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  • Kurt Brindley 2:04 pm on March 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Heidegger, Kierkegaard, , Nietzsche, philosophy, , Sartre, , The Stranger, ,   

    The Absurdity That Isn’t 

    An Existential Moment

    I’m not a philosopher despite the fact that it is my belief that everyone with a thinking brain, and especially those without, is one, whether it be as a witting one or not.

    No, I’m not a Philosopher, despite my occasional philosophizing about philosophical stuff, in the same regard that I’m not a Poet, despite the fact that I occasionally write poetic-like stuff.

    Philosophy as a studied discipline is way too confounding for my confounded brain.

    However, practicing a philosophy as a means for navigating life comes as natural to me as the act of breathing or as the desire to include unnecessary descriptive and expounding words, especially those oh so delightful words of the adverbial persuasion, into as much of my writing as possible.

    For instance, I have no idea how many times other than a lot that I’ve attempted to read and understand such profound Philosophers as Kierkegaard and Nietzsche and Heidegger and Sartre and Camus and, regardless how many times it’s been, without fail and after only a few pages I have to put their books down in angry frustration and embarrassment from my inability to read the words that they have carefully and thoughtfully written for me with any sustained comprehension. It is maddening to me that, while I can read and understand just about any individual sentence of theirs, when moving on to a succeeding sentence, of which I can also read and understand, I invariably lose comprehension of the sentence which had just preceded it and which only seconds before I had understood.

    If hell is other people, then a deeper hell is other people other than the people I can understand…

    (More …)

    • xmatman 1:22 pm on March 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Uhm… Yep. :)

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    • howard johnson 6:47 pm on March 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Great post. Well said, sir.
      I’m glad that some one else feels that it is possible to know the words, even the grammar of a sentence or two and have no idea of what the author has said. You mention Heidegger, in my experience, he’s one other worst, on a par with Derrida. You can’t even get a what they mean, second or third hand as their commentators are as obtuse.
      It is frustrating and self demeaning to try to read what you’ve heard is great wisdom and come away feeling more ignorant. But don’t blame yourself!
      First of all, the people you mentioned didn’t write in English, so you are getting a translation, someone else’s words who might not understand what was written any better than you or I. Second, these guys use short hand, ordinary words as hints of concepts they all have spent years studying, and jargon, those secret passwords that distinguish members of the club. They wrote for other professional philosophizers not for folks like us.
      But every once and a while, when you are reading this stuff while simultaneously translating their words into yours to try to make sense of even a bit of it, there comes a “now, it all makes sense” moment that clarifies—though hardly solves—the absurd futility of “it all.”It’s over quickly, but there remains a taste of insight that keeps you trying to read above your pay grade. For me, anyway.
      Thanks for the like.

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  • Kurt Brindley 1:37 pm on March 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , artistic concepts, Chinese characters, 間, , , Japanese concepts, , , philosophy, , , , Spatialism   





    • quillella 5:31 pm on March 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I am….confused. This is like the modern art of writing :P

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    • Aimer Boyz 11:16 pm on March 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I have no idea how you did this and I’m not sure what you were trying to say, but I can’t stop looking at it … Definitely the most unique post I’ve seen. Fascinating :)

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:27 am on March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Ah, I’m so happy you enjoy it, my friend. Perhaps, so as not to lose its impact for you, it’s best if I not to explain what it means to me.

        Thank you, AB – your kindness is always received with much gratitude.

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  • Kurt Brindley 7:04 pm on January 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , philosophy, , torture,   

    Realm of the Benevolent and Its Loss of Hope 

    More weird, rambling, forgotten writing recently found while rooting ’round the cluttered Draft files folder. I don’t remember writing it, ergo, I have no idea why it was written. However, as it appears to be a philosophical dilemma regarding torture, and, as torture has been one of the Freak Show promotional devices, I guess that kind of makes it relevant to today. Right?

    Realm of the Benevolent and Its Loss of Hope


    The Significance of Being Earnest about Torture


    You and your anointed line, the ancient Realm of the Benevolent, a most modest and compassionate line of monarchs if ever there was one, has ruled royal over all of the Earth’s bountiful domain from time immemorial. And while your realm has always been one full of Peace and Plenty, a new dark day has dawned upon it, for the Sorcerer of the Vile has finally united the Universal Forces of Evil against you and your humble people.

    Spells by the Sorcerer have been cast, enchanting many of your brave and trusted nobles and subjugating them and all whom they lord over under the Forces of Evil. With so many of your own nobles now aligned against you, your realm’s existence is being threatened like it has never been threatened before. Your blood could be the last of your majestic line’s to flow.

    One of your most valiant and strong amongst all your nobles, whose enchantment is yet unbeknownst to you, managed to storm the Chamber of the Grand Council of Goode while in session and kidnap your most trusted advisor and lifelong friend and one whom to all is known simply as Hope.

    Hope has always been there for you for as long as you have ruled. Without her by your side, you feel lost, helpless. Defeated.

