Thursday, December 07, 2017
Friday, November 03, 2017
Be sure to pick up a copy for the Kindle or wherever ebooks are sold. And look for the paperback and audiobook coming soon!
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Monday, October 30, 2017
On a beautiful, spring afternoon, a broken man stands at his wife’s funeral and hears the words, “Heaven Enough.” Thus begins a poem about longing, about wishing for something more. "What would it be like if I had heaven enough?" it reads.
Matt Murphy reads these words for the first time at his wife's funeral. After a death shrouded with mystery, it is the first time he learns that she wrote poetry. He and Diva were married for nearly twenty years, yet he did not "know" her. A poet and lover of culinary delights, she is struck by a car and killed instantly—randomly—on the wrong side of town.
When her brother, the "monk," appears for the funeral, Matt is set on an unprecedented course. The two find Diva's computer filled with preparations to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Over 2600 miles from Mexico to Canada...and she was leaving without her husband.
Matt takes it upon himself to hike the trail and sprinkle her ashes along the way. What happens in the first two hours is dumbfounding.
What happens next changes his life forever…
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Thick tempera paint.
A parking lot filled with history, fear, and regret.
A young man named Joseph Arillo sits in the parking lot and paints the pavement with flowers.
And Andy Hollis steps in it.
As the new art teacher at Santa Ana High School, he’s too curious about Joseph’s Flowers and unravels both of their lives in his pursuit for answers.
He learns that it’s all part of a rite of passage, an absurd test started by Joseph Arillo’s father, the suspiciously world-renowned artist named only Tom. Which also connects to the drama teacher at Santa Ana High, Katie Bustos. Whose daughter, Desiree, may or may not be dating Joseph. Who is putting himself in danger from a local gang, the lot’s mysterious history, and the police.
Andy puts himself in danger of losing his job, his home, and his freedom. If he can’t solve the riddle of Joseph’s Flowers, both of their lives will go up in smoke – despite any help from Winny, the old, Slovakian bureaucrat at school, or his students, or Tom himself.
But is Tom trying to help? And is Joseph really up to his father’s test?
And is Andy really fit to be a teacher? He doesn’t understand kids, can’t get to school on time, and… doesn’t appear to care about art or families or anything. But Joseph’s Flowers will challenge everything Andy believes: about himself, about the world, and most importantly of all about art.
Before Andy and Joseph are finished, they will witness the power art has to provide inspiration, to waken our hearts, and to shatter everything you ever believed about humanity.
An Intention of Flowers is the first book in a 5-book series, modestly titled Work of Art, about growing into the person you always wanted to be, making the most of what you have to give and not just what you have, and the power in each of us when we chose to be ourselves.
Look for Work of Art: An Intention of Flowers coming soon in ebook, paperback, and audiobook!
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Saturday, October 07, 2017
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
Movie Pitch #7283003255...
Zombie movie but (and here's the twist) instead of zombies the afflicted turn into Trumps.
Night of the Living Trumps!
The Walking Trumps! (Although that might be a stretch.)
If you hear someone you love tell you, "You're going to love being bitten. This is the best plague. It's a wonderful plague"... RUN! And, whatever you do, don't let him tweet!
A series of empty tangerine skins as Trump.
A whole lot of morons as the American voter.
And Scarlett Johansson as the only reason guys would watch.
This summer is gonna be Trump Season!
Monday, October 02, 2017
Sunday, October 01, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Friday, September 01, 2017
Friday, August 11, 2017
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Friday, June 23, 2017
Sunday, June 18, 2017
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Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Thursday, May 25, 2017
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Saturday, April 29, 2017
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Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Everything you may have heard about enlightenment, which I call Illumination, is based on hearsay derived from metaphors too out of date for most people to fully understand. That is why I have reinterpreted the metaphors for the 21st century, making your path to Illumination easier to follow than ever!
But I wasn’t always Illuminated. I was born a Christian, born again, brought to Atheism through critical thought, and only found my way through Buddhism after a decade of hard work. Illumination was not found by following what I had been told but by searching deliberately. If you want to see the kingdom of heaven, you have to actually look.
Illumination is the essential ingredient missing from much of western religion and atheism is not designed to help you find it. Though it fits well in the atheist system – Illumination requires no god or worship – Illumination should be sought by Christians as well, for a more complete understanding of where they fit in the universe.
Because, as it turns out, Illumination (or enlightenment) is not as difficult to find as you might think. Heaven (or Nirvana) is all around you; you just need to know where and how to look. Understand such concepts as Samsara, Reincarnation, Karma, and Sunyata in ways you probably never imagined, ways that enrich your life – the only one you’ll ever get – so you don’t spend all of your time expecting it in a life after this one.
Illumination can be as simple as a change in perspective or as difficult as the destruction of the self, comprehending the significance of your own insignificance. But you can do it right now without dogma, without authoritarian rule, and without god.
Look for Illumination coming this week in ebook, with paperback and audiobook versions available soon!