“Wherever you are, be the soul of that place.” —Rumi

Hello Friends— I don’t blog regularly. I do write regularly, but mostly for my other websites and outside publications. As millions of people will tell you, I’m not famous, so I get to write whatever the heck I feel like writing. I’ve published everything from cowboy poetry to academic  papers to self-help books and technical trade articles, (See Bear’s Brief Bio.) I try to link up what I write and/or publish in other areas  back to this personal home page.But I’m not real quick at it. Hope you enjoy some of the pieces/links found here. Please drop me a line, if you feel so inclined. After all, you are  the soul of this place– why I put it together. 

Yours in ordinary peaceable prosperity … Bear

I was very surprised.

I actually got inspired about politics recently, just by reading Al Franken’s  new book.  His book inspired me such that I might even attend a city council  meeting.  (How inspired and crazy is that?)

But first,  I wrote a little piece  about his book for Writers With No Borders. You can find it here.

Or, what the heck,  I’ll make it easy and just copy and paste the Writer’s With No Borders piece right here. As always, I’d like to hear your response. read more

“An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.”—Thomas Paine  

I admit that for me, to pray for our Minority President and his generals and their approach to Afghanistan– —to meditate such that I can think of them and their plans without losing my peace—this presents  a Mt. Everest- size challenge.  Nevertheless, as a practicing Buddhist Methodist, this is my challenge. read more

Recently, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi flew into the tragically besieged city of Mosul and declared “victory” over ISIS.  Here’s a  photo of what Mosul looked like after this “victory.” 

Does anybody ever “win” an earthquake?  How do you win an orphanage fire? Who wins when the senior center collapses? Here’s a very simple observation: nobody ever “wins” a war of destruction, a war conducted with weapons. read more

Ten Stocks I Own

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Wishing to live in a more open society, it recently struck me that we all keep our personal money matters way too secret. I suspect it has something to do with the old Puritan belief that money is dirty, and …

 

EVERY Air Strike Is a War Crime

Hearing about the thousands of US air strikes that have not been reported— (even the airstrikes that have been reported are tragic and sad)– I wrote and posted this today on my Dads Against Martyr and Military Mindsets (DAMMM) site. …

 

The Power of Turning 70      

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    I wrote this essay  because I needed to read it. The real danger, or problem – – or, more fundamentally, the challenge – – of turning 70 is not primarily with our physical bodies—though of course there are challenges …

 

First Steps of the Resistance

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By the end of the first week of the Boy Bully’s administration, I recognized I needed to do something for my own mental and emotional health, just to understand what was happening, and be able to artfully respond. So I …

 

Lovely, Lucky Friday the 13th!

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This, from a few years back, when I was writing a weekly column for our local paper:   We’re lucky: We have another Friday the 13th this month. If you want to quit some old habit— like quit smoking, say, …

 

My Problem with Trump Is Gandhi

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“Our resistance is never against a particular person. It is always  against an unjust, unfair  and dehumanizing system”– Gandhi Gandhi can be a very irritating guy, even here almost 70 years after his death. The dude keeps reminding us – …

 

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Recent Polar Vortex: National Media say, “It could happen.” 

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  “Our faithful soldiers were behind the recent polar vortex that let the  infidels in North America freeze their asses off,” a spokesman for ISIS claimed from his secret hideout in an anonymous Algerian Starbucks with free wifi. “Sacrificing their …