100 Things I Know #11 – We Are Not Gods.

Death will prove this to us.   A broken tooth will prove it.   We control very little.   Our own minds muster up armies of thought against us.   We are multiple inside, one part taskmaster, one part rebel, another part mysterious, balancing between divine and hellish desires.   We cannot bend time backwards.   We cannot force immortality.   We …

100 Things I Know #8 – Something Is Wrong

This is not rocket science.   Murder, rape, theft, betrayal, lying, abuse, racism, injustice, war…make your own list.   These actions and institutions feel wrong to us.   They seem so "not right."   Less extreme are the choices many of us face each day, often compelled by this idea: “Do the right thing.”   Politics is made of battles …

For Harold: A Tetrameter Tribute

Here's a recording of FOR HAROLD, a tetrameter piece of poetry I did for my dear friend Harold Lipford when I found about his passing. The text is below.  Words can't do it, but this will be my contribution.  For those of you who don't know, Harold presided over my marriage to Anjie almost 34 …

Wes Odell (1949-2012)

When I got the word that Wes had slipped over to the other side of things  (one of the ways I like to think of death), the force with which my stomach leapt into my throat surprised me.  I haven't talked to him in so long, but the tears came immediately, and I instantly remembered how …