Snowy Ash Wednesday Musings to a Friend

by Contributing Author, John Boyce My cat SLADE is not bored at all with the beautiful snow falling heavily on this late February day outside our cold living room window. But he seems unnaturally calm even for him. He will remain at peace until hunger pangs come in a few hours’ time. Then in aContinue reading “Snowy Ash Wednesday Musings to a Friend”

Ignorance and Want … to Truth and Balance

For those of us who celebrate Christmas in any way, or are at least somewhat touched by the sentiments of the season, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens is hauntingly emblazoned into our collective memory. Treatments of the original novella, in the form of books, plays, movies, animated videos and various re-interpretations are as ubiquitousContinue reading “Ignorance and Want … to Truth and Balance”

The Pearl Diver

Because I want something like thisTo never have happenedTo ever happenOr to ever happen againAnd I want the human race to be the only one I will pearl dive Because I want to knowWho fired the first shotBecause I want to knowWho fired the secondThe third, the fourth, the fifthAnd why? And what happened whenContinue reading “The Pearl Diver”

Spiritual Time Travel

The moon rose inconspicuously behind them. Rai was unwrapping a Black ‘n Mild cigar for his nostalgic craving. The air was fresh, as if it were just recently purified by The Great Mystery. All the stenches, waste and rotting in the world and yet freshness still dominates. All of the destruction, disease, and poverty andContinue reading “Spiritual Time Travel”

The Spectacle and the Substance

The unforgiving torrent of information that bombards us on a daily basis – photos, events, news, marketing, entertainment, memes, spiritual inspiration, motivational quotes, comments, and more – flood us relentlessly through our glowing screens. Many, feeling exhausted or overwhelmed, decide to add their voice to the ocean of data bytes and announce that they areContinue reading “The Spectacle and the Substance”

Sigma Red

“They are a rapacious species.” Abi Coru, the scout on planet Sigma Red began his report for his director. “They function ostensibly via a disorganized code of faith, piecemeal philosophy and science. But the chief code that drives their behavior is feelings – a primitive philosophic technology. They move toward carnal pleasures and away fromContinue reading “Sigma Red”

Skeletons Dance

 I always thought it would be cool to see your own skeleton … x-rays are a step in that direction … but not nearly the complete experience. But it’s not the eyeholes or jaw dropping without muscles and ligaments attached kind of thrill I’m after … it’s the truth I’m after … the truth ofContinue reading “Skeletons Dance”

A New Currency of Peace

We have been seeing the wishes for a happy Memorial Day since before it became an official holiday in 1971. It grew out of the more localized traditions of “Decoration Day” which started after the Civil War ended in 1865, when the first national cemeteries were instituted. The comfort configuration of the nation, and humankind,Continue reading “A New Currency of Peace”

The Froth of Comfort

“It’s not a religion, it’s more of a balance between creation and destruction.” Rai was in his loquacious mode, dispensing ideas like a busy ice cream truck owner. “See, humans are very binary – and I don’t mean in the sexual sense for this – in decision making by biological design for survival. But theContinue reading “The Froth of Comfort”

Oval Illusion

The car made the turn onto a service road across from the Treasury Department building and through what looked to be the south lawn and came to stop at a walkway. “Okay, Simone and Rai” Craig was indicating it was time to exit. “Thanks Craig.” Simone said opening the door. Nerves set in for bothContinue reading “Oval Illusion”