I've written poetry since I was a kid. Many times, it is easier for me to express myself through my writing than through verbal communication. . I believe that we are one and others are experiencing much of the same things that I am. Some of the things I write about, I haven't experienced myself, but, I've felt it through my loved ones intimately. I write as an expression of the human experience. I write because I believe we all have our own answers within
I am about to have my 30 year High School Reunion! It’s official! I am middle aged. Crazy?! I also understand how incredibly blessed I am. 30 years ago, both of my parents were alive and I wondered what my life would turn out to be. Now, I know and I feel like I’ve just begun. I have learned to embrace change and more importantly, to always be true to and embrace myself.
I now know that, I am good, I am great, I am grace and I am love. It will never be to late for me to be all that I came to be.
Here’s to many more healthy, happy and fulfilling years for me and the wonderful classmates of Edison High School Class of 1983!
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr
What Syria did was wrong. It was an atrocity. But, I think Martin Luther King said it best, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness…” Why can’t we be the initial aggressor for peace? Why not give money to assist the neighboring countries that are housing the refugees? Peace can get so ugly you forget what it looks like. But, it has been there all along. Let’s find it. Let’s find the peace, for humanity’s sake.
“I’ll forgive you, but, I’ll never forget.” Why? Why can’t I forget? What benefit does, “not forgetting” have for me? Will it stop me from being hurt again? Will it make the pain go away? Will I be able to exact some type of revenge on the perpetrator to right the wrong? How many times have I hurt someone? How many times have I been forgiven? When I forgive, the pain just seems to slowly dissipate, like the fog, as the sun rises. Soon all that is left is the clarity. as the beams of the new sun illuminate my world. I must forget; the past is irrelevant. Why can’t I let my unforgiveness evaporate due to the omniscience of the sun? I know the power to forgive and forget is within all of us. It is a choice. When we unleash this power, our potential is limitless. So, why can’t I forgive and forget again?! I’m just ego-trippin’.
Do you have to be spiritual to have faith? Do you have to believe in some form of deity in order to believe in yourself? Does a specific dogma need to guide you to listen, first and foremost to that still, small voice within? Is faith the father of that voice that can cause you to run away from some people; yet, have the wisdom to hold on to others? Is the persistent pursuit of a passion, no matter what, because of faith? Do you have to have morals in order to be faithful? Or, can you just simply “know” the truth of who you are and who you came to be? I don’t know…. I just know that I couldn’t live without faith.
The Supreme Court did it. They opened the door for marriage for all. Thank you to them and all of the courageous leaders from Harvey Milk to Edith Windsor to Kris Perry and Sandy Stier and the countless people that fought for the rights to be treated as equal American citizens with dignity. Thank you for your courage. Marriage for All makes marriage more sanctified for everyone.
It makes me wonder how much we heterosexuals who have this constitutional right take it for granted. We file for divorce or separation, after the first major disagreement. We believe marriage is to hard to deal with. Maybe, every once in a while, we should review our vows and remember why we married our partner. Maybe we should be more cautious prior to marrying someone. “Through sickness and in health until death do us part.”. Whether it’s in a courthouse, a church or a courtyard, marriage is sacred. It’s beautiful and it’s an important institution that benefits our society. Its significance is not diminished by whether it is heterosexual or a same sex couple. It’s funny how those who are fighting for desired rights really get it. Whether someone is fighting for the right to vote, for American Citizenship, or the right to simply be recognized as a married couple, they understand. Thanks again, for your courage and the reminder of why, after nearly 25 years, I intend to stay married.
Recently, I visited the Big Island of Hawaii. I went to the beautiful Kealakekua Bay where I saw the most beautiful marine life. It was incredible! There were: Hermit crabs, yellow fish, silver fish, sea urchin and much more. The water was perfectly clear. It was a wonderful and surreal day. Then, I saw the monument commemorating Captain James Cook. It extolled the fact that he had discovered the Big Island of Hawaii. How can you “discover” something that already existed? How can you “discover” an Island that had thousands of Natives living on it in well established communities? How can we in “civilized” society be so presumptuous? Captain Cook supposedly “discovered” New Zealand and Australia. Again, these islands had societies that already existed and therefore, couldn’t be “discovered”.
What “discoveries” have you made? For example, I just “discovered” Amy Winehouse had a phenomenal voice. All, but, one of her songs was new to me, but, not to most people. I didn’t “discover” Amy Winehouse. She already existed. It is important for us to remain humble in our discoveries. We have to remember to differentiate between personal or communal discoveries and true conceptual discoveries because there simply are very few things out there left to be “discovered”.