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Okay, and death.

red roses in bloom during daytime

People re always writing about how precious life is, how wonderful it is to be alive.  I just read something by a physicist the other day, who wrote that very thing.

But the truth is, life doesn’t seem precious, or wonderful, to a lot of people.  Suicide is always on the rise.  Torture, terror, suffering, poverty, war, starvation, no clean water, or medical availability…and all the rest, don’t always make for a precious, or wonderful, life for millions of people.  I’m not saying that people in dire straights aren’t happy, because they certainly can be, but as a whole, I think a lot of humans are afraid and miserable, living on the edge.  Depends on your circumstances, a lot of the times.  Not always, of course.

We have absolutely nothing TO compare life with.  Death might be fantastic.  A new start, away from here.  If the NDE (Near Death Experiencers) are right, and there are a LOT of them, then no one wants to come back here.  They FIGHT to stay on the other side.  So, what’s everyone talking about…this precious and wonderful life?  Again…compared to what?

When you sleep, you don’t long to be awake so you can live your precious life.  You don’t feel anything, unless you have a nightmare.

This isn’t a great place, unless you’re into violence and destruction.  Sure there’s beauty all around us, at least for the moment, until we destroy it.  The Ukraine was beautiful, now it is simply dirt and dead bodies.  That’s what our species does.  And people can argue with that, but it’s still the truth.  There used to be peace time, between wars, until greed took over, now war is a constant.

Horrible things happen to people everyday.  Some fight to stay alive, other say, “I’m done,” and check out.  Still others are afraid to leave, but they’ll go anyway…no choice.

If people really believed that life was precious, or wonderful, they wouldn’t allow wars to exist.  They wouldn’t allow violence against animals, women or children to exist.  It’s only because people don’t really believe that life is precious, or wonderful, that those things are allowed to continue, well, that and the fact that men are in charge and the current belief is that some lives are way more precious than others.

If we believed that life was precious, no one would be hungry, or discriminated against.  Equality would be the only thing that mattered.

Life, like everything else, is relative.  But if life is only precious on a personal basis, then it’s just more of the same.  The real problem is that people don’t like each other.  Not if they don’t think alike.  That, and the fact that greed and power can destroy entire countries and maybe the world itself.  We will never get along, unless something so horrendous happens, that we’re forced to put aside our differences and all ten of us have to work together until it’s over.  Studies have shown that people work well together until a crisis is over, after which they go back to disliking each other agin.  So what hope is there, on a grand scale?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not actually writing about precious lives, I’m just saying that we should stop writing about it, since it’s just another saying, that might be written on a piece of wood.

A couple days ago, a woman went jogging.  They found her body later.  They caught the guy who did it.  He just got out of jail after serving 20 years, for doing the same thing, I guess.  He did it again…right away.  Another dead woman.  Women’s lives aren’t all that precious, or wonderful.  If they were, men wouldn’t keep raping, beating and killing us.

And now…a few words about kindness.

The reason kindness can make some people cry, or is always remembered, is because it’s so rare.  Kindness, is not the norm, so when it happens, people can become overwhelmed.  It’s not that a lot of people aren’t kind…they are…kindness takes place all the time, but it’s usually surprising and people are grateful for it…because it stands out.  If kindness was common, we would take it for granted, like we do everything else. We can’t help doing that, it’s what we are.

This is a weird place to be, and we have made it exactly what it is.

Hey, I’m just sayin’.


Photo:  Julia Kadel


To sleep…perchance to dream…

Photo:  Samuel Regan-Asante

A short story about a car crash…and life and death.

Free A Broken Windshield of a Car Stock Photo

“Wow.  I don’t think that guy’s gonna make it,” he said, looking at the guy laying in the street.  “He looks pretty bad.”

The man next to him nodded.  “I agree.  He doesn’t look good.”

“Whenever I see something like this, I always feel bad for the person’s family and friends.  It has to be a terrible shock.”

“Feeling bad only happens on this side.  When you leave here, you don’t think about those things because you know that this life is just an illusion.  People come here to learn what they want to learn.  When they’re here they don’t remember that they planned their trip, picked their parents, and came here to do what they wanted to do.  Forgetting is part of the game.  But once you know none of this is real, like you do now, life gets a lot easier.”

Life is an illusion?”

“It is.  People don’t actually die, they simply become pure consciousness.  That’s what we are, pure consciousness, energy.  People are still themselves when they die.  Then they make a new plan and reincarnate into a new body.  Consciousness always was and always will be, so everyone is eternal.”

“I think you’re crazy,” he said.  “And I don’t believe that guy’s going to wake up.”

