Bag of Happiness

Life Lived to the Edge of Possibility

David Kinne

David Kinne
Volcano, Hawaii, USA
June 15
Founder & President
La Vida Buena Partnership
David Kinne is the possibility of people living extraordinary lives of creativity, joy and full self expression. He has led over 2,000 seminars in 6 countries. He is currently working to complete a book of his photos and text about life lived fully called "Mysteries/Answers"


JANUARY 18, 2013 1:15PM

True Confessions and False Accusations



The truth, isn’t that just what’s real? So why is it so elusive sometimes?

I know it sounds ridiculous, but I once had a budding online relationship end abruptly over my comment in an email that I had some jeans shortened because I couldn’t buy… Read full post »

JANUARY 12, 2013 6:29PM

Prisons of Our Own Devise



In a recent online poll, readers were asked if they would buy a half-gallon of fresh, top brand milk in their supermarket for a quarter, two days before its “Sell-By” date. Furthermore, the dairy guaranteed the milk would be good for a minimum of 8 days at home,… Read full post »

JANUARY 12, 2013 6:26PM

Missing In Action


This is a non-sequiter,  I so stipulate, but I visited Alice Liddel's grave during one of my UK trips. There was nothing remarkable about it. It's a simple grave behind a country church, marked by a small stone, laid flat, that does not mention that she was the real… Read full post »

Christmas Eve is a very tough night for many of us to be alone and far from family and close friends, one of the toughest on the calendar. It’s one of the cardinal VBOs (Very Big Occasions) of the year, and our culture reminds us a thousand times each holidayRead full post »

JANUARY 12, 2013 6:17PM

Day One After the Mayan Apocalypse


  12/22/2012 –Day One After the Mayan Apocalypse

While I was waiting for the water to heat for coffee, I clicked on my laptop to see if the Internet was back up. Nope, still no connection. No signal available on the cell phone either. And the power was still off. GoodRead full post »

JANUARY 12, 2013 6:12PM

Pizza Face Goes Down in Flames, Again

pizza“Sure, I’ll go to the dance with you,” the cutest girl in the class said, as she turned and sailed down the hallway in her pastel yellow angora sweater and matching poodle skirt. 

I was on a cloud, fuzzy-brained and grinning and oxygen deprived. I can’t remember ho… Read full post »

DECEMBER 15, 2012 7:56PM

Fall Down Seven

Fall Down Seven

 It’s not like I've never failed before.

In fact I have previously failed to pass the test, failed to make the grade, failed to remember the milk, failed to remove the tag, failed to make a payment, failed to get the girl, failed to keep the job, failed to hide the eviden… Read full post »

Auntie Jane


This is Auntie Jane, a beautiful angel on earth here in the little village of Volcano, on the Big Island of Hawai’i.  She was one of the first people I met my first weekend here. The Sunday morning Farmers Market at the Cooper Community Center is the big local… Read full post »

Rainforest Morning


First light at Loti’i was a little after 5am, my first morning in the rainforest. A distant rooster began to crow, then hit the snooze alarm for a half hour before he began his work in earnest. Unexpectedly and uncharacteristically I was… Read full post »

OCTOBER 27, 2010 10:45AM

Flight to the sun

 Flight to the sun

I'm going holo holo* the next few days. Mosying on out of Austin this afternoon, heading for Seattle this evening to break bread with a friend. Then in the morning the big bird will fly to Kona, where I'll arrive at noon. Meeting new old friends in Hilo in… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
OCTOBER 15, 2010 2:55PM

My Brief Career as a Hard Rock Miner

Miners hat

Watching the coverage of the Chilean miners’ remarkable rescue, I was reminded of the shortest, most dangerous career of my life, as a hard rock miner high in the Rockies, working for the Climax Molybdenum Co. For a while I got a kick out of tellingRead full post »

pyracantha berries

 The firethorn berries have popped into color the last few days, and a passing mockingbird stopped by this morning to check out the progress. After tasting a few, he proclaimed "ALMOST READY" in a gregarious burst of musical virtuosity. Pleased with himself, and rightfully so, he flew of… Read full post »


 Fall trumpet

Waking into the crisp morning, the sights and smells of fall are everywhere.

