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SOMETHING MIRACULOUS

SOMETHING MIRACULOUS

Let me get this straight: The waves form waywayway out at sea and roll or proceed for a long while and then end here and we put our toes in the foam It's that simple, is it? To be clear the waves pass over quite a distance in fact fish are swimming around in there and...

AVALANCHE

AVALANCHE

“Sure wish life was easier” “Life is a blessing!” “Oh ok a blessing then why do I feel this way?” “You got caught in an avalanche” “Oh so then I ask again why is life so difficult?” “You just have to crawl out from under” “Then what?” “Worship the Lord on high!” “No...

WAITING ROOM

I am not ready and I don't like this waiting room but at least I don't have to take a number Fact is the numbers are so high at this point and at least no one else is waiting at the moment Damn you know I had plans for tomorrow in fact we have a deposit on a vacation...

LEAVES

LEAVES

At approximately 4:45 in the afternoon the wind blew into the window, into the house, the room, and several pages of loose papers were strewn about Similar to leaves around the sidewalk And I now into the house door closed behind me and exhale Collapse into the...

FETCH

FETCH

Come on fetch come on I threw my heart out there and she brought it back time and again Sat eager to repeat it Each time every single time day or night rain or shine folks she retrieved my heart Until that day she went to another field another place where she must be...

Stories

ARGUMENT WITH A TORNADO

ARGUMENT WITH A TORNADO

It has not been easy arranging this get together. If anything it is both improbable and no doubt very risky. In retrospect it may be quite ill considered.  But, here we are.  Me, in one chair, a small, frisky older man, and across from me a growing tornado hovering...

WHAT ARE YOU MOST GRATEFUL FOR?

WHAT ARE YOU MOST GRATEFUL FOR?

There could be a contest! Please answer this question: What are you most grateful for? Travel the globe. Find the single most unique answer. Winner gets one million dollars; and there will be nine others selected - 2nd, 3rd, 4th, all the way to 10th. Each gets a...

Hand Me Down

Hand Me Down

"How come I hurt?" "Honey, you fell. It will heal. Sometimes we hurt and we get better, we just hurt for a little while." "But why would God let me hurt? It really hurts!" "God will help you get better, honey. God is going to protect you, but some times even with God...

NEST

NEST

Nestled in the high end section of Manhattan Beach, California, this lovely abode is new on the market. Only the best thistle! Are you a young family looking to make a home and later fly high? Well, then this is your destination! Safe, private, and landscaping is...

DOG

DOG

Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying. And just before he died, he licked the tears off my face.

2021

2021

2020 stripped a lot of us of our flowers, our leaves, our spirit at any given time. A pandemic has raged and taken so many away. The photo that accompanies this note is a good metaphor: We remain unbowed. Even if just one petal left, it reaches for the sun, for the...

A Sunday Thought

A Sunday Thought

I think, maybe you agree, that the reason the brightest star in our sky is Sirius, the dog star, is to remind us that the unconditional love of a dog is the brightest star in the sky, or among the very brightest. In Greek the word sirius means glowing. We have many...

UMBRELLA

UMBRELLA

Some times I put the umbrella down, next to me, and the rains makes itself all the more present. Drenches me some times. I don't mind, but the umbrella is incensed: "I exist for this you fool -- use me! Open me back up!" Is your umbrella a bit testy as well? The...

MY VERY PERSONAL PRAYER

MY VERY PERSONAL PRAYER

I love star gazing. Love it. Can't get enough of it. But, I understand maybe 5% of what astronomers talk about. Plus, I have no ability to really use any kind of telescope. Between trying to comprehend that some stars are at least thousands of light years away - and a...

TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS

TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS

At a very difficult time in the world... but I want to say at any time, good or not good... this is a reminder of so much that is so precious and so welcomed. This is a video from a wonderful on line site called the Daily Heartbeat. Sound on please:

Videos/Images

Angel Reel

Angel Reel

A novella is now available about the mysterious, remarkable transformation of a young girl who became an Angel. This reel explains. Message me here if you would like a copy (the cost is $10, which includes shipping). [video width="1080" height="1920"...

ATTEMPTS AT HUMOR — An Experiment

ATTEMPTS AT HUMOR — An Experiment

If you go through these, and want to make sure to veto any further effort, just speak up. #1 A CONVERSATION "Why do you want an aooohgah horn? I mean, at your age?" "What age is good - it's obnoxious anyway... So what if I want an aoohgah horn, so what?!" "Well, why...

CANDLE

CANDLE

Trying to save the world in 9 minutes...

RETRIEVAL

RETRIEVAL

A few years ago we lost our beloved dog, a golden retriever. It was a shattering experience. For years on Facebook, a fellow in England has posted about his best friend, companion, a very cheeky, wonderful, handsome golden retriever boy named Paddy. Literally at least...

Spirit

The lamppost asks:   “Do you see the dog as well?”

Beetball

Beethoven and baseball collide!

Retrieval

Somewhere over the rainbow

Vin Scully

Trees

“Is man a tree of the field?”
Deutoronomy 22:1

Vaya!

She has risen

Surf

It’s 2 am somewhere!

Missing

I miss my dog

Landscapes

Seek and play ball

Shepherd

Books

These musical instruments are very much alive, and share their experiences with us, their ups and downs, their interaction with the world. Open the pages here to dine with tuba and trombone. Meet the violin who is going to soon be gifted to a true master. A piccolo who becomes a stand-up comedienne, no less. The flute held in the one hand of a war vet. Don’t miss the harp as she laments her wild and inspired owner who insists on playing in the midst of a construction site. This is the fifth in the Kindred series which started with the well known remark that applies so well here: “Oh do not ask what it is, let us go and make our visit…”

This is the fourth in the Kindred series, preceded by Kindred Stories, Kindred Mischief, and Kindred Angels. 

Ron Sokol did not ask to have friends who are lamp posts. They reached out to him. He resisted. They persisted. They kept at him. Finally, it was time, it became time, to share some of the stories with you. Please note, though, that any resemblance of a lamp post to anyone or anything known, existing, living or otherwise, is purely coincidental. The same cannot quite be said about Ron.

The third in the Kindred series finds two angels selected to come to Earth to observe, learn, evaluate, interact, and then report back to God so that life on this planet with all these creatures and things, and all the stuff always going on, might well improve. Now, if the two angels thought this was going to be a fun excursion, they were a bit optimistic. Follow Leonard and Ellen (who goes by “L”), and who don’t get along all that well at any given time, as they pay a visit to earth, explore a lot of nooks and crannies, before returning home to give their big report.

What’s the point of always being intelligent, or sophisticated, or really anything but silly? Mischief is a good thing. Zaniness is its own reward. And drawing, even if you can’t even connect the dots, you can emote. Emoting is a good thing. It’s all good. Really! Hey, put that baseball bat down. Wait a second, did you say “Don’t”? Oh nooooo! That’s the worst thing you could say!!!!

Do not ask what is it. Let us go and make our visit. This is an invitation to Kindred Stories. From moonlight surfing to images in a window, from the lamppost that beckons to ivy that insists it has great understanding, from the piano player singing in the middle of the world to the lighthouse that helps us to get home, or does it? No one can live without a heart, although some try to. Welcome. Let me introduce you to someone you may know. Someone you may know well, possibly you.

This whole thing about dogs don’t live all that long, but we know to cherish the time we have with them anyway… Wait a second. This is about a trial lawyer. If he can get his way to dog heaven, there is no doubt he will convince them to return his dog to earth. He is on a mission, the grief is just way too much, and it is as simple as that! Well…isnt it?

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