    For days you hear nothing of Hope’s fate until finally a most horrid of dark riders on a most horrid of dark horses brings word straight from the Sorcerer of the Dark himself that he is willing to allow Hope to live, but only if you, like so many of your enchanted nobles have, swear a subjugating oath of fealty to him of the Vile.

    And you have only until the Hour of Eight to do so.

    Luckily, amidst your despair at the loss of Hope, word arrives from a messenger of the yet clear-headed and un-enchanted Lord Squarejaw that he and his loyal guard have captured a close confident of the Vile Sorcerer and one whom Squarejaw is certain knows where Hope can be found. But time is short and as of yet no answers are forthcoming from the Vile allegiant and Squarejaw fears and that there is only one way to get answers from his captive before the reckoning Hour of Eight strikes. And that way is through… torture.

    For Hope’s sake, what do you, you in all your benevolence and grace, do?

    ~ Bring your ancient and noble line to an end by subjugating yourself and your realm to the Sorcerer of the Vile and his Forces of Evil, thereby letting Hope live?

    ~ Continue to resist the Sorcerer of the Vile and his Forces of Evil, thereby letting Hope die?

    ~ Sacrifice the ideals and principles of your ancient bloodline and Realm by ordering Lord Squarejaw to torture the Vile allegiant in the hope that the captive will provide the information that will enable you to save Hope before the Hour of Reckoning?


  • Kurt Brindley 1:14 pm on May 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , celebrity quotes, coaching, infographics, , inspirational quotes, Life Coach Spotter, life coaching, philosophy, , Rana Tarakji, , ,   

    THE PHILOSOPHY OF INSPIRATION | A Relating to Humans Philosophical Issues Feature 

    by Rana Tarakji

    As Kurt explains it on his Welcome page, it is impossible to mingle with other human beings in an entirely pain-free manner. However, there is a difference between pain that aims to makes a person stronger and pain that aims at the opposite or has no aim at all. How can we inspire others without a bit of tough love anyways?

    For instance, telling the truth can hurt sometimes, but isn’t it in the favour of the truth-receiver? Doesn’t it enlighten the person with truths that make him or her wiser and allow him/her to be more successful in his/her future life? Perhaps not knowing the truth might keep the person content, however, there’s usually a bigger chance that not knowing the truth can hurt a person in the long run.

    What about giving advice? Advice can be tough for some people to swallow. They might not want to hear what you want to say to them, even if it makes perfect sense. A lot of people prefer not to get involved in other people’s decisions and not to offer their advice if it stands against the other person’s beliefs. But does staying quiet in critical times help that person? No, it doesn’t.

    Celebrities are often looked up to because they have usually gone through a lot of ups and downs and tough times to get where they are in their lives. It’s never an easy thing to become well-known, respected and adored by millions. And sometimes, simple but wise words from these inspirational people can motivate us to make small changes in our lives, to the better. The following infographic lists some of the top inspirational celebrity quotes by life coach spotter that will leave you inspired:




    Learn more about our open-submissions Relating to Humans feature here.


    • Leland Olson Hoel 11:08 pm on June 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Kurt, I haven’t seen you anywhere around WordPress lately. I thought I better take a minute, try to track you down and see how you’re doing? Been concerned about you, thinking about you, hope all is well, your busy as a beaver with a hole in the dam. I’m still hanging on by a thread on a worn-out rope, but I’m not going to throw in the towel quite yet. The old body has just about shot its wad. Thinking of your old man, stay well. Blessings to you and yours.

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      • Kurt Brindley 4:07 pm on June 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        It’s so good to hear from you, my good friend. I’ve missed your visits and conversation. Health-wise I’m doing great and it’s fun to be working on putting together a movie. It’s too bad the body has to poop out on us like it does. I’m sorry you’ve not been feeling well but I’m so happy to reconnect with you, good sir. Thank you for the blessings and I wish the same and more for you and all who matter to you.


        • Leland Olson Hoel 12:50 pm on June 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          So you are working on a movie? I guess that really comes as no surprise with all of your talents. I’m going to have to find out more about your movie for sure. Someday I can say, ‘I’ve blogged with someone rich and famous’ that will be pretty neat! Thanks for your reply. Best wishes with the Hollywood crowd.
          A year ago, you did a post on the Edmund Fitzgerald as I recall, that was great.

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          • Kurt Brindley 11:31 am on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            Yes, the movie will be filmed next month out in LA. Thank you for the well wishes. I’ll need them. :) And as a Lake Erie boy, the EF and Gordon Lightfoot’s song about it had a profound impact on me.


    • Louis Naughtic 8:32 am on August 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Aye, but those who need such advice are often immature enough to be combative when one attempts to outline their faults. Why would they be worth the effort? Who am I to talk, I tolerate my idiot siblings all the time.


  • Kurt Brindley 7:53 pm on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , art theory, , , credibility, , , , philosophical questions, philosophy, ,   

    While Hacking at a Log 

    I wonder…

    What is more important to most readers of literature…

    Just the words as they are written?

    Or the why the words were written – the author’s motivation?

    Or the how the words were written – the author’s background?

