One Night

One night

They sat shoulder to shoulder,
knee to knee facing the front,
packed in like sardines
listening to the man speak.

Each unaware of their neighbors
triumphs or successes,
Only given their name – nothing more,
yet each carry their own baggage.

Dismissed by time – each stood up
to leave without a spoken word
one by one they file out of the room,
dismissing the network opportunity.

The man left alone in silence,
pondering their urgency  to leave
without listening nor speaking
with their neighbors.

I wrote this while I was in a meeting for graduate students. I thought about all the missed opportunities on friendship that I’ve had in life. I’d hate to miss anymore.

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Guest Blogger: Cee’s Photography

This week’s guest blogger is Cee Neuner creator of Her blog is mainly about photography and building a community of other photography enthusisests. Typically Cee has four challenges a week which are: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Cee’s Which Way Challenge, Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge, Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge, and Share Your World. Cee also teaches photography composition lessons once a month. Cee is extremely talented and passionate about her work. She first joined the online community called to sell photography prints which didn’t work out too well. In doing so another community for photographers came along called she joined for about three years. Then she opened her own blog which has been going for almost four years now!!


One takeaway that she wants her readers to get is to have fun doing whatever you enjoy! Life is too short to waste on things you don’t want to do. I asked Cee what makes her the happiest? Cee said, “Happiness, in my opinion, is a state of mind.  Yes, there are various types of happiness, but it comes from believing and knowing that happiness can be achieved.  It is not something that is granted to you.  Some of my most memorable adventures are those where I decided to be happy no matter what.  Shortly after Chris and I moved to Oregon, I was really sick, after nearly dying for the second time (see my Lyme Disease). Chris and I went out for the day to ride our Max train (light rail public transportation) across town just to see what Portland looked like. I was hurting so bad and was very down that day. I didn’t want to disappoint Chris, so I agreed to go. I started the day out crying on the train. I decided I can make this a happy day or stay in the dumps.  I decided to make it a happy day and it was a happy day!  It didn’t make the pain ago away, but my attitude changed dramatically.”

If you’d like to see some more of Cee’s photos, please visit her blog at: Cee is a talented photographer so I highly suggest you check her out! I want to say thank you to Cee for taking time out and answering the questions.


A Beautiful and Worthy Life

I exist in a special era where technology is always advancing, life is blooming, humans race to mars, and the world exists at my fingertips. In this same era death is prominent, earth’s resources are being extracted faster than earth can replenish, and (here in the United States) celebrities are paid more than the men and woman protecting the country. Today, I’m not here to zoom in on the negative because that can stir up emotions. I’d much rather focus on four reminders that make life beautiful and worthy.

  1. Technology is always improving. Something I’ve recently been intrigued by is 3d printing. With 3d printing you can create whatever you like the only limit is your imagination. Here at my University we have two 3d printers that are of use to students. Most graduate students use it for architecture classes but you can use it for recreational use.
  2. Life is always blooming no matter the season. I’ve seen birds starting to fly south for the winter (in that V formation). A new addition to my family will arrive next month (my second nephew). The innocent of children is something I truly love because their brains are like sponges and soak up everything.
  3. Race to Mars! I follow NASA and SpaceX closely. I enjoy hearing about our future in space. If we get to Mars in my lifetime (I’m fairly certain we will) that will be the highlight of my life. I missed out on the Moon landing and I do not want to miss out on the Mars landing. To those astronauts involved they are some of the first “space pirates” as Matt Damon state in the film The Martian (great film if you have not watched it yet).
  4. The world exists at my fingertips thanks to the internet. I can use my computer and Google Earth to visit any place I could imagine (including Mars and the moon). If I don’t have my computer, I can use my android app called RoundMe (sorry apple users). This lets me explore earth using 360 degree images. I’ve discovered some beautiful places on earth through this app.

This era is beautiful if you are looking in the right places. I think we should always search for something beautiful in each and every day. As my history professor always declared, “Folks, these are the good old days!” I couldn’t agree with him more.

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Page by page,
book after book,
the words still
mean the same.

Taking chances,
living life most of all,
being who you want –
Without a care,
in the world.

Day by day,
year after year,
these memories
aren’t the same.

Choices were made,
life was lived,
people moved on.
You stand unchanged,
Still without a care
in the world.

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Long wavy brown hair,
eyes a pale green,
a contagious smile,
with a body built to bare children.
This is me.

Ambitions higher than the mountains,
reaching to inspire.
Intrigued by the world,
discovering the love around.
This is me.

Raised from the streets like a phoenix,
struggled to gain momentum.
Fighting hard to succeed,
steadily following my own path.
This is me.

Presented before
the mirror, you, & the world.
What a reflection.

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Guest Blogger: emotionsoflife2016

This is my first Guest Blogger in what I hope will be a series that is updated each week with some brilliant people.Today’s Guest Blogger is Manuel.


He is the creator of emotionsoflife2016. His blog is about all the emotions we feel as we go through this never ending journey called life. I asked Manuel some questions for this guest blog. I asked him for a small intro about his site he said, “Some poems are sad (most of them) cause my life has been full of sadness but what can I say. So drop by and hope you like my emotions.” Reader’s he is brilliant in all his work.

Next I asked what made you interested in blogging? When did you start?

“I have always wanted to be a poet, but my teachers and peers killed that dream (or at least they tried to kill it). So I stopped writing. I picked it up again when I was 23 for a few years and then stopped again. Finally, in February 2016 I decided to do what I love which is writing. I started blogging as a way to break my fear of criticism from other people. I decided to put my emotions on the internet to break my phobia and now here I am trying to get my first poetry book going.”

What is something you wish to achieve through your blog? If you could give one piece of advice what would you say?

  • One, to get all my emotions out.
  • Two, to let people know that they are not alone feeling what they are feeling.
  • Three, to be the best poet I can be.

If I could give one piece of advice it would be to be authentic, be you. Never try to imitate another person.

What is something you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t gotten around to trying?
-I always wanted to be able to visit Germany, but so far no luck. But one day I will.
What makes you the happiest?
-Not many things in this world make me happy. The only thing that makes me feel free is writing. I always say if my body allowed me, I would write 24/7/
I also asked Manuel to share any interesting facts about his part of the world along with a poem that you all would be able to enjoy. Please visit emotionsoflife2016 for more of his work.
I would also like to share with your readers that aside from classical music, I love Metal music, as a matter of fact, I used to be the lead singer of a Black Metal band call Acerbus Imperium. I also love to read books on psychology. Aside from those little things about me, I would like to share a poem with your readers:


Not The Writer You Want

I am sorry I don’t write like you, I have a different view.
I may not be a Dante Alighieri, Homer or Virgil
But for me my writings are universal.
They mean something to me and that’s all that matter
I follow my own pattern.
You may not understand it, it’s OK cause they were written by a misfit.

I don’t follow the rules, those are for fools.
I only follow my heart and soul that is my only goal.
I let my emotions take control and let myself be sucked up by the black hole.
I only write what I feel that was the deal.
I am sorry that for you I am not a writer just cause I am not brighter.