Taoism · Daoism · instruction

The Dao of Starting and Burning a Fire in a Wood Burner

For those of you who already are experts at starting and maintaining fires in wood burners, you may choose to skip this post; or read it and compare it to your style of starting and maintaining fires in wood burners.  Ideal environment and materials: --The wood burner has an excellent, clear stove pipe that vents… Continue reading The Dao of Starting and Burning a Fire in a Wood Burner

Daoism · poetry · remembrance · work

Depot

image link   You’ve heard fake it 'til you make it? Where you pretend you’re caring Human, empathetic, a good listener, Monogamous, drug-free, eating single portions. It’s practice, they say, try on the role, And one day you’ll get the golden trophy. It takes time, they say, things worth having Are worth working for.  Time… Continue reading Depot

documentary · netflix · pornography

Rocco Siffredi

image link Up until last night, I'd never heard of Rocco Siffredi.  Maybe that's because I don't watch pornography, Italian porn in particular.  Last night, after re-watching the final episode of the 3rd season of Peaky Blinders, then deciding not to begin season 4, I browsed netflix for something different.  It took at least 15… Continue reading Rocco Siffredi

remembrance · Daoism · work · retirement

Empty Cubicle

image link I'm retiring from my current place of employment in June 2018, after having served 25 years.  Yes, served as in a sentence.  It hasn't been all bad.  Every year we do an office Secret Santa.  It is a week of gifts that you give and receive, each gift in the $2-$5 range.  So… Continue reading Empty Cubicle

Daoism · ecology · fauna · flora · poetry · Taoism · The Daily Post -- Prompts

A Prayer

image link Across the skies Across the land A pall Grey above and below With patches of white above and below Not enough to allow Spirits more than a millimeter Away from zero. --- Souls across the planet Of warm-blooded, plants, Stones, and water, and the Rest of the 10,000 things, In earnest, heart-beaming to… Continue reading A Prayer

love · poetry · remembrance · Uncategorized

If Love was Enough

image link If love was enough, I’d overlook your unwavering putdowns of others whose faces you smile into, million small cuts, relentless putdowns of me, non-dissuadable gaslighting, insistence for appeasement, unsatiable abyss of need and want for any and everything.   If love was enough, I’d allow only your smile, laugh, kindness to animals, knowledge… Continue reading If Love was Enough

Christmas · fiction

The Ballad of Yukon Cornelius

  image link Keele Peak in Mackenzie Mountain range Breeds snow 12 months a year To get to the top takes grit and mean And untold hours of prayer   Refrain: Yukon Cornelius Born with a pickaxe in his hand Yukon Cornelius Find Santa’s gold if you can   A man named Ringo traveled there… Continue reading The Ballad of Yukon Cornelius

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Christmas Character Origin Story Flash Challenge

Are you ready to write a Christmas Character Origin story? Check out Fiction Playground for more details!

Fiction Playground

CCOS

First of all allow me to apologize if you have been looking for this post for nearly a week. I wrongly assumed I could return from my bi-annual international mission trip with my head collected and ready to resume my regular activities. Even after my fourth trip I found my head to be anything but ready to be “back to normal”. Of course that assumes a normality exists in every day life which is a fallacy in itself.

With that out of the way I offer you a hearty WELCOME! If you are still with me this far in then you are one of those willing to try your hand at this Christmas themed challenge. For those just jumping aboard this jingle bell express let me give you the skinny. Between now and Christmas Day I challenge you to write an origin story for your favorite Christmas character. Now we…

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fiction · mature audiences only · remembrance · The Daily Post -- Prompts

Merman

image link I’m reclining on an air chaise that has soft arms with an attached table with drink holder and small cooler, in the middle of the pool.  In the holder sits a chilled globed glass with orange pineapple juice with grapefruit Stoli over cranberry juice rocks. It is Summer, with a clear sky overhead,… Continue reading Merman