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A Wave of Thanks--and Other Human Gestures: 31 Quick Stories.
This is a small collection of small storIes-- flash fictions-- most written fairly recently, though a few from years and years ago. They were fun to write. Hopefully they are fun to read.
The Smoker's Prayer: The Spiritual Healing of Tobacco Addiction with or without Chantix, Nicotine Patches, Hypnosis, Jail Time or Duct Tape.
I had to be an old guy, with thirty years in the business, before I had the gonads to write this book. You can buy it cheap-- just 99 cents-- on Kindle. ($9.99 for the print copy.) I'd love to hear your response.
Practicing the Presence of Peace
This is my non-religious "updating" of the 17th Century spiritual classic by Brother Lawrence, "The Practice of the Presence of God." But this book talks about retaining peace during traffic jams,homework assignments, election seasons..
The Potless Pot High: How to Get High, Clear and Spunky without Weed
This is a fun little book that does exactly what it says it does: gets you high, just by reading.
How to Stop Smoking in 15 Easy Years: A Slacker’s Guide to Final Freedom
If you're still smoking after many years of trying to quit, this radical little book will set you free.
How to Help Your Smoker Quit: A Brave and Happy Strategy
If you have a smoker in the family, or close by, your reading this book will help you relate and help more than any other book around.
Happy John: An Advaita (Non-Duality) Gospel
This is the Book of John (yes THE Book of John) rendered through a contemporary, non-dual point of view. "In the beginning was the word, and the word was Joy."
The Enlightened Smoker’s Guide to Quitting: Learn to Forget to Smoke
A classic book that has helped smokers all over the world.
I’ve been feeling a bit crabby about these guys lately, so I wrote this, for my HMM site:
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.” Made me think I wanted to hang it in my window.
Our local Unitarian Church recently offered sanctuary to a local woman – from Peru—whose application for residency had been—has been—held up by government inefficiency and narrow-mindedness, and a deportation order had been issued. I really admire the Unitarians. 98% of the congregation voted to open their Church to such use.
I wish that our whole city would become a sanctuary city, but the mood is not here yet, the understanding, the compassion is not here yet. The independence. The bravery. read more
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
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
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
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
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 that the love of money is the root of all evil. We don’t have to love money to talk openly and honestly about it. So that’s what I’m doing in this post. read more
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. We can’t pretend such air strikes– reported or not– are legal, or moral or make sense in any way whatsoever.