Category: Inspiration

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Let Us All Be Well

Disease works insidiously, hiding out in hard-to-see places. A badly compromised body often looks normal on the outside, especially if the illness is concentrated in one area. Some systems and organs continue to function perfectly while another organ or system fails. We don’t know disease is lurking in our genes or bowels or lungs until...

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Crazy Man on the Bus

One of the many benefits of eschewing automobiles in favor of public transportation is the general absence of murderous sociopaths suffering from “road rage.” The downside is sporadic encounters with people tuned into frequencies only they can hear, folks we commonly call “crazy.” They’re not nearly as dangerous as an angry commuter texting behind the...

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Advice to Self and Poets in General

When confronted with the immensity of the ocean crashing against La Jolla cliffs craggy like Ireland and the island of Islay refrain from attempting to describe the waves and sky and gulls and wind and salty spray as a poet might using nouns as verbs “the sea lips the shore” “the pelicans wing the coastline”...

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Slingshot

For fifteen years, the prolific inventor Dean Kamen, creator of insulin pumps, heart stents, electric wheelchairs and the Segway personal transporter, has tried to solve the world’s potable water problem. (Yes, there is one, Instagram-scroller.) His newest invention, dubbed “Slingshot” to suggest the slaying of giants by technology, is a compressed vapor water purification system...

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Free Life Coaching

Welcome to your free Life Coaching session. A little bit about me before we get to the more interesting subject of you: I’m “in recovery” from nothing. I have no substance abuse issues. Never been bankrupt. Never been arrested. Height-weight appropriate; free of any chronic physical ailments; all systems working properly. Regardless of external circumstances,...

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Poem: Taker

  An accomplished taker was I. I took Money from fools Virginity from innocents Chances at random First pitches from unfamiliar lefties Comfort from knowing Pleasure where it could be found The mineral waters in France, the vapors in Costa Rica, the solitude cure in Colorado The largest slice of ice cream pie Seconds and...

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Poem: Go On

How do you go on when every morning brings news of the intolerable, the intolerable that we all tolerate? How do you consciously continue the divine comedy, momentarily detouring Dante’s hoary inferno infested with infamy and ferocious flames, braising the bottoms of all who perpetrate the unallowable? How do you smile while the unacceptable must...

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An Experiment in Kindness

From July 3-12, at a converted Filipino-American community center in Los Angeles, we created a space where everyone could connect with the better angels of our nature. We created a space of Namaste – where you are at your best and I am at my best. We created a place where every person who walked...

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The Better Angels Festival

“We are not enemies, but friends…the mystic chords of memory will yet swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” Abraham Lincoln said it more than 150 years ago. From July 3 – 12, a community of beautiful Los Angeles volunteers are living those words at The...