    When reading a thesis that may influence one’s medical or legal decisions, knowing that the author has the requisite knowledge and training to write with such influencing authority – the why and how of the words – probably should be important.

    However, when it comes to literature – does it really matter what schools the author attended, or how well-read an author is?

    Or would most readers regard a work of literature by a less-than educated or less-than well-read author similar to someone hacking in mad rage at a log with an ax and when she comes to her senses she discovers that she had, in her blind passion, formed a beautiful wooden sculpture*?

    Would she have created art?

    Should she then be considered an artist?

    I wonder…


    *This is far from an original thought of mine but unfortunately I cannot find the original quote to give proper credit. If you know, please comment.


    • Angeline M 10:58 am on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent post.

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    • HA! 11:00 am on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t care who you are, where you come from, or what you “know” if the words, work, creation of any kind really, moves me…then it moves me. I don’t care about the writer personally speaking, when I am engaged in the act of regarding something, if its good then the artist themselves is invisible to me. thought provoking for sure…thanks. :) HA!

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:57 pm on February 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Beautifully said, HA!. I would like to think I share those same sentiments; however, I’m not sure if I’ve ever read a work of literature where, if I didn’t already know, I didn’t first seek out at least some understanding of who the author is/was… mostly was since I rarely venture into contemporary work.

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        • HA! 1:10 pm on February 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          I practice ignorance in art until I fall in love then I want to know more…but I hear you completely. There have been times that I fell in love with the art…then learned about the creator and fell out of love…ouch! it was heartbreaking, honestly. :)

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          • Kurt Brindley 1:26 pm on February 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            True that – Knut Hamson comes immediately to mind.

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            • HA! 1:33 pm on February 21, 2016 Permalink

              yeah I have a few names on the tip of my tongue as well and they range lots of “art” writers, music, painters, actors…etc.. As a performance artist myself…I get the fish bowl feeling but then again I have a really nice vibe going in my bowl…so it’s fine to stop on by and see the dirty dishes. I loved the question and it made me think, thanks for that, and the conversation. :)

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    • Windmills of My Mind 11:02 am on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Words are passion in thoughts.

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    • k rawson 11:09 am on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This is an instance where I’d have to say (cliche and unoriginal as it may be) that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And accidental art needs no pedigree.

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    • Ava 11:24 am on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      These are really intriguing questions, Kurt. I have no answers, but you’ve got me thinking. Were you hacking madly at wood when you wrote this? :)

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    • Joy Pixley 11:25 am on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      My first thought was that it doesn’t matter who the writer is — if the words as written move me, that’s all that counts. But the more I think about it, I realize I can sometimes understand better what those words mean if I know more about where the writer is coming from. What culture, what historical time, what position / class does the writer have in society, what race, gender, religion, etc. So often, fictional stories are in response to social or political issues as they affect personal lives, or if not consciously in response to them, still reflecting them. And I’d guess that people with less formal education would write from a different stance than those with more formal education. If I know where they’re writing from, I might grasp more of their references, their implications.

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      • Kurt Brindley 3:02 pm on February 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, Joy. You’ve captured much of my thinking as to why it is so hard for me not to first seek out more about an author prior to reading.

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    • avwalters 11:48 am on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Art is a form of communication. Therefore, at best, only half of it is in the hands of the artist.The other half has to be how it resonates in the appreciator. Criticism, often academic, falls in the purview of ‘the establishment’ and is inherently bound to the aesthetics of that which has come before. Popular acceptance often mirrors the crowd’s thirst for spectacle over nuance–amplifying all forms of ugliness.
      Into this mix, the best an artist can do is to create, true to heart, following that blend of soul and craft that leads home.

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      • Kurt Brindley 4:01 pm on February 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Intriguing, avwalters. But I wonder when deciding whether or not to read an unknown book of literature written by an unknown author what process does one go through to make one’s decision. How does all what you’ve beautifully expressed come into play at this point?


        • avwalters 4:08 pm on February 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Ah, but that’s not about writing. It’s about marketing. I think I’m a good writer. My reviews on Amazon support that–and I try to write, true to myself. But I’m a terrible marketer. My message only gets out to very few. When a reader approaches an unknown book by an unknown author–the blurb, the reviews, the cover, that’s what attracts.Even more, if someone they know recommends it–that’s what attracts. No matter how wonderful by book may be, or not, the reader won’t know until they sit down and spend time with it. While I’m sure I have many things that I could/should do to “manage” my image, I surely hope that none of those things will change who I am, and what I bring to the table in my writing.

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          • Kurt Brindley 4:31 pm on February 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

            Yes, you’re right, of course. And then, when deciding whether to read or not, in addition to the marketing – or lack thereof – it must also be about an author’s background and how well aligned it is with the potential reader’s tastes and other sociological sensibilities and sensitivities, i.e., their stereotypes and perceptions.

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            • avwalters 5:23 pm on February 20, 2016 Permalink

              Unless, you manage to write in such a way as to open minds….

