The Region of the Unfathomable.

I. We youthful warriors walk into the mountains to conquer the highest peak, determined to challenge the world, .  We climb ever higher along  clear mountain streams, rapidly tumbling along the boulders in a never-ending flow behind and ahead – up and up to the tree-line of the high-sierra and beyond, far above the distant…

Tears to the National Anthem

The following is the story of my first encounter with the Iranian Revolution of the late 1970's.  The events depicted are true.  Prior to these events  I had no association or knowledge of Iran or its people.  Since that day, I am surrounded by the history and human drama stemming from this watershed moment. Watching…

In the Moment

In the Moment "Life at each moment encompasses the body and mind and the self and environment of all sentient beings..as well as all insentient beings in the three thousand realms, including plants, sky, earth, and even the minutest particles of dust.  Life at each moment permeates the entire realm of phenomena and is revealed…

When I Died and Came Back

How many days, weeks or months are left me to tell this story of my meeting with death? Can it be done? Words cannot do justice or fully describe the encounter; and my meager skills as a writer may not be helpful to the attempt. And why should any attempt to describe death be made?…

What Are Angels?

Can you describe an angel?  What images come to mind?  Most readers will be able to conjure an image of an angel because the concept of an angel, or angels, or a host of angels – is so familiar in our culture. What does an angel look like?  What can angels do?  What is their…

The Jackass Hill Insane Asylum

This story was published in my first book, The Johari Mirror.   Please enjoy this humorous tale of a writer's conceit. To let the reader in on why I’m writing this, I’m old now and have realized that if a witness to certain lies and fantastic distortions does not try to correct them, then said witness…

Hippies and High Tech

Sometimes the light’s all shinin’ on me; Other times I can barely see. Lately it occurs to me what a long, strange trip its been. – Grateful Dead, Truckin’ Just down the tree-lined street from where I write, over by the Veterans Administration (V.A.) Hospital of Menlo Park, California, is a dangerous blind curve marking…

Ghosts of the Desert

“The great sin of Enlightened Europe is to allow the women of Greece, the mothers of freemen everywhere, to be forced under the veil by the Turks.”  - Lord Byron "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." - Steve Biko Ghosts of the Desert In the…

The Valley of Doom

“Let this be our national goal!  At the end of this decade, in the year 1980, the United States will not be dependent on any other country for the energy we need.” – President Richard Nixon, 1974, following the 1973-74 Arab Oil Embargo.  This goal has been a staple of American politics with similar statements…