Thriller Eyes

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What is it about Michael’s eyes?  Even as a zombie–the walking dead–they were powerfully compelling, calling us to be more ALIVE. On days that are hard, sometimes all I need is to see a photo of his eyes and I know I’ll be all right.  I see his soul, and I know he sees mine. That’s some fucking power people. He was a master at using his eyes to connect with us, human to human. Through them, he sent all … Read More

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The King of Fools

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Only the bravest of souls sign up to be sacred clowns. Birth is the easy part, as memories are generally wiped clean. But as the years pass and young holy fools figure out they’re that, many run as fast as they can in the opposite direction. Their job descriptions are impossible, you see. Sure, deflating egos, mocking sexual mores, ridiculing religious practices, subverting stuffy traditions, tipping the world on its head and letting people in on the great cosmic joke … Read More

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NAVIGATING CHAOS: Michael Jackson and the Black Panther

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Ever feel paralyzed by too much bad news? That’s been me for the last three weeks…frozen in writer’s block by the news of terrifying attacks in Paris and San Bernadino. I’ve been saddened to observe the press trying to pit all Europeans and Americans against all muslims in a way that lacks sufficient historical context or factual information. In addition, the focus seems to be on establishing an external enemy to avoid the greater issues at play in our own … Read More

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THIS IS WHAT RESILIENCE LOOKS LIKE: Living Michael Jackson’s Lessons

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Was I angry? Absolutely. Did I feel powerless, like they wanted me to? Not at all. I knew Spirit was right there with me and speaking through me. Who else was quietly demanding that the men with guns treat me with dignity? Who else had the courage to say, “Even if others decided to evict us, you are carrying out the orders. You are responsible for your actions.” I know the men will be chewing on those words for a … Read More

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FINDING THE COURAGE TO LEAP: Michael Jackson’s Power, Part 7

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Yesterday, I jumped off another cliff. In the final crazy move from Willits, CA to Ashland, OR, I was laughing at how insane the journey looks from the outside. Why would I move to an expensive town with scant rental housing when I could live in Willits for free? Why would I move into a house that just had an eviction notice posted on the door? Would I be able to find work? In the midst of my fears, I … Read More

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