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            • Kurt Brindley 10:15 am on February 21, 2016 Permalink

              Indeed… we’re kind of going in circles here. :)


            • HA! 1:44 pm on February 21, 2016 Permalink

              I wanted to jump up and say I pick books on the feeling I get when I look at them and flip thru them and read a random page and see the art jacket artwork…so I don’t really go for a name until I have a reason too, and then it would take me several books that made me feel and think to even want to learn anything about the artist…but I am a self educated, self directed person anyway…otherwise it’s what I am drawn too and much of that can be related to marketing and things that stuff the artist,(knowing as an artist myself) don’t always “create” anyway. Love this thread thank you! I’m doing artwork for an writer now…translating words into an image that captures people and brings them in is a HUGE part of market share and sales and still has almost nothing to do with the original creator….on an educated meandering of thought to justify/quantify/rationalize any
              experience, before I have it?…I have no idea. :) but then again I jumped into a round robin…huh? lol

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    • wscottling 1:57 pm on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I dunno, even in medical and legal writing, the background doesn’t always carry the weight of the writing. A doctor of renown who’s been practicing medicine for decades can be blind to new and improved medical procedures and use their influence to bring down a “new” doctor fresh out of medical school who’s discovered a bigger, better, less expensive way to cure cancer (or something). So I tend to judge a writing based on the quality of the text, then the validity of the text — it’s truthfulness and believablity — then on who the author is and what their status, background, etc… might be.

      Someone once asked me “Do you know what they call someone who cheated their way through medical school without getting caught?”

      Me: “Nope.”


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      • Kurt Brindley 4:06 pm on February 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        :) Yes, but when it comes to literature, when choosing to read an unknown book written by an unknown author, how is that choice made? For me, rarely have I read a book without at least knowing a little something about the author.


        • wscottling 4:15 pm on February 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          I judge a book by its cover… or the name… or the bit on the back. Other than that, I go in blind. Most of the time, unless it’s a series, I don’t even know *who* I’m reading.

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    • Therese 5:10 pm on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I think it’s a combination of talent and skill. Forming a beautiful sculpture from hacking at a log is just a fluke. If she hacks at a log a second time, will she produce another work of art? If yes, then she really has the talent. If no, then she’s something like a one-hit wonder. One of my favorite movies is Amadeus, and the scene I liked best is when Salieri asked God why Mozart could compose such beautiful music when he was immature, unncouth etc. My point is, some people just have it, and with passion and practice they perfect it. Others may want it and invest time and money on it, but it will always be an elusive dream.

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    • Leeby Geeby 6:00 pm on February 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting muse. I haven’t buried my head in much literature of late. Referring to the voracious drug-fuelled reading binges of my youth, I would have to say that gritty visceral expression is key regardless of how well educated the author is. Like I have no qualms reading on a scientific authority as long as they are detailing their experiences from out in the field and connect a very human struggle with the pursuit of truth or knowledge.

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    • Don Massenzio 6:13 pm on February 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I generally don’t care about the author’s background if I like their work. With that being said, I’ve been researching some of my favorite authors for a blog series that I’ve been posting. I started with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and found many interesting facets of his personal life that contributed to his writing. For instance, he was a physician like Dr. Watson and shared a similar background. This could be the impetus for him telling many stories from the doctor’s perspective. It’s interesting to me, but not essential.

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    • shivasiddula 1:14 pm on February 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thought provoking article. Art is always appreciated whether created accidentally or with thoughtfulness.

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    • Elusive Trope 5:32 pm on February 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Such questions in a way lead to the “outsider art” movement. A homeless man painting on a pizza box, a person from inside a mental ward, or who is developmentally disabled etc. etc. How much does it matter if one knows who painted the pizza box? Would it make a difference if you knew the person had a degree in “conceptual art”?

      People will always have a drive for context, whether the results of that drive are relevant or irrelevant. And one person’s relevance is another person fluffy factoid. A first-person story about a gay man with AIDS in the 80’s written by straight man or woman important context? For some yes, others no. Been in so many workshop debates about whether a man / woman can truly create a female / male character because the author cannot truly see the world through the other’s eyes. Or add any of the other zillion binary (or more) groups we generalize people into.

      And how many times I have heard, “well, you have to understand the culture in which this author was raised in….” Can one look past a pro-slavery perspective if the author grew up in a pro-slavery culture? On and on and on.

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:04 pm on February 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Powerful points, ET – many of which led me to the initial posting. As for your “outsider art” movement… Behold the Basquiats. Behold the Banksies. Thank you for sharing your insight.

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  • Kurt Brindley 4:47 pm on December 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Haiku, Senryū, and the Subtleties In Their Similarities and Differences 

    If I had a bit more courage and a lot more scholarship, I would have discussed the similarities and differences between a haiku poem and a senryū poem in the introduction of my newly released book of poetry Short Verses & Other Curses: Haiku, Senryū, Tanka & Other Poetic, Artistic, & Photographic Miscellany. However, seeing that I am woefully deficient in both, I will have to enlist someone adequately courageous and scholarly to discuss these subtleties for me.

