Writing of the Week

The Cosmic Cheeseburger

There was once a man who had read about the Cosmic Cheeseburger and very much wanted to taste one.

He sought out a cook who, it was told, could prepare such a delicacy.

The cook said to him, “Your palate is not yet refined enough to appreciate the subtle flavors of a Cosmic Cheeseburger.”

The man did not believe him and asked to be tested so as to prove that he was, indeed, discrimating enough to taste one.

So, the cook prepared two cheeseburgers. He said, “The first cheeseburger is an ordinary cheeseburger. The second is a Cosmic Cheeseburger. Taste them both and describe to me your sensations.”

So, the man tasted both cheeseburgers. The first cheeseburger tasted like any ordinary cheeseburger, the likes of which he had tasted a thousand times before. The second cheeseburger, however, tasted of divine origin, as if the hand of God Himself came out of the clouds and set it on his plate.

The man described his experience and exclaimed triumphantly, “Do you see? I can most certainly tell the difference, and I both humbled and awestruck to have received such a revelation.”

The cook responded, “You are a hypocrite and a fool. Unbeknowst to you, I prepared not one, but two Cosmic Cheeseburgers.

“In the first case, you are not, as I said before, sensitive enough to experience the flavors of a Cosmic Cheeseburger, and because you were not expecting them, you missed it entirely.

“In the second case, it is only your pride deluding you into imagining the flavors of a Cosmic Cheeseburger. The real experience of such flavors would not have produced the hysterics you described.”


ABOUT WRITING OF THE WEEK

Each week, to keep the creative juices flowing, I will write something (who knows what?). It will probably be a draft and require some additional love, so please be forgiving. I invite you to join me on this journey. I will try to publish something every Monday.


Writing of the Week

The Man and the Gardener

There was once a man who wanted to smell flowers. He sought out a famous gardener and said to him, “I want to smell the flowers in your garden.”

The gardener noticed that he had nose plugs in his nostrils.

“Until you remove those nose plugs, I’m afraid you won’t be able to smell anything, let alone the flowers in my garden.”

The man was taken aback. “These nose plugs were given to me by my father, and given to him by his father, and he from his, and so on, through many generations. With them, I am able to avoid the smell of garbage, which, as I’m sure you know, is not only repulsive, but can infect you with certain viruses that cause sickness.”

“This is all well and good. But you see, there is no garbage in my garden, so it is safe to remove your nose plugs. You won’t need them here.” the gardener responded.

“How can I be sure?” the man asked.

“I can only offer you my assurances.”

“I want certain proof that I will not be harmed.”

“Even if I could provide such a proof, would you believe it? In any case, I’m not telling you to remove them forever. Perhaps you can try it for a time, and then you will know.”

The man considered this proposal for several moments before saying, “The idea of moving about your garden without my nose plugs firmly in place makes me extremely uncomfortable. How can I be sure you have no garbage hidden somewhere … perhaps behind those bushes?

“No. It simply cannot be done. I will seek out another gardener who will provide me the experience I desire without all this preliminary nonsense which I find not only unwholesome, but unnecessary, as well. Good day.”

The man left, and the gardener never heard from him again.


ABOUT WRITING OF THE WEEK

Each week, to keep the creative juices flowing, I will write something (who knows what?). It will probably be a draft and require some additional love, so please be forgiving. I invite you to join me on this journey. I will try to publish something every Monday.


Writing of the Week

Two Men

There were once two men. Each man held a mirror to himself. Each man saw a ravenous beast staring back at him.

The first man was looking at himself because he fancied himself a man.

The second man only looked at what he feared himself to be, and kept that image in his mind as he went about his day.


ABOUT WRITING OF THE WEEK

Each week, to keep the creative juices flowing, I will write something (who knows what?). It will probably be a draft and require some additional love, so please be forgiving. I invite you to join me on this journey. I will try to publish something every Monday.


The 2023 Photo Journey

December 26th through December 31st

Around the neighborhood … and a picture of Addie playing the violin at a contra dance.
And thus ends 2023! A new photo journey commences!

Enjoy!

