store in my life,” she said. ...more

Thursday is my nemesis!

THURSDAY! Are you kidding me!Again? Already?How you mock me! You!with your button-down collar and bow tiepeering over the top of your wire-rimmed glassesholding my weekly report cardin you clammy handstelling me (AGAIN) that I have failed. You!with your ham-fist banging at my door...more

Survey says....Shameless!

I blame “Silkwood.” Also, “All the President’s Men.” So many events of late have started out just like the plotlines of some of the movies (based on true stories) I grew up watching. The common—and satisfying—thread was something like this:Evildoers, doing evil >>>Evil discovered, usually by an underdog at a great personal risk or cost >>> Evil EXPOSED! >>> Evildoers slink off >>> Righteousness prevails! >>> THE END....more

Game Theory

Want to play a game? Sure you do! We like games, don’t we? First, we need to decide what kind of games we like or otherwise it won’t be much fun.Me, I’ve never been a fan of “Risk.” I can see very plainly that others enjoy this game very much (Putin comes to mind) and it’s still on the shelves so somebody is buying it. It’s just not my kind of game. I guess winning isn’t worth the effort to me. (Same thing with Chess. Apparently I’m not the conquering type.) ...more

And now, a poem...

Persona Mas Grateful  Let us be Gods today!Let us know (remember) our true nature as this.Shed our delusions of mortality,fallibility, uncertainty, limitations.Let us bePresent-Potent-Perfect!To know we create what we speak with no effort past intention.All-powerful!...more

Face-Palm Psalms

Face-Palm PsalmsOh Lord! But you are still a lamb, Son.What, exactly, is it thou wants?Yea, though thou swaggers throughthe valley of the shadow of death,thou doth fear no evil.Art thou stupid?Myself—and others in various arms of the justice system—consistently leadeth thee in the paths of righteousness(For goodness sake!)but thou doth fear no evil...more

Daughter, Make Mistakes!

She is crying, my 14-year-old daughter, on the sidewalk in front of our house. This is where we met when I returned from my almost-anxious walk to her school a few blocks away to look for her. She did not come home after practice as expected. My walk back – knowing she wasn’t at home or at school—was not fun. “It was a mistake!” she insisted. “I am sorry and it won’t happen again…” ...more