When you find beauty and truth, you want the whole world to know it,
which is why I’ve re-blogged this from Safire Rose.
Read on – Beauty and Truth need no further explanation.

“She let go.
Without a thought or a word, she let go.

She let go of the fear.
She let go of the judgments.
She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.
She let go of the committee of indecision within her.
She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons.
Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry,
She just let go.

She didn’t ask anyone for advice.
She didn’t read a book on how to let go.
She didn’t search the scriptures.
She just let go.

She let go of all of the memories that held her back.
She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.
She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.

She didn’t promise to let go.
She didn’t journal about it.
She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer.
She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.
She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.
She just let go.

She didn’t analyze whether she should let go.
She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.
She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.
She didn’t call the prayer line.
She didn’t utter one word.
She just let go.

No one was around when it happened.
There was no applause or congratulations.
No one thanked her or praised her.
No one noticed a thing.
Like a leaf falling from a tree,
She just let go.

There was no effort.
There was no struggle.
It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.
It was what it was, and it is just that.

In the space of letting go, she let it all be.
A small smile came over her face.
A light breeze blew through her.
And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.”



Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in 1818 in Maryland – a slave State. After two failed attempts as a teenager to escape to a “free State” – he finally succeeded in 1838 ending up in New York.

During the following 54 years of his life, he became a renowned orator, scholar, writer, abolitionist, advocate for Women’s rights including their right to vote, and Philosopher for every individual’s right to freedom.

The following are three quotes I found as being most compelling and representative of this exceptional man’s thinking.

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to, and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

“No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.”


People are where they are
Doing what they are doing
With whom they Choose to do it
No matter what they say to the Contrary!

The next time someone you know, says to you,
For the one hundredth time:
“I hate my Job,
The Boss is an Idiot
I’ve been stuck in the same position for years
If only I could leave, but there’s no way I can.”

People are where they are
Doing what they are doing
With whom they Choose to do it
No matter what they say to the Contrary!

When someone – whether man or woman – says to you,
For the two hundredth time:
“I don’t know what to do with the relationship I’m in
He-or she is thoughtless, selfish and never seems to respect me
But I love him/her
And I can’t afford to leave,
Or, I can’t live alone”
Or any of the hundred other I can’ts.

People are where they are
Doing what they are doing
With whom they Choose to do it
No matter what they say to the Contrary!

And remember:
That four line stanza will have no meaning for them
Until they are ready, willing and capable of listening
To the truth and honesty of one’s heart and soul
Which, sadly, may be never
Left only to continue suffering the fate of the victim.

Be Kind – for as the saying goes:
“They know not what they do.”


Is the pristine Beauty
Of the untouched Tree
More exquisite than the products
Humans fashions from them?

Only if Human’s efforts
Are not touched with
A sense of Beauty
Whatever the construct be.
For all of Human endeavor
Must partly be that of the Artist
To enhance the self essence of Life

All turns of an Artisan’s hand
Whatever the craft or tool
Held within the prehensile grasp
Axe or saw, plane or chisel
Pen, brush or conductor’s baton
Must lead to the Beautiful
Realization of dormant dreams

There can be no halfway house
Never a return to primordial waters,
The boughs of trees,
(If that be our starting point)
Or the stalagmite filled cave

For we are now touched with the Beauties
and creativity of Thought
So the Tree gives birth
To more than the works
of a carpenter’s hands

Architecture, sculpture
And various forms of musical instrumentation
To name but a few.
Each Beautiful in its own right
And that most powerful of all Tree’s gifts,
Paper, giver of life to books, journals and
multitudes of notations – all being avenues,
For the expressions of the Human mind.

As to the opening question, I ponder:

The pristine beauty of the untouched Tree
From the towering redwood and giant sequoia
To the gentle grace of the Japanese maple
Are the Universe’s creations
Each having a beauty singular to its species.

From little mountain streams
To the dizzying depths and expanses
Of water etched canyons
To the far edges of the night sky
The Universe gives us so much
To think on, wonder, explore, enjoy
And Beauties beyond anything
We Humans can replicate.

