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  A black and white photograph alone on a dresser without clothes in an empty clapboard house the genes of a forgotten past a period in history filled with hurt, the forlorn captured in Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.   The wind howled across the fields a dustbowl shattered lives tattered garments covering skeletons of […]

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A query: How many Congressional finance Bills are written by corporate lobbyists? Who stands to benefit the most? The most recent sweeping tax reform: “To provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018” (or as Senator Bernie Sanders points out: 13% Middle Class Tax […]

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I was born in a country with political boundaries and within a capitalistic system. Capitalism is based on profit. A number of economists suggest capitalism is necessary for survival at least to a degree. In the extreme, it encourages greed. In such a system, one is a political and an economic creation as much as […]

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Early morning. A light rain embraced the forest. The wetness was warm to the skin, emitting a damp fragrance, filling my nostrils with the scent of fertile soil. I walked to a nearby mountain stream to listen to the rushing water splash over boulders and birds chirping from the hardwood branches above. I gazed at scattered […]

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Details. Suffice it to say I stood on a dock in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina looking for what I thought would be a large motor yacht. A man approached me as I must have looked bewildered. I told him my dilemma and he laughed and pointed to a trawler next to a yacht. It was […]

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“The soul cannot exist without the body, which is, as it were, the urn of the soul.” Lucretius, De Rerum Natura. Bk. Iii, I, 554 (c. 45 B.C.E.) Man invented the word soul. That doesn’t mean there is no higher intelligence in the universe. The word soul in ancient times meant from the “water and […]

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I arrived at the rented beach house in the early evening as the sun began to slowly disappear beyond the trees on the other side of the earth and the Atlantic’s rolling waves were now accentuated with rising white caps and splashing the shore. Upon unpacking my clothes, groceries and other stuff I briefly sat […]

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Primitive by L J Frank

My thoughts started out rather simple enough. I’m driving north on an interstate headed for Canada and I turn on Sirius radio and hear the word “primitive” mentioned in one sentence. I waited. No discussion follows. As I look at the highway ahead I recall the word primitive, etymologically, as being related to primary or […]

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“Om,” is considered a primordial sound of the infinite and the pervasive vibration emanating at the beginning of the visible universe. The syllable enunciated in various ancient oral traditions was later written by scribes/monks in texts of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. It’s spiritually significant and found a home in Vedic (Sanskrit) texts, hymns and myths. […]

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I should have known better. On the other hand, why should I have? I opened my eyes, looked around the room, slowly got out of bed and walked over to the window and peered out at the landscape. I suppose one could say it was an ordinary morning with the earth in familiar rotation and […]

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It all began on a Sunday morning before sunrise. I made some black coffee as an early heavy rain pounded the metal roof of the barn in which I was an artist working on behalf of a client. I constructed a number of two by fours in the shape of a large rack upon which […]

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What causes so much fear in a human they would cause the gruesome death of another, flayed, their skin peeled off while still alive, dragged through the streets with the bodily remains burned in a public display? What is the woven nature of the impassioned fear and devoted belief that allows for such a grisly, horrific […]

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It’s somewhere north of Charleston along the coast and heading to an appointment on the Outer Banks. Driving is movement and movement is a form of liberty even when the human mind is trekking across another desert – where one might lose or regain their soul. Naked or nude. It’s not that I previously unthought […]

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What is knowledge? For the philosophical purposes of this article knowledge means to know and be aware of or cognizant of something. The process of acquiring knowledge begins at birth and grows through experience wherever one receives it and through research, reading and study. Knowledge is the ground (foundation) of life and without it is […]

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  It was late Spring 2016. The minutes on my watch were approaching midnight. I was traveling across New Mexico and pulled off to get some gas at a 24-hour service station. As I stood at the pump next to my car a single Harley-Davidson motorcycle with a muffled exhaust sped west on route I-40 […]

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