An Urban Prayer

February 8, 2018

May there be only green lights

May there always be money left in the meter

May there be a stash of quarters ready for your laundry

May there be two dollars in pocket to tip the barista

May the crossing walk change to walk as you approach

And may your favorite music come on at the grocery store

Amen


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Epiphyte

December 31, 2017

Hi. My role models are epiphytes. You know, those plants that grow without soil. They just absorb sunlight, moisture from the air and they don’t really bother anybody. They give us oxygen. And they hurt no one.

The rest of us do harm just by existing. We kill & eat each other. I try to minimize the harm I do and I try try to do some nice things. I rescue flies. I just pet a cat. The cat was happy. But I use resources. I add to the the environmental havoc. I give into addictive behaviors that don’t contribute anything positive.

We are all part of the sentient universe, trying to understand itself. But epiphytes are satisfied just existing; they don’t need to think about their place in the world. They just live. They live Gandhi’s creed of Ahisma, non-harming. I would like to be part of an ecosystem in which all the lifeforms were epiphytes. We all absorbed what we needed to live from the air and light. We could also dance and sing and write poetry. We would write by scratching on rocks, not by turning the bodies of other beings into paper. That’s my planet.


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Why Conflict Resolution Works

December 24, 2016

A lot of systems have been devised to help people take control of interpersonal conflict with the aim of facilitating positive, win-win outcomes. But, is there an underlying essence common to successful conflict resolution techniques? Let’s compare six systematized approaches to conflict resolution, looking for commonalities.

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The Universe Demands to Know What it is

September 24, 2016

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I exploded. I don’t remember anything before that. I was energy. I was matter and energy. I’ve had lots of smaller explosions since, but nothing as big as that first one. And now, here I am, thinking about it. My consciousness isn’t centered in just this one head of mine. I think I have different pieces of the puzzle of what I am in minds scattered all over.

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Wakescape

September 9, 2016

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There’s some kind of leak between my dreams and my so-called reality. It used to be one way, the normal way: bits and pieces of my life show up randomly in dreams. You know, your dog is in your dream, giving you advice, and she’s also your mother. But ever since April 13th, dream-stuff has been appearing in my waking world. For example, as I am writing this, I’m sitting in a café in Vermont, and on the chalk-written menu is raisin-flavored kombucha. Yes, Vermont is full of the hippy probiotic drink kombucha. But nobody really makes raison-flavored kombucha. It’s something I dreamed last night, along with the kombucha-flavored, vegan, raw chocolate cream pie, which I just noticed is also on display here in this café. It makes me wonder what else I’m seeing that I forget I dreamed up.

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