- Arden, North Carolina, USA
- September 26
- Beckoning Dove Press
- I am a poet-essayist-singer-songwriter, and advocate for the poor, with a teaching and counseling background. I grew up in Florida, now live in Asheville, North Carolina. I also lived in New England 20 years.
I love nature, music, and poetry. I am married and we have three adult-kids between us and four grandkids!
I am interfaith, leaning toward Taoist, Celtic, and Native American spirituality, and an "Obama Democrat."
My book of song lyrics (Back to the Sun) and my book of essays on creativity (On the Blue Ridge Line) can also be found on Amazon. In addition, I have a book of sayings on Amazon--Sayings for the Creative Person, Reflections on Personal Growth, Things that Matter (prose-poetry), and Alive and Free (2-14 poetry). In 2015, I hope to write new books on creativity, homelessness and aging, along with new poetry.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Turn Things Around in Your
January 25, 2015 07:44AM
- Change One Destructive
January 25, 2015 06:26AM
- Two New Poems...
January 24, 2015 06:37AM
- "Don't Give Up" (Inspired by
January 22, 2015 06:35AM
- Remembering MLK (poetry)
January 19, 2015 05:48AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Thanks, Ash...If
anything, a struggling
January 26, 2015 04:16AM
- “Thanks all...”
January 19, 2015 02:57PM
- “Not incapable. The civil
rights movement...no one
January 19, 2015 07:46AM
January 18, 2015 04:46AM
January 17, 2015 12:25PM
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Turn things around in your head
walk backwards, dare to dream
Think about those you have loved
I wonder what in them you have seen?
Something of God?
Something of the infinity of the universe?
What have you have seen in their eyes?
What have you seen
Change one destructive behavior
and potentially, you change your entire being
and the course of a river
flowing into the sea
and the sea itself
Change one lie or distortion into the truth
and potentially, you change the life of someone
for the better
Eliminate one selfish… Read full post »
Having lost something precious
I feel stuck in the darkness and the cold
but I know I need to let it go
get up, turn on the music and the warm
make java, move forward, wash my face
put on clothes I feel comfortable… Read full post »
"Don't Give Up" (Inspired by Jason Mraz)
Don't give up, people
Good will win out over evil
Compassion over hate
Don't give up, people
Love will triumph, in the end
Reach out to a friend
Don't give up, people
The night is young, the stars are blazing
Remembering Martin Luther King Jr
A great man cut down in his prime
Believed in freedom and justice for all
He was a shining light in the darkness
He helped to shape my conscience
when I was a lonely boy in Gainesville
when I was stumbling along
Really Communicating with Political Adversaries
How do you communicate with political adversaries? A very important question, in this day and age of political, religious and ethnic schism and a penchant in far too many individuals and groups to resort to violence to—frankly—get their way… Read full post »
It may be only a few
who will see your eyes
in the moonlight
It may be only a few
who will recognize your voice
in the darkness
You may feel like you're
swimming through a vast ocean
pitch black with no sign of life
You… Read full post »
In a sacred space, in a peace space
I never want to leave it, but the world is out there
All of the hurt and confusion
The world is out there
all of the hate and violence
I want to fix it
but one person can't fix it
When you hit a roadblock
what to do, stand down, give up the fight
or simply stop to reflect for a while?
It depends on how you look at it
You can keep on battering your head
against the wall but what's the use?
I don't give up
You'll be floating along on a breeze
and sometimes life is gonna jerk you up
and crash you down
because you're human
because you're not a superhero
because you're not God
goes with sayin'
It goes without sayin'
you are not invulnerable
People can be… Read full post »
ever been stunned into silence?
Have you ever been stunned into sadness?
I have, but not for myself
I'm doing ok
into silence and sadness
for the state of the world, the hatred
and violence, so rampant
isolated or denigrated
for/… Read full post »
2015 will be a momentous year
with lots of mountains to surmount
many hateful extremists to expose
I believe, despite scary thing happening
that the American people will somehow come together
as never before
Bridges will be crossed
bread will be broken
Folks with A Conscience will… Read full post »
Spirituality and Homelessness
I continued to study Taoism and the I Ching during my experience of homelessness. Thinking back, I only wish I had had a spiritual mentor in the flesh to talk to and gain wisdom from. But Taoism did help immensely to keep me from going off the… Read full post »
One aspect of my general decline leading to homelessness involved some poor decision making regarding money management. Disorganized paperwork, literally losing track of my current debts, overdrawing my account, etc. When I entered the homeless shelter I had no job and very little to work with. I did… Read full post »
You must get out into the world and express
The world needs your honesty and conscience
You must get out, if only in words
You must speak truth to power
You must be there for your friends
You must dream, you must sing
Why else would you… Read full post »
Reconciling Disparate Images of the Self
When you start to move out of homelessness, it can simply feel strange to adopt a “normal” lifestyle, not to mention the challenges of cleaning your own living space (usually a room or efficiency), figuring out what to do with your extra belonging… Read full post »
In the depth of winter
when it feels like winter
will last forever
It is only natural to slow down
take your steps easy, there's ice
on the ground
only natural to hibernate
like the bears do
But don't despair, life moves in cycles
What feels like
It's too cold for man or beast or even cats
It's too cold for scarfs or boots or woolen caps
It's so cold the dogs are sticking
to the sidewalks, as Thornton Wilder said
Oh well, the heater's cranking up, the sun is shining
and the persistent cats are overfed!… Read full post »
Arrogance blinds you to the people around you.
Sometimes you just have to push on through the hard thing.
When you feel really good, build on that to create a stronger foundation.
Try something brand new.
Don't yell at anyone; learn to express anger non-abusively.
Do not tolerate disres… Read full post »
Dreamed of a man on a dark road
he was hitchhiking, over and over
I encountered him, alone
hitchhiking from nowhere to nowhere
I stopped for him, did not know how to help
He had no one, nowhere
I felt the loneliness of the man
Marking Your Own Trail
No one can tell you exactly what you are doing, when you are in the midst of homelessness. People might make well-meaning or not so well-meaning suggestions, but ultimately, you must chart your own pathway back to independent living and a sense of well-being.
When… Read full post »
A Smile Can Go a Long Way
When you are a homeless shelter staff person, or in any job where you are dealing with the public, a simple smile can go a long way to ease the interaction. The homeless person might be expecting a cold response on… Read full post »
It feels good to feel better
No reason to give up
Life is waiting out there
Life is not over, not over
Take control of your life
When you are disrespected, consider the source
If you internalize that crap, you are the one who suffers
When the homeless get involved in helping others, during the period of homeless, it simply takes them out of themselves. It’s hard to maintain the “poor-me attitude” when you are helping others—and not necessarily the fellow-homeless. It could be volunteering at the Salvation… Read full post »
Threw the I Ching and the message was to stand up in the face of oppression while at the same time maintaining your equanimity.
Good to recognize all of the different forms of beauty.
It is important to take control of your health care. It is your body and mind, not the… Read full post »
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