Sunday, December 21, 2014

Illumination At A New Level

Amazing how the return of one single element in your life can recharge you and change your outlook of the holidays, adding a whole new brightness to the already blinding light that accompanies them.

The smile has broadened, too.

Yes, indeed.

Cool, huh?

Friday, December 19, 2014

after sixteen

things that have been cast aside
are best
to not try
pick up

Monday, November 10, 2014

Great News Delivered

A tremendous burden has been lifted from me, despite much pain and discomfort, knowing that I do indeed NOT have cancer has taken so much worry and fear from me.

I won't exaggerate. I truly thought my days were numbered and that my quality of life was going to change for the worse. Thankfully, I received the news I needed to receive, although I have learned that I might possibly have pain and discomfort for the rest of my life.

That's sure better than what I was expecting.

So now, to move on, put this behind me and get back in the groove of living this new healthy lifestyle I started back in May.

Hopefully that change will again come to me soon.

Monday, October 27, 2014


...all it takes
is a kind word
an expression of concern
an inquiry
a first step
a move forward
and then healing

and so it goes
and the relief
that comes with it.

and of course
a word of thanks
from me...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Throwing In The Towel?

Screams unnoticed
Cries for help
Prayers spoken
Unsure if they were heard
Always questions
The biggest one being

Saturday, October 04, 2014

basically gone

life cycles down
it comes to an end
some know ahead of time
others get it taken from them
out of existence

things, much like people,
cycle down
and come to an end

usefulness escapes us
at times
leaving us feeling empty
much as when life
leaves the body

lifeforce is needed
usefulness is wanted
continuation of life
continuation of being
continuation of being
continuation of being

ripped from the shell
cast aside

Wednesday, October 01, 2014


A free spirit
A free mind
A world without war
A world without hate
A world without greed
A world without violence
Or blood being shed.

Helping our fellow man
Food for everyone to eat
No need to worry about money
No need to expect the worst
From our fellow man.

Each day, these dreams come to me
Each night, they evade our grasp.

Throw down your selfish desires
Throw down your weapons of hate
Cast off your selfish desires
Join hands, believe, and it shall come to pass.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Waiting Continues

Another month to worry
Another month of hell
Another month of waiting
To find out if I'm well

Despite the words of others
Despite their faith and hope
The worry gnaws at my psyche
Like a bride who has eloped

Although the pain subsides some
The symptoms still remain
The big C lies in hiding
Awaiting to play its game

For now I have to try
And take it day by day
And move on with each moment
Enjoying life without delay

Monday, September 15, 2014


awaiting answers
to so many
i've yet to ask
but soon will
will his vast
and his expertise
give me the news
i need to hear
that i
long to hear
that i desperately
are the days
or are they
will i find the answers
will i have to wait
longer than i already have
so until then
i am
to so many questions

Friday, September 05, 2014

Time Warp

Across the years
Maneuvering thru a wormhole
On target with the psyche
A voice bursts forth
Revealing itself
And making one wonder
This wasn't possible

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Sleep seems to becoming a huge issue with me.

In bed at 11:30PM and wide awake at 2:32AM.

Lying in bed and trying not to disturb your sleeping partner is a difficult thing to do, since finding a comfortable position to lie in is becoming harder and harder for me.

The mind wanders, the mind races.

Sleep continues to evade.

So, why stay in bed?

So here I am, awake for over and hour and half and apparently no chance of falling back to sleep for the next several hours.

Local news on a reliable station (certainly not a Fox affiliate) begins in 16 minutes.

Time enough to go make a pot of coffee and sit back in the recliner.


Wish to hell I could buy me some.

Saturday, August 23, 2014


When age reaches a certain point and health issues become a conflict in one's life, it's amazing the things that go thru one's mind and the lengths some will go to in an effort to be able to stick around and continue to bug the hell out of people.

It's also a reminder that time is the one commodity that there just isn't enough of to go around...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

and the beat goes on....

Why is it that when you have something that is unique and offers so much to so many that there are those who try to manipulate, change, distort, convolute, tear down, ruin, mutate and maneuver just to suit themselves?

