On occasion, when a tragedy takes over our media and what seems like our collective consciousness, I am reminded of the William Butler Yeats poem “The Second Coming.” The first time I read this poem was on September 11th, 2001. I was in my junior year at the University of West Florida and the Twin Towers had just been attacked. School hadn’t been cancelled yet. … Continue reading The Center Cannot Hold
I’ve been on a Bill Hicks bender recently. Dude may have been a prophet. Dead at only 32 years old. Amazing insight at such a young age. But as he said, “It’s Just a Ride.” The world is like a ride at an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it, you think it’s real, because that’s how powerful our minds are. And … Continue reading It’s Just a Ride
Anthem By Leonard Cohen The birds they sang at the break of day Start again I heard them say Don’t dwell on what has passed away or what is yet to be. Ah the wars they will be fought again The holy dove She will be caught again bought and sold and bought again the dove is never free. Ring the bells that still can … Continue reading Leonard Cohen, 1934 – 2016
First, this song comes to mind. Melodramatic? Maybe. Have we all just become reality TV participants? At least we know Hillary wasn’t cut out for the job. She couldn’t even rig an election correctly. Election Day should be a national holiday celebrated by sitting in a tavern and having arm wrestling matches. My daughter, she’s six, when she woke up the next morning and we … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Election 2016
Would be great to hear the Doctor’s thoughts on this year’s elections. Whoever you are planning on voting for, the important thing to do is vote. It’s easy to think that it doesn’t matter, especially when our options are between a cockroach and shit sandwich. But we have to vote. You have to make a decision. And tomorrow evening will be the beginning of an … Continue reading Go Vote!
Just spent way too much time procrastinating by redesigning the blog, but I think it looks cleaner and hopefully easier for everyone to navigate. Also, a friendly reminder that Native Moments is now listed at #10 on the Good Reads Anticipated Books for 2016. With a few more votes it may be able to break the Top 5. Continue reading New Look
The older I get, the more convinced I am that humanity is a cosmic joke. We are the joke of the animal kingdom. All other animals look at us and shake their heads in embarrassment. Continue reading Joke is on us
I’ve been fascinated with the idea of the Flaneur since I first came across Walter Benjamin in a Ulysses class in grad school. I felt an instant connection with the urban wanderer. That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do, too. Wander and create art. I first decided work wasn’t for me while living in a tent in Costa Rica for six weeks at the age … Continue reading The Flaneur