Thursday, June 7, 2018

winners often lose

winners often lose  [1]
by al l. osers

what’s often lost in sports (of course: the winner pays her dues)
a multitude of journeys, though, as winners often lose

in competitions, the champion seems to be remembered… but (personally) my belief is that real winner (win or lose) is the competitor who endures the blood, sweat & tears; who gives it all for her teammates; who holds her head high – even if/when things do not go her way.

while there might only be one #1, there are a multitude of winners who contributed to the journey.

in my heart, many of those who did not “come out on top” are winners.  thank you for making the journey so dynamic, dramatic, and juicy.

* note: even the champions experienced many ‘failures’ and many ‘losses.’  it is that, in fact, which cultivated their greatness.

[1] martino, j. (6.5-1.18). winners often lose.  book 81: cult-i-vation. © 2018 by

the many i's (in team)

the many i’s in team  [1]
by h. e. art & a. t. tack

there is no “i” in “team” but let’s forget clich├ęs and lies
‘cuz we just watched a team comprised of many, many eyes

…and smiles, and hugs, and passion, and indiv-i-dual thoughts/words/actions that, in fact, made this a team.


[1] martino, j. (6.5-1.18). the many i’s in team.  book 81: cult-i-vation. © 2018 by

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

cardiac kids

cardiac kids  [1]
by h. e. art & a. t. tack

we aren’t immune to failure
we eat it up (for lunch)
we come together every day: with heart, with Love (a bunch)
we take one-moment-at-a-time, we play at fever (pitch)
we scowl, we smile, we dance with style,
we are the cardiac kids

in the months of may-june, 2018, the florida state university softball team made a passion-filled, if not improbable run through the a.c.c. championships, regional play, super-regional play, and the college world series.

with their backs against the wall on several occasions, the young women of florida state battled against the best teams in america, only to prove that it is they – who are the champions of the u.s.a.

they will be remembered as “the cardiac kids” for their ability to open up their hearts and (together, as a team) invite you on a dynamic roller-coaster ride that combined chills, thrills, spills, heroics… and most of all, Love.

while there were individual performances that easily overfill any highlight reel, these ‘girls’ will be remembered as the women who played, and danced, and fought – as a team.

they never stopped smiling.
they never stopped supporting each other.
they never stopped believing (in the seemingly impossible).
they never showed fear.
they never stopped playing for every pitch (every moment), and, in the end,
they never stopped winning.

“every senior’s dream is to end her last season with a ‘w’.”
-jessie warren


[1] martino, j. (6.5-1.18). cardiac kids.  book 81: cult-i-vation. © 2018 by

Sunday, June 3, 2018

single and alone

being single and living alone can have its drawbacks, for sure... but it does come with one, small benefit:

"you get to do whatever you want, whenever you want, uh... every day." 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

cos-mic-ly connected

cosmically connected  [1]
by c. hance & f. ateful

cosmic-ly connected
randomly assigned
points of light: a bright illumination in the mind

varied bliss (a cosmic kiss) from all of you (to me)
random space: a place (for us), in sychronistic glee

cosmic-ly connected


  • inspired by the dance of solar butterflies, hummingbirds, and humanoids.
  • may wIe – continue to Be... Cosmically Connected.


[1] martino, j. (5.23-1.18). cos-mic-ly connected.  book 81: cult-i-vation. © 2018 by

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

empathetic eyes

empathetic eyes  [1]
by e. m. pathy

empathetic mind creates an empathetic flow
of empathetic feelings (the more and more we know)
that empathetic-feeling hearts have empathetic size
with empathetic moments
in empathetic eyes


  • empathy: that moment when one individual “connects with” and under-stands another individual.” by “stepping into someone else’s shoes” we (in effect) bow-to or “stand under” s/he.
  • the magic of Namaste’ is the recognition that minds and bodies, affected by genetics, experiences, and personal evolution… are not in control of their ultimate destiny.
  • freedom of choice becomes a nice-sounding illusion.  
  • the only conclusion would be complete Non-judgment, the Highest form of Love that can be experienced by human beings.
interestingly enough, it is by making mistakes and acting contrary to someone’s established feelings, rules and laws… that we provide them with the opportunity to experience that Highest form of Love.


[1] martino, j. (5.15-1.18). empathetic eyes.  book 81: cult-i-vation. © 2018 by

Monday, May 7, 2018

Love me in this moment

Love me in this moment  [1]
by t. h. ismoment

Love me in this moment
it’s the one we Know
why waste time with future (rhyme), just synchronize (and flow)


i Love you in this moment
let’s forget the past
living in this moment is the way to make it last

[1] martino, j. (5.7-1.18). Love me in this moment.  book 81: cult-i-vation. © 2018 by

Sunday, May 6, 2018

i believe in santa

i believe (in santa)  [1]
by abel I. ever

i believe in santa
maybe ‘cause i’m three
maybe ‘cause my momma told me who and how to be

i believe he fits down chimneys (faithful reindeer fly!)
maybe i believe ‘cause i can’t ask the question:



[1] martino, j. (5.6-2.18). i believe in santa.  book 81: cult-i-vation. © 2018 by

Thursday, May 3, 2018

she's my robot lover

she’s my robot lover  [1]
by ali l. en

she’s my robot lover
she’s my pride and joy
she’s my friend (uh, let’s pretend)
she’s more than just a toy

she’s my robot lover
she’s here (when i’m gone)
she’s turned-on (or off), c’mon, yes:
she’s in love (it’s dawn)

  • my suspicion is that my lover, dawn, just might be in love with my robot.


