Charlie Forever

Dear Son–Charlie, We could not even see you at first. You were curled up in the back of the cage, behind the other really cute cat that everyone wanted. After he was pulled out, your first human Mom and I peered in, seeing you looking so helpless, eyesight obscured by redness. You looked so sick….

What’s the Dead Sea Really Like?

How salty is it, really? Ever drunk vodka straight? The saltiness is so extreme, it’s like that in your mouth. I felt like, one accidental gulp of water would OD me with salt. Know how in most oceans-seas-lakes, you run your hand along the bottom and come up with sand, or plants, or mud? Here’s…

How Do I Feel?

Hair’s on fire Heart’s beating outta my chest I’m a fucking pack of TNT ready to explode Gunpowder from the grenade in hand burns flesh Restful sleep interrupted by fitful nightmares Fists punching me, hard Lashing in… …lashing out Am I still bleeding? Or, am I healing ? This is All so Fucked I’m sacred….

What Wormhole Have I Fallen Into??

Walking into the salad restaurant, I expected to see folks eating. I did not expect to see an entire indoor skatepark with quarter pipe ramps everywhere. Skaters darted back and forth in the midst of a fairly conventional mall–with Chinese touches, of course, of cascading waterfalls & fake monkeys clinging to fake palm trees–as spectators…

The End? No, It’s Only Just Begun…

Summer’s over? Way I see things, the adventure is beginning…Last night’s job offer in Shanghai shows me there is a wide world out there awaiting discovery. I love America. I have become a quasi-New Yorker. I am a wannabe Kentuckian.  Yet, I am compelled to seek. Finding myself alone in many ways, I am impassioned…

Curated Photo VIII

Number 8 in the series… Gates of Heaven At 37,000 feet, we soared over mountain peaks in the Kluane National Park & Reserve of Canada. I stayed up all night taking shots of an absolutely surreal atmosphere–more space than earth. What look like clouds below are huge mountain peaks piercing the sky. A purple arc…

Curated Photo VI

The sixth in my series of ten favorite photos of summer. Enjoy! I walked among the 600 year old cedars, scented by incense drifting across the top of sacred Koyasan mountain. I walked among the tombs, spirit lifted by this powerful place. I arrived at the bridge, the gate, another bridge, another gate. I bowed….

Curated Photo V

Welcome to the fifth installment in my series of ten favorite photos of summer.   Sacred Cedars In the year 816, Kobo Daishi (Kukai) established a center for Shingon Esoteric Buddhism atop Mount Koya–Koyasan.  Today, at least 200,000 people have their remains buried as close as possible to Kobo Daishi, who sits in eternal meditation…

A Curated Photo: Part III

This is the third in my series of ten favorite photos of summer. Enjoy. Third Eye Wat Pho, Bangkok.  Photo opps at this temple complex were endless but this is my favorite. Most would have chosen a pic of the giant Reclining Buddha, which I also have, but I most appreciate this quiet corner of…

Expedition:Asia 2016 Curations Part I

Welcome to the first installment! I was going to begin this tomorrow but I’m looking forward to it too much. Such is the life of someone who has been spending way too much time alone for extended stretches (punctuated by extremely social snippets).  For new visitors, please check out some posts from the past month…

Transcend

Releasing my breath like rain into the eternal ocean.  Destroying my selfish ego.  Wafting incense through corridors of magnificent cedars. 200,000 or more of Kukai’s fervent disciples wishing to be buried as close as possible to the eternally meditating Kukai’s, believed to be still alive and praying for his believers worldwide. I walk the path…

A Sacred Space

Mount Inari: one of the most fascinating, interesting, intriguing, uplifting, cool, spiritual places I have ever visited. Yes, there are legions of tourists below at the famous Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. Especially when you do exactly as a more experienced American traveler in Japan told you exactly not to do, by going in the afternoon….