Finding Our Center



Perhaps there really is a center of things in human existence; you know, not too far to the right or left. I think being in the center means having a steady, clear, concise and honest approach to life on our planet. Treating everyone and everything with respect (especially ourselves) is an example of centered thinking. Throwing our weight around in either direction while expounding on our perceptions of what is real or unreal is non-centered thinking. As Tom Peters once said, “Perception is all there is – manage it – there is no reality!” What we believe is our only reality.

As individuals, we all have our own separate belief systems…therein lies the rub. Exactly where is reality? I could go on about the possibility that there is no reality, but I will leave that lesson to Morgan Freeman. Instead, I can only expound on what works for me and being centered is as safe as any place can be.

Like the first pillar in T’AI CHI, finding your center is very important before you start any lesson. The same rings true with life; finding your center is paramount before you start living your day. Today, I will not malign anyone. Today, I will be kind to my fellow man, all of the creatures of Earth and especially myself. Today, I will pray to my God with thanks and gratitude for a life that has meaning. Today, I honor the memory of all who are not with me anymore and to all my family and friends remaining that share life with me. Today, I will step forward – head held high with pride and dignity for being human.

It seems to me an easy enough way to start a day; it beats pulling at your hair with worries, doubts and recriminations. I know one thing to be real – we can never go back one iota in the past. We must live with the here and now. I chose to live in peace, grace and honor…no matter my past. I choose to live exempt of guilt for things that are long past and never repeated. I choose to live in harmony with nature and help protect Mother Earth from abuse by those who have no respect for her or themselves.

In essence, I choose a centered approach to the trials and tribulations of life. For those on the right or left, peace be with you and remember you are always welcome at the center of life where I live.

I’m just saying,


Dear God,


imagesCARSI88LI know how busy you are and I don’t want to bug you, but there are just a few things down here on planet Earth in which we could use your help. While Earth has always been a struggle to survive for all its inhabitants, it seems that the human species is particularly hell-bent on destruction of not only the species, but all of planet Earth to boot.

Is it possible that in 2015 you could intervene and stop the madness? It is obvious that there is no one here capable of the task – only divine intervention can save us now. I don’t presume to tell you how to work your miracles, but it seems to me that if you were to abolish greed, arrogance, self-centeredness, spite and hatred, we could do much better in cleaning up our messes which are killing Mother Earth and man’s inhumanity against not only man, but every creature that gets in his way.

Yes, I know we have polluted every square inch of the land, sea and air, but there are still good and decent people here who deserve a second chance. Perhaps you could simply make the bad guys go away so that the rest of us could start the healing process.

Did I just hear you correctly, God? You think we should all perish just to make sure the planet survives? You think we are a failed species destined to go extinct? I don’t want to argue with you, Lord, but you are perfect and you made us in your image and likeness…therefore you could have not created something which is not perfect. Besides, if we were not here, your Devine Love would go unexpressed.

Great, thank you for changing your mind, God. I look forward to a better future for our species with love, abundance and happiness for everyone…forever.

Write on,


The Modern World


“You only have to be one iota above mediocre to succeed in today’s world.” This quote is from Og Mandino’s book, “The Greatest Salesman in the World,” and it is not as true today as it was when written decades ago. This quote was not intended to infer that Americans were dumbing down; it only inferred that success was attainable for the whole population.

When I was a young man growing up in California, we didn’t have computers, social media and cell phones that had amazing cameras or any of the other hundreds of electronics that have made our planet accessible to the masses. We had newspapers, black-and-white fuzzy TVs and the library to keep us informed. Oh, and we had drive-in theaters we could go to and watch Movie Tone News once a week.

We knew little of the real world and our country was compartmentalized. We knew much about the area we lived in and that was the extent of our knowledge base of real-time world events. Not being informed makes for a population of ignorance, but some smart young people were about to come on the scene and change the world forever. Also the age of innocence was about to be lost with the assassination of a president. This event was televised worldwide and suddenly the world started to become one. What solidified the world totally as one was an event that happened in 1969. The first humans walked on the face of the moon.

I was pretty much a failure in high school and barely passed all the tests to be able to graduate. After graduating, I immediately went into the construction workforce and started making more money than I could spend. It was a lucky thing for me that my father was a contractor. He made sure I got into the carpentry apprenticeship program. I graduated with a certificate of completion, which was better than a college degree in those days. My point is that I was only an iota above mediocre and succeeded. Not everyone can be brilliant and most are not, but they succeed in any case and go on to be good citizens and human beings.

It is different in today’s world. Because technology is leading the charge in everything we do, one cannot succeed by being just above mediocre. We now need to be much, much more. Around 1984, IBM desktop computers started showing up in offices all around America. I remember thinking then that unless I learned this new technology, I would be pounding nails the rest of my life just like my father and his father before him. My attitude was – no way! I embraced technology wholeheartedly and learned how to be proficient in computer skills. That simple move ensured that I would succeed in management and not only earn more money, but also not be subjected to the hardships of doing physical construction work in my later years.

I could have succeeded by using Og Mandino’s formula, but only to a level that would never guaranty that physical labor would not be part of my work life. I don’t think Og could have imagined how the world looks today. Education is the key to success more than ever. Even construction workers must be able to use the new technologies that have changed how everything is built, especially the tools used to build today’s buildings, bridges, roads and the whole spectrum of the industry.

“Go to school” should be your mantra, or be prepared to stand in the unemployment and welfare lines.

I’m just saying,


Communications Gone South


Once again modern communications have failed me with a vengeance. I tried in vain to communicate with my daughter using e-mail, texting and voice mail asking her if she wanted to have dinner at our house for Christmas. After several attempts with no reply, I just assumed she was mad at her old dad about something…so I sent her a terse e-mail concerning her silence the morning of the 17th.