“Where’s your car?”

“Right there,” he said, pointing to the mangled auto.  “Wait.  That can’t be my car.”

“Take your time,” said the man next to him.  “Then again, maybe you better hurry up, since they are loading you into the ambulance.”

“That’s me?”

“It is.”

“That’s how I look?”

“it is.”

“I thought I was bigger.”

“No one can really see themselves.”

“If I’m over there, then how am I standing here talking to you?”

“You need to follow your body.  There’s still time and you might be able to choose.”

“Am I dead?”

“At the moment.”

“What’s happening?”

“You’ll see.  You’re going to meet people who can help you.”


“Good luck.”


And then he was floating above his body in the ambulance, watching the paramedics work on him and telling someone on the phone, that they were bringing him in.”



Photo:  Artyom Kulakov

What if… (Neon)

exit neon light signage

what if
after our very last breath
EXIT sign
lights up
and tells us
where to go
what if we want to go
in a different direction
what if there are
NO directions
what if
we are all asleep
right now
our current reality
into being
and life
is nothing more
than that


Photo:  Dustin Tramel

Wisps…a poem

white smoke on black background

I don’t know if ghosts
mind being wispy
although I’m sure they have a good time
changing shapes
and walking through walls
but if they’re caught in a wind storm
it’s probably not all that much
I wonder if they hang around
because of unfinished business
or because they’re waiting for someone
maybe they just miss their stuff
or they’re addicted to living
there are probably a million reasons
they do it
but how can they read
if they can’t turn the page
and how can they pet a cat
or eat ice cream
seems like there are a lot of
to consider
I’m not sticking around
that’s for sure
but just like in life
I suppose
gets to choose




Photo:  Mulyadi



James Cann has died at 82. He was fantastic and will be missed…very much.

america…death by guns

A toddler was found alone, after the Highland Park shooting.  Both his parents had been shot to death.  No one knew who the child was, so they put a picture out and his grandparents came to get the toddler.  Their family was destroyed for no reason at all.

And one critically wounded person died, bring the death toll to 7.

The Highland Park shooter legally bought 5 guns.  He is from Highland Park.

97% of mass murderers are white males.

98% of mass murders are committed by men.

There have been 300 mass shootings in the last 6 months in america

Women in the U.S. are 28 times more likely to be killed by guns than women in other high-income countries.

In 56% of mass shootings, the shooter exhibited dangerous warning signs before the shooting.

I’ll post more on this…articles, etc., but we can all thank THE REPUBLICAN PARTY for making it easier and easier for these guys to get guns.

Okay, so…another thing…

Below is a picture of a dead woman who bled out after a back alley abortion that obviously failed. ALONE, she just died on the cement floor. No men died because of her pregnancy, or her non medical abortion.  All men were safe AGAIN.

I took this at one of the Marches in Washington.  Another NEVER AGAIN, THAT’S HAPPENING AGAIN, BECAUSE MEN CANNOT STOP KILLING EVERYONE.  THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED TO WOMEN BEFORE ROE VS WADE AND IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN BECAUSE OF THE HATEFUL SUPREME COURT AND CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN RIGHT WING.  If this photo bothers you, think of what this woman went through.  The decisions she had to make to do this to herself.  The fact that she died because medical help was legally NOT AVAILABLE to help her.  Dead women.  That’s what’s going to happen again.  That’s what they want.  That’s what they will get.  THAT is what makes them happy.  That’s what gets them off.

They are passing a law with NO EXCEPTIONS.  Even children, raped by their fathers, brothers, uncles, neighbors, teachers, strangers, shop keepers, friends, will be FORCED BY LAW to have an unwanted child, when the pregnant person is a child herself.  An eleven or twelve year old’s body is not even fully grown, and physically and mentally she will be FORCED BY LAW to carry and have a child.  How will that girl ever be okay?  EVER?  She will be in grade school, have a bed time and baby sitters.


When these laws go into effect, the pregnant person should wear a tag saying she was raped by her father, brother, uncle, etc., with the man’s picture and NAME ON IT…because THE RAPISTS are left completely OUT OF THIS PICTURE.  NO MAN WILL SUFFER OR BE HARMED BY THIS UNJUST AND DEADLY LAW WHICH WILL BE USED TO PUNISH, AND SOMETIMES KILL, GIRLS AND WOMEN.  A sign that tells everyone this is a FORCED, UNJUST, UNFAIR PREGNANCY.

The men who are making the laws are sometimes the very men who are raping women, or because of THEIR positions of power, into compromising situations.

