Category Poetry

Still Waiting

“Everyone can perform magic, everyone can reach his goals, ifhe is able to think, if he is able to wait, if he is able to fast.” Herman Hesse One of my earliest memories is the death of President John F. Kennedy.  I can’t say that I recall a lot, but I do remember being mesmerized by […]

Where is Your Spot?

For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length–and there I travel looking, looking breathlessly. – Carlos Castaneda As a university student, I read Carlos Castaneda’s The Teachings of Don Juan.  If you are […]

Richard Alexander Prokop

“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”– Mitch Albom August 28, 2021 marks the five-year anniversary of my brother’s unexpected and not so unexpected death.  I say “not so unexpected” since Richard had been neglecting his health for a long time in some very significant ways.  He was the type who either ignored a problem […]


I am always in the middle of a book.  Currently, I am reading a science fiction, time travel novel about historians and World War II.  Prior to that was JK Rowling’s “The Casual Vacancy.”  I sometimes return to a book that I’ve already read.  A good book is like good music.  There are some songs that I can listen […]

Mirror Mirror

(second row, fifth column) Doppelganger:  The ghostly counterpart of a living person.  From the German words doppel, meaning double, and ganger, meaning goer. I saw him only one time and that was over 45 years ago.  He was tall with really long hair.  He had a mustache, an Arizona tan, looked about 18, and was as skinny as a […]

Sensory Ghosts

“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.” Oscar Wilde Although it is impossible for me to name a favorite song,  there are several that hold special meaning for me. These are the songs that transport me back to a very specific person, place, or time. […]

Holding on to an Uncomfortable Comfort Zone

“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” Samuel Johnson A lot has changed in the last several months.  Here in Minnesota, new COVID-19 cases are falling every week.  As of today, 47.3% of the population is fully vaccinated and 55.2% have had a least […]