Wise Poets – Maria Mazziotti Gillan – Everything We Don’t Want Them to Know

Maria Mazziotti Gillan At eleven, my granddaughter looks like my daughterdid, that slender body, that thin face, the gracewith which she moves. When she visits, she sitswith my daughter; they have hot chocolate togetherand talk. The way my granddaughter moves her hands,the concentration with which she does everything,knocks me back to the time when I …

The Poetry of Tao Writer – Remember To Remember

There is something in the pang of change — More than the heart can bear — Unhappiness remembering happiness. Euripides From The Archives - Originally Published June 29, 2018Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -) 🌹For Kathleen Sherrill - Happy Birthday Remember To Remember When all that remains of me are my cremated ashesdon’t store them …

The Writings Of Señor Tao – The Expendability Of Human Life

Señor Tao

I think a lot about the word tenacity. What it takes to survive in a world that is sometimes beautiful and sometimes hostile. I’m always amazed at the body’s willingness to continue, to keep going. The heart that keeps pumping, the lungs that keep breathing, the way the will to live can outsmart those other …

The Writings Of Señor Tao – Sweating Out My Demons While Dancing With Angels

Señor Tao

Even if our efforts of attention seem for years to be producing no results, one day a light that is in exact proportion to them will flood the soul. Simone Weil ( February 03, 1909 – August 24, 1943) Señor Tao (April 17,  1948 -) Saturday was the first warm sunny rainless day in almost …

The Writings Of Señor Tao – Getting There, The Long Broken Highway

Señor Tao

But the man who comes back through the door in the wall will never be quite the same as the man who went out. He will be wiser, but less cocksure, happier but less self satisfied, humbler in acknowledging his ignorance yet better equipped to understand the relationship of words to things of systematic reasoning …

For The Love Of Wisdom – New York Times Editorial Board December 31, 1999 – Existence

Even those of us who have not filled the bathtub with emergency water, withdrawn extra cash from the bank and stocked up on food will be entering the new millennium sobered by the awareness that unknown problems of our own making are an enduring part of existence.  New York Times Señor Tao (April 17,  1948 -) This …

Poetry Of Clouds

Sunrise On A New Year Another year, another journey via an elliptical orbit around a yellow star in a solar system named the Milky Way.  Although there is no spiritual difference between December 31st and January 1st, each year at this time I find myself preparing for a new beginning. The start of a new …

Wise Poets – Philip Schultz – Failure

Philip Schultz (January 06, 1945 -) To pay for my father’s funeralI borrowed money from peoplehe already owed money to.One called him a nobody.No, I said, he was a failure.You can’t remembera nobody’s name, that’s whythey’re called nobodies.Failures are unforgettable.The rabbi who read a stock eulogyabout a man who didn’t belong toor believe in anythingwas …

The Writings Of Tao Writer – Exponential Growth – CoVid-19 And Climate Change

Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -) Many of us do not understand the concept of exponential growth with regards to how quickly things grow and change. The explanation below, in layman terms, is the best I found so far from Jane E Brody, Personal Health columnist for The New York Times. Dr. Slovic, author of “The …

The Writings Of Tao Writer – Juneteenth – The End Of Slavery? But I Am Still Thought Of As A Slave

We believe all men are entitled to the blessings of liberty. Yet millions are being deprived of those blessings . because of the color of their skin. The reasons are deeply imbedded in history and tradition and the nature of man. We can understand - without rancor or hatred - how this happened, but it …

The Poetry Of Tao Writer – Memento Mori (Remember You Will Die)

Life, Death, and Time Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -) Memento Mori (Remember You Will Die) At my age, Death is always waiting just around the corner,standing in the half hidden doorways of my favorite hauntsin a mix of shadows and light, rolling my life or deathbetween his spiny fingers like a pair of dice.Sometimes …

The Writings Of Tao Writer – I Am Not Me Anymore, At Least I’m Not The Same Me I Was

