"Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-imposed immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one's understanding without guidance from another. This immaturity is self-imposed when its cause lies not in lack of understanding, but in lack of resolve and courage to use it without guidance from another. Sapere Aude! [dare to know] "Have courage to … Continue reading Are Trump Supporters Unenlightened?
Lost again in the confines of the tall pines, The river rushing hurriedly shields me - from the murmurings of my own mind. The bounty of nature heals me, as I search for not, but what I might find. ~ A cold wind brushes my back, and plays upon the straps - of my bright … Continue reading Of Tree Tops and Flying Beasts
Squirrels and chipmunks pitter-patter and chatter, As Fall's warm breath turns to Winter's icy exhalation. The stars in the sky float at ease, before turning into frigid constellations. ~ Autumn being just a tease, of an unpleasant time to come. The smell of decay rides upon the breeze, As the Earth bids adieu to the … Continue reading Goodbye Dear Summer, Hello Newcomer
Back in 2009, I was enrolled in a Police Foundations program. It was the final year of my course and we had one big trip planned to kick it all off. Our teacher had decided to organize a trip down to New Orleans to spend a week with Habitat for Humanity to help build homes for those less fortunate. With a taste for adventure in my blood, I quickly signed up to join in on the fun and to earn the right to list some charitable work on my future resume. When the time came, I drove a group of my classmates down to Louisiana to participate in Habitat for Humanity for one week.
My blogging friend Mandy from "That We Might" has nominated me for this Sunshine Blogger Award! Now, I don't always participate in these awards but her questions were irresistible and she's really quite a dear who leaves very insightful and interesting comments. So I wanted to play along. 😉 Rules: Thank the blogger who nominated … Continue reading The Sunshine Blogger Award from Mandy
Hello again friends, bloggers and muses, Welcome back to another week of Behind the Author, where we dig deep into the mind of someone who has found success in some form in their lives and we try to reveal their secrets so that we can all grow. This week's author is a woman who writes … Continue reading Behind the Author – J. McSpadden
A few things happened to me today. First, I overcame my fear of public speaking by making a presentation to my class at University about the contrasts between the poetic epic that is Beowulf and the masterpieces which Tolkien had produced. I don't know if any of you had known, but Tolkien was kind of … Continue reading Beowulf, Tolkien, Overcoming Anxiety, and Momentum in Life
“Now that you're an adult, you might still feel a pang of guilt when you decline a dinner invitation in favor of a good book. Or maybe you like to eat alone in restaurants and could do without the pitying looks from fellow diners. Or you're told that you're "in your head too much", a … Continue reading A Survival Guide For Introverts – Part II
The window to my soul seems darker now. Its transparency is clouded by crimson blues. Like stained glass tempered to withstand hard blows, I can see my life only through this disillusionment. The darkness is thick except for these crimson rays. Lost, but I’m searching - from here, will I ever find my way? Cold … Continue reading The Crimson Window
These days pass me by in a wild blur. I've been consuming loneliness for a destiny that's self-assured. ~ Yet my existence is still harmonious. ~ I've compiled the pieces of this broken heart, And attempted to reassemble it part by part. Yet, it's off to a slow start. ~ A sort of emotional numbness … Continue reading I Regard You Day By Day
A man walks into a police station and addresses one of the officers at the front desk, "Excuse me, sir. I'm Derek and I'd like to turn myself in". The officer looked dismayed, "Turn yourself in, you say? Like... For a crime?" "Yes sir, I'd like to clear my conscience in servitude to the lord." "Aren't … Continue reading How Do You Like Your Pork?
First of all - Wow, I am so incredibly impressed by the quality of the submissions that were entered into this contest. I'm also humbled to have so many amazing writers who follow this blog and who've bothered to enter for this contest. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you … Continue reading The Results of the “Emotions in Motion” Giveaway Contest
Check it out! I wrote this one specifically for Yeka. As most of you know, I am not actually religious or believe in God, however I wrote this one to be special for her. I know what she believes and I respect that. She's also been up against many health challenges lately. I just wanted … Continue reading “His Once More”, Guest Post Poem on Yeka’s Blog, It’s All About Love
“How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?” ― Charles de Gaulle France Back in 2013, I was just finishing up my 2-year backpacking stint through Australasia and I was preparing to head back to Canada with my girlfriend at the time. It didn't end up being a great relationship, or even … Continue reading What I Learned Living in France for Two Months
I would just like to extend a big thank you to Becky from Beckie's Mental Mess for this award. Becky runs a blog which aims to both heal and share so that no one feels alone in their struggles. The Inspiration Award “The Inspiration Award: The Inspiration Award is a token of appreciation to blog … Continue reading The Inspiration Award from Becky