The writer continues to write.
- Asheville, North Carolina, USA
- September 26
- 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."
Currently, I am working on poetry and prose as well as publishing political columns. I am also phone banking nationally for Obama.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Not Believing in the
Banishment of Love
October 16, 2013 02:20PM
- On This Ordinary Day
October 07, 2013 07:11PM
- As the Sun Goes Down
October 06, 2013 06:01PM
- Chipping Away at Problems
October 06, 2013 06:46AM
- Ghosts Who Live Inside Us
September 30, 2013 11:23AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Thank you...”
October 07, 2013 05:39AM
- “A lot of people
September 30, 2013 08:35PM
- “Dove cries are also a
September 29, 2013 10:49AM
- “I can understand. These
were mild sounds.”
September 29, 2013 10:15AM
- “Yes, tea time can be
therapy, and meditation.
September 29, 2013 06:43AM
Patrick Frank's Links
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Had my coffee and cheese biscuits at Hardee’s today, which tends to be frequented by lower income, blue collar, more Southern folks. I like this crowd, just as I like the one at Panera, more cosmopolitan, higher educated, better off financially, more New Age in some instances. I have always bee… Read full post »
Letting humor out can provide folks w/a mirror into your soul. I have begun to do this more both online and offline. I feel that it somehow makes you vulnerable,to tell myour jokes openly, in my case, crazy and in some cases stupid jokes. If you want to imagine my delivery,… Read full post »
Choosing a mentor: not necessarily an easy undertaking. Some people think they don’t need a mentor. More power to them. But I think I do. Through trial and error, I have learned what feels comfortable for me, in such a relationship. The mentor, or teacher, in the broad sense, must be… Read full post »
Dealing with chaos can be much more disturbing than dealing with a clear-cut source of crisis. When a number of problems hit you all at once, it can feel like you and your environment are both out of control. As humans, we seek a stable framework from which we can grow… Read full post »
I dreamed that we had left an apartment, but had left some stuff there and needed to finish the cleaning process, perhaps. Paralleling what we just went through in terms of moving from the over 55 complex to the house we are renting. Some dreams are like that, very reality-oriented. But… Read full post »
Helping another adult with a personal issue can be very tricky. We run the risk of making that person feel small, or puffing up our own ego in the process. Some counselors and therapists have the same issues with helping, but dio not recognize. There is a need sometimes to offer… Read full post »
It is great that OS has worked out the technical issues, but the fact that they don't list "most recent," just most popular on the front page is very shortsighted. There are many gems out there that have not received much attention. Our Salon does list most recent and I appreciate this… Read full post »
I think my fear of death diminishes in reverse proportion to the quality of my life at the time and my productivity. This seems counter-intuitive. I mean, the underlying fear of non-existence is still there, but I also believe that in a sense one's psyche lives on in the minds of… Read full post »
We are going to buy KindleFire I think today, or something similiar. Too tired/lazy to walk into my office, ten steps! LOL Well, sometimes I just don't feel like working in the office. Still editing poetry. I've got to be ruthless about some of these weaker poems. Speaking of
"Born to Run" by Springsteen, in many ways tells the American story of freedom combined with the pursuit of roots, and a love relationship, along with the sense of freedom and ability to change course in life. An analogous theme: the escape from a stullifying urban envirornment. "I want to know… Read full post »
It feels more insecure renting, but hopefully we will be in the same place more than one year this time! We want to sell our house in SC but the town is dying and we cannot seem to make that happen. We can't consider buying again till that one gets sold.… Read full post »
This is in response to an Asheville Citizen-Times’ editorial (4/21/13) on the issue of gerrymandering in North Carolina and across the country. This is a huge voting rights issue that demands a very strong response from all fair-minded Americans. It is related to the wrong-headed effort to end… Read full post »
Sometimes when we are trying to be creative, we keep trying to reach for something beyond our immediate perception at the moment, instead of considering deeply what is unfolding right before our eyes. What may seem simple and obvious in the foreground can, instead, constitute the seed of a very fruit… Read full post »
I'm grassroots, never was famous, never will be. I write and play out sometimes, but never get paid, do what I can to help the poor, sometimes knocked down, but I always get up and never stay afraid. It's been as long, hard road, but once again, Down South where I… Read full post »
Obama's speech great at the Boston cathedral. It is up to us to carry on with great effort to ensure justice for all in this country, and to advance freedom.
Our response to voter suppression: no matter what they try to pull, overwhelm those polling places and pull those… Read full post »
Worn out, damn this infection,
but here I am at the computer. One more set of keystrokes tonight. The fevers, real or imagined, come and go. There are some who do not believe I am sick, others who do not care. There is Linda and a handful of others who do.… Read full post »
After a deep sleep
I awoke in the middle of the night, alone but not alone, fan slowly turning, feeling the house loves me. The quiet is healing. I feel like I could stay awake forever. My fever is broken. Creative ideas flowing, like the story of early childhood, the memories… Read full post »
A song from before, I felt hope, "Here Comes the Sun"
I remember exactly where I was, everything was bright and new, but time and decisions and inner change overtook us and things fell apart
I blame myself. But that was then, and the wheel turns and never stops turning, and… Read full post »