To be full of strength and vigor one moment and virtually helpless the next, in the pink and pride of health one moment and a cripple the next, with all one’s powers and faculties one moment and without them the next – such a change, such suddenness, is difficult to comprehend, and the mind casts …

The Writings Of Tao Writer – The Big Lie And The War Against Truth

If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom…When we as people, a free people, go wobbly on the truth even on what may seem the most …

The Writings Of Tao Writer – A Sad Day For The United States

Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -) Today is my mother’s birthday. If she were still alive, she would be ninety-five years old. I also discovered another one of my favorite people, Kahlil Gibran, was born on this day in 1883. So today is his one hundred thirty eighth birthday. These two individuals born only forty-three years …

The Writings Of Tao Writer – Disparity Of Thoughts – Born Different

It has been a long time since I have written anything down. A lot of things have happened. So many things I have been unable to write them.  Keith Allen Haring (May 4, 1958 – February 16, 1990) Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -)I “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end,” said Seneca. No …

The Writings Of Tao Writer – Acceptance – What The World Needs Now

Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -) Acceptance - What The World Needs Now With the senseless killing of Black men by white police officers in the United States, at a rate which has not been seen since the racial unrest of the sixties, to the ISIS bombings in France, Yemen, Turkey, Afghanistan, Algeria, Tunisia, Syria, …

The Writings Of Tao Writer – America In Distress – Updated For July 4th 2020

Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -) For seventy-two years I watched as laws were passed, cities burned, appeasement tokens appointed and Black people killed by the police with no actions taken upon their white assailants. For Seventy-two years of my life Black people have been protesting for equality and being killed for being Black in …

The Philosopher – 22 Tao Sparrowhawk, Philosopher-Wizard of Havnor, Dragon Lord

Book One of The Philosopher Series is also available in continuous scroll Here Many generations ago dragons and humans lived together peacefully in the world until man became greedy and demanded more land and resources from the dragons. The dragons had no use for the land and its resources and asked only for a small …

The Philosopher – 21 The Philosopher Receives His True Name

Book One of The Philosopher Series is also available in continuous scroll Here Upashna immediately leaves her chambers to visit The Philosopher. Although she had a feeling something was afoot when she studied The Philosopher’s staff and again when Extor mentioned The Philosopher having his father’s eyes she had never imagined the man she loves …

The Writings Of Tao Writer – Isolation Day 70 – Is It Worth Dying For?

Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -) Today is Day 70 of isolation here in Loja, Ecuador. Like most of the world, Loja is beginning to open up, slowly. Yesterday, our restriction status went from red (strict restrictions) to yellow (relaxed restrictions) and a later curfew from 2:00pm to 9:00pm. Everyone is still required to wear a …

The Poetry Of Tao Writer – Stand Undiminished – The Poem

Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -) Stand Undiminished Taken from my motherland in chainsto travel waters unknown by me,to toil in soil unfamiliar to my hands.Forced to speak a languagewhich does not sing.Exploited, enslaved, whipped and hanged.Defined in a constitutionas three fifths of a man.I stood beside you in battleagainst common foes.I stood before you, in …

The Writings Of Tao Writer – Donald Trump, Serial Killer Extraordinaire – Day 66

Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -) On day 66 of isolation as I count the number of friends and family lost to the CoVid-19 virus, my thoughts once again turn political and to the President who failed America. A serial killer is typically a person who murders three or more people, usually in service of abnormal …

The Writings Of Tao Writer – Isolation Day 50 – Everything Is In Its Place

Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -) Following the abrupt, unexpectedness of a heart attack three and a half years ago I started to put my end of life wishes in order. You know what I’m talking about, those things growing roots in the back of your memory to prevent them from moving forward and getting done. …

The Writings Of Tao Writer – Why Is Life Worth Living?

