Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Begin Again

At my workshop drawing table with 'cedar' for 'carriage doors' project.
(Iphone photo by Art Durand Photography)

Begin Again

Each day reminds
there's another opportunity,
many in fact,
to revisit challenges
that arrived recently,
whether self induced
or societal constraints
attached upon me,
my shouldered burden
while awake, asleep,
needing an exorcism
down to roots,
rerouting thoughts, energy,
the dream sequences
of what's possible,
now, this moment,
after self care
eases the hold,
again meeting myself
I begin again.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Through Portals

Viewed opening from inside a long 'west coast' sea cave only accessible at low tide.
Isle of Mull, Scotland

Through Portals

We are energy beings
filled with chakras, meridians,
shared DNA from Earth,
that needs continuous connection,
experiencing creative electrical impulse
to be healthy, vibrant,
otherwise we lose balance
when becoming fearfully contracted
in many small ways,
holding tension, breath, tongue,
prevention for cart upending
even when it will
so birthing may occur,
bringing necessary focal changes
from speedy future goal
into slow present process,
while essential inner work
dissolves history's residual membranes
obstructing passage through portals.

Sunday, August 29, 2010


My workshop, home to creative change.


Is change forever constant
and upheaval the result
when not giving attention
toward incremental daily shifts
that request subtle transfiguration
or ourselves, and society,
while holding on fast
to favored status quo
which served past aspirations,
wanting continuation of comforts,
the way it was
but at what costs,
trading diversity for homogenization,
growth for disguised stagnation,
courage for imbedded fearfulness,
becoming hopeless sleepwalking citizens
who, if fortunate, awaken,
will risk their 'significance'
sourcing soul security instead.

Friday, August 27, 2010


My grandpa Rudy Spitzer's work truck used for his creative ventures into the unknown.


Each day is full
of mystery and magic
if I remove blinders
which prevent my seeing,
feeling, hearing life anew,
and nothing activates quicker
then entering virgin realms,
doing some original thing
in work or play,
where attention is directed
toward imagining what's possible
while verily hallucinating future,
whether next moment, hours,
days or years ahead,
tapping into creative well
that entertains anticipatory vibration
curious about surprising ingredients
necessary to support success
during journey into unknown.

Thursday, August 26, 2010


Brilliant Anusara yoga teacher Daniella Cotreau during recent visit.


This word sticks in craw
as does 'can't', and 'incapable',
though hard to swallow now
I'll become familiar with it
as I age, losing willingness
to adapt or recreate myself
for societal reward of money,
prestige, security in all forms,
while denying my 'soul intention'
through this life's last stages,
where 'ego' thinks it's helping
when encouraging stretch beyond means
whispering promises of power, adulation,
even 'enlightened expanse' at end
once hellish endeavor is complete,
yet at costs in health,
wholeness, joy, inner peace, love,
all I dream, deem essential,
living extraordinary existence, until unable.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Divergent sunflower bowing to meet rainbow chard in my garden.


Often we assume normality
while feathering our beds
imagining a straight trajectory
form cradle to grave
with only good things
dreamed of in between,
okay, a few bruises,
but nothing that devastates
or catapults into unknown
where everything gets reconsidered,
yet it happens daily,
just 'not to me',
we think until 'ta-da!',
then interpretations flood in
wanting answers, who's responsible
to blame for circumstances,
perhaps seeing accumulative signs
that were ignored, unconsciously
mandating 'soul' created divergence.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

It Begins

A 'monroe' (3,000 ft. or higher) with the seemingly customary white farmhouse nearby.
Isle of Skye, Scotland

It Begins

Sometime during lull
seemingly stagnate water
on slow river
starts subtle acceleration,
and sounds increase,
currents over rocks
rushing from descent
into unknown rapids,
whirlpool, or waterfall,
there's heightened anticipation,
tensing of muscles
sharpening the senses
to respond calmly
without panic attack
while navigating easily,
effortlessly, with grace,
when territory shifts
entering new world
as it begins.

