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After the tides turning for the Union in the wake of Vicksburg & Gettysburg, Lincoln, an avowed Diest, wanted to proclaim a national holiday of thanks to help to heal “the whole American people, those who are at sea or in foreign lands.”

Today in 2018, I wish my country back on its pronounced track, back on the sides of Angels, and to correct its errors and see to keeping the promises made to ourselves and to our friends abroad.

Reading this proclamation today on this 2018 Thanksgiving, I, an Unbeliever except for that Republic that my parents left their home for and found new hope, pray that we correct our course and do our duty to Humankind.

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

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I would also be St. Kevin, and ignore what keeps us from working with him, from emulating his example. I would work to a loss of self–a no-self–only gesture. Not for reward but to strive for the thing itself. To become the thing itself. To tree.


And then there was St Kevin and the blackbird.
The saint is kneeling, arms stretched out, inside
His cell, but the cell is narrow, so

One turned-up palm is out the window, stiff
As a crossbeam, when a blackbird lands
and Lays in it and settles down to nest.

Kevin feels the warm eggs, the small breast, the tucked
Neat head and claws and, finding himself linked
Into the network of eternal life,

Is moved to pity: now he...

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That time you threw the towel over the rack so effortlessly
when there was no comment that fractured the certainty
beyond being took you back to fifty years–
seeing no comment
…hearing sans judgment
thinking no name
…touching not felt
smelling no scent
…tasting w/out gesture
Another shore the wind sea foam at water’s edge
a child who once waited for the water to take him away
the tide lied because it pretended to divide the ocean
It may be that even the concept of One is flawed
to name is to lie and so let’s call it All.
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Another Article that helps identify some profound concerns of Buddhism…the concept of being in the present reality. That is where our home is.

The Gods Become Human by John Aske

We all have to learn the comfort of being ourselves – and not someone else. It is much harder than it looks and the problem never really goes away. I might notice in my laugh someone else’s laugh; and a turn of phrase – which whilst not appropriate – was picked up from a memorable encounter.

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if only with color I could write

sift through the skeleton wall

of cells that refract the light

which collects in our minds

to create color


i need words to be both phenomenal and to take up space.


fear is nothing but unrealized control

dependence is where to find freedom

because we are frightened, panicked

by the absolute freedom granted us

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