Monday, April 16, 2018


Stage Island isn't an island at all. It's an earth-finger poking out into Plum Island Sound on the western side of the southern tip of the Parker River Wildlife Refuge. Fresh water plants like trees and scrubby shrubs grow right up to bluffs cut out by the tides' patient tooling. They live out their days in an interstitial and precarious place - right on the edge of where they shouldn't be at all.

Erosion from storms and tides moves the land and bends the trunks as the trees struggle to keep from laying down in the brackish tidal flats that surround them. Of course, it's a losing battle, as any resistance to change ends up being in the end.. Despite that - there is a feeling that one is witnessing a slow, quiet, kind of heroism as they cling to their lives, bending and growing extra root systems pointed away from the seawater - all to keep themselves upright...


Wednesday, March 28, 2018


Squall Line - Parker River Wildlife Refuge 

All that you touch
You Change.

All that you Change
Changes you.

The only lasting truth
Is Change.

~ Octavia Butler ~

The Book of the Living


Friday, March 16, 2018

No means no..

Gloucester Fish Pier



Gloucester Fish Pier

State Fish Pier, Gloucester MA


Monday, March 12, 2018

Simply Irresistible


The last of the Winter Cohort were set
on the main altar to receive their blessing.
Although they were admonished to stay
still and be quiet during the 
ceremony, several individuals could
not resist the temptation of peeking around
the hammered metal orchid planter in order
to get a glimpse of the glowing
golden Shakyamuni 

The Buddha, deep in samadhi,
was undeterred by their
rambunctious antics.


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Here we are -


"Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought.
To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears.
To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool.
To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen.
To be led by a liar is to ask to be told lies.
To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself and those you love into slavery.”
~ Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Talents ~

Wisdom and forethought...

Well - aren't those two traits sorely lacking in the Empire?

And so - here we are - hand-forging the iron links of our own oppression...

The lot of us - poor, deluded pack of pussy grabbing, red-hat-wearing, grinning jackanapes.


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Don't Think It Won't Happen Just Because It Hasn't Happened Yet

Plum Island Flood

Plum Island Flood 03/03/2018


Because that's where life is..

Plum Island Flood

Plum Island Flood

Plum Island Flood

Plum Island Flood

Plum Island Flood

Plum island flood

Plum island flood

Got stuck up on Plum Island on Saturday while the Sea Queen caressed once-dry land with the hem of blue-green gown.  She flooded the causeway and nobody got on or off the island until she got good and ready to let them.

People have asked me why I went there in the very first place, if I knew there was going to be a flood..

It's simple.

That's where the juice was.

It's called being alive.

How many times do you get to witness the Sea casually reclaim territory or see waves break over two story houses, or people trying to ride bicycles in two feet of water?


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Never Forget This Simple Fact

He Wants It All


Cooking With Bishop Cruz

His Eminence, Bishop Ted Cruz
First Church of Guns & Ammunition

No one presides over a
Second Amendment Martyrdom Liturgy
with as much sanctimony
as Bishop Cruz does.
As of this writing though,
none of Bishop Cruz's heartfelt
thoughts and prayers have
persuaded the Creator
to resurrect one
dead child.




Just when I think I've uncovered the secret
to peace and tranquility
that lonely sinking feeling creeps up on me

~ The Cowboy Junkies ~



Monday, February 26, 2018

Or your gun is free...


The junior high school boy running the Empire recently proposed that some teachers carry guns in order to protect children. Like so many of his childish musings, this idea was only meant to sate the misguided voters who still back him. There is no actual way that more guns in the hands of teachers will stop the ongoing Second Amendment Martyrdom Liturgy that is sponsored by the First Church of Guns & Ammunition.

