The Edge and I

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The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing.  He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.  – Leo F. Buscaglia     I’ve never lived on the Edge. Or near it, really. Or in the fabulously fabled Center. I’ve mostly been mired in this marsh of a Middle. Like a toothless crocodile. You know the Edge, the legendary Edge. Seems everybody else … Read More

Good Night, Sweet Prince

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“…and when no hope was left in sight, on that starry, starry night you took your life, as lovers often do…” ~ Vincent by Don MacLean     So, yes . . .  in the heartbreaking wake of Anthony Bordain’s suicide, like so many, I find myself at sea, a myriad of thoughts and feelings washing over and through me, as I am now presently in the midst of binge-watching all 8 seasons of “Parts Unknown.” I was first smitten by … Read More

Befriend The Dragon Who Guards the Treasure?

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Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke   I think that’s the takeaway here.  I’m not sure, though.  You decide. So, when I was a kid, maybe seven,  I was supposed to be learning how to dive into the deep end of the pool.  You know, the dive you learn when you’re a kid, kneeling by the side of the pool, hands pointed down … Read More

The Muse Is a Bossy Broad

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The muse whispers to you when she chooses, and you can’t tell her to come back later, because you quickly learn that she might not come back at all. ~ Terry Brooks     So, I’m in the midst of birthing the album “DidnWannaDoIt!”  Having never committed to coming up with song after song before, the journey was full of surprises. One night, in the middle of a deep sleep, I’d heard a few phrases of the song “At the End … Read More

Art Heals, Of Course

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Art, like prayer, is a hand outstretched in the darkness, seeking for some touch of grace, which will transform it into a hand that bestows gifts. ~ Franz Kafka ~     Well, it’s healed me, alright, plenty of times.  Sometimes truly pulled me from the brink.  And I say that factually, without melodrama, dramatic persona though I may be.  Both in the creating of it, and in the deep receiving of it. There was a particularly dark year one year, one … Read More

The Manna of Mistakes

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Mistakes are the portals of discovery. ~ James Joyce ~   Now don’t get me wrong, I hate making mistakes as much as the next person.  Sometimes enough to lose sleep over a typo in a crucial letter or to obsess over some nonsensical sentence that pops out of my mouth at the wrong time in the wrong context or… well, you know, the endless litany of possible mistakes, from the microscopic to the titanic. Particularly when I was a … Read More

To Blog Or Not To Blog

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“Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone.” ~ Thomas Carlyle ~           So, it seems I’m gonna try blogging for a little. I never thought about doing it ’til just recently and I’m not altogether sure if it’s a good idea yet. What happened was, while reinventing my website, the now natural cyber-question arose: “Do you want to blog?” asked my wonderful, wizardly website whiz. Hmmm, I thought… Could be fun. Could even … Read More