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“Sweet Darkness” by David Whyte

I have just encountered David Whyte (thanks to my friend Dave) on the Sam Harris podcast and then “On Being” podcast with Krista Tippett. His words touch me in my deepest places and I am now buying and devouring his books of poetry and words. This one. Oh, this one….   “Sweet Darkness” by David […]

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For Gina on Our Ninth Valentine’s Day

In a life misunderstood by most, the rarest of moments is when another gets you, like a rainbow’s end, like a moon tinted blue, like the green flash at sunset. How, you may ask, does she get me? She makes me feel something other than myself. Because even when quiet she makes me comfortable. She […]

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The Search for the Holy Grail

It is 4:38 am. The following thoughts woke me a few minutes ago. They have been roiling around my mind for a lifetime. But for some reason, they rose to the top of my thinking in the early hours of this new day, and I feel compelled to write them down. The book I am […]

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The Mantras of My Life

A mantra is not a slogan, a marketing ploy, or cliché. A mantra is a mystical formula of invocation. It is a guiding principle. Over the years, I have had many. It is a psychological study to observe how they change as your life unfolds. Some are original to me, some are not. Some were […]

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What Does Going Forward Look Like?

Writing my latest book, The Quest has proven an increasingly positive experience. In 2006 I walked off stage after forty years performing music. Unwittingly I embarked upon a mid-life quest for identity that has lasted fourteen years. That is a long time. My true identity was enmeshed and broken by four decades of religion, performance, […]

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Jesus is Dead

Religion without integrity is like a body without life. Christians have forsaken God for an ideology that promises easy solutions and black-and-white values. To do this they must have an enemy (i.e., deep state, media, Obama, lefties, Hilary) to hate since that allows them to avoid self-reflection. In 2016, Christianity aligned itself with the divisive, […]

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What Does Enjoyment Look Like?

What Does Enjoyment Look Like? As I write my latest book, “The Quest,” I have separated our chronological life into four parts. I call the third chapter of life (~age 50 to 75) the “Enjoyment” stage. The designation is more than a pipe dream—it is a reliable foundation that informs essential decisions. To illustrate, several […]

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Slut-Shaming, Body-Hating and The Super Bowl 2020 Halftime

I’ve never been one to shy away from controversy and candid observations, so here goes. And I enjoy the freedom of having broken the chains of family, cultural, and religious censorship—so I can honestly and publicly say whatever I feel. Imagine that! For the first time in my life, I am fortunate to be able […]

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The Quest Explained

This is not an experience for kids. It’s for adults. Particularly those of us lucky enough to have survived the first part of life. For much of human history—and still in most of the world today—people of our age were usually dead. But today’s increasing life expectancy gives us more adult years in the second […]

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The Quest (A Rite of Passage to Know Your Self and Enjoy the Second Half of Life) Open to Anyone Age 35 and Up

I am leading our ninth annual Quest Experience (A Rite of Passage to Know and Enjoy the Second Half of Life)—it is the first one ever open to any gender age 35 and up—at Kalien Retreat near Nashville, TN. It starts at 4 pm on Tuesday, March 31 and ends at noon on April 2nd. […]