So let us not debate the undebatable
Instead, we would honor the creations of the Universe
As we would honor ours.
It’s called living harmoniously,
Not only with ourselves, but with the Universe

The two are not in disparity
Contrary to those who would make it so.
So honor both Universe Creations
And live harmoniously within one’s self.


These are strange times. The World is in turmoil. Many of us find we’re living in a topsy-turvy World – what belongs up – is down, and what belongs down – is up! To many it’s Disturbing and Disorienting – and rightly so.

For many of us, we find we’re living in a world of Confusion and Terrorism. Domestically, to our Astonishment and Total Disbelief, we have a President communicating and acting in ways no one has ever seen before – even historically. Congress is almost totally incapable of performing the function it was imbued with in our Constitution – its only acts seem to be its members at war with other members.

And speaking of war, we are all painfully aware of the current wave of World Terrorism, and unfortunately, Domestic Terrorism – mostly initiated by our own Citizens.

The number of Urgent and Important issues not being dealt with by our Administration and Congress is growing into an encumbering pile. With every passing week – the Chaos seems to progress proportionately. And worse, much of it seems to be created by the very Departments to whom we look to for Resolutions. The on going conflict between The Administration and the FBI and Department of Justice – to name one example.

Little did I realize then – less than two years ago – how quickly the deterioration of our Governance would proceed! No, I’m not about to compile the dreary list of all the offenders – every day – every hour! – it’s been splattered over every news network and newspaper this last year. To the Nausea of almost everyone I speak to, and rightly so to my Mind.

Yes, there are currently conflicts and upheavals aplenty in our Governance, our Political System, our Social Structures, and in our Foreign affairs. Realistically, it’s a Mess!

Well, here is the latest news bulletin in that regard. There have been upheavals in our Governance, Political System, Social Structures and Foreign affairs, from the very beginning of our Country. And have continued pretty much unabated in one form or another – through most every Generation since!

I write what follows, not as some momentous discovery, but as a reminder to myself (and any who may be reading this) about where we came from and what was accomplished.

Our Country has seen many times of severe National Political distress: Corruption, Intrigue, Duplicity, Incompetence, Ideologues, and worse, Demagogues. I’ll even throw in one or two Megalomaniacs! But almost always before, our Governmental Institutions were able to maintain the high ground, whether it was from the Presidency, Congress, the Supreme Court, or all three – along with the innumerable millions of Individual Citizens, who settled and built this Country from Ocean to Ocean.

They were People of all Races and Creeds, diverse Ethnicities and Heritages, who were, for the most part, Resilient, Self-Reliant and believed in varying degrees of The Rule of Law and Justice for all. I would say we’ve done pretty damn well these 240 odd years – From the writings of our Founding Fathers; the War of Independence, Civil and Foreign Wars through unimaginable and extreme trials and conflicts; – both internal and external – to now.

In the process, they Created and Built – though still not perfect – the American Dream and Spirit. And yet, once again, it seems we are in an era of internal Conflict, Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt, as to the strength of that Dream and Spirit. The outcry I hear is that we are precipitously close to the end of those more than two Centuries of the American experience.

I don’t believe it!
The American Spirit is more than just a Dream. Whatever our dissatisfactions are with it, I think we have to admit to the fact that the American Spirit is a force of Governance and Freedom that has been the envy of the World. And that force has been handed down Generation to Generation as their Gift to us. Else why are there so many millions of Citizens of other countries wanting to live here today – and take the chance on the Opportunities – to prosper here?

Has it ever been worse than now? Each era would have to speak to that. But those that I have read about, sure sounded very much like the voices speaking today. On one side the voices of Duplicity, Corruption and Demagogues – and in response to those voices – Fear, Doubt, or the slanted Ideological Rantings of so-called News Analysts and others.

But each time, those voices of Doubt were met by a Population who refused to accept attacks on their cherished beliefs in The Rule of Law. They needed Reasonableness and Clarity, fortunately provided by unbiased Administrators, Political Leaders and Analysts who also believed in the rule of Law – not the Confusion sown by Power seekers or Political Opportunists.

