What's Happiness Got to Do with It?

“I’m struggling with living.”

It was not an appeal for my pity. It was a simple statement, trembling on his vocal chords, just as it tightened in my chest. Truth.

He paused a moment, and I wondered how many people have felt that through the millennia of human experienceWhat strange animals we are that we struggle with living. . . .

Understanding Miracles

in the treasure box of

 my darkness





the  anticipation . . .


Boom Shiva: A Review of Rapture by YashAkasha

“Hip-hop . . . is to cause peace, love, unity ...” —   KRS-One

So opens Rapture, the debut album of YashAkasha (a.k.a., Yasha Wagner), a Colorado-based “medicinal hip-hop” artist and rapper. Just twenty-one years old, Wagner is already a veteran of the festival scene, deeply embedded in the culture of South American medicine work, and . . .

I Am This Stone

I am this stone

that rises from red dust

and gathers the four winds.

This stone is a sleeping eye

that awakens to hold, in image,

the burned glow...

A Close Reading of Prayer

If it is a river

then it has cut and healed

following the same law of gravity

has swallowed babies' whole time

kissing the eyelids

of every innocent beginning...

For Love of the Music: A Review of Matisyahu’s Live at Stubb’s, Vol. III

Ten years after the release of his breakthrough album, Live at Stubb’s (which reached #1 on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart), Matisyahu has again returned to the well-known Texas venue to record Live at Stubb’s, Vol. III. The result is a picture of artistic evolution, filled with the kind of...