Saturday, August 09, 2014

fighting for position

never knowing what to say
never knowing what to do
on course for a collision
imminent disaster on the way
despite all good intentions
nothing ventured
nothing fun
setting sights straight ahead
not looking to the left or to the right
won't make much difference
what happens each day
or what transpires each night
listening to all those words
and realizing it's just a farce
yet despite all the lies
broken promises
empty words
some that were spoken
better left
regardless of what happened
much was gambled
but nothing gained
the conclusion
empty heart
moving on in the present direction
won't make much difference
going to still
end up

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


out here
out here where no one else goes
where no one else treads
and where no one else lives
i am here
i am he
i am what they were
and i am alone
and here i am
and confused
but the way is becoming clearer
the road is becoming wider
and there is a light ahead
and towards that light
i travel
looking neither right
nor left
nor over my shoulder
just straight ahead
towards destiny
and my reward

Friday, July 11, 2014


His fears,
Sealed away in a Mason jar,
And despite the lid being clamped tightly,
A leak occurred
And the contents
Escaped and seeped into his days,
His nights,
His every waking moment
And encased him
With their suffocating vapors,
Awakening the dark,
The foreboding,
And that which he wished would sleep.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Halfway Down?

How did it become July 10th? I mean, it just seems like last week my friend Joe and I went to the Indy 500...and the 4th of July was almost a week did that happen and where have I been? In two weekends, Joe and I, along with Taco, will be heading to the Brickyard 400, and a week later the Moto GP...a month after that is Labor Day, and although a lot of nice weather is still in store after Labor Day, but Labor Day is the ceremonial farewell to is this happening so quickly? Winter sure never went by this fast.

So many things I had planned have been left undone and not happened because of health reasons, but it instills in my mind that there's still plenty of Summer left to enjoy and enjoy to the fullest. I don't feel the best in the world, but I'm not going to let that stand in my way of enjoying the rest of this summer...

After all, as Summer winds down the greatest month of the year opens up, October, and the glorious Fall days lie ahead to yet enjoy...

I won't think of Winter now...

Not yet, regardless of how I feel.

Slow down, Summer...there's much to do yet.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

More Ponderings

Why is it some people's sole purpose in life is to be bitter, angry and hold grudges?

How can it be that some people are not happy if they aren't miserable?

What is the turn on of trying to hurt someone and find enjoyment in the misery of others?

I don't understand this and I never will.

Love, understanding and respect. Three items of human nature that are slowly becoming extinct.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

A New Perspective

Amazing what a few days away can do for the outlook one has.

My phenomenal bride of over 36 years took it upon herself to book us a few days away at our favorite Hampton Inn, and, after a few days of r and r, my mind is clearer, my body is feeling better and my entire personna has been helped beyond words.

I don't know what I did in my life to have been blessed with this amazing woman, but when I look back over all these years, I can honestly tell you I'm glad that I did whatever it was so that I could have her in my life.

Now, if everything else, as far as mind and body goes, will just continue on the present path, all will be right with the world.

Monday, June 30, 2014


Into my sixth decade
It's taken me to
Sometimes, I love too much.

Out of my heart
Burst emotions
Blazing forth
Cutting a path
To those in my life
That touch my soul
And nourish me
As I live on.

I can't control the depth
These emotions,
As they seem to have a mind
Of their own.

I give so much of myself
And I do it without
Being aware
Until the inevitable hurt
Comes blazing back at me.
Sometimes, I love too much.

As wonderful as love feels,
When the hurt returns back,
Travelling back at me
Without warning
The pain far exceeds the feeling
Of wonder
And cuts into my heart,
My soul
Every fiber of my being,
Splitting me open
As the lifeblood that is my
Runs out of me
Leaving me empty

Sometimes, I love too much.

I can't harness my heart,
I can't imprison my emotions
Though I keep seeking a way to do both.

Very few ever return
The depth of that love
But throw the javelin
Of hatred with unequalled
Penetrating that which is
And they smile and enjoy
As they do so.
Sometimes, I love too much.

The time is winding down
On this clock we call
And within that clock
The mainspring loosens
The energy disipates
The force empties out
And more pain exists than pleasure,
Leaving me to wonder,
Has it all been worth it?

The answer will not reveal itself
In this life
But in what comes after
And maybe then
I'll have the answer
And finally discover
Sometimes, I love too much.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Two weeks of pain.

Two weeks of worry.

Two weeks of confusion.

Two weeks of uncertainty.

It takes a toll on the mind.

It takes a toll on the nerves.

It takes a toll on sleep, yet during sleep the pain is not ever present as it is while awake.

You treat what the doctor diagnoses it to be, yet the pain is still there as are the unanswered questions as to whether his diagnosis was correct or not.

You hope it was, you hope it is, but you don't know for sure.

And you remember he told you, "I think that it is..."

But he wasn't positive.

And that's what stays on your mind as the suffering continues and the pain continues.


That in itself is a disease that eats away at your soul.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014



The mention of the word itself causes one to pause and contemplate just what there is to be afraid of.


It distorts rational thinking, destroys common sense and practical emotions and it emits its own radar that awakens deeply imbedded feelings that otherwise would be left alone and sleeping in the psyche.