[1] martino, j. (5.3-2.18). she’s my robot lover.  book 81: cult-i-vation. © 2018 by

Sunday, March 18, 2018

tin man

Thursday, March 15, 2018


Sunday, March 11, 2018

can daylight save time?

can daylight save time?  [1]
by d. s. time

can we (great) manipulate life/liberty and rhyme
can a child be the sun (One) can daylight save time?
  • in a day and age when intelligence itself is rapidly becoming more & more artificial, how can you-man-I-ty expect to save itself, much less its manmade constructs, like santa claus, daylight, and time?


[1] martino, j. (3.11-3.18). can daylight save time?  book 80: pronoia. © 2018 by

Saturday, March 10, 2018

maybe it just Is

maybe it just Is  [1]
by itiswha t. it is

maybe it just Is
maybe no-thing to It
maybe it just is allowing us to Be (intuit)

·         maybe... int[u/i]tIon… is Its Gift.


[1] martino, j. (3.10-3.18). maybe it just Is.  book 80: pronoia. © 2018 by

infinitely finite

infinitely finite  [1]
by i. n. finity & f. inite

infinitely finite
never-ending bliss
even the best movie isn’t/Is the as good as thIs

·         …or, maybe it Is.

·         the beauty and treasure of life, after all, is that it is finite.  that’s what makes it wonder-full!

·         imagine all of the finals that have All-ready occurred, in this, an infinite world.  if Spirit is in-deed, the infinite, She must be having a ball – with all of this finality.

[1] martino, j. (3.10-2.18). infinitely finite.  book 80: pronoia. © 2018 by

the kids are flying home

the kids are flying home!  [1]
by p. roud parents 

the kids are flying home
back home where they belong
the kids are on their way, today:
let’s let them sing their song

  • there is nothing that beats the anticipation… such as when the kids are flying home.

(heck, they might even mate... right there in the back yard!)


[1] martino, j. (3.10-1.18). the kids are flying home.  book 80: pronoia. © 2018 by 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

everyone dies alone

everyone dies alone  [1]
by diane ying

we all die alone
no one else can see
no one else can feel our feelings (know): no, not you not me
no one else can witness the experience (inside)
we all die alone: no place to run, no place to hide

  • it doesn’t matter who you are, how much money (or family, or love, or fame, or karma, etc.) that you have… you are going to die… and you are going to die alone.
  • it would be nice to be welcomed (surrounded by Spirits, past friends and family, Saints, etc.) into Heaven, but the dying process (the earthly process) is a solo experience.  let’s just face it (for once).
  • after All, it might be the On[e]ly chance that we get.
[1] martino, j. (3.7-1.18). everyone dies alone.  book 80: pronoia. © 2018 by

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

cheating is a lie

cheating (is a lie)  [1]
by a. c. heater

i’m obsessed with cheating
don’t you know it’s true
focused on monogamy (to get control of you)

if i can convince you (now), that cheating is a sin,
you control yourself: deny your-self (that’s how i win)

·         what if monogamy was just another lie, just like santa claus?

·         what if those who created the idea of “cheating” simply wanted to control the most wonderful and powerful thing on planet earth?

·         what if (potentially) the most powerful thing on earth was the human female (and her vibrant sensuality/sexuality)?

·         what if men figured out a way to get women to promote, advocate, defend, and fight for the very thing (monogamy) that controls her own, true sexual/sensual nature?

·         what if men did what men always do: devise systems and rules that benefit themselves, and convince you that the very systems that restrict your own freedom are somehow “good for you.”

it might come as a shock, but this thoem is not promoting promiscuity.  it is simply an exploration of an idea.  some people love and thrive on monogamy.  for some people, marriage and monogamy work.  for some people monogamy is a “choice” that best suits them at a particular part of their life.

it is important to note that many "monogamous" people
have not been monogamous -- their whole life. (ooooops)
proving (once again) that people are masters at "smoke & mirrors" dialogue.
they say that they believe in one thing, while they live a totally different way.

simply because someone is sitting in front of you proclaiming monogamiscuity...
...doesn't mean that they are. 

for some people, however, monogamy is a fraud.  just another set of rules (often devised by the religious) to control you, and y/our behavior.

if the the powers that be… can convince almost everyone that monogamy is what “god” wants, they can devise a system of behavior control (conventional marriage) that purports the very rules that benefit the rich, old, dried-up, white man.

women get the shaft (in less ways than one) by not only buying into the system, but advocating it!

think, for a moment, about the mormon women who are conditioned to believe in polygamy (not as in “polygamy for all,” but polygamy, just for the white daddy/husband).  the girl/wife gets to get nothing (aside from guilt) when it comes to her own, potentially vibrant sexuality.

what if the other religions (and their offspring-rules and regulations) also conspired to control a woman’s sex?   women could be convinced to fight for the very thing that robs them of their very power, in the end.  women could be convinced to fight for the very thing that robs them of their own, deepest desires, in the end.  women (unknowingly) could end up being “possessions” of men.

if two individuals desire to embrace monogamy, there is nothing wrong with that.  after all, it does have its advantages.  this thoem does not discount the benefits of a monogamous relationship… if that is what both partners desire.

