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Surrendering and Gathering: Tanzania

What are you willing to surrender on your journey? Can you leave your piano at home? Your dog Spot? Your golf clubs? The familiar foods? The TV? The hundreds of things that define our lives at home. What will you leave behind if anything? Some folks travel in a big 50 foot RV, with a car trailing behind, and others ... Read More »

AFRICA TRAVELS

Friday, November 9, 2018 AFRICA THE START OF THE JOURNAL November 2nd in Vermont   Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Mozambique, Swaziland, and South Africa 9 Nov 2018  I have never been on Safari in Africa. Venturing to see the wildlife Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, and Kruger in South Africa.  Safari, from the Arabic word of Safar, to ... Read More »

October Art Events and River Garden Show

Thank you for your support. This work represents about a decade of work– art, multimedia, poetry, performance. These projects have been helped by a small legions of peace fairies, activists, fellow Veterans for Peace, and our amazing team. Zoe Kopp as Project Manager, Dean Gallea – Chief Tech Guru, Joey Sawyer Shaw – Video God, Stephen Miller – Studio Manager, Yanella ... Read More »

Reluctant Blogger- The Silence August 2018

I am reluctant to blog. The thoughts and ideas are too chaotic. But I remember why I write, it is not really for you, i write to hold the memory of this beautiful life.   And in this process,  if you find something of value, that is wonderful. However, I am a writer, and always reluctant to post without carefully editing. ... Read More »

Suicide and Remembering Life is Extraordinary

Note: I had received a letter from a friend about her brother who committed suicide. People who know me, know that I am generally an up-beat person, nothing really gets me down, and delight in life.  But, as with many younger people, there is confusion, pain, sometimes drugs, and the only way out appears to be suicide.  No, there are ... Read More »

Him & The Taco Truck A short story

           It was already 7 a.m. tea was just beginning to boil in the main house, the helpers were out in the street leading to the house, assuring people that the clinic would open for the day.  Each helper brought tea and biscuits, the lawn chairs were neatly arranged on the driveways edge.  Those in wheelchairs ... Read More »

1 May 2018 – Oh, no! Traveling again

1 May in Vermont and one of the last things I want to do is travel now. I am awake at 5 AM and starting to write. This is my morning routine at Blue Heron pond– I wake up, make coffee and start to create.  I think of the line from Prufrock by T.S. Eliot every time, “”I have measure ... Read More »

Tech Support: How can I help you

Tech Support: Can I help you? I’m afraid. I’m sorry sir, I can’t understand you I’m afraid… ah… Don’t be afraid, sir. Why would you be afraid? The computer I mean, it isn’t doing what I need it to do, its stuck, frozen. Did you turn it off? No, I’m afraid to turn it off, I might lose the data. ... Read More »

Yemen My Life

Yemen My Life: A Peace Corp Volunteer’s Memoir This weekend was the thirty-five year reunion of Peace Corps volunteers, Irish Concern, and other international organizations who served in Yemen together. We were innocent ambassadors to the ways of the country and Islam.  The baptism of my youth was in the glorious, incomprehensible, but always welcoming, land of Yemen. In the ... Read More »

Planet Earth is not my first language

reclaiming my native language in a land of strangers  where the words of my mother tongue are sometimes too   alien and distant   I need to be back in my home land where the words are spoken every day my native language has no words for hate, anger, racism, or violence   only one phrase holds it all…   ... Read More »

Light a Candle: Embrace the Paradox of Love

This is the poem I read after the service at the #UUNOLA Unitarian church, and the Minister said, “Never come back here! You are out of order!” Another man tried to shove me out the door (he later apologized). Maybe the #UUNOLA is not so much into peace love and forgiveness? Regardless, this is a poem as a candle and ... Read More »

Travel Is An Essential Color to our Souls’ Palette

Travel is an essential color in my palette of wonder. The comfort of my home in the woods, overlooking blue heron pond, with all my creative toys, holds me in a serene enchantment…   but the wind carries fragrances from exotic lands, birds land on my porch with stories in their wings, and the clouds with their tales of journeys ... Read More »

Thank you for your service – please, work for peace

I had my veterans for peace hat on and a young man came by and said, “Thank you for your service, sir.” And he shook my hand.   “Thank you.” I said. “But can you do me a favor?”   He seemed surprised, but quickly said, “Yes, sir.”   “Do something for peace every day. Stand up against the military ... Read More »

Celebrate Life at Everyone’s Books 22 Sept 6 PM and a poem

Friday 22 September 2017 at 6 PM at Everyone’s Books in Brattleboro – Vermont poet and storyteller will read selections from his new book “CELEBRATE LIFE: VIVA LA VIDA” published by Vermont Art Poetry Press.  Copies of the book are currently at the bookstore. Namaya said, “This is a collection of stories and poems, some will make you laugh like “Slugs as ... Read More »

Cop Named Joe

In a small Vermont town there was a cop there by the name of Joe and four years ago he became chief of police. He said, “About 80% of our cops are good, it is the 20% we have problems with, but as chief I am going to see if I can do something about that.” He went through the ... Read More »

Shy Erotic Kisses of Emily Dickinson

If a flower can imagine the presence of love, why can't we heal the world.

I love the shy erotic kisses of Emily Dickinson.   Sequestered in myth as a recluse spinster.   but your hot passionate kisses of word and song   burn with erotic    bliss in my soul.   …Songs of your Moorish lovers    and tales of midnight    rendezvous.   How well have we loved these many years   as ... Read More »

MALIKA AL JAZEERA: QUEEN of the ISLANDS – by Namaya

There is the legend of the Queen of the Islands, Malika Al Jazeera, A myth…. or so I believed… till one moon inspired night in the labyrinth of Algiers.   “La Belle Dame Algiers” I sailed along the Berber coast, past the shores of Tangiers and the caves of Hercules, veering   off the cape of Oran, until a storm ... Read More »

Keep the Statues of the Slave-holders, but….mark their deeds.

Thomas Jefferson fathered a half dozen             children with his African American slave – Sally Hemmings. He probably fathered more with other slaves.   He owned hundreds of slaves…             men, women, and children who toiled for him, while he wrote             the Declaration of Independence, “All Men are created equal.”   Did he ponder those words looking out to ... Read More »

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