    What little I do think I know about these two popular Japanese poetical forms is that both are diminutive in structure yet powerful in purpose and meaning, with haiku typically involving nature settings and the zen-like moments often evoked by them and senryū typically involving the vagaries – and vulgarities – of the lives that we lead, often by employing humor and sarcasm. But then, what do I really know about it…

    I have no answers
    I know just that grass will grow
    and that leaves will fall

    For those of you who appreciate a little more scholarship and authority, here is what Richard Hass, former U.S. Poet Laureate, has to say about haiku in his beautifully edited and translated book The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, & Issa (Essential Poets). (I find no direct mention of senryū in the book; though it seems to me much of his discussion of haiku can also be applied to senryū as well.)

    Robert Hass:

    The insistence on time and place was crucial for writers of haiku. The seasonal reference was called kigo and a haiku was thought to be incomplete without it.

    If the first level of a haiku is its location in nature, its second is almost always some implicit Buddhist reflection on nature.

    When the hokku [what haiku were originally called] became detached from linked verse, it also cast off the room the tanka provided for drawing a moral (thought not all tanka do moralize, of course) and what was left was the irreducible mysteriousness of the images themselves.

    There is so much to consider about these two subtle yet so often at the same time plain-spoken Japanese poetic forms. Considerations such as:

    • Zen and its influence
    • the influence of China and its poetry
    • various poetic techniques found in much of traditional Japanese poetry, to include haiku and senryū, such as kake-kotoba (pivot words) and kireji (cutting words)
    • the 5/7/5 structure and its relevance to the Western haiku poet

    Hass’ book covers much of the list; however, instead of continuing to discuss about these poetic forms, let’s just experience some of the best of their kind and enjoy them as they are.



    Awake at night–
    the sound of the water jar
    cracking in the cold

    A petal shower
    of mountain roses,
    and the sound of the rapids

    How admirable!
    to see lightning and not think
    life is fleeting

    Spring rain
    leaking through the roof,
    dripping from a wasps’ nest

    Taking a nap,
    feet planted
    against a cool wall

    Winter solitude —
    in a world of one color
    the sound of wind


    Coolness —
    the sound of the bell
    as it leaves the bell

    He’s on the porch,
    to escape wife and kids —
    how hot it is!

    Cover my head
    or my feet?
    the winter quilt

    Flowers offered to the Buddha
    come floating
    down the winter river


    Don’t worry, spiders,
    I keep house

    The man pulling radishes
    pointed my way
    with a radish

    A dry riverbed
    by lightning

    All the time I pray to Buddha
    I keep on
    Killing mosquitos

    Visiting graves,
    the old dog
    leads the way

    No talent
    and so no sin,
    a winter day

    From the website HUBPAGES

    A horse farts
    four or five suffer
    on the ferry-boat

    the matchmaker
    speaks the sober truth
    only when drunk

    Zen priest
    meditation finished
    looking for fleas

    The face of her husband
    looking for a job —
    she is tired of it

    Richard Wright

    The watching faces
    as I walk the autumn road,
    make me a traveler

    An empty sickbed
    an indented pillow
    in weak winter sun

    A falling petal
    strikes one floating on the pond
    and they both sink


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    • tunisiajolyn84 9:42 pm on December 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the lesson and the lovely examples. I learned something new today that I may use in my poetic arsenal in the future. Thanks again!

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    • janjoy52 8:17 am on December 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Fun offering! Merry Christmas Kurt and Happy New Year!

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    • Mellow Curmudgeon 7:32 pm on December 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I heartily agree with Hass’ and your assessment of the haiku ending this post as “some of the best of their kind” and was especially moved by the final 2 from Richard Wright.

      Typo: strikes on floating ==> strikes one floating

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    • Mellow Curmudgeon 7:46 pm on December 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the link to the fascinating page about Richard Wright. The same website has an informative page about the traditional distinction between haiku and senryu, with a welcome remark that the distinction is not so important nowadays:
      Today many poets and editors do not distinguish between haiku and senryu, and there certainly is a gradual continuum between the haiku about nature and the senryu with more focus on humanity.

      The link is http://hubpages.com/literature/Senryu-Definition-and-Origins

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:30 pm on December 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        While I’m no expert I would expect that the growing lack of distinction between the two is more a Western thing than an Asian, particularly Japan, thing.

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    • Gradmama2011 1:39 pm on December 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      excellent… my knowledge of the subject just tripled. As an old writer, I’m new to poetry…a sudden discovery more or less… the examples of haiku and senryu is very informative. The petals on the pond have a sweet melancholy. :-) And the praying to the Buddha while killing mosquitos–so incongruent.

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:20 pm on December 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        This makes me happy, Gradmama2011. Thank you for taking the time to leave me such kind feedback.