This morning, December 18, 2014, I received an even terser message about my assumption and that is how people’s feelings get hurt. I was so glad to hear from her knowing she was OK, albeit pissed at me, I immediately replied to her e-mail with an apology for being senile.

What makes this whole episode interesting is that my daughter lives at the end of our block. Yes, folks…you heard me right – we pass her house most days while walking the dogs and she walks to our house occasionally. Her house is so close that even the winter cold cannot interfere with the transport of ideas and/or goodies she sometimes bakes for us.

This blog begs the bigger story to be told. How in the hell did we get to the place where communication is solely placed in the techno world? Even at 71, I have technology grafted and hanging from every orifice and if just one goes down, I panic. God forbid I should go to a door and knock three times. It’s so mundane….

I’m just saying,


Christmas Thank You List


  1. I am thankful to be alive even though the world is in a mess and I pee too much.
  2. I am thankful I pee too much; it could be the opposite.
  3. I am thankful for family and friends, even though I can count them all on both hands.
  4. I am thankful for two feet because I have room for ten more friends.
  5. I am thankful for having enough to eat, even though my diet is restricted to fiber.
  6. I am thankful for fast food restaurants so I can sneak out and pig out.
  7. I am thankful for a daughter who makes me homemade mac and cheese for the times I can’t make it to McDonald’s.
  8. I am thankful for a half-assed good brain that somehow still works after years of non-use.
  9. I am thankful for a body that still functions fairly well in spite of years of abuse.
  10. I am thankful for a wife who somehow loves me enough to put up with me day in and day out. Nights don’t count; I am a sound sleeper.
  11. I am thankful for enough money to get by on. We all need to live within our means in any case.
  12. I am thankful for a roof over our heads, even though I know we need new shingles and I will have to install them myself. I’m too old for this shit, but I’ll “get ‘er done” – somehow.
  13. I am thankful for the opportunity to have written and published three novels, to be working on the fourth, and still have enough time to keep up with Twitter, Facebook, a Website and a blog.
  14. I am thankful for technology, because without it our planet would have no hope, and there is no way I am going write anything long hand, let alone a novel.
  15. I am thankful for the young people of the world. They are smart and willing to stand up for the things that are right about the world and willing to dissent to make things better.
  16. I am thankful for the peacekeepers for protecting freedom, dignity, and the right to pursue happiness.
  17. I am thankful for what hair I have left, mainly because I can’t afford a hair transplant and wifey won’t let me have one anyway.
  18. I am thankful for what time I have left on the planet, even though some wish I would leave post-haste.
  19. I am thankful that even though Keith Richards and I are the same age, he looks like…well, Keith Richards.
  20. Lastly, I am thankful for a life that, in spite of its dramatic ups and downs, I have arrived at a place where I smile a lot, wish everyone well, and truly care about all life on our planet.

Write on,


All In The Family

Alfred%20E_%20NewmanThe US has entered into a contract with a real estate firm to sell 56 buildings that currently house U.S. Post Offices. The government has decided it no longer needs these buildings, many of which are located on prime land in towns and cities across the country.

The sale of these properties will fetch billions of dollars and a handsome 6% commission to the company handling the sales. That company belongs to a man named Richard Blum. Who is Richard Blum you ask?

Why the husband of Senator Dianne Feinstein, that’s who. What a bunch of crooks we have running this country!

Senator Feinstein and her husband, Richard Blum, stand to make a fortune. His firm, C.R. I., is the sole real estate company offering these properties for sale. Of course, C.R.I. will be making a 6% commission on the sale of each and every one of these postal properties.

All of these properties that are being sold are all fully paid for. They were purchased with U.S. taxpayers dollars, and they are allowed free and clear by the U.S.P.S. The only cost to keep them is the cost to actually keep the doors open and the heat and lights on. The United States Postal Service doesn’t even have to pay property taxes on these subject properties. Would you sell your house just because you couldn’t afford to pay the electric bill?

Well, the Post Office is.

How does a powerful U.S. Senator from San Francisco manage to get away with such a sweet deal?

A powerful United States Senator’s husband is standing by, all ready to make millions from a U.S. taxpayer funded enterprise.

No one in the mainstream media is even raising an eyebrow over his 6% commission on the sale of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of quasi-public assets.

True on Snopes:

You know something? I’m starting to think the crooks on Capitol Hill are right. We are mushrooms and dumb as a box of rocks!

I’m just saying,


Ask Yourself these Questions




Are you in the U.S.A. illegally?

Are you taking advantage of federal and/or state government assistance programs while here illegally?

Are you working without a valid worker’s permit?

Are you driving a motorized vehicle without a driver’s license and/or insurance?

Are you sending money you are making in the U.S.A while here illegally back to your country of origin?

Are you not paying taxes while you are here illegally?

Are your children receiving a free education and medical services while you are here illegally?


If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should be deported back to your country of origin until you can come back to the U.S.A. legally. I am sure that if I were in your country illegally, and got arrested, I would be a guest in your prisons for a long, long miserable time. I also know that if I break the laws of the U.S.A., I will be arrested and prosecuted. Why then are people breaking the laws of our country and not being prosecuted? It’s called a double standard and that double standard is costing legal taxpayers millions and millions of dollars every year.

I, for one, cannot afford it any longer. Must my standard of living be lowered to support illegal aliens? It’s bad enough that I have to support a corrupt Congress, let alone lawbreakers.

My opinions do not make me a spoiled American; I have worked my tail off for what I am losing.

I’m just saying and mad as hell,