Recently in the blog Crooked Timber, there was a post to see how low Conservative ideas could go to make the Second Amendment Martyrdom Liturgy a thing of the past.. The ideas are at least as good as the one horked up by the child playing president:
"Conservatives have two policy levers: tax cuts for the rich and the solution to too many guns is more guns. I don’t see how pulling the first one will help. So let’s keep cranking the second. Suppose we just fill all public schools, waist deep, with guns. Every school will be like those ball pits in IKEA, only instead of balls, the kids will be wallowing in thousands and thousands of guns. The guns will all have the safety on. (We aren’t crazy. Gun safety is important.) And (this is the clever part) only 1 in 10 will be loaded. So any would-be shooter has to contend with this. First, it’s hard to get anywhere, because you are wading in guns. Second, no would-be shooter would just pick up one of these guns and start firing. Because there’s only a 1-in-10 chance it’s loaded..... 
Alternatively, we can allow Amazon to deliver guns via drone, to any school address, in 15 minutes of less or your gun is free.
Third idea: Uber, but for guns."


Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sunday at Mun Su Sa

Mun Su Sa 

Left to right:

Ji Guang Kun Sunim
Doe Bom Kun Sunim
Hae Gak Juji Sunim


Sunday at Mun Su Sa

Mun Su Sa 


Friday, February 23, 2018

Flashing Red Exit Sign


As much as any Dharma teacher I have ever met, it is men like him and teachings like his that have pointed the way to the Dharma.

With palms together, bowing - I give thanks to him.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Jeremiah 2:23 - Know what you have done

know what you have done

Knowing what you have done...
Always a tricky business for you and me.
Our knowing is prism'd by our faceted memories.
Impressions of the past, impressions of 
the present even - that's all we
ever really have.

And so I am struck by God's commandment
in the book of Jeremiah to "Know what
you have done." Surely He knew
it is a nigh on impossible 
thing for we frail

I wonder if He knew what He
was doing by placing
such a heavy 
on an already
overburdened soul...
which He made
in precisely
the flawed




Monday, February 19, 2018

Sunday at MunSu Sa

Mun Su Sa


Gesture of fearlessness, and blessing


that you almost cannot bear it..

Parker River Wildlife Refuge

"I'll tell you right now, the doors to the world of the wild self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door; if you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much that you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door."

~ Clarissa Pinkola Estés ~


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Go in pieces, the Mass has ended...


Another Second Amendment Martyrdom Liturgy (SAML) is underway.

Seventeen innocents have been martyred to the most precious of American rights.

Many do not know this, but the SAML patterns itself after the liturgies of the Empire's very own pet religion, Christianity.

As in Christian liturgies, prayers plays a big role in a SAML - actually Thoughts and Prayers - both of which are dispensed as if from a fire hose.

As in Christian liturgies - some readings are done in call and response fashion, with one side of the congregation braying for gun control, and the other somberly intoning that "now is not the time to politicize this tragedy."

As in Christian liturgies - candles are sometimes used.

There are many other similarities like clergy, community, and of course - how things go right back to business-as-usual after the Mass ends.

Unlike those Christian liturgies however, SAML starts with the sacrifice instead of plunking it in the middle of the proceedings just after tedious church announcements. And - unlike Christian celebrations of the Mass, SAML always demands real human sacrifice - not merely some transubstantiated bread and grape juice mental gymnastics..

Real blood.

Real pain.

Real loss.

Horrifying, I know.

Despair-inducing, I well know.

The depth of the horror and bloody sacrifice points to the vitality and power of this religion, the Empire's truest religion, one that undergirds the polite fascia of Christianity - The First Church of Guns & Ammunition. No other church would dare demand such an awful, unthinkable price as child sacrifice, but the The First Church of Guns & Ammunition does it with remarkable regularity. Any other church would be shuttered and torched to the ground if it even whispered about killing children - even that bunch that so loves to fuck little children - they'd be gone in a tick too.

Where Christianity, the Empire's pocket-tool for pacification, is slowly losing its grip on the populace, The First Church of Guns & Ammunition thrives with the vigor of all new religions. Its expansion is guaranteed. Its success is written into the Empire's founding documents.

The First Church of Guns & Ammunition is a savage, brutal religion for a savage, brutal land.

Go in pieces, the Mass has ended....