        • Gradmama2011 8:44 am on December 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

          I’m glad to enjoyed my feedback, Kurt. :-)

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        • Gradmama2011 8:49 am on December 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

          I downloaded your book on my Kindle..enjoy your poems, and will read more of it to be sure! Thanks for making it available, it made a nice Christmas present. :-)

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          • Kurt Brindley 12:39 pm on December 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

            Perfect. :)


            • Gradmama2011 9:27 am on December 28, 2015 Permalink

              I like your haiku/senryu work… it actually makes sense. Just kidding…sense is good. :-)

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            • Kurt Brindley 10:02 am on December 28, 2015 Permalink

              I’m both happy you like the writing and that it makes sense to you as well. Not always an easy-to-come-by combination in writing. :) I’d appreciate you writing an Amazon review if you find the chance. Many thanks for taking the time to read and for leaving the kind feedback, Gradmama2011.


            • Gradmama2011 10:14 am on December 28, 2015 Permalink

              thanks…I’ll see about the review soon. As for making sense… I admit that haiku often escapes me, I like poetry with a point that I get (:-) and much of it escapes me.

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            • Kurt Brindley 10:26 am on December 28, 2015 Permalink

              Point/message is important to me, too; though, when it comes to poetry, it may not be as important to me as feeling.


            • Gradmama2011 10:30 am on December 28, 2015 Permalink

              I agree! I just like to have a clue…:-) I get subtle meanings, but sometimes it seems the words themselves drive the poem rather than create that feeling ya get after reading a poem–as the meaning and/or feeling sinks in.

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            • Kurt Brindley 10:32 am on December 28, 2015 Permalink

              Yes. Well said…


            • Gradmama2011 10:41 am on December 28, 2015 Permalink

              thanks. I prefer writing longer pieces. I’m only recently into poetry, it is very satisfying and rewarding to me.

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            • Kurt Brindley 11:37 am on December 28, 2015 Permalink

              Therapeutic in its doing…


            • Gradmama2011 12:21 pm on December 28, 2015 Permalink

              yes, keeps the mind on track

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            • Kurt Brindley 1:11 pm on December 28, 2015 Permalink



    • slugline 12:02 am on January 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I remember being in my college classes being ordered to write a haiku on the first day of class and not knowing anything about the craft. I wish I had this blog post on my first day! Wonderful work and examples.

      Liked by 1 person

  • Kurt Brindley 6:10 pm on December 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Short Verses & Other Curses – Promotional Giveaway Until 12/26/15 

    Short Verses & Other Curses

    Get your promotional edition here.


    I began focusing much of my poetry writing on the Japanese poetic forms of haiku, senryū, and tanka at the beginning of 2012 as a therapeutic effort when finding myself in the midst of an illness. And I continue to write them even as I find myself, at the end of 2015, in the midst of wellness – their therapy for me being more calmative now than curative.

    The Short Versesin this collection are all either haiku, senryū, or tanka, with those in the latter half of the section being accompanied by a titled photograph or drawing…

    The Other Curses in this collection are poems and sayings following no particular form or convention – in other words, they are quite informal and unconventional. Some in this section are accompanied with a photograph or drawing; many are not.

    I discover truth and meaning in the concepts of no mind, living in the now, non-attachment, and the angst of existence as found in the practices and philosophies and Zazen, Stoicism, and Existentialism. Additionally, I admire greatly the concepts taught by the late Dr. Wayne Dyer.

    You may notice these conceptual influences laced throughout this collection…

    Please be kind and rewind review.
    Please be kind and review reblog.
    Please be kind and reblog tweet & retweet.


    • kwolf114 5:11 pm on December 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      The giveaway is a great idea. When you send out the giveaways you could access another way of marketing your products and yourself.
      If send out by mail, include literature about another item(eg: book) you want to promote. If email electronic copy of giveaway, you could also include an electronic advertisement to promote the other.
      Hope this was helpful.

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      • Kurt Brindley 6:12 pm on December 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Yes it it. Thank you. And equally helpful, if not more, would be for you to grab a free copy of the book, read it, write a review for it, and then encourage all your friends and social network followers to do the same. :) Thanks again, kwolf114.


    • gayguidecambodia 8:38 pm on December 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Gay Guide To Asia & Cambodia.

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    • jonna ellis holston 12:44 pm on December 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for following me Kurt.
      Love the title of your book and look forward to reading your “Curses”. Have a Happy, safe and prosperous New Year (and many more after that).

      Liked by 1 person

    • Jane Eyre Haseldine 1:45 pm on December 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, Kurt. Lovely writing. I read the sample pages on Amazon and left you a review. You have a great deal of talent!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Kurt Brindley 2:19 pm on December 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you so much for your kind, encouraging review, Jane. I’m humbled by and very grateful for your words.


    • seagullsea 4:19 pm on December 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great idea. I want to review it.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Kurt Brindley 4:23 pm on December 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, seagullsea. I look forward with high anticipation to receiving your impressions of the book.