Monday, August 23, 2010


Fireworks during 'Hogminay' evening outside the Kinloch Hotel.
Pennygael, Isle of Mull, Scotland


Life's experiences cling inside
modeling electromagnetic energy field,
whether wanted or not
our emotional layers buildup
like fine metal filings
bonded with corroding rust
when we cry sorrows,
splash tears for unwanted,
uncalled for trauma drama,
thankfully there's pendulum swing
containing every good event
that fill the voids
left when passion cools
in steel mill fires,
reflecting journey of alchemy
arising from heartwarming episodes
where 'bed sheet' memories
scented with lovemaking essence
become exquisite cherished residuals.

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Little 'Sammy' born to John and Joey in Edinburgh, Scotland


Absence bequeaths renewed senses
often vanquishing mundane reality,
where familiar viewed shapes,
colors, lips, eyes, smile,
radiate a sterling essence
as if newborn child
recognizing for first time
loving presence of parents,
swinging legs, arms, grinning,
this I felt, experienced,
last night with Grace,
marveling her 'light' composition,
soul, beauty, expressed personality,
the way she moves,
talks, acts on inspiration,
laughs in miraculous wonder
of being herself fully
within this magical world,
while I'm beside her
awe struck, during reunion.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Attention Paid

Ian, Scott, and Fiona during weeklong Open Space art collaboration.
Pennygael Community Hall, Isle of Mull, Scotland

Attention Paid

What we focus on
becomes the magnetic mantra
which attracts our world,
whether rose colored glasses
or raggedy edged filter
personal perceptions influence reality,
finding what's looked for
within unbounded Infinite Existence,
and it's hard conversation
with self or others
when dogma stubbornly resists
any investigation of truth
underlying humanity's morbid behavior,
even tougher to admit
if 'mistaken' for years,
where once movement occurs
in nation or society
there's opportunity to heal
trespasses through attention paid.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Quickening

My brother Keith and sister Mary Ann during 'No Attitudes' volleyball tournament.
Main Beach, Santa Cruz, California

A Quickening

After lull,
seemingly mired
in muck,
physical reality
of friction,
inertia, polarity,
myriad influences
vying righteously
for attention,
energy expense,
to create
new circumstances
promising progress
toward desired
end result,
there's movement,
often subtle,
that portends
a quickening.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fall Away

Descending from summit of 'monroe' Ben Mor with Swiss and American compatriots.
Isle of Mull, Scotland

Fall Away

Jobs dance in my mind
with accompanying thoughts and visions
which involve feelings, beliefs, ideas,
it's all a bit hallucinatory
playing in realms of possibility
as I imagine many scenarios
for how things might be
when actually doing the work
in some potential future world,
though right now I dream,
get 'hits' on desired sequence
that I deem optimally favorable
if it were my choice,
but life rides mysterious currents
influenced by people, circumstance, economy,
so lately there's calm juggling
of details surrounding 'employed manifestation'
realizing Existence also contains fantasy
where anything can fall away.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.
Right field bleachers, past the 'jog,' housed our rowdy group.


On surface, I'm American,
with all the trappings
that say I'm successful,
somewhat, in varying degree,
having home, vehicles, business,
while being part of
many different social circles
which feed diverse interests,
yesterday, my brother's friends,
celebrated birthday 'field trip'
taking bus to stadium
for Giants, Padres game,
40 boisterously enthusiastic drinkers
filling outfield bleacher rows
were given official warning,
either mellow, or ejection,
afterward, walking 'park' circumference
brought surmise, sporting events
bring out lunatic fringe.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Big Leap

Statue overlooking San Francisco on opposite side of Golden Gate Bridge.

