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August 2014

Love, A Rare Bloom; and Flowers That Bloom Forever

Love is a rare bloom; but rarer still is a flower that blooms forever. A flower that springs beyond love, beyond the passion and heat and turbulence and cycle of birth and dying and death. People and flowers come and go; but something can remain that never withers. It is a promise, as the sun […]

Bring Forth the Real America, & The Real American Dream

Even if we lose everything here in America that we have known up to this moment in time – the vast economic superiority, the money, the arrogance of power, the thousands of nuclear weapons, the tanks, the submarines, the stealth bombers, the opulence, television and big sports games and mega shopping malls – America and […]

Buddhism: A Religion for America

Buddhism is already the second largest religious denomination in the western United States of America. What is attracting people?  Talk to people – especially the youth of today – about religion, and a commonly heard remark is that if they were to pick out a religion that seemed to be in line with their own […]

Middle East Madness: ISIS & Ebola Spreading

So the fighting rages on in the Middle East.  Jews, Muslims, Christians at each others’ throats.  Sunni against Shiite. ISIS the new kid on the block.  Upholders of pure Islam.  Slaughtering every man, woman and child in sight in the name of religion. Nations crumbling, waiting to topple.  Dictators hanging on by their fingernails with […]

Our Constitution A Relic of the Past

Our U.S. Constitution has become a relic of the past.  In many ways, it is as non-functional as our current government. Both have become rigid, unchangeable. Article V of the Constitution provides a means for amending the Constitution, but it is one that is extremely difficult. The clause reads in part: “The Congress, whenever two […]

The Dream of America

The dream of America is more than the huddled masses coming to our shores.  It is more than a flag waving in the wind.  It is more than the opportunities to get a job or make money or start a business or freedom of religion or liberty bells. It is something deeper than heretofore imagined. […]

On the Edge of Change

To keep your nose pressed eagerly to the glass, To be always on the edge of change, Requires breathless anticipation, Endurance, and the ability to hang in there, Hang in there, And then hang in there some more. The goal is never won. There is always more, so Don’t expect less. Take a breath, keep […]

Josei Toda & Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

Josei Toda,Second Soka Gakkai president . His name was Josei Toda. He was the second president of the SGI, or Soka Gakkai International, a Buddhist lay organization which currently spans the globe, with 12,000,000 members in 192 countries and territories around the world. During the second world war, he and the SGI’s first president, Tsunesaburo […]

Failure & Success – Two Sides of One Coin

Failure and Success – we abhor one and pine for the other. What is failure?  What is success? Here are some thoughts about the two from some well-known people. “Why do I talk about the benefits of failure?  Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential.  I stopped pretending to myself that I […]

Let Wisdom Flow Out Upon This Land of America

Let wisdom flow out upon this land. Wisdom to fill the minds and hearts of the youth of America. Dream dreams that go beyond anything we have imagined up until now, dreams that rock the world, upend conventional wisdom, destroy the limits of possibility. To express things never before given expression, to create a new […]