Anti-Autism Prejudice: Media, Parents, and Damaged Children

My son, Nicholas, was featured on the cover of the major western North Carolina weekly — the Mountain Xpress — a couple of weeks ago and the cover is, without question, The Best Cover Ever. Featuring a photograph by Tim Robison and art design by Megan Kirby, it’s something to frame for Nicholas’ lifetime. Also,…

Try This With a Banana: My Goodbye — in 2006

If it seems like I’ve stopped posting here — it’s been long enough that the WordPress default font for writing drafts apparently has changed — really I’ve just been moving and wrestling with what I want to and am going to do next, which impact my thoughts and emotions and so the content I create…

Why Cats Stay in Abusive Relationships (poem)

Look up “poetry” in the dictionary, and the second definition is “the quickest way to lose blog traffic.” Similarly, Google “the quickest way to lose blog traffic,” and the second listing describes “posting in the middle of a Saturday morning.” Nonetheless, here’s another of my poems — a short one — from back in the…

Boulevard Park, Bellingham (poem)

I wrote this poem in 1996. Around that time I was writing a lot of poetry and doing some readings at Village Books and Stuart’s Coffeehouse in Bellingham, Washington. Bellingham is midway between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. I lived there for 12 years. When I pull out these older poems I’m tempted to work with…

Accepting Your Beauty: Body Image and Social Media

Rachael Tree Talker wrote this post on her Talk2TheTrees blog a few days ago about body image, self-worth, and personal, relationship, and societal expectations. I encourage you to read it. I wrote on Rachael’s Facebook wall how brave she was to share this personal writing, and also how dispiriting it felt that the same blog…

Top 13 List: A Baker’s Dozen of 2013 Blog Posts

It has been a great year in the blogosphere, easily setting a record for highest amount of traffic since RayHemachandra.com replaced the prominently indexed former static site Hemachandra.com, which closed at the end of 2011. (You can still take a limited peek at that site via the cool time travel mechanism the Wayback Machine.) I…

Ice: November 29, 2013, photography

At the base of High Falls in DuPont State Forest today, the mist rising from the base of the falls clung to and froze on nearby trees, vegetation, and rocks, creating what seemed like the beautiful consequence of a mini ice storm. Click on the photographs for full-scale versions with better detail.

How May I Serve? An Interview with Wayne Dyer

I love talking to Wayne Dyer. First of all, the breadth and depth of thought across disciplines he brings to a conversation are amazing. I always learn new and important things. Secondly, the last time he saw me, he exclaimed, “Ray Hemachandra-dandra-dandra!” When Wayne Dyer starts calling you buddy nicknames, you feel pretty good about…