Hsű – Nourishment:

“The height of wisdom is to allow people enough recreation to quicken pleasure in their work until the task is completed.” – from I Ching the 5th gua

RENO

Reno Hobbes moved into the space Moses gave her in Venice Beach, but she spent most of her time wandering the CONTINUE >

Shi-ho-Biting Through:

“The man who makes the decisions is gentle by nature, while he commands respect by his conduct in his position.” – from I Ching the 21st gua

JAMES

We all met in primary school, me and Andre, Rock, Johnny, the twins Jax and Wheezy, Simon, and Kinch. Moses was always different. CONTINUE >

Firsts

“In your light I learn how to love…You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.”  – Rumi, Islamic scholar

T’ung Jên – Fellowship with Men: “The character of a peaceful union of men, which, in order to hold together, needs CONTINUE >

Power of Grief

Because of my personal history, the majority of which I wasn’t acquainted with until I was 49 years old, I have a lot of grieving to do.  The agony hits me night after night, all in a row, then, once in a while, I have a night or two when CONTINUE >

In the Shower

Wisdom I happened across years and years ago has proven to be priceless.  I love Texas holdem.  Back in the US, I could watch the World Series of Poker for hours and hours on television and I can’t sit through most 90-minute movies, never mind even 5 minutes of TV. CONTINUE >

Secret Ingredient

Redemption is enigmatic.  Children necessarily see things in simple terms – if I do these 3 things, I will be rewarded with free time, a good grade, or desert.  But the human soul is infinite and occupies a realm that I am unfit to reach.  Since I am badly contorted CONTINUE >

Purpose

We are the agents of love in the world.  If other living things have a soul, and maybe some do, then they love too.  Our cat, Dan, with his long, eye to eye contact, certainly makes a good argument for animals having a soul, but it is pointless to debate CONTINUE >

Definitions

We spent a summer in Cow Head, Newfoundland so we could hike Gros Morne and all of the surrounding peaks.  Newfoundland is absolutely glorious. Whilst there, we wanted to go out with a real lobsterman.  We hung around the stony beach where the lobstermen had their supply shacks until we CONTINUE >

Movement & Direction

There is no moving up.  There is movement, movement from one stance, one position in life to another, but there is not a ladder to climb.  I live in a place where most people have not crossed the threshold into Western life.  People live here in houses they build with CONTINUE >

Beloved

My name means beloved.  My worth can’t be measured by anything in the world. My value is independent of the world.  I regularly see, here in Dar Es Salaam, people in utter despair, families living in the garbage on the beach, people without legs or hands begging, young people so CONTINUE >

Punch Drunk Love

Risk is frightening because you are standing on the air and you have to put your foot down and you have to believe that when you do put your foot down, you won’t die or otherwise commit a catastrophic error.  When I am drawing I am often in that state CONTINUE >

Room

My favorite coffee table book is titled:  “Never Stop To Think, Do I Have A Place For This?”.

I love little, pretty things.  When I was a child I collected glass animals and doll house furniture.  When my son was a baby, he found something most days that he wanted to CONTINUE >