Freedom comes from within.

This is a hard one. But Eleanor Roosevelt knew what she was talking about. The former First Lady ranked in the top nine most widely admired people of the twentieth century. Her legacy, one among many, was to tell us “The choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” Yet her life was far from an easy one. Her experiences led her also to tell us this: “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I…


You are a facet of light created by the Universe

We are made of star stuff…
Luminas Art

Who among us has not asked what we are doing here in this lifetime, on this earth, and wondered what our purpose is, what we are meant to accomplish or achieve or become? These are inevitable human questions. Some people dismiss them, preferring not to know. Others deny it matters. And some of us feel unless we have answers to these questions we cannot live a fulfilled life.

What everyone does experience is the effect of comparing ourselves with others and feeling we come up short. We decide we are not fulfilling our purpose, but others are fulfilling theirs. We…


How we speak and how we write are not the same

Christine Sponchia

Writing things down makes us think — our direct contact with paper or screen requires reflection. The brain to hand connection is proven to have a powerful effect. Creating a story using dictation does not have the same rules or outcome. Because of this, the story we tell differs dramatically if it is written down or if it is first spoken into a device.

Consider the train of thought in your mind at any given moment — we are always nattering on in our heads. Only a highly disciplined person can control their thought process at any given time. When…


We can change this

Choosing honesty over ego…
Gerd Altmann

These five reasons are scary— and rightfully so. Though I focus on our own country, my feeling is these truths easily apply to most politicians, everywhere, now and throughout time.

Machiavelli understood this premise well. His highly influential 16th-century treatise The Prince explained that the ambitions of princes, especially their desire for riches and glory, justified using immoral means to achieve those ends. Leaders ever since have shown up in the public arena who behave in concert with this idea.

As a note, the last four reasons given here are entirely dependent on the first one.

  • Politicians are always frantic…


Meditation Insight

Awareness…
Gerd Altmann

I remember listening to a video long ago, a conversation Pema Chodron had with Grace Paley. Grace spoke about the way she left all conscious thought in meditation and went inward (and upward). Pema said she was the opposite, conscious of everything while meditating — the sound of people walking past, a car on the road, someone banging a pot, a door shutting — whatever was happening around her, she was aware of it. Her meditation was in those things as much as in her.

What has become clear to me over time is that the messages I receive during…


The joy of writing and editing

The joy of creation…
Gerd Altmann

I edit my fiction stories a lot, not out of worry but because I love to find the right words, the right expression, and phrases. When a story stalls, I know it is because my word choices are not feeding the story, not giving it the exact energy it needs. How do I know this? It is a feeling, as bright as day, and as certain as breathing. And when I choose the right words, the story flows, as fast as a river.

In this day of sound bytes and text messaging, standard word usage has declined and people are…


Being unconscious to truth is not a free pass…

Kajetan Sumila

Five years ago I believed I lived in a sane country. I still believe that, but I am aware now that parts of it are insane. Either that, or we have aliens among us intent on making sure we dissolve into mush sooner rather than later so they can take over.

Watching a televised news interview from a major network, I heard a woman in Alabama explain that God was using the pandemic to separate the sheep from the goats, and everyone who got vaccinated in this pandemic was a sheep, while she and her fellow believers against the vaccine…


There is another way…

Daniel Reche

The belief you are not good enough is a universal human trait. No one is free of it, not even the grand boasters who claim sovereignty over others in any way. No one is immune to self-doubt.

Here’s the thing…the feeling you are not good enough is real. Believing the feeling defines you is not real.

Believing you are not good enough can stop you in your tracks. It can keep you from following your dream. It can make you live with the idea you have no worthy life purpose as if your presence on this earth were an arbitrary…


How do we return to it?

Marek Piwnicki via Unsplash

I used to do a lot of my writing in coffee shops. It’s hard to explain, but the sounds of an espresso machine and lots of people talking is a lovely comfort zone for authors, a kind of white noise for creativity.

I also used to shop on a Saturday, walking around at ease through the small stores, stopping for lunch in a nearby bistro, and ordering a panini. Usually, I had a mystery book with me to read, or I’d just watch the people passing by and let my thoughts wander about.

Even going to work was kind of…


A fearful choice…

Choosing fear over life…
Lars_Nissen

I expect there are more than seven reasons that account for the extreme behavior of people who are deeply hostile to wearing face masks, but I think these seven cover most of it, though the word usage varies person to person.

Let me know if you disagree. I write this list in the first person because that is how they stated their point of view. I’ve left out the expletives.

  1. I am a free man/woman and you can’t tell me what to do. I don’t care if a bunch of people are dying. They’re not my people.
  2. God has given…

Regina Clarke

Storyteller and dreamer. I write about the English language, being human, the magic of life, and metaphysics. Ph.D. in English Literature. www.regina-clarke.com

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