Why is life worth living? Okay, for me, I would say...well, Groucho Marx, to name one thing, and Willie Mays and the second movement of the Jupiter Symphony and Louis Armstrong's recording of 'Potato Head Blues', and um, Swedish movies, naturally. Sentimental Education by Flaubert, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, those incredible Apples and Pears by …

The Writings Of Tao Writer – Isolation Day 42 – When Will It Be Over

Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -) Somewhere in the area of twenty two years ago I watched an episode of Star Trek Voyager. I remember being a fan of the first two Star Trek series Original and Next Generation but except for a few memorable episodes, Voyager never settled into my fading TV viewing habits at …

The Writings Of Tao Writer – The “Unexpected”

Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -) President Donald Trump has frequently insisted that "nobody" could have seen the coronavirus outbreak coming and that it "came out of nowhere." But Li Wenliang, a 34-year-old ophthalmologist in Wuhan, China who was the first to raise the alarm about a dangerous new virus saw it and notified the authorities …

The Writings Of Tao Writer – Isolation – Day 28 – Beliefs

Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -) I have written about beliefs before (Beliefs Part I and Part II). I am writing about them again this week because one of my isolation mates is a fundamentalist christian. Basically fundamentalism is a movement or attitude stressing strict and literal adherence to a set of basic principles emphasizing a …

The Writings Of Tao Writer – Being Old Is A Gift, Sometimes

Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -) Being Old Is A Gift, Sometimes Each day I search the numbers. The newly infected, the newly dead, the total infected, the total dead. The numbers keep rising. I search the countries and states where my friends and families live, Estonia, Cuba, Wales, Spain, Fuji, Australia, New York, New Jersey, …

The Writings Of Tao Writer – Isolation – Day Twelve – Routines

Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -) As much as I dislike having a routine, I seem to be settling into one. I initially thought I would be living in the hotel alone during the isolation period. I stocked up on canned beans and vegetables, pasta, coffee, and chocolate bars. I only have a small microwave to …

The Writings Of Tao Writer – Who Is Leading The United States?

Infighting, turf wars and a president more concerned with the stock market and media coverage than policy have defined the Trump White House. They have also defined how it has handled a pandemic. -NYT March 16, 2020 Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -) I was living in New Jersey during Donald Trump’s Atlantic City fiasco. …

The Writings Of Tao Writer – Covid 19 – Truth and Transparency

Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -) The shame of our society is the world no longer recognizes the truth. Li Wenliang, a 34-year-old ophthalmologist in Wuhan, China who first raised the alarm about a dangerous new virus in an online forum on December 30, 2019 was punished by police and forced to declare his information was …

The Poetry Of Tao Writer – Everything

Manifest plainness, Embrace simplicity, Reduce selfishness, Have few desires. Lao-Tzu Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -) Everything It’s happening again—the swelling of wavesinside this vesselI call my body.I become the oceanand the sky.I am the starsspreading light acrossthis darkness.Everything isinside of meIn this world whereI am everything.

The Gate Keeper Of Inspiration – 23 Iris Murdoch

Book Two The Gate Keeper of Inspiration is also available in continuous scroll Here It is one of those mornings where one knows everything is perfect. It is the acceptance of this fact which aids in the growth and development of inspiration. When I know the perfect exists in everything, I can create without either judgement, fear, or …

The Writings Of Tao Writer – Entelechy

Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -) Entelechy |en?tel?k?|noun ( pl. -chies) Philosophy - the realization of potential.• the supposed vital principle that guides the development and functioning of an organism or other system or organization.• Philosophy - the soul. ORIGIN late Middle English : via late Latin from Greek entelekheia (used by Aristotle), from en- …

The Writings Of Tao Writer – Donald Trump Is A Tyrant – Beware!

