We Are All One: Ending Racism

lynnbraz In the aftermath of yet another mass killing hate crime in the U.S. and the ensuing inevitable debate about gun control, the underlying issue—the real problem—is rarely addressed. Even if the NRA was not the most powerful lobbying group* in the U.S., and the country could enact strict gun control laws, it would not eradicate the cause of violence and racism. We can’t legislate away hate ....more

Mind Your Eyes, Ears & Mouth

lynnbraz [Excerpt from my book, Flying Free: Life Lessons Learned on the Flying Trapeze.] “Concentration is the secret of strength.”...more

Bangkok’s Museum of Contemporary Art—MOCA

lynnbraz An amorphous...more

Flying Trapeze in Koh Tao, Thailand

lynnbraz Away from the busy-ness of Sairee Beach; view of Shark Island in the distance I first visited Koh Tao, a tiny island—7 kilometers by 3 kilometers—off Thailand’s southwest coast nearly 13 years ago. Back then, the island, which is a 2.5-hour ferry ride from the larger and more popular island, Samui, offered exactly one organized activity: scuba diving. There were no roads, thus no vehicles ....more

God Particle

lynnbraz You are a piece of the sun scorching the earth, sparking bonfires and wildfires and rumors. You are infinite, ancient, yet the youngest of your kind. Your presence disrupts their dull world, reminding them of what they are not ....more

Manali: Chapter 1

lynnbraz January 2007 Geneva Geneva awakens in the backseat as the jeep hits a patch of ice, skids towards an eighteen-wheeler painted orange, mustard, teal, and green, hideous images of horned demons splashed on the front of the cab, its horn shrieking as if noise alone will prevent the collision. She gasps, the metallic taste of fear souring her mouth, her mind flashing to another time, another road, when deer, weather, and wine commingled, and during the span of one shallow breath, she chose to save the wrong life. The last thing Geneva sees before the jeep swerves, slams through a snowbank and hits the wall of rock that lines the highway, is the the truck’s rear bumper decorated with a lotus flower in full bloom, the words “Beep, please” emblazoned in red ....more

J’ai Tant Reve de Toi

lynnbraz Arabian Nights, Illustration by Kay Nielsen, 1917. Source: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/01/20/visions-of-the-jinn-ar... Like...more

Santa Fe Miracle #1

lynnbraz Frank Ortiz Dog Park Santa Fe’s Frank Ortiz dog park is a sprawling mishmash of trails and brush, winding through an arroyo and up several hills. The park has two entrances, and I can never remember which lot I’ve parked in, or where I’ve parked the car. The car isn’t mine, and I still have a hard time recognizing it in a sea of other silver colored SUVs ....more

Robbie the Rodeo Clown

lynnbraz Robbie the Rodeo Clown Big things are happening for Robbie the Rodeo Clown. In the Delta Airlines waiting area at the Atlanta Airport, he bounces up and down, heel, toe, heel, toe, chatting up anyone who...more

The Shaman of Port Authority

lynnbraz I stand in front of Port Authority in New York, bundled in fleece and faux down, scarf wrapped up to my chin, clutching a Starbucks, contemplating how to kill two hours before my flying trapeze classes. An older woman approaches me. She’s tiny and slightly stooped, her auburn hair’s gray roots in need of attention ....more