Big Leap

Always there's a buildup
from 'idea to reality'
and distance between varies
depending size of endeavor,
how much 'effort expense'
is demanded in return
for reward, after risking
your comforts for unknown,
gambling present situation away
praying for favorable conditions
to bless new adventure
when only you know
high stakes being played
hoping fruition of desire
perhaps to fill coffers,
getting out of debt
incurred last time around
plus fund next dream,
anticipating future big leap.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Things Break

Lakeside Farm water tower before restoration.

Things Break

It's inevitable and obvious
that life continually deteriorates
while simultaneously being renewed,
this phenomenon defines change
often called 'crazy paradox',
sometimes it's invisibly subtle
other times flagrantly shattering
demanding we be quick
in responding to shifts
lest we get cut
too deeply to heal,
lost in 'wounded victimhood'
blind to lessons offered,
or conversely sleep walking
lulled by slow progression
of inner guidance acknowledgement
which says get ready,
lighten load, be agile,
adapt when things break.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Best Intentions

My hands, holding and letting things slip through as needed.
(photo by Art Durand Photography)

Best Intentions

Promises made
are broken,
desires engaged
find retirement,
course set
takes detour,
expectations held
slip through,
dreams imagined
morph differently,
precise song
turns improvisation,
ideas entertained
escape reality,
love found
often lost,
'what's true'
always effects
best intentions.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Daily Shifting

Christmas spread at Rosie and Nigel's. Salmon, oysters, ham, cheese, salad, dips, chips ...
Kintra, Isle of Mull, Scotland

Daily Shifting

There are no guarantees
when waking in morning
that things will unfold
according to preconceived notions,
and often people worry
about feared troublesome possibilities
believing fretting insures success,
it's blessing to say
I've outgrown that strategy
by now welcoming surprises,
change, trusting in perfection...
imagine 'new lover' visiting
unannounced, bearing dinner entrees
to feed body, mind,
filling senses, sparking emotions
while exciting my spirit
partaking lustily of rarity,
life's unforeseen glorious gifts
received from daily shifting.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Short Distance

Isle of Mull, with historic Duarte Castle in the forefront, viewed from ferry headed to Oban.

Short Distance

In a technological society
with it's 'connection' gadgets
the world has contracted
from ability to reach
halfway around the Earth
via telephone, and computers,
some would add 'telepathy'
as friend thought of
calls out of blue
piquing curiosity about timing,
who entered mind first
to create response connection,
contrarily, Universe has expanded
bringing more awareness forward
about rare environments, people,
places, filling diverse reality
exhibiting unique cultural phenomena
which influence those experiencing
life from short distance.

Monday, August 9, 2010


My dear 'soul friend' Grace happy to be motorcycling.


As ethereal as music,
flighty, ungraspable, poetic, inspirational,
it has no norm,
is different within everyone
and very often eccentric
providing little rhyme, reason,
for combination of effects
that entice a person
to show marked interest
toward subject of attention,
whether friendly, lovingly, lustily,
yet, it happens daily
in shifting 'appreciation dance'
initially a superficial recognition
sparked by beautiful form,
smile, light in eyes,
a window into treasure
of inner mysterious invitations,
intangibles, resonating Soul attraction.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

We Touch

Dear friend and birthday girl Deb Katz at Alice's Restaurant in Woodside, California.

We Touch

Such an amazing phenomenon
where individually and collectively
humans effect one another,
whether subtly or overtly,
depending on actions taken
that bring us encounters
which alter attitudes, images,
opinions and myriad beliefs
different from the norm,
triggering synapse in mind,
mysterious emotions in body,
and flight within spirit
corresponding to our receptivity,
it can be intrusive
on positive, negative scale
according to momentary judgment,
yet, valuable in hindsight
realizing our life summation
reflects who we touch.

Saturday, August 7, 2010


Someone's 'medicine object' on Peoples' Altar at First Peace Launch.
Abiquiu, New Mexico


Our pieces
compose list
of aspects
to life
needing attention
whether work,
play, family,
or body,
mind, spirit,
emotion calling
for awareness,
often shattered
by experience
we desire,
finding lessons'
beautiful shards
within recomposed,
reintegrated, mosaic's
sparkling parts.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Ground Zero

'First Peace Launch' participant from Denmark in his 'morning practice'.