…but to make a lifetime promise (at a young age, based upon limited contemplation, based upon what others have “told” you is true)… is a self-imposed restriction of your own freedom.

it only seems as though you were the one who actually wanted it that way.

then (once the rules are in place), everyone gets to play a role in the lying game:

·         “cheating” (being against the rules) becomes an object of even greater desire – and of guilt.

·         partners can get complacent (in marriage), even changing their behavior… knowing that their own partner has promised to “stay together” – “until death do us part.” 

o   ((what a crock))

·         the winners are rich white men, alpha males and alpha females (except that alpha females are further controlled by stigma, name-calling, and public loathing).  men win (again).

·         lifeless, old/fat marital partners with the religious/moral upper hand, controlling someone who simply has the occasional desire for a little variety.


note: the author, a. c. heater, is not a person, but a thought-process.  a. c.” has re-Cognized that (on this planet), men make the rules, and the rules often benefit the men who make them.

religions are often the perfect vector to enact a “moral” rule, especially if consensus can be promoted.

·         if you can convince the gladiator that his destiny is to fight (and die) in the arena, you have just made money – on the “entertainment” of watching men willingly fight (and kill, and die).

·         if you can convince soldiers that “fighting and dying for their country” is something to be proud of -- they will then (happily) fight (and die) for your “interests.”  ((read… power))

·         if you can convince a child of santa claus, then she can control your other children by teaching them to sing songs that control their own, very nature:

“you’d better not shout,
you’d better not cry,
you’d better not pout
(i’m telling you why, dammit!!)”

“he sees you when you’re sleeping,
he knows when you’re awake,
he knows if you’ve been bad or good
so you’d better be good…”

(sidenote: doesn't that last line strike you as just a little-bit creepy?)

as the children sing, the controller (the owner, the parent) gets what he/she wants.  he/she gets the kids to control their own behavior, while passing-off the punishment onto a mythical “santa” who just so happens to want the child to do, uh… exactly what the parent wants the child to do.

((and we end up with a dry, non-existent sex-life.
a self-imposed jail.  a lie.  a cheat.
except that [in the end], we are the ones who end up cheating ourselves.))

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


reflections  [1]
by r. e. flective

are we looking out, or
are we looking in?

cup-lake-mirror-window, yes: (reflections yet again)


coming to the realization that, 10 years ago, my posts were about political strife, inaction and broken systems.

in addition, they were about love and peace and hope and happiness.

maybe the life that we see (out there) is simply a reflection of the life-thoughts that exist (deeeeep in here).


[1] martino, j. (2.27-1.18). reflections.  book 80: pronoia. © 2018 by

Thursday, February 15, 2018

contrast bath

contrast bath  [1]
by i. n. pain

hot and cold and young and old and weak and strong and math
guns and peace, hate/love (at least) immersion:
contrast bath

  • the only way to make sense of this is to imagine a Larger Picture, and to imagine that this life is a Play, an Act, an ex-per-i-ence.  the only way that a living thing could possibly tap into Love & Bliss would be to experience its contrast.

  • it is another day in the u.s.a., where mass-murder is often carried out with weapons that are all-too accessible.
  • when bad things happen in life, the only way that we could possibly label them as 'bad' is-Be-Cause we have the capacity, the experience, of its contrast. 
at some point, just for personal sanity, it is necessary to re-Cognize that which (in our own lives) is quite the opposite of "bad."



[1] martino, j. (2.15-1.18). contrast bath.  book 80: pronoia. © 2018 by

Sunday, February 11, 2018

how could one be sooooooo lucky?

how might one be sooooo lucky?  [1]
by s. o. lucky

what are the odds, on planet earth, that a person could be born into such physical, intellectual and financial wealth that s/he could live a life in which s/he could experience:

1.       freedom of thought (the mindedness to question) and the freedom to speak/share those thoughts?

2.       physical mobility (strength, balance, coordination, cardiorespiratory capacity) along with the freedom to choose where, when & how to move?

3.       memory, intelligence, curiousity, discernment (e.g. mental ability)… along with the freedom to express mental abilities and cultivate them?

4.       riches (clean water and abundant food; choice of variety in seasonal clothing; shelter that includes running water/plumbing, a kitchen with appliances (e.g. refridgeration), a comfortable place to sleep, and safety & security, & electricity.

5.       