365 Photo Journey – A Picture a Day for a Year

Take a picture a day for an entire year. Apparently, this is a thing. Consider it a challenge, a journal, or a journey (I prefer journey). Take a picture a day and post it to your blog. Here are some reasons why you should try it, too.

The 2023 Photo Journey

December 9th through December 25th

Pics from downtown and Cottage Home Neighborhood around Christmas time.

Enjoy!

365 Photo Journey – A Picture a Day for a Year

Take a picture a day for an entire year. Apparently, this is a thing. Consider it a challenge, a journal, or a journey (I prefer journey). Take a picture a day and post it to your blog. Here are some reasons why you should try it, too.

The 2023 Photo Journey

November 28th through December 8th

Recently, Addie and I spent a week in Key West. Here are some six-toed cats from the Ernest Hemingway house and Museum.

Enjoy!

365 Photo Journey – A Picture a Day for a Year

Take a picture a day for an entire year. Apparently, this is a thing. Consider it a challenge, a journal, or a journey (I prefer journey). Take a picture a day and post it to your blog. Here are some reasons why you should try it, too.

The 2023 Photo Journey

November 18th through November 27th

I am a little behind on my photo journey. I have a boatload of pictures to go through, so I have plenty of material. I’m starting to learn a new workflow with DXO Photolab 7 and DXO PureRaw 3.

At any rate, here is a little miscellany to get you started. More to come very soon.

Enjoy!

365 Photo Journey – A Picture a Day for a Year

Take a picture a day for an entire year. Apparently, this is a thing. Consider it a challenge, a journal, or a journey (I prefer journey). Take a picture a day and post it to your blog. Here are some reasons why you should try it, too.

A Poem a Week

Thoughts on a Sunday Afternoon

Light

We may compare ourselves to a man groping in the dark for a switch that will turn on the light of his own being.

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I saw a delivery truck that said on its side, by way of advertisement, “What you want is in here.” 
I thought that that is the predicament of man in relation to Truth. 

Land

Men fight all their lives for scraps of land. Boundaries shift ten feet here, ten feet there. And then they die and discover that the land for which they should all along have been striving has been taken from them. 


ABOUT A POEM A WEEK

Each week, to keep the creative juices flowing, I will write a poem. It will probably be a draft and require some additional love, so please be forgiving. I invite you to join me on this journey. I will try to publish something every Monday.


It’s the 1st week of 2024

Fun fact: January 7th is Christmas!
On the coptic calendar, that is. In 2003, Egypt, which is a mostly muslim country, recognized coptic Christmas as a national holiday, to recognize the legitimacy of its coptic christians, which represent about 10% of the population. See? We can all get along.

A Poem a Week

My Practice

This is not a poem per se, but something I wrote and recite to myself during my meditation practice.

(Before Starting)

May my commitment to this practice be honest and true.
May my practice nourish my soul.
May my practice bring me peace.
May my practice be a light to others.

(After Finishing)

My commitment to this practice was honest and true.
My practice nourished my soul.
My practice brought me peace.
May my practice be a light to others.


ABOUT A POEM A WEEK

Each week, to keep the creative juices flowing, I will write a poem. It will probably be a draft and require some additional love, so please be forgiving. I invite you to join me on this journey. I will try to publish the poem every Monday. It seems fitting to begin on Memorial Day.


It’s the 52nd week of 2023.

Fun fact: On December 31, 1600, The East India Company was formed. It was a British company created for the commercial exploitation of India and Southeast Asia.

If you want to learn about the East India Company, I’d strongly suggest checking out the Empire podcast. It’s a hoot!

A Poem a Week

Buddhist Haiku: The Carapace of Thought Removed

Four words are written.
Add five to the aforesaid.
Thirteen in sum. Done.


ABOUT A POEM A WEEK

Each week, to keep the creative juices flowing, I will write a poem. It will probably be a draft and require some additional love, so please be forgiving. I invite you to join me on this journey. I will try to publish the poem every Monday. It seems fitting to begin on Memorial Day.


It’s the 45th week of 2023.

Fun fact: On the 11th of November, 1918, an armistice was signed marking the end of World War 1. It is commemorated in the Commonwealth as Remembrance Day, and in the United States as Veterans Day (it was originally called Armistice Day but was renamed in 1954).