Foibles Of Fiji

Foibles Of Fiji foible |ˈfoibəl| noun A minor weakness or eccentricity in someone's character: they have to tolerate each other's little foibles. Geckos and Sea Snakes:  Geckos are not harmful. The look like regular lizards and not like the gecko selling Geico insurance. They are actually useful in as much as they eat small insects and …

Gone

Gone It is the knowledge of the genuine condition of our lives that we must draw our strength to live and our reason for living. —Simone de Beauvior Gone from sight but not from memory. In my mind, a picture of you remains. Although, now, more than a body, I cannot touch you. Although, much …

Gratitude I

Gratitude I To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. …

Routines

Even in the best of circumstances, happiness is elusive. We seek pleasant sights, sounds, tastes, sensations, and moods. We satisfy our intellectual curiosity. We surround ourselves with friends and loved ones. We become connoisseurs of art, music, or food. But our pleasures are, by their very nature, fleeting. If we enjoy some great professional success, …

Grateful

Grateful Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your won presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement. – Alice Koller It’s Sunday morning outside the first rain of Autumn soaks into a dry, brown earth the …

Growing Old

Growing Old When, halting in front of it, I look at the reflection which is in the depths of my clear mirror. It gives me the impression of meeting an unknown old gentle man. — Hitomaro The biggest problem with growing older in my physical body is that in my mind I am still in …

Now

Now Not one of us knows what effect his life produces, and what he gives to others; that is hidden from us and must remain so, though we are often allowed to see some little fraction of it, so that we may not lose courage. — Albert Schweitzer   It is just a moment not …

Patience

Patience Having decided to leave his castle home to explore the world outside his protected environment, Prince Siddhartha sought a means to support himself in his new life. Upon meeting the merchant Kamaswami, Siddhartha was asked, "What is it that you've learned, what are you able to do?" To a prince whose needs had been …

Morning Dance

Morning Dance Love all that has been created by God, both the whole and every grain of sand. Love every leaf and every ray of light. Love the beasts and the birds, love the plants, love every separate fragment. If you love each separate fragment, you will understand the mystery of the whole resting in …

Music

Music Loja is the musical capital and an important cultural center of Ecuador. The motto here in Loja is: The one who does not play the guitar can sing a song; the one who does not sing a song can write a verse; the one who does not write a verse reads a book. Although …

Meditation

Meditation I have returned to the practice of meditating each day since my move to Loja. It has been a part of my life for many years but never part of a routine until now. It is the second thing I do in the morning after relieving myself. Before I put the kettle on for …

Mad As Hell!

Mad As Hell! I always thought representing the concerns of the people was the purpose of a democracy, but 68 years of living in one has proven otherwise. The so called representative democracy of the United States has been taking more and more control over our lives, leaving us with fewer and fewer true freedoms. …

Live Your Life

Live Your Life I watched a film a while back named "13 Assassins." During the closing scene, the dying father and leader of the group of thirteen says to his son,  "Live your life." These are powerful words particularly when coming from a dying father to a son who was trained as a samurai but …

Walking

Walking I am one of those people who absolutely enjoys walking. Although it is a wonderful exercise for my body, I walk because walking takes me outside of my physical world. It forces me to be aware and present. In the moment, each moment. I can live in my introverted world for days on end …

Dreams Of A Kiss

Dreams Of A Kiss A Kiss is still...an osculatory apposition of the orbicularis oris and levator labii muscles with posterior involvement of the sternocleidomastoids, commonly in a dexterous orientation. —Onur Gunturkun of Ruhr I saw in two dreams... The first kiss, like that of friends, merely a meeting of lips. Even an accident, maybe..? A …

What Love Is?

What Love Is? I know you must have felt it. Rising up gently with the sunlit, morning breeze, infiltrating your every pore. Your heart skips, then ceases to beat — you are suspended, floating lost, in a grounded feeling you have known all your life? The pure syncopated synchronicity, the instantaneous tranquility between hands, face, …

April 30, 1999

April 30, 1999 I never thought I would write a poem using a date as the title but… My best friend died today. Silently and alone, he vanished from this and reappeared in a different realm. You were needed to paint the flowers which breathe life into this earth, to color intent into the sky …

Abundance

Abundance Fruits Of The Garden: There is such an abundance of food on the property that each day I learn of another plant, healing herb, fruit or useful weed. Today I was given a green pumpkin (an important food product for the Fijians) by Anna, the caretaker's wife, from the empty lot next to Chaldea …