Emerson Translated ~ Fuck Conformity

“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion” Ralph Waldo Emerson There is more power within this single statement than in a hundred modern books.  Simplicity is brilliance. Complication …

LET’S GROW, KIDS

RED LIGHT! One big mistake that people make when they want to start a garden is trying to do too much.  Believe it or not, some things are just easier to buy. Certain vegetables take a lot of space to grow, or bring unwanted insects, or have very, very, long growing seasons.  For this reason, …

DIRT BENEATH MY NAILS

“Why do you garden dad?”  A simple enough question you would think, I thought to myself as I asked my father.  “Because I want things to look nice.” A simple answer from a simple man. Simple in a complicated way, a  calculated and complicated silence bespoke him wherever he went. His yard, every yard he …

LOST IN EMBRACE

6 am, and its time for the day to begin.  I see the light on in the hallway, left on for my youngest son at night.  The light shines through the crease in the door frame, as I open the door and expose my senses to the first light of the day.  Thoughts of thankfulness …

CHANGE IS A WAVE THAT CRASHES

This life will not allow us to stand still.  You will move, or you will be pushed. Change is a planetary law, no resident may live without it. Fighting back is like fighting yourself. How do you win a battle against a perfectly matched enemy?  You can’t, no one wins. We only commit ourselves to …

LEAVE THE LIGHT ON

“What a world this will be when human possibilities are freed, when we discover each other, when the stranger is no longer the potential criminal and the certain inferior!” W.E.B Du Boise Please excuse my sexist expression, but are you tired of the pissing contests?  Everywhere I go, it feels like I get into a …

THE NUCLEARIZATION OF STUPIDITY

“Courage is often lack of insight, whereas cowardice in many cases is based on good information.” Peter Ustinov Stupidity is highly dangerous.  I can say with great assurance there have always been stupid people.  I also feel pretty confident saying there will always be stupid people.  The danger arises when idiocy becomes an epidemic. And …

TOO BIG TO CLEAN

Growing up in Columbus, Ohio during the 1980s some things are just seared into my memory. I suppose everyone has the same scars that I do. I say scars not because they are bad memories, not at all. It’s just that, these things, they mark you. They don’t hurt, they are just there, always there. …

WHO WILL BUILD YOUR MONUMENT?

Family is not the most important thing. It’s everything. Michael J. Fox When this life is all said and done, what’s left.  What will we leave behind when we go. I guess most of us want to leave a piece of ourselves.  Maybe some investments, a house, some contribution, perhaps even a statue. That would …

JUST DON’T DO IT

Abstinence is a dirty word.  A word that makes nearly everyone uncomfortable.  It is, however, a potent tool that is at our disposal.  People think that to abstain from something is hard, and it is, but it isn’t impossible.  We have a strange defeating way about the way we look at the world because we …