  • Kurt Brindley 1:39 pm on December 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Life Is 


    it’s funny, life is
    we are so busy living
    we forget to live


    Let’s Send The Year Out In Poetic Style
    See Newsletter Love (007-15) for details
    Must be a subscriber to participate


  • Kurt Brindley 2:15 pm on December 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Restrictive We 


    restricted we are
    not by laws or by limits
    but by self alone


  • Kurt Brindley 1:36 pm on December 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    From “Ask and ye shall receive…” 

    Be and ye shall be…




  • Kurt Brindley 3:12 pm on November 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    On Watch 


    that which would be missed
    that which would be desired
    just let it all go


  • Kurt Brindley 1:38 pm on November 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    What Must Be Must Be? 


    beyond the creek’s bend
    sight unseen still it must flow
    but how do we know


    • janjoy52 3:27 pm on November 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      And yet, forthwith, we must advance for the path to the past is forever closed. So be prepared as best you can. With light and sword and helpful hands. To go alone and yet beware for pain and tragedies must be shared.

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    • Aimer Boyz 11:27 pm on November 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You’ve captured wanderlust :)

      Liked by 1 person

    • Mary Job 6:03 pm on November 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply


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    • laurietopin 11:00 pm on November 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      This mustn’t be
      Unless it must
      In that I place
      All of my trust

      Would love to get your guidance. I do not know how frequently you actually read my blog, but I am planning to come forward soon as a survivor of mental illness, with an autobiography. Any advice you can give would be so appreciated.

      FYI my blog is now under the website laurietopin.com. Looking forward to seeing you there!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Kurt Brindley 12:30 pm on November 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Hello, laurietopin. Thank you for reaching out to me but I’m not sure what advice I can give you except be true… and interesting. Congratulations on your strength and determination and good luck with your book.

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        • laurietopin 2:23 pm on November 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

          That in itself is excellent advice. Thank you!


  • Kurt Brindley 2:17 pm on October 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    blossoms and decay
    from rose to a tangled rot
    such is this, our lot



  • Kurt Brindley 3:03 pm on October 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Fenc’d no. 9 

    Fenc'd no.9

    life’s dichotomies
    the blacks or whites, ins or outs
    the falsehoods or truths


  • Kurt Brindley 11:31 am on October 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Closure’s Clarity 

    Closure's Clarity

    bypass the hazard
    detours become the way true
    closure’s clarity


  • Kurt Brindley 12:55 pm on October 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Focus Is The Blur 

    It's There If You Look

    life comes as a blur
    wanting no time for focus
    until it has passed


    • jhanagan2014 12:57 pm on October 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great photo, as always, Kurt–and certainly my experience of life. “leaving no time for focus” also works for me.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Kurt Brindley 1:02 pm on October 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for the kind words, my friend. Leaving was the first word choice that came to mind – but to me, “leaving no time for focus” makes it seems as if we have no choice in the matter, when of course, we do. :)

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    • Carisa Adrienne 1:32 pm on October 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful photo! Very simple but powerful words. Thank you for sharing.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Ava 8:08 am on October 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      This is an intriguing thought, Kurt, and beautiful in part. But I don’t want it to be completely true, because if it is, it means I’m never fully engaged in the Now. That I live life in retrospect instead of the present. And I want to “Carpe diem” all the moments of my life. Live fully engaged in each one.

      Yet I know there is much wisdom to be gained from looking back on what has been and processing it. Perhaps we can do both? :)

      Liked by 1 person

    • Ariana Louise 11:40 am on October 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Powerful words!

      Liked by 1 person

  • Kurt Brindley 12:06 pm on October 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    What Is It, This Life 

    This Life

    what is it, this life
    I think I may know – do I
    this life, what is it


  • Kurt Brindley 1:44 pm on October 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    I AM GOD I AM 

    I AM GOD

    And God spake unto Moses,   I Am That I Am!

    And I speak unto thee,   Well then, so am I!

    I mean, seriously, that That in the name of God has to be the most ambiguous pronoun in the history of pronouns…

    I mean, seriously, that That’s antecedent can be literally anything…

    And yes, I do mean “literally”…

    I mean, seriously, we are talking about God here, right?


    Ergo, if that That in the name of God can mean anything at all within the expanses of the endless and infinite universes – those of the past, the present, and the future – then that That in the name of God can surely mean me.



    Ergo, if God Is Me He Is, then it must mean that I Am God I Am.



    Now, after reading this, I’m certain (and not just because I’m God) that some of you are beside yourself right now and are literally, yes, literally, damning me (not Me) to Hell for all of infinity right about now.

    Well, all I have to say in response to your damn damnation is…

    May God bless you.

    And I do.


    • lghoelson 1:57 pm on October 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You are also a LOVING God. As it should be. I Am glad that your are I Am, I Am too..

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    • Joy Pixley 2:21 pm on October 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Very clever, and funny! And thanks for the blessing. I can use all those I can get this week! ;-)

      Liked by 1 person

    • Saiz 3:49 pm on October 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I damned not at all. I was just considering these the tongue twisters. That’s all. :)

      Liked by 1 person

    • janonlife 4:20 pm on October 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      My son once screamed, “YOU CAN’T WRITE THAT” at me, when I wrote ‘I am God’ in a book. So I wrote, ‘Don’t be jealous, so are you’ after it.
      Thanks for the follow, by the way :)

      Liked by 1 person

    • wscottling 4:41 pm on October 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      too much for my poor, tired brain. ;_; Do you heal the sick?

