of chrysalis and ash

A chrysalis is the shell, or bag - the container - in which a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. The idea of a caterpillar becoming a butterfly is amazing and inspiring to any elementary school student, but sadly, many adults never look at this metamorphosis from a more mature perspective. A Butterfly undergoes its metamorphosis in... Continue Reading →

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Still Phlegm

In my last entry, I referred to my present health and career crisis as a storm. I considered and then wrote about how it built up and finally blew up. In explaining this to my present clients, I even drew a picture of a mushroom cloud as an illustration of my job situation. 44 The Lord hurled a... Continue Reading →

phlegm

I am a pretty phlegmy, or phlegmatic, guy. I have been for some time. Funny how the two definitions of this word have collided in my microcosm here lately. I guess it was when I was in Washington DC recently that I first noticed that I was breathing harder - struggling for air more -... Continue Reading →

release

It has been so long since I've visited a troutstream, I've almost forgotten the wonder of it. So in order to remind myself, I went back to an old post:, exercitatione: As the sun rises the mist morphs from pink to a dull white turning brighter as it moves downstream to the sun. All the... Continue Reading →

prayer

The idea of the existence of a god fascinates me. A being that is so big, it spoke the big bang into happening. So infinite that it holds the "infinite" universe like I might hold a towel. So full of omniscience that man's science looks like a toddler discovering his toes. Perhaps even more astounding... Continue Reading →

Scribendo Cogito

I don't always learn by teaching. Sometimes, I learn by conjuring up some humility, reminding myself that I'm not an expert in - well - anything, and finding someone who IS, and then submitting to their instruction. On this point, for the past several years I have been studying mediation and more specifically, conciliation, methods.... Continue Reading →

flood

I don't like disasters, but I do enjoy seeing people work together. When the Arkansas River waters first began to rise a few weeks ago, I was watching the local and national news and it was full of "us versus them" stories. Republicans v. Democrats, Americans v. Russians, whites v. blacks, liberals v. conservatives -... Continue Reading →

odyssey philia

The Cowboy Junkies were in Franklin, Tennessee Thursday night, which of course warranted a road trip for the Brothers Hogue. (Not to be confused with the Brothers Karamozov - no Russian ties here; except I am a fan of Notes from the Underground, but I digress.) After working an hour on last minute changes to... Continue Reading →

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