Today, unfortunately, those groups of unbiased voices seem in very short supply. I can assure you they are there. It is still very early in this Process of Confusion. There will be more voices of Sanity. There will be more acts of Bravery. Yes Bravery! There are many forms of it – not just for the Soldier in Battle. It’s the Bravery of the Intellect, of the Heart and Soul on Speaking out against Injustices, if it’s no more than writing to your Representative – or even directly to your President.

Early last year, I posted an article: ON SPEAKING OUT!
It gave an abbreviated history of how – during the entire history of our Republic – a few voices initially, grew, most every time, into Major Movements.

A few excerpts from that article:
“It may have taken decades[…] or, a century or more[…] but those initial few
voices speaking out, gathered over time, multitudes of sympathetic voices,
dissidents, and activists, eventually culminating in successfully changing, not
only our Constitution, but also the lives of untold millions.

“Obviously, from what sits at the beginning of my blog site, I am a fervent
believer in Free Will and Choice for every Individual. So each of us has the
choice to vote – or not, to speak out – or not, become even more aggressive as a dissident or activist – or not.

“With one caveat: If you choose nothing, then you leave the field of governance to others. I would hope everyone reading this has a belief system. Do you really want to leave something so precious as your beliefs to the control and governance of others – others, whose belief systems may be diametrically opposed to yours?”

So! What will it be? Them – or You? Be assured….They ain’t Quitting!
Not Today! Not Tomorrow! Not Ever!




I’ve had this in my files for sometime, meaning to publish it at some point, but it kind of got lost. In looking for something else, I stumbled across it this hour – Thankfully! Obviously I’ve read it before and was impressed with it – otherwise I wouldn’t have saved it.

In a way that previous readings did not do it – reading this now – was so Compelling, and Resonant to me, that it totally captured – literally – my Writer’s Mind, Heart and Soul.

And now, his voice:

“Go into yourself.
Find out the reason that commands you to write;
See whether it has spread its roots
Into the very depths of your heart;
Confess to yourself whether you would have to die
If you were forbidden to write.

This most of all: Ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night:
Must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer.
And if this answer rings out in assent,
If you meet this solemn question
With a strong, simple “I must,”
Then build your life in accordance with this necessity;

Your whole life,
Even into its humblest and most indifferent hour,
Must become a sign and witness to this impulse.
Then come close to Nature.
Then, as if no one had ever tried before,
Try to say what you see and feel and love and lose…

Describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind
And your belief in some kind of beauty –
Describe all these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity and,
When you express yourself, use the things around you,
The images from your dreams,
And the objects that you remember.

If your everyday life seems poor,
Don’t blame it; blame yourself;
Admit to yourself that you are not enough of a Poet
To call forth its riches;
Because for the Creator there is not poverty
And no poor, indifferent place.

And even if you found yourself in some prison,
Whose walls let in none of the world’s sounds –
Wouldn’t you still have your Childhood,
That Jewel beyond all price,
That treasure house of memories?

Turn your attentions to it.
Try to raise up the sunken feelings of this enormous past;
Your personality will grow stronger,
Your solitude will expand
And become a place where you can live in the twilight,
Where the noise of other people passes by, far in the distance.

And if out of this turning-within,
out of this immersion in your own world, poems come,
Then you will not think of asking anyone
Whether they are good or not.

Nor will you try to interest magazines in these works:
For you will see them as your dear natural possession,
A piece of your life, a voice from it.
A work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity.
That is the only way one can judge it.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

To answer his question: I must!


Arturo Toscanini was not only one of the Greatest Orchestral Symphonic and Opera Conductors of the 20th Century – but also a Human Being who stood against the totalitarian ideologies of Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini. He refused each of their requests to perform in their respective Countries, with possible tragic consequences. But as he once said, “It is my duty to fight for the cause of artists persecuted by Nazis”.

