The body is a heavy bear

The body is a heavy bear. The mind is a heavy stone. We can’t duck our own presence, nor avoid our own answers. We know what we have to do. Anticipation enlivens us. Anxiety validates our heart space. Fight or flight, we are free to think as tenants of Earth, renting its oxygen. As Kipling wrote, ‘Yours is […]

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We never know where we’re going until we get there

We never know where we’re going until we get there. Sprinkles of clues pique our curiosity along the way, our mind attracted to them like a magnet. Gathering years, we take in ideas, perspectives, and discover insights. The mind hunts for grains in the obvious, the obscure, both in the environment and in other people’s minds. […]

A window into perception 🚗

Outside the windows, where I focus my attention on an overstretched street light backed by a series of palm trees, bicyclists brushing past the American flag on LA’s 405, with vehicles that match camouflage into their immediate surroundings. Through the lens of a window were sights too commanding, mirroring objects with my third eye.

→ Stop: San Luis Obispo, CA

He circumnavigated the station, ready to go no place but where he ended up. But the more he paced, the clearer his thoughts became. All of a sudden, he had an epiphany which awakened his inner scribe. The above is an excerpt from my latest book Train of Thought: Reflections on the Coast Starlight, which […]

Train of Thought: Reflections on the Coast Starlight

In celebration of World Book Day, I’m previewing a sample chapter from my forthcoming book Train of Thought: Reflections on the Coast Starlight. You can pre-order it now on Amazon.  The train represented that ‘third place’ between work and home, a space for both productivity and relaxation. It could hum with the ambient sounds of […]

Train of Thought: Reflections on the Coast Starlight

In celebration of World Book Day, I’m previewing a sample chapter from my forthcoming book Train of Thought: Reflections on the Coast Starlight. You can pre-order it now on Amazon.  The train represented that ‘third place’ between work and home, a space for both productivity and relaxation. It could hum with the ambient sounds of […]

Newsletter: ‘Competence without comprehension’

web gems “Riddim from the ghetto, lyrics from the streets.” That’s how Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry described reggae. Here he is producing from his Kingston, Jamaica studio in 1977. Burberry’s Britishness. Red Bull’s energy and fearlessness. Prada’s edginess and bold product design. This is what the German composer Richard Wagner called leitmotiv, the signature concept of […]

Lacing the blogs 

I see blogs as projects for unique avenues of thinking. This blog is my thinking blog. It focuses on what I’m reading and chewing on. It’s a collection provocative ideas and observations. My music blog bombtune.com is like my music shelf. It’s an ongoing library of new music finds from the current year. The post […]