Make the lie big, keep it simple, keep saying it and eventually they will believe it. Joseph Goebbels  (October 29, 1897 – May 01, 1945) Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -) Joseph Goebbels was the head of Hitler’s Propaganda Ministry after the Nazis took control of Germany in 1933. He was also Hitler’s named successor …

For The Love Of Wisdom – Hank Tusinski – Brush Painting

Hank Tusinski  Brush painting is one of the many practices used to awaken one's participation and manifestation of the Tao. By focusing and directing the painter's awareness, it is an expedient way to uncover and clarify a painter's state of mind. A brush painter selects a subject, studies it to determine a minimum number of …

The Gate Keeper Of Inspiration – 14 William Blake

Book Two The Gate Keeper of Inspiration is also available in continuous scroll Here One of my everyday joys is walking around the lake. The grey cobblestoned trail is the equivalent of the yellow brick road. It carries my body wherever my thoughts wish to take me. This walking meditation awakens me to the new and unfamiliar parts …

The Gate Keeper Of Inspiration – 12 William James

Book Two The Gate Keeper of Inspiration is also available in continuous scroll Here I am taking a leisurely stroll through the garden to the west wing of the Inn, still unable to put words to my other worldly dragon experience with Ursula. The morning fog still holds the intoxicating scent of the night blooming cactus as the rays of …

The Gate Keeper Of Inspiration – 11 Ursula K Le Guin

Book Two The Gate Keeper of Inspiration is also available in continuous scroll Here Sometimes in the early hours of the day I like to hike the forest trails surrounding the property. There is something special about watching the sun rising through the branches of trees from the floor of the forest. I see life being regenerated in …

The Writings Of Tao Writer – Proust Questionnaire 

Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -) Proust Questionnaire Since July 1993, the back page of Vanity Fair has been devoted to the Proust Questionnaire, in which a noteworthy person answers a series of personal questions. The questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust (1871–1922), the French essayist …

The Poetry Of Tao Writer – The Ritual

Any serious attempt to try to do something worthwhile is ritualistic. Derek Walcott Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -) The Ritual It seemsalmost ritualistic,the way I stepacross the bench,face the sky,squat down,adjust my hips,straighten my back,and breathe deeply.All to just sit—and listento the sea.

The Poetry Of Tao Writer – Say It!

Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -) Say It! “Say it,”came a voice from everywherewith a body nowhere.“Say what,” I questioned.“Say I am Love,”the voice replied.“I am Love,”I whispered in a thoughtnot moving my lips.“Say it louder!”the voice exclaimed!“I am Love”I spoke in a soundgreater than silencestill less then audible.“Say it as if everycell in your …

The Writings Of Tao Writer – Reading Poetry At Three O’clock In The Morning

Tao Writer April 17, 1948 -) Reading Poetry At Three O’clock In The Morning I often read poetry when I wake up during the night at a time when most are sound asleep. It is quiet now with only the hum of the refrigerator to keep me company and the occasional cat fight outside on …

The Poetry Of Tao Writer – Stand Undiminished – The Poem

In recognition of Black History Month, Transformation Publications will present poems, essays, and other artistic creations by Black artists, musicians, and writers. Tao Writer  (April 17, 1948 -) Stand Undiminished-The Poem Taken from my motherland in chainsto travel waters unknown by me,to toil in soil unfamiliar to my hands.Forced to speak a languagewhich does not …

The Gate Keeper Of Inspiration – 5 Simone Weil

Book Two The Gate Keeper of Inspiration is also available in continuous scroll Here “Do not worry Simone. Philosophers tend to be patient individuals. Allen and I will continue our conversation another time. You seem a bit perplexed. How may I be of service? “Perhaps that is the issue Socrates. Everyone tells me to be patient but I …

The Writings Of Tao Writer – Deceit’s Tangled Web

deceit  noun— the action or practice of deceiving someone by concealing or misrepresenting the truth : a web of deceit. — an attempt or disposition to deceive or lead into error; any declaration, artifice, or practice, which misleads another, or causes him to believe what is false; Tao Writer (April 17, 1948 -) Deceit's Tangled Web …

The Gate Keeper of Inspiration – Introduction – Socrates Black

Book Two The Gate Keeper of Inspiration is also available in continuous scroll Here The bell ringed to notify me someone was at the front desk. Out of habit, I glanced at the calendar for the date. It was January 14, 1977. Not that the date mattered so much here, but it does give some indication of who …

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