This law, when it goes through, is pointedly aimed to punish, females (including LITTLE GIRLS) for being female.  It’s male dominance over females, and since females do not have a voice, or the power to fight back, they will be mentally and physically tortured while once again, NOTHING AT ALL WILL HAPPEN TO MALES.

Write down their names and wear them on your clothing, so everyone knows who the rapists are.  Let the supreme court PAY for every hospitalization, and burial of women who try to abort themselves, or die from back alley abortions.  Names need to be taken.  Men must be stopped from KILLING US.  This is VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN out in the open, written IN LAW.  OMG  Legal violence against us.

Children forced to have children.  That is so unbelievable I could throw up.  And those UGLY BASTARDS sit there and pass those hateful laws, but no laws are passed about eleven year old boys.  None at all.

Sick, really.  Each of the supremes should be FORCED to be at the bedside of every woman who is dying and every little girl who is torn apart because of them.  Every single time.  No one should be able to pass deadly, hateful laws, specifically directed at a specific population,  and not be accountable to the people they kill and torture.  No one.


We fought for Roe vs Wade for YEARS!  So women would stop dying, now they can go to JAIL because their bodies no longer belong to them. OUR BODIES BELONG TO THE STATE.  HANDMAID’S TALE MADE REAL.  That is my son, who died from leukemia.  My shirt says ABORT THE SUPREME COURT.  I still have it.  I’m still wearing it.

WHO said globally, 15 million people died from Covid. Far more than what was reported.

gray concrete statue in the middle of the forest during daytime

Photo:  Aron Fjell

It’s all about the sun…well Venus too, but still, the sun is the big thing.

One of my first pieces of digital art

So, the sun gets bigger as it ages.  Eventually it will turn into a Red Giant and eat us, but that won’t be for a few billion years and we will evaporate before that , so it’s nothing to worry about.  I’m not saying you won’t reincarnate around that time, but it would be silly to do so, unless you’re into the end of days kind of thing.

Anyway, Venus, described as the bully of our universe, could start roaming again, or something could hit Mars and throw it out of it’s orbit, which would screw up all of our orbits and we would die that way.

Sometimes I think we don’t understand how precarious our situation is.  The only reason we’re alive is because of the Magnet Field around our planet.  The Aurora Bdoriallis shows us what it looks like.  Mars lost its protection so it’s a dead, dusty planet.  Too small to take care of itself, it lost it’s atmosphere.  Nothing to protect it from radiation and solar winds.

Eventually the sun will take all the rocky planets, because that’s just what stars do as they age and die.

Anyway, it seems to me, that while we have the time, we should plant trees and turn the world into a garden.  We should LISTEN to the EPA and stop killing ourselves, the animals and the planet, while we still can.  I’m not sure if we are just insane, or simply that stupid, but we seem to ignore the things that are right in front of us. We have been TAUGHT to do the things we do.  We have been taught not to LOOK at what’s going on around us.  We have been CONDITIONED to ignore the fact that everything is dying because the rich want to get richer.  We have been taught, all of our life, to NOT ASK QUESTIONS OR THINK FOR OURSELVES.

We need to spend money on trees, not guns. We need to spend money on peace, not war.  We need to spend money on habitats for our living neighbors.  We need to stop clear cutting forests and fracking.  We need to WAKE UP NOW!

We saw the difference in the environment when we were in lockdown.  People are sick because of our polluted air.  Kids are on inhalers.  We do nothing to make things different/better.  We need to have representatives who are GREEN.  Not these greedy thugs who are so busy controlling women’s bodies, they don’t even know there IS an environment.  We need to do a lot of things, if we want to be healthy ourselves and keep our planet healthy as well.

But we won’t.  Brainwashings is hard to overcome.  We all need rehab, but there’s no one who could run it because they would have been brainwashed as well.  I’m a city person, and would die in two days, if I had to farm, or do anything to  take care of myself in the wild.  But I do know that even the little things we can do, can make things better.  Plant butterfly gardens, and plant bee friendly flowers.  Support those who plant trees and work to protect our forests and the animals who live in them. Do research and decide where you want your donations to go so they will make a real difference.

If the bees die, so do we.  Eight years and we’re gone.  Kind of like if the sun shuts off, we will be dead in 8 minutes.  I never liked the number 8, maybe that’s why.

So, the truth is, we have nowhere to go.  As they say, there IS NO PLAN B.  If we don’t take care of the earth and get rid of all the horrendous governments who do nothing but lie and destroy, well, I guess we will get what we deserve.

While we can thought, plant flowers and trees and do what you can.  Everything on the earth is innocent, except for US.  WE, are the destroyers.  Just us.  No one else.  It’s all on us.

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