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  I drove west on the interstate under an early morning mist. I like Movement. It’s  core to my wiring, even when the liberty associated with it, may itself be a philosophical illusion. If I’m not physically moving my brain is still engaged in a movement that transcends the physical space around me. As a young […]

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    Quelle: The German for source, spring, well, fount, headwaters, fountainhead, origin. A single event in life can be more enigmatic than a work of fiction. This one occurred in August of this year while engaged in researching a ghostwriting project for a person in New York City. A distinguished older man sat on […]

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Compassion by L J Frank

Recently, I was asked about my philosophical approach to dying and death by a person who works in an environment that serves people whose families are unable to care for their loved ones or those who were deserted by society and exist without family or friends. My anecdotal thoughts: practically speaking, dying and death are inevitable. […]

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  Early morning walk on the sand grains of a Lake Huron beach with a gentle breeze embracing my skin, the fragrance of nearby tall white pines filling my nostrils, while a single seagull walks a non-linear path, looks over and continues her morning search, a flock of Canadian geese fly over-head v shaped, honking, otherwise, just the sound of waves […]

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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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