It has an all enveloping power and devours one's day to day living. It deepens some feelings and puts to rest others, and it acts like a cancer on one's soul and eats a person up when they are filled with it.


It has a power of its own. If it could be harnessed it could power cities for months without the need for any electricity.


I wish to hell it would leave me alone.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Testing One's Limits

I truly believe physical pain can completely destroy the mind and human emotions. It does all it can to change one's perceptions and ideals.

Physical pain is the devil getting inside the soul of humanity.

We can't let it win.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Depart And Be Free

He sits.

Alone, he sits.

His mind wanders.

His wandering mind moves over things so fast, evaluating and reevaluating so many different things.

Years ago he questioned himself, wondering if he were the one at fault.

Then, as the years went by, he realized he no longer needed to question himself.

He was fine.

He was not at fault.

He had cared.

He had tried.

He had been the one to be depended upon.

In actuality, those were his weaknesses.

Those weaknesses were his kryptonite.

For one that he felt so close to at one time, he realized, that was the one that enjoyed the hurting the most.

That was the one who did the hurting.

It became a game.

And just as the one doing the hurting believed that he was winning the game, the one being hurt realized he wasn't really being hurt, he was simply being used.

Used for entertainment.

Used for bragging rights.

Used as a game.

Used sadistically.

Being hurt by one whom he thought had loved him.

Being hurt by one whom he had tried so hard for so many years to protect.

And when this realization hit him and he recognized the truth for what it really was, no longer did there exist any hurt.

No longer did there exist an absence in the heart.

No longer were there any questions.

He saw the answers.

He saw the truth.

The hurt was no more.

Anger replaced the hurt.

Anger became his lead shield against the kryptonite.

He was no longer sad.

He was no longer hurt.

He was no longer confused.

He was no longer depressed.

He was, quite simply, fucking mad as hell!

Which caused him to smile.

Saturday, June 14, 2014


Absence of color
Void of life
No sound
Empty of spirit
Cast aside
Trampled underfoot
Loss of purpose
No longer unique

Friday, June 13, 2014

A Sobering Reflection

Something happened to me this week that makes me take into consideration the past 31 years that I have been cancer free. I won't go into detail about it, but let's just say I got woke up, jolted, shook and reminded about the wonderful gift the past 31 years have been.

Don't take your good health for granted, because quite frankly, it can be taken from you at anytime without warning.

Thank you, Almighty God!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Greatest Spectacle In Racing, Version 98.0

This past Sunday I was once again privileged to be able to attend the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500. Beautiful blue skies, temps in the low 80s and a field of cars separated by only 4 miles an hour led to one of the pleasurable races I've ever had the pleasure to attend.

Only two weeks prior to this, I got to go see the Inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the newly built road course in the infield.

I got to witness Jim Nabors sing "Back Home Again In Indiana" for the last time, which truly put tears in my eyes. Our seats were on turn 3, six rows up, which put us only about 40 feet from the track. About 5 feet further out, the cars carrying dignitaries passed us, again, just a mere 45 feet away, and I had the pleasure of seeing several people, including Jim Nabors, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, as well as several past champions of the Greatest Spectacle In Racing. I got to see three turbine powered cars take a parade lap around the track, and listen to the strange whisper quiet power plants as they drove by us.

And then, the 500 mile race itself, with a vast number of leaders, lead changes, and the second closest finish in Indianapolis 500 history. All of this happening less than 50 feet in front of me. And while the seats were not on the main straightaway, they were excellent and provided us with so much action to watch.

And best of all, I got to share this experience with my good friend Joe, who got us the tickets thru his place of employment. This entire experience cost us each $10, which was half of what we paid to park in someone's yard.

We already are making plans to go back next year for the 99th running of the Indy 500, as well as this year's Moto GP motorcycle race and the running of the Brickyard 400.

I am so blessed to live within an hour of the greatest race course in the world, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

I can't wait until I get to go to this magical place once again in just a few weeks.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

A Nice Place To Be

Why is it so many folks when they see someone they used to care deeply about finally being happy and having the things they always wanted, why is it they don't want that person to be happy or have the things that make them happy?

I can recall in junior high when a girl broke up with me once she told me she hoped I would never be happy because she was the best thing that ever happened to me. Nothing was certainly further from the truth. To this day that poor woman isn't happy and has never found what it was she was looking for.

That's sad.

Our lives all have their ups and downs, their moments of happiness and their moments of devastation. Sometimes we stray from those things that make us the happiest for a lot of varying reasons. Some of us are fortunate enough to get back on the right track, while others don't.

When we make our journey back, and when we get on the right track, why is it there seems to be someone out there that only wishes to see you hurt, miserable and alone?

