Travels in the Mayan Yucatan

This is the fifth in a series of articles that explores the philosophic and spiritual concepts of the Classic Maya. What did these intelligent people believe about themselves, life and the gods, and how did those ideas influence the way they lived? This article will explore my favorite place, Isla Mujeras, The Island of Women, … Continue reading Travels in the Mayan Yucatan

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The World of Appearance & Dis-appearance

Part One Once there was a tiny snake. The reason to make this point from the outset is that its size plays such a very important part in the story I am about to tell you. So, once there was a tiny snake whose name was Tyrone, and he was yellow and blue. That is, … Continue reading The World of Appearance & Dis-appearance

Travels in the Mayan Yucatan

On the Trail of Mayan Secrets, Coba, Wind Ruffled Waters This is the fourth in a series of articles that explores the philosophic and spiritual concepts of the Classic Maya. What did these intelligent people believe about themselves, life and the gods, and how did those ideas influence the way they lived? In seeking answers I … Continue reading Travels in the Mayan Yucatan

Travels in the Mayan Yucatan

This is the third in a series of articles that explores the philosophic and spiritual concepts of the Classic Maya. The Puuc Region: Uxmal At the Mayan site of Uxmal the top of a mammoth pyramid rose above the surrounding jungle like an apparition; magnificent, eerie, and captivating to the imagination.  A gentle rain in the … Continue reading Travels in the Mayan Yucatan

Travels in the Mayan Yucatan

On the Trail of Mayan Secrets The Puuc Region: Kabah & Sayil This is the second in a series of articles that explores the philosophic and spiritual concepts of the Classic Maya. What did these intelligent people believe about themselves, life and the gods, and how did those ideas influence the way they lived? In … Continue reading Travels in the Mayan Yucatan

Travels In the Mayan Yucatan

In preparation for the publication of my novel, The Jaguar's House,this will be the first in a four part series that explores the beliefs and traditions of the Ancient Maya. Astonishing travelers! What noble stories we read in your eyes as deep as the seas! Show us the coffers of your rich memories, those marvelous … Continue reading Travels In the Mayan Yucatan

Everyday Gratitude

The Attack of the Turkeys.  I'm not kidding.   Tennessee Valley is one of my favorite places to walk; a two mile valley that runs east/west to the beach just north of San Francisco.   There's a side path that goes through a horse pasture to an overgrown pond where I like to go looking … Continue reading Everyday Gratitude

The Long Climb on the Road to Freedom

First it's about Human Rights. The first step on the long climb is to recognize that if you are unable to allow freedom to others, you'll never have it yourself.  If my individual freedom encroaches on yours, that is not it.  That is bullying.  If I think freedom is doing as I please, I haven't … Continue reading The Long Climb on the Road to Freedom

Love in the Time of Terrorism

It's about staying light; about believing in hope, goodness, love, connection, and finally, finding humor. What does it mean to stay light? In the Mahabharata, Krishna advised Arjuna on the day of battle and after a terrible betrayal, to not let his heart get hard.  A soft heart does not mean we'll get run over. … Continue reading Love in the Time of Terrorism

Paris; Love, Beauty, Inspiration, Joie de Vivre, Will never be beaten down.

Like so many others, the first time I saw Paris, I fell in love.  In many consequent trips, I continued that love affair; always a little different, but never less thrilling.  I wrote an historical novel: the Nobility of the Robe, about a real woman who was the abbess of Port Royal Abbey in 17th … Continue reading Paris; Love, Beauty, Inspiration, Joie de Vivre, Will never be beaten down.