The remarkable part of the musical Acclaim that came his way was from Fellow Conductors, Musicians and Opera Singers who performed under his leadership, and Music Critics.
“Incomparable”, “Greatest of Conductors” and “Genius” were only a few of the words of praise from many members of all of those groups.

What Toscanini accomplishes, is the total Clarity of his performances, to the extent that what he brings out to the ear of the listener are subtle musical segments, and instrumental sections, previously buried within the performances of lesser Conductors – and the strict adherence, almost bordering on the fanatical – of recreating the Musical Purity and Joy of every Composer’s intent.

As for his Quotes I give you two.
First, of the personal Soul of the man:

“When I look back at the years of my adolescence, I don’t remember a day without sunshine, because the sunshine was in my soul.”

And the second, the Soul of the Human Spirit:

“Liberty, in my opinion, is the only orthodoxy within the limits of which Art may express itself and flourish freely – Liberty, that is the best of all things in the life of man, if it is all one with Wisdom and Virtue.


Oh deep and wondrous waters
Stretched beyond what eye can see
It’s not the mysteries of your depths
That gives thy meaning up to me

I see white sails upon thy surface
And many ships and boats afloat
And close by me white crashing foam
Surrounds me like some giant moat

But your beauty and your meaning
In my soul in which you breed
Is that you are the water of my creation
In which to me you’ve given seed

I dip into your wetness
Which cleanses me for sure
Your briny goodness reaches into
And makes my free soul so pure


I, as a Child, Teenager, and Adult, experienced Anger….sometimes extreme Anger.
Unfortunately, for me, the source of it was my own Father. But this little Blog is not about my history with him. That is a long story saved for another day.

I write that only to show that, sadly and painfully, I have many years of experiences with it. And that I knows Anger when I hears it!

Frederick Buechner in his book “Wishful Thinking”, writes about “Anger”. My first thought upon reading it was that this had to be my favorite definition of Anger. But on reflection, I don’t know if one can have a favorite definition of “Anger”. After all, it is hardly an emotion one has anything “favorite” to think or feel about. It would be like having a favorite definition of Abuse, or Murder!

Lets just say that my initial reading of it was not only one of the intellect, but also a very deeply felt visceral and appreciative response to it.

I am not a Religious Man, as I see Mr. Buechner is. There are for sure many things we would disagree on. But I have learned when a voice speaks the Truth, (Obviously as I see it) – regardless of the source – embrace it as if it is your very own thought. Otherwise, not only is your Mind very limited, but sadly so are your Heart and Human Soul.

And lastly, Yes, there is appropriate Anger, that which is in response to Irrational, Despicable, Abusive, Immoral behavior. But this is not what Mr. Buechner wrote, nor what I read into it.

Mr. Buechner speaks:

“Of the Seven Deadly Sins,
Anger is possibly the most fun.
To lick your wounds,
To smack your lips
Over grievances long past

To roll over your tongue
The prospect of bitter confrontations still to come,
To savor to the last toothsome morsel
Both the pain you are given
And the pain you are giving back

In many ways it is a feast fit for a king.
The chief drawback is
That what you are wolfing down is yourself.
The skeleton at the feast is you.”


Have I not heard
So many times
The dim and dismal whispers
Of small and frightened people
Echoing the refrains
Of ranting Demagogues
How small and insignificant
We Humans be

Have they not read nor heard
Those words and sounds that Titans wrote,
That vibrate through the Centuries.
Whether read on the written page
Or heard in the Concert Hall
They be Beauteous Chords,
That gives the Lie
To those immoral Falsehoods

Have they not Dreamed
As many have Dreamed
Not of Worlds to Conquer,
But of Worlds to Discover
Not of Individuals to Control
But of Individuals to Discover
Individuals who own Minds, Hearts and Souls
Of Substance, Value, Love,
Passion and Compassion

For our Greatness lies
Not in our Bodily size
It lies in the depth
And scope of our Imaginations
In the Fearlessness of our Hearts
And in the Clarity, Beauty
And Grandeur of our Thoughts
All of which expands the Human Spirit
To the edges of Universes –
Both known and unknown.