The Bears of Merritt

The Bears of Merritt

I will return a new man June 2021; I embarked on a solo off-road motorcycle adventure for three weeks to find myself. I only recently made the transition from the comfy, luxurious easy rest chair of long-distance Harley Davidson’s to the more nimble, bumpy, less...

Fluffy White Asshole

Fluffy White Asshole

It was 3 am, I was awake, eyes closed, lying in bed, and my cat bites my left elbow, not hard, but hard enough to force me to sit up and stare at her blurry image. I attempted to rub my sleepy eyes to focus better; instead, I pushed my reading glasses into my face,...

Who is “I”?

Who is “I”?

The most common question to every human being since existence; who is I? Followed up by; what is the meaning of “my” life? These questions arise when we are displeased in a situation. Our mind is adrift, we are sad, and pain is prominent because when we are content...

Safety First

Safety First

One year ago today, my life was forever altered, not in a physical sense, but mentally. The image above depicts my irrational thoughts of a magnificent Cat D9 Dozer weighing in at a colossal 100,000 lbs with just shy of 500 horsepower; this beast can move anything you...

Discombobulated

Discombobulated

Some days I just feel all discombobulated, like I am walking around with a box over my head, memories of my past screaming at me, I "shoulda" and "coulda" done something different, clouding over my future, rendering me with feelings of hopelessness and helplessness....

What’s Real, Me or My Shadow?

What’s Real, Me or My Shadow?

To ask the right question will lead to the correct answer. Right? For example, is my shadow real, or am I more real? I rode my Harley over the Golden Street Bridge in San Francisco; look at the picture above just as I photographed the road through Nevada and edited...

Things That Make You Go Hmmmmm

Things That Make You Go Hmmmmm

Unable to sleep last night, I got up and moved to the living room to read until I felt drowsy enough to attempt sleeping. Earlier in the evening, I had purchased a Kindle book written by Gary Lachman, "Revolutionaries of the Soul," and lay down on the sofa with my...

YouTube Announcement

YouTube Announcement

Wow! I am blown away by the overwhelming support of so many beautiful people who want to participate and engage in discussions of mental health awareness, happiness and life’s decisions. I never thought for a moment that I would undertake such a massive challenge to...

Music is a Vital Aspect of Humanity

Music is a Vital Aspect of Humanity

Mr. Barnes ends his posting with a most potent conclusion, "Music is a vital aspect of humanity…" (FaceBook Nov. 25/21). Could this be his journey of eudaimonia and his purpose in life? "I was a dedicated athlete when I was younger. It was good for my body, taught me...

The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

I am ageing myself just bringing up this movie; however, several lessons were learned along with slapstick humour. A quick recap for those of you who haven’t seen it since the ‘80s and for those who have never seen it. Happy go lucky Chicago family man Chet Ripley,...

Building Resilience

Building Resilience

What about resilience? Speaking from experience of mental health challenges, resilience plays a significant role in the healing process, so upon reading 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a...

Reading

Reading

Why read something when you can watch it on a device? To improve your communication skills – because let's face it, we're often speechless and, as Jacques Lacan describes it, "words trapped in the body." Some of us have a hard enough time communicating between our...