The great beyond

Smoothie

30 Days of Handwritten Verse, day 30. We humans tend to have dueling drives. Most of us want to fit in, yet we also want to stand out.

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30 Days of Handwritten Verse, day 29.

Human billboards

30 Days of Handwritten Verse, day 28. I used to wonder why people would ever pay a premium to wear clothes with conspicuously-placed logos. It didn’t make sense to me that the big name windbreaker made in a remote third world factory should sell for more than the no name windbreaker made in a similar setting (or, sometimes, even in the United States). A long time ago, I developed a limited set of criteria that would lead me to wear a corporate logo on my clothing: It is the best value I… Read More

Religion

30 Days of Handwritten Verse, day 27. Religion isn’t a bad thing in itself. It provides a structure, a template, that helps people follow their faith. The inherent danger in all religious systems is that adherence to a faith will morph into adherence to the structure that’s meant to serve the faith. When people see the structure as their primary focus, instead of the faith on which the structure is supposed to be based, things can go sideways. History is full of examples.

Boundaries

30 Days of Handwritten Verse, day 26.

Context

30 Days of Handwritten Verse, day 25 In all other matters, feel free to make blind assumptions.

Unending

30 Days of Handwritten Verse, day 24. Our dog has an intense desire to chase what she’s not likely to catch. Sometimes I mistakenly characterize her near futile pursuits as pointless. But that’s mostly because I miss her point. Sure, she’d love to capture that squirrel or rabbit, but what really awakens her sense of thrill is the chase itself. And past the moment of failing to acquire her target, once a new target can be seen or heard or smelled, I don’t think the old one haunts her at all anymore…. Read More

Expansive outlook

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Moving along

30 Days of Handwritten Verse, day 22. It may seem like a grand declaration, but it just as easily applies to those moments (or days) when nothing seems to go right. We’ve all had plenty of them, I’m sure.