Ground Zero

Hosted 'Talkabout' show last night
having radio listeners call in
after reading from Progessive Magazine's
different commentaries on Afghan War,
asked callers to introduce solutions
instead of just complaining heartily,
and conversation began with history
circling from wide macro perspective
of engrained 'world policeman' mentality
to discussions about coveting oil,
whether we have fascist government
that wears 'civil' smiling face,
followed by 'reclaiming democracy' ideas,
spiraling to world citizens awakening,
taking responsibility, plus self authorship
for one's effect and influence
toward outcome of our planet
finally realizing 'reverent spiritual connection'
is original co-creative Ground Zero.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Circular Dance

RainbowHawk in 'medicine wheel' at the First Peace Launch in Abiquiu, New Mexico.
Attended by many inspirational people from around the world.

Circular Dance

Round and round it goes
we inspire each other from
our alignment with greater purpose,
doing something that resonates deeply
so much it seems integral
to soul's unique 'life calling'
which entails 'being' and action,
the latter usually garnering acclaim
though only outer world reflection
that speaks to inner equilibrium,
one's 'first peace' attracting potential
for good things to happen,
and when someone catches glimpse
through interaction with engaged person
a mutual sparking can occur
leaving both on higher note
where we reawaken dream pursuit,
catch fire, burning away obstructions
at center of circular dance.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Being Met

Soul friends, Art, Heidi, and Kevin

Being Met

Is there anything better
then forging deep connection
with someone attracting us
in body, mind, emotions,
and most importantly, spirit,
where eyes spark electricity
while 'smiling soul recognition'
opens heart to appreciate,
be present, with miracle
when finding authentic person
who vibrates in rhythm
that smacks of perfection,
some fated coming together
let's call 'learning destiny',
for moment or longer
as genuine sharing occurs,
vulnerably, of what's true,
honestly engaging life's potential
all from being met.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Coming out of a 'hole' in the rapids of the Tuolumne River.
Near Yosemite in Sierras of California.


Often habits die hard
especially when conjuring familiarity
with same thought process,
actions, hoping different results
only to find same,
if this defines insanity
then many people are,
as is our nation,
because we fight evolution,
seem reticent to learn
anything new about ourselves
or try deviant strategies
that birth original dynamics
we must respond to,
adapting physically, mentally, emotionally
toward desired optimal outcome
overcoming obstacles of fear
again entering life's river
revisiting our navigating ability.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Topsy Turvy

Mirrored land in still loch near Lochbuie.
Isle of Mull, Scotland

Topsy Turvy

Some say it's this way
for the worse, others better,
again pointing to relative reality
each of us carry within
numbering myriad different perspectives, opinions,
ways of seeing, feeling life,
as there are people breathing,
plus those in past, future
with brains chattering ceaselessly away
all living in personalized universe
decorated with expectation and judgment,
often prejudiced against 'What is.',
while fearfully defending societal constraints,
civility for sake of profiting
status quo, if upper class,
not wanting prayers of lower
wishing change to be answered,
believing controlled turbulence is possible
when events go topsy turvy.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Perfectly Timed

Recent visit by Rachel and Ross, offspring of good friends Laura and Jack Rinehart.

Perfectly Timed

Our days avail themselves
toward cooperation and competition,
leaving open myriad paths
wherein 'All roads lead
to Rome.', called Source,
Life, Love, Grace, Joy,
when synchronicity, serendipity reign
we move through world
realizing our Sacred Dream
is authored by soul
instructed to optimally compose
poetic and playful juxtapositions
that bring out Essence
within ourselves, and others,
in glorious co-creation dance
tuned into 'inner compass'
which navigates 'All Potential'
turning possibilities into probabilities,
perfectly timed when manifested.