Fat bear. Skinny bear.

October 31, 2015 § 4 Comments

Florida Bears

 

Summer bears are fat. Winter bears are skinny. Bears eat when food is abundant, sleep when it isn’t. Averaged over the course of a year, bears exist on just enough.

The needs of bears have not increased across the history of the species. A bear’s “enough” looks the same today as it did when the first bear found a berry patch.

Perhaps it is because we are self-aware and therefore driven by the need to impress, perhaps it is because our clever brains are always improving on the berry patch, but our species has never been satisfied with enough.  As humans we demand an ever-expanding “more.”

On the macro scale, “more” is the thumping machine of an economy that falters if it does not constantly grow. On the personal scale, “more” is the never-ending flood and ebb of acquisition and disposal.

Where “enough” is steady and satisfied, “more” is restless and insatiable.

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Jitter-bop.

October 24, 2015 § 4 Comments

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Bony Bob got da boogety blues

so he lace up his boogety shoes.

Start to dance when he hear that beat

tappin’ and flappin’ his bony feet.

As he jive and as he rock

tarsals rattle inside his sock.

Toe bone disconnected from the foot bone…

Foot bone disconnected from the ankle bone… « Read the rest of this entry »

How inconvenient of you to die.

October 17, 2015 § 6 Comments

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How inconvenient of you to die,

troubling the murmur of

daily routine.

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Reminding us that

one day we too will be

a cause for

ordering flowers.

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How awkward the goodbye

in tight shoes, stiff dress,

the airless gloom of

someone else’s

church.

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Pride cometh.

October 10, 2015 § 5 Comments

IMG_7060_edited-1Pride sits proudly, shoulder to shoulder with the other six deadly sins.

We’ve always known it brings out the worst in us, but it seems to be part of the price of self-awareness.

As soon as we realize that we are individuals, separate from others, we begin to compare.

Am I better? Am I worse? Prettier? Uglier? Smarter? Dumber? Which one of us has more stuff?

The form of pride that shares the shelf with laziness, greed, lust, gluttony, wrath and envy is the one that claims superiority by finding someone else inferior.

This form of pride can be manipulated. Want to be superior? Buy this car, not that one, this cell phone, this perfume, go to this exclusive restaurant, not the one just anyone can afford.

Promises of superiority drive much of our consumption without delivering for more than a fleeting moment, and then the siren song repeats. Not that one…this one.

This kind of pride is not good for the individual and it is driving our planet to its knees. « Read the rest of this entry »

The little things.

October 3, 2015 § 7 Comments

Once in a blue moon, cha-ching,  you win the lottery, fall in love, visit Paris! Think back, when was your last breathless-with-amazement day?

That long ago, huh?

Ordinary days are the substance of our lives. Those of us with a glass-half-full temperament find a wealth of little things that make us happy.

While the big-ticket sources of human joy are easy to list, I bet the small sources of happiness are far more idiosyncratic,  like:

pocketPockets.

Almost anything I need will fit in one. When I’m unsure, pockets provide a place to hide my hands. Although modest, pockets provide warmth, utility, and comfort. « Read the rest of this entry »

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