A huge Monarch butterfly, 40 feet up, is hang gliding southward against the gentle breeze. The orange of its backlit wings is explosive against the clear blue sky. 

Yellow wild  Even higher,Read full post »

Opt out

 While most Americans, in polls, agree that "New Posts," "Top Rated," and "Updates" are good, the shortfall and need remain overwhelming, especially on weekends, so instead of opting-in to be a Follower, as is the rule now, everyone should be, under the rule, a Default ReceiverRead full post »

sugar stick

Sugar Bubba (Category: Men Seeking Women)

Attractive, professional, well-spoken, nice-dressed 65-year-old man seeks sugar mama. I live in Austin on a 3rd floor unit with fantastic views of I-35. The unit also features very discreet parking between the pickup trucks. I am looking for exclusiRead full post »

Hazardous Voltage 

A very large disturbance in The Force recently has been traced to a string of consternations and contusions over what IS and IS NOT proper behavior on Open Salon

The subsequent warring between the camps, it seems to me, is largely due to a lack of clarity about what the… Read full post »


In honor of National Punctuation Day (my late mother would be so proud) (and some of youse moran's would do well to bookmark this site), I offer for your consideration what may be the most elegant but underappreciated punctuation mark ever de… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 11:38PM

Mark's BS Free 25 OC

Trail of lights

1. Lingerie & pajamas. Bullshit. What do you really sleep in?

I prefer to sleep nude, but my back has a tendency to stiffen up if it caches a draft, and I don't like tracks on the sheets, so a t-shirt and underwear does it for me. 


2. What’sRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 6:04PM

Heidibeth's Twelve Off the Top OC

Random loop

1)      I am certified in four different bodywork disciplines, three of which are legal.

2)      I won a Science Fair medal in 7th grade with my project to manufacture rubies using an electric arc. Years later it became a viable commercial prRead full post »

Jonathan Franzen 9 17 2010 Jonathan Franzen reads from "Freedom" at Book People, Austin, Texas, September 17, 2010

When writing about something painful, Jonathan Franzen says, he know he’s got it right when he reads it and laughs. Why? “Because I’m the mediator between the raw experience and theRead full post »

Sisyphus t shirt

 I’ve been bothered by lower back pain for weeks. I thought I had pulled something when I moved out of my house a few weeks ago. Yesterday the pain got worse, a lot worse, and I was nauseous, so I saw my doctor, who promptly had me wheeled into theRead full post »

Ecosan bathroom

 Slice of Heaven in a Can (SOHIAC) is my project to develop an inexpensive, minimalist solution to the issue of homelessness due to disaster or societal conditions, by reusing surplus ISO shipping containers as a basic construction module.  

Since Roman times, and perhaps befo… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 5, 2010 3:03PM

Straight Talk About Boners

Obique Intersection

 The first rule of Boner Club is: You don’t talk about Boner Club around girls.

The second rule of Boner Club is: You don’t talk about Boner Club around girls.

So it’s no surprise that women have so many misconceptions about men carrying wood. On the principle… Read full post »

Bitten Nectarine Yoni

 It Was a Dark and Stormy Night... 

Chatting with a friend about her difficulties with driving, it reminded me of an unforgettable cyber pal years ago in Seattle who had experienced a major panic attack on the San Diego Freeway, so now she only drives surface streets.

She was

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SEPTEMBER 4, 2010 10:41PM

Badrotica (Cindy Ross's Open Call)

Raw Oyster


She was meaty, just the way he liked them

And she opened easily, to his practiced touch

His tongue found her oily pearl

And rolled it around as her flesh quivered

He drank deeply of her briny, tart juices

Blissfully took her in a huge swallow  

Then, momentarily… Read full post »