I’m waiting to lock the

classroom, turn off the lights

and go home.  My line of

students has all left but

one.  I said, “let’s go!”  Every

body’s already left.  She

gets up–2nd grader– grabs

a paper on her desk & starts

to run towards me.  I say,

push in your chair–it wasn’t

perfectly pushed in like the

others, but I let it go and

she hands me the paper.

It says, “Best teacher ever”

at the top with a drawing

of me underneath and

From & her name.

It’s little unexpected

things like this that

make my day a

little, or maybe even

a lot, brighter.  While

everyone was rushing,

pushing to get in line

to go home on a Friday

afternoon, she was at

her desk doing this.



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People help me when I need help.

Of course, it’s helpful to ask for it.

Not everyone will know you need


Not to chase after it

but if you need something

like this writing

to calm down

then do it

and let the unsure,

scary feelings pass

out of you.

They will go.

Just because there’s a little

pressure that is new

is not a reason to

cash in all your chips

and go home.

Keep going in the

direction you’re going in.

There’s no reason to

give up making

‘conscious’ forward



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Let me be.

If I just was

there would be nowhere

to go.

No one to see

just me & my inner self

the thoughts and feelings

that come up

when you just stop.


It is very powerful.

All by itself.

It contains the potential

to show you what moving

at 100 mph is missed.

We go after

when we already have.

Let me be awhile

and I will reboot back

to a normal human



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Flight is Faster

Butterflies, caterpillars, moths

& crows.

What do they all have in common?

Flight and legs.

The caterpillar just has to wait a

while to realize

his potential & be like the others.

Nature either puts you on the

ground forever…

or in the air (or water).

Weightlessness is a gift.

Let go of the surly bonds of earth…

Walking or flying,

time is irrelevant

non-existent, really

on some level.

I don’t understand it

but we can use that truth

to our benefit & peace of mind.

I love mysteries.  The unusual.

I’m not afraid to look into

the dark hole of the undiscovered…

not too afraid, anyway.

Braver than most when it

comes to those things.

I’m still waiting for my

cocoon to open dropping

away the barriers around

myself for all to see, shamelessly.









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Unconditional Love

Love is unconditional

or else it is not love.

If people want you to change

& then they’ll love you, well,

find new people who will

love you as you are.

That’s the miracle of


Shake my hand or not,

you can still come in.

The secret password is an

open, loving, accepting


Maybe you didn’t learn

the secret handshake.

So many rules when

only one needs be

followed–it’s your heart.

Follow that and rules are

out the window.

Love is or is not.

There is no try

–a variation on Yoda’s


Unconditional love

encompasses & includes



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!! 100 Birthdays !!

My friend invited me to

his mom’s 100th birthday

party!!  Relatives-very

elderly relatives


thousands of miles

to be in his mom’s

backyard this afternoon.

I felt so honored to be

welcomed into their


I met the most interesting

people!  I was willing to

take risks, and, as always,

was rewarded.

I’m ready, as much as I’m

capable, and at a step at a

time, to rearrange my life

to reflect my new awareness,

it seems, that is dawning or

beginning to dawn on

me.  I want to be

braver, living my

life without later regrets.

Some way, I will

be able to change

my tack, heading

off in a new direction.

I’m glad I went.

Very rich experience.


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On the Mountain

You don’t want to lose your

footing in life.  It’s a long slide

to the bottom.

The bottom may be deeper than where you

started from.

Climbing up the ladder of a better standard

of living; of life.

Yet, to struggle isn’t worth holding your

position on the heap.

When you’re tired, strength will return

when you’re ready to climb again.

It will be apparent to move forward,


Your path will be open.

You’ll be invited in.

No struggle to break down the

doors of the castle.

Wait.  Brandish your fear-fighting

sword.  Slice it to ribbons.  It appears no


Move ahead when ready.  Nothing holds you

back.  You fight against nothing.

It’s a snow ride down the hill.

Let go & take off!


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Trying to Shake off the Day

O.K. So you had a rough time.

Let it go.

It’s only when you’re challenged

that you become stronger.

You’re thrown in by circumstances,

as it were.

Rarely would you choose to go

through the most difficult of

circumstances just to say

you made it through intact.

Little by little the stresses

dissolve and you’re free again!

There are more fun things to

do in life.

Red Rock Canyon. Waterton National Park, Canada.

Red Rock Canyon. Waterton National Park, Canada.

Photography © Dennis Frates Photography  http://www.fratesphoto.com/

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Air Meal

The air outside

cleans my lungs

at night.

A breeze brings


the quiet packages

it, the stars

salt & pepper it–

mmm…good enough

to eat but breathing

is all that’s necessary

or possible.  I’ve

never heard of anyone

‘eating’ air although

breatharians may

consider it a ‘food’

since that is a

main source of

nourishment for


I’m not quite

ready to give up

my gastronomical

pleasures, yet.







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Heart & Mind

The heart’s glad it’s still alive.

Many people’s stop way earlier

than the age mine is.

It wants to perform as top

dog in my behavior.

Right now, for instance, it

wants to feel and write

those down here.  It feels

lonely, a bit.   So much wanting

and not wanting co-existing

simultaneously.  Eventually

it makes up its mind and

chooses one or the other pretty

much exclusively for a while.

There’s, of course, a balance,

a middle path to travel.

A flexible stance is easy

on the joints & shock absorbers.

Stop and go, though, wears

excessively so be aware of

what you’re doing to

your body.  Mind &


Your heart knows.  Tune in

and listen to it most

of the time.  The mind thinks

untrue wishes.  Don’t give in

to them.  Stop & listen to

your heart direct your direction.


Bleeding Heart Vine, Glory Bower Clerodendrum thomsoniae. Crystal Garden, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

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