I can think of no one in this life that I would ever wish that on. Those who crossed my life's path I only wish the best for, and the happier that they are and the more they have those things that are precious to them, the happier I am and the happier I am for them.

What pleasure can there be in wanting to see someone all alone, without friends, without happiness and without love? When lives grow apart and when those people are no longer in your life, how can you possibly find contentment in their misery?

I'm happy, I'm content and I harbor no ill will or bad feelings toward anyone. Life has taught me that nothing is gained by that type of thinking. I'm thankful to God above for those he has brought into my life, to those who touched my life in many different ways, and I am hopeful that all continues to go well in their lives as well. I wish them well, I wish them every happiness and I would do nothing to try and change any of that for them.

Sadly, not everyone feels this way.

What achievement is there in being so selfish and so hate filled and so ill contented?

Everyone who has come in and out of my life has had a special place there, and while there are many who are no longer a part of my life, I'm thankful that they came into it when they did and I am thankful for the footprints their life left in mine. I can only wish them every happiness as their lives continue on and I hope they are always happy, content and loved.

Love is beautiful, love is kind, and if it's ever really there, it doesn't bear rotten fruit and it doesn't turn evil as it mutates. It simply changes in degree...

As does life, and all it holds for each of us.

And I'm thankful for where my journey has led me to at this point.

It's a nice place to be.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Requiem #9

Our lives are intertwining journeys, with crossing paths and forks in the road that we all wander, bringing to us along the way, our friends, our loves and our adventures together. Some lead, some follow, while others just try and catch up. Enjoy each step of the journey because you never know which step might be your last.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Missing You, Autumn

A few years ago I ran across a blogpage of someone who wrote the most amazing poetry and she and I met on here and became cyberfriends, both of us loving poetry and both of us enjoying what the other one wrote.

Then, as is the case so much of the time, things in her life and in mine got in the way and we unfortunately grew apart. As my entries decreased in frequency, her's simply stopped altogether. It's been over 2 1/2 years since this gifted lady made an entry, and while I know she is busy with her life and with the lives of her children, there is an absence on the net since she quit writing, and I so wish she would make a comeback and start writing again. Her poems were so dynamic and I miss reading new ones from her.

With that being said, I understand that life sometimes does get in the way, but I hope somehow she wanders upon this entry of mine and maybe makes an attempt at making a comeback on here. Her words and poems are truly missed, as is she.

Autumn, if you happen upon this entry, know, my dear friend, that you are missed and I hope someday you come back and start writing and blogging again. I miss you beyond words.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

...and the adventure truly continues...

So, it's been announced that we just endured the snowiest and coldest Winter on record here in Indiana...that was a record I could have enjoyed not breaking.

This has been a long Winter as well, and has tested the nerves and patience of many.

So called "maintenance" on a propane pipeline, driving up the price of LP gas during a record cold Winter, a supposed "shortage" on LP, record heat usage, record electric usage, damage to crops due to a drought on the West Coast, driving up prices on groceries for the next few months...

There's always a reason to soak the little man out of as much money as possible, isn't there?

I wonder what other wondrous things we have to look forward to as this long ass Winter just continues to rob us of our sanity and our financial resources...

At least we have a concerned Congress looking out for us...

yeah, right....

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Perception of Ego

The written word and how it is perceived never ceases to amaze me.

In some people's lives, it's always written about them and never about anyone else.

"You're So Vain" by Carly Simon is a perfect example of what I mean. So many took those words to be written about them. Only Carly knows for sure.

Facebook posts are another common area of misconception. I've seen the biggest arguments over simple posts that one took as being directed at them. And try as you might, in some cases, you'll never convince some that those words weren't written about them.

Are egos really that damned huge?

Hence my following statement:

This wasn't written with you in mind.

Saturday, February 22, 2014


Pure, undying

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentines Day 2014

Despite Mother Nature being a fickle bitch this year and dumping even more snow on us, we were able to have a most wonderful and intimate Valentines Day celebration here at home.

Peggy stopped and visited her Dad at the nursing home this evening for a bit, and then she ordered and picked us up a delicious steak dinner from local restaurant Mezcal and brought it home and we dined in front of our family room fireplace.

After our dinner, we exchanged gifts with each other and are now planning on spending a very nice and quiet Valentines Day evening at home, sharing the special day with each other.

I have been so very blessed to have had this woman in my life for nearly 40 years now. Next Saturday will mark our 36th wedding anniversary. It's so hard to imagine it's been that many years.

Happy Valentines Day to all of you, my Faithful Few.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

How Sweet It Is

yet smiling
the taste of victory
upon his
which no one
else could.
he didn't
he only
that he had
lost a battle
but totally
the war.