Once a wander, working vagabond, fellow traveler on this 3rd stone from the sun. Hurtling through space and time. Lover of books (especially the classics), all kinds of books from novels, poetry, essay collections, fiction and nonfiction and a big Kurt Vonnegut fan. I am a secular humanist and technically an atheist.....Taoist.

Weekend Music Thread-All That Jazz

With the recent passing of one of Jazz's pioneers, the great Dave Brubeck, this week's music thread is about Jazz. Any form of Jazz, from traditional to modern, from...

Weekend Music Thread – Put A Smile On Your Face

This week's music thread is about songs that make you smile, chuckle or laugh out loud. They say laughter is the best medicine, but after the election, we don't really need the medicine.

The Tao and I

The book was the translation by Gia Fu Feng and contains beautiful black and white nature photos by Jane English. I was pleased with this gift and was eager to dive in get acquainted with the Tao Te Ching. Wow, it was so mysterious to me at first. I had very little understanding of what these eighty one ideograms meant and how they could apply to my life.

Weekend Music Thread – SoulTrain

This weekend's music thread is a tribute to Don Cornelius, SoulTrain and the many artists that flourished after appearing on this landmark television show. Take your pick, Motown, R&B, Soul or Funk, or all of the above.


There is not, throughout the whole book called the Bible, any word that describes to us what we call a poet, nor any word that describes what we call...

The Secret War Against The Counter Culture

Government harassment of U.S. political activists clearly exists today, violating our fundamental democratic rights and creating a climate of fear and distrust which undermines our efforts to challenge official policy.

Was George Orwell A Prophet?

  In Mr. Orwell's dystopian novel "1984," he paints a very bleak and totalitarian picture. Mr. Orwell completed this famous work in 1948 and wasn't quite sure what title it...

The Age Of Reason As An Argument To The Age Of Fear

Considering the Tea Party's candidates and leader's (deliberate?) misconceptions about our founding fathers and what they truly believed, I am writing this in the hopes that some of them...

Religion At The Seat Of Power

Religion in government is not new. There have been elements of religion that date back to our founders. There has been much debate about the theology of our founders,...

Dr. Kevorkian And The Right To Die

Dr. "Jack," Kevorkian passed away on 6/3/11. Last Friday, to be exact He has been hailed as a champion by the right to die movement and vilified as a ghoulish...