The Wise Woman and The Stone




A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream.
The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her
bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to
give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune.
He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later
he came back to return the stone to the wise woman. “I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know
how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even
more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.” 

~ Author Unknown

Art © Charles Frizzell
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What it is one forgot
Halfway down the stairs
Is a welcome improvement
On only remembering later

No, no all is not yet lost
While what one lost
Is yet remembered
For a little while

Somme And Then Some


A hundred years pass
Birthing ceremonials
Little has been learnt

Self-sufficiency: Four By Six


Sexual expression
Sometimes appropriate
Other times not so much
When it’s best kept in hand

Owning Up


Each of these poems
Is intended to be best
Read aloud … For why?
For I love the sounds

So build each piece
With sound in mind
As well as meaning
Plus any reference

For I love word play
Adore ambivalence
And multiple levels
Of tacit meaning

The writer invites
The reader invents
Becomes co-creator
In passing the time


If not now then when?

BUDDHA IN THE MUD by Tony Barrs. There are two truths: the real and the seemingly real. Their connection is the negative emotions. On the path of the seemingly real, the emotions imprison us. On the path of the real, the emotions liberate us. There is a secret life to the emotions.

It Is Imperative That We Wake Up…
and recognise the illusions

The DNA of the mind; the genetic information and characteristics – physical or mental – that are passed from one generation to another.

How easily we conform to being manipulated, and then pass this behaviour on to others.

The Milgram experiment shows how people, against their better judgement, obey someone in a white coat who instructs them to inflict electrical shocks on another person. This was a staged experiment using actors; an unsuspecting participant was told to inflict pain on an unseen individual as a ‘punishment’ for an incorrect answer to a question. No pain was actually caused, but the person who pushed the switch did not know this – and despite believing that they were causing pain, people still complied with the commands they were given.

The video below shows how this procedure is applied today with the objective of creating compliance to those in…

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Not So Smart Then After All.

“Technology itself is a tool that is neither inherently good nor bad, but technology without wisdom is weaponised stupidity.”

– Sergey Baranov.


Boarders Without Borders


Born where we stand
Impermanent tenants
Just … like … boarders
Boarders without borders

Very confusing here
Up and down
Back and forth
Round and round
Oh for a way to get away

We are all refugees
All taking refuge
Consciously or not
Taking refuge
In some something

Do remember not all
Refuges are equal
As time in time reveals

Born where we stand
Impermanent tenants
Just … like … boarders
Boarders without borders

News Flash


A bitter taste
This current brew
Beneath which brews
Something quite other
Resembling a rumble
Of thunder in the distance
Borne on winds heading our way

Refuge In Carlisle

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