      Liked by 1 person

    • mdellert 4:49 pm on October 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on MDellert-dot-Com and commented:
      Because I have a love of wordplay and the First Amendment, and because it evokes shades of Robert Heinlein’s “Stranger in a Strange Land,” I recommend giving Kurt Brindley a read this week. It might be borderline blasphemous, but it’s thought-provoking.

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    • beautynsavant 5:09 pm on October 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Scripture states in John 1:12 that all who believe in Him have the capacity to be children on God. If you are His child, part of the definition of that is we belong to Him first.

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    • Make happy happen! 7:32 pm on October 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      “I am what I am, and that’s all that I am.”― Popeye the sailor man

      Liked by 1 person

    • The Kietz 8:29 pm on October 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Sir, I do believe in your humor you have hit upon something profound! I thought of two things when I read this, one from a Western perspective and the other from an Eastern outlook.

      First, as the excerpt is Hebrew, and later taken on by Christians, the interpretation was that God (in the limited human language, Hebrew or Aramaic) is Existence itself, that He is isness. In this understanding, according to theologians (namely Garrigrou-Lagrange), God as Existence as Being sustains everything in their own existence and being. Simply put: God is Being and we subsist in Being and have being. So in a certain sense, according to this school of thought, we participate in Godness, as gods.

      Second, to draw from the creation myth from the Hindu Upanishads, in the beginning there was Brahma, he was one, and only. But he was alone, so he split into man and woman. The man and woman had offspring, and their offspring had offspring, and thus came the world. Though each man and woman believe themselves to be seperate entities, Hinduism teaches that seperation is an illusion: we are all God, or Brahma. Hinduism therefore dedicates itself to eradicating the self and becoming ONE with the universe that is Brahma.

      So, whether you are Christian or not, to say “I am God,” is not entirely blasphemous!

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      • Kurt Brindley 11:18 am on October 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Interesting. Thanks for sharing this, The Kietz. As for it being written humorously, it doesn’t mean I don’t take it seriously. I mean, how else can the Holy Trinity of The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost be explained (explained to me at least… all of the other theological rationalizations I’ve heard about it don’t make much sense to me).

        Anyway… :)


    • Aimer Boyz 12:43 am on October 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Word dancing. Nice:)

      Liked by 1 person

    • andysmerdon 3:44 am on October 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I could do with some blessing God… if you have a few spare :) Loved this, Kurt

      Liked by 1 person

    • janjoy52 10:10 am on October 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      God was saying, first of all, to you who are despairing that there even is a God, the One your forefathers spoke of, the one who chose Abraham to carry the seed who would redeem the world and, indeed promised to make you into a great nation, I AM. I AM the one Who knew you and chose you and called you and destined you for amazing greatness. I AM the one who made a blood covenant with Jacob while he slept. A covenant whereby I walked as a smoking lamp between animals sawn in two to signify: may this be my lot if I fail to keep my part of the bargain with you. I AM your deliverer! I AM your refuge! I AM your strong tower! I AM your healer! I AM WATER to the thirsty, BREAD to the hungry, THE WAY to the lost, THE TRUTH to the confused and deceived, the RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE for the one needing a do over and hope in times of despair and grieving.
      I am so glad God didn’t just say “Hi Mo! Tell your bros God sent you.” ALL the nations around had their gods. Lots of gods. What sets apart the GOD of THE burning bush that was not consumed, from all others is that all the others were made by man and this God made man and has intersected man’s path in his time of deepest pain and despair and says I AM. I AM ALL YOU NEED.

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    • Mary Job 6:08 pm on November 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Indeed i am!! Awesome fact, whether we agree or not.

      Liked by 1 person

  • Kurt Brindley 1:49 pm on October 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Now Chooses Then 

    That Before Us

    all that lies ahead
    were once choices to be made
    from now comes the then


  • Kurt Brindley 11:33 am on September 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Fenc’d no.8 

    Fenc'd no.8

    life’s truest restraints
    its most true and confining
    are those which we think




    • lghoelson 2:03 pm on September 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I have to find more time to dig into your work. I’m 74 so better get my butt in gear. huh

      Liked by 2 people

    • Mike Fuller Author 3:55 pm on September 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, man, that was the summer of love, dude. When the festival was over I woke up but couldn’t remember where I parked the car. Bummer, dude.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Aimer Boyz 6:08 pm on September 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      True. We build our own prisons. Here’s to breaking out :)

      Liked by 2 people

    • CheesyJ 4:11 pm on September 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Well put. We confine ourselves and sometimes throw away the key. Have to keep an open mind and open spirit. Great post and thank you for the follow.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Robyn 3:49 pm on September 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Kurt, you do make me laugh…for all the right reasons, I hasten to add. Such independence of thought is amply displayed throughout this site. It’s such a joy to sift through, and you are really generous with material. PS: you’ll be glad to note there’s only one ‘Kurt’ in this comment. Er, hold on, technically two, but you know what I mean!


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