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A poem about her triumph over adversity from a reader: I could write to you about a grown up run away child that really … Loved to love- Got beat up by a man that I loved That was 2009 […]

A few days ago I was talking with another friend about misfortune. She did what she called a “quick scan” of the misfortunes in her life and concluded that if they were transformative, the transformation must be slow. That’s often […]

Sometimes, like Ray Charles I find myself feeling that “if it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all.” I think a lot of us feel that way. In a discussion with a friend earlier today, a […]

Dear Readers, I’m planning to enter an essay/memoir contest and need to choose 4-5 of the Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas essays from the 58 I’ve written so far. If any of you have particular essays you remember liking more than others, […]

30,000′, Boston to Albuquerque Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder When I began the Flower Mandalas project, I was dimly aware that I had been influenced by the work of Harold Feinstein, with whom I had briefly studied. And I eventually […]

I began this blog several years ago as a medium for exploring the intersections between creativity and transformation. Over time, as I became increasingly involved in synthesizing writing, photography, and transformation in my own life, this blog became a venue […]

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Presence” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Presence: Now, be, here Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder I was 20 when I first […]

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Possibility” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Possibility: More powerful than a locomotive Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Much of my childhood […]

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Perseverance” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Perseverance: Fellow Travelers Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder This line from a Jackson Browne song […]

NOTE: This is the first draft of the “Perfection” essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Perfection: Uncrossing the line Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder My father was a storekeeper and […]

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