“Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.” —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. 

Yours in ordinary peaceable prosperity … Bear

Should Charlie Rose, Kevin Spacey and Donald Trump Join a Monastery?


I’ve been feeling a bit crabby about these guys lately, so I wrote this, for  my HMM site:


Every Home a Sanctuary Home


I recently posted this on the New Buddhist and Methodist Church site. Thought I’d also post it here.  Would like to know what you think…   The Quakers sent me a neat poster this week with the words, “Sanctuary Everywhere.” …


Turn Off the NFL?

This whole “taking a knee” deal got me thinking…. So I wrote this for our Writers With No Borders Blog.  Would be interested in your feedback…. Bear


Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, by Al Franken


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, …


More Sandals on the Ground: A Buddhist Methodist Solution in Afghanistan


“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 …


Nobody “Won” in Mosul


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 …


Ten Stocks I Own


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 …