This issue is unique in the fact that the pictures deviate from my traditional ones. Being March in Utah, there is an abundance of white, often through the end of the month. Last month I shared a number of winter shots. Other than two snowy shots, I have tried another approach. I offer a series of close ups. See if you recognize them. I hope you enjoy.
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This Issue: The first poem, Clocks of Time, is a bit lighthearted but also contains a serious message. Reflection takes a look at the seasons with an important message at the end. Under the vignette, we have an excerpt from my novel Zahin and Anoop written under my penname Leon Pashi.
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All below are close ups. (My usual scenic pictures were not available. Thus, I went the opposite direction.)
Clocks of Time
the sands of time
watching it slowly
flow from the hourglass
to the apex
descending to time passed.
of the wooden bird’s cuckoos
mark the hour
even as figures dance
and the cobbler
their chosen choices
as the stroke of midnight calls.
Comment: A bit lighthearted on a serious topic.
the buds of spring
ache to open.
The sounds of insects
welcome the growing warmth.
The window cracked
just enough to hint of rebirth.
The refreshing breeze
passes through the open window,
cooling one on a humid summer day.
The flowers bloom
as a whiffs of lavender
captivate the senses.
Through the glass,
the colors of fall explode.
“Can such beauty exist?”
Frost covers the windows.
The Old Man has arrived.
Even within the house
the dampness and chill
As with the seasons,
one observes a myriad of beauty
through the windows of life.
The clock plays for 53 seconds including the music.
Vaccination Time #2
Vignette: Excerpt from my novel Zahin and Anoop under the pen name Leon Pashi.
. . . To my shock, even a bit of fear, a set of documents formed as if out of nowhere. Beside the awe of this miracle type event, my second initial reaction dealt with their very ancient appearance. . .
Obviously, I was not only in shock but mystified. I began to question if this was an illusion but there on the ground were the parchments Aditya had described. Questions such as “Why me?” “What am I supposed to do?” “Are they safe?” On and on I pondered with few answers provided. Now, having no interest in the temple, I gathered the documents and headed back to the hotel. . .
Those who have read this novel have given it rave reviews. If you like a bit of romance along with a bit of fantasy, you will enjoy this book.
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General: JJG wrote: I've read Bob's "To the End of Time" trilogy twice, each time gaining deep and deeper insights into the human condition. The three small volumes hold their own as good stories but also provide a unique glimpse into a new religious paradigm. Would that it could come to be.
Specific Book: To the End of Time and Back: An Epic Journey
David from Utah: "The new novel, To the End of Time and Back is a skillful account of two lovers on an 'Epic Journey,' racing through time and history to learn life-changing truths. Their spectral mentor, Arundel, sends them through difficult travels, but their relationship endures and remains strong despite physical, and psychological stress. Powerful emotions such as fear, anger and happiness, combine with lust, pain and sexuality to help them learn. Written in verse form, the story is an epic poem, painted to portray the duality of mankind throughout dimensions of human history that is sometimes cruel and horrific. The reader will come to know and understand what is being described and will certainly enjoy the stimulating elegance of the story and the philosophy. A thoroughly enjoyable read that is certain to make you think."
Jim from Mt. Vernon: "I finished your book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was much easier to follow by having the whole thing in front of me, and reading as much as I wanted at a time. I felt pretty weary after bouncing around in time for many hundreds of years, but I was relieved to know that at least part of the world survived 'Armageddon'. What a feat you have performed."
Kimberlyfrom Ohio: "Well, Bob! I am rather blown away by your book. Finished it yesterday, and it only took four days, which means I was intrigued and wanted to know how the book ends. I'm a slow, deep reader and since my profession is writing and editing, I edit continuously as I read. Can't help it! But this book was worth dropping everything for and reading to the end. I admit to cynicism about your claim that it would change me, and I don't know that it has just yet but it won't be leaving my heart and head for a long time, and change could happen. I'm impressed that the book actually lived up to your claims for it. . . . I'm intrigued by this book because it rings so true, and I am therefore tempted to believe you actually were given the gift of this dictation. But if not and this is fiction, you have written one hell of a book, masquerading amazingly as non-fiction ... which is indeed one of the goals of fiction."
An Ohio Reader: "WOW! WOW! WOW! I read it in one sitting and found so many things you wrote about 'true' for what I know and feel about past lives I've lived. Actually, the chapter about the Holocaust was something I couldn't bear to read–too sad and painful. (I've always felt that way about that period of history.) . . . it was very well done, Bob. Just beautifully done. I'm looking for the movie. . . I'm sure others will feel connected to this book just as I did. AMAZING. Just AMAZING. I couldn't put it down. There was so much anticipation with each chapter it hooked me from the very beginning. . ."
Specific Book: Adelyn: An Epic Journey:
Ohio Reader: "In his book, Adelyn: An Epic Journey, Bob navigates the reader through a challenging journey in the time space continuum while exposing both the weaknesses and strengths of humanity. As Adelyn is exposed to the infinite love of The Source, the reader is challenged to understand how personal beliefs and actions often have more to do with cultural rather than spiritual influences. In a time and world filled with political anger and personal indulgences reading Adelyn offers the open-minded promise. It would make a great book study."
Specific Book: The Tao of Momentary Thoughts
Doug from Ohio: ". . . I was not prepared for page 116 Should have been because of the extremely personal nature of the entire book. Please understand that the unusual length of time to finish your book (especially for a binge reader like me) was because it screamed to be read thoughtfully in increments. For me that was 10-15 pages every weekend, often in quiet . . .Thank you for "putting pen to paper" and sharing your soul. Those of us who have followed Poetical Journeys will recognize much of the content. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to share part of your journey really feel a part of it."
Charles from Park City: "Hi Bob….I just picked up your The Tao of Momentary Thoughts. It’s wonderful . . I love your book."
Ed from Seattle: The Tao of Momentary Thoughts: "I was smiling all the way through the reading . . .I think I will reread it again during the next week."