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 …

StoryTelling

Who are we, if not measured by our impact on others? That’s who we are! We’re not who we say we are, we’re not who we want to be — we are the sum of the influence and impact that we have, in our lives, on others. — Neil deGrasse Tyson Life is a continuum, …

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 never totally embraced …

Why I Write

I was not born a writer. I write because I am a lover of words. I like to breathe life and meaning into these symbols of thought. I want to lift the word from the mind or page, give it air to make a sound, then shape and mold it into meaning. I write because …

Responsibilities

“You are the responsible one,” my mother would tell me when I would wine about having to reheat dinner for my brother and father when she left for work. “I know you will do it,” she would say. The responsibility of being responsible started early for me. I was eight years old. When mom and …

Don’t Get Old

Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -) **For my friend Bob McGuinn** Be careful of growing old, he tells me.It happens so suddenly over the years.One day you are young, in love, full of energythe next day you are old, loveless, lackingboth muscle mass and strength.The legs are the first to go, he continues,but from my …

A Writer’s Diary – Disparity Of Thoughts – Born Different

It has been a long time since I have written anything down. A lot of things have happened. So many things I have been unable to write them.  Kelth Haring I “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end,” said Seneca. No truer words, I believe, have ever been spoken. One must always leave …

A Writer’s Diary – America In Distress – Updated For July 4th 2020

For seventy-two years I watched as laws were passed, cities burned, appeasement tokens appointed and Black people killed by the police with no actions taken upon their white assailants. For Seventy-two years of my life Black people have been protesting for equality and being killed for being Black in America. For Seventy-two years I still …

A Writer’s Diary – Juneteenth – The End Of Slavery? But I Am Still Seen As A Slave

We believe all men are entitled to the blessings of liberty. Yet millions are being deprived of those blessings . because of the color of their skin. The reasons are deeply imbedded in history and tradition and the nature of man. We can understand - without rancor or hatred - how this happened, but it …

The Philosopher – Book II – 11 – The Void Between Dragons And Man

“We had best be getting back love. Look.” Upashna points to the darkening sun. “The darkness grows larger. We will have to time the reigniting of the sun when it is almost completely dark on this side to reduce any possible injuries.” “Any possible injury to whom?” Tao asks. “To the dragons who are selected …

A Heart Attack

I had just closed the door When it came from all directions A weight upon my chest A pain not previously known Caused by a swelling of my heart. The veins contracting down the back of my neck. My left arm, stiffens in pain. Training or memory I know not which... Aspirin I find the …

The Philosopher – Book II – 10 – Tao And Simone, A Maiden Voyage

Tao riding on the back of his familiar, Simone, in her transfiguration as a dragon and with them the dragon transfiguration of Upashna are flying  high above the small hamlet of wizards, Samadhi. “I love you my philosopher Tao. I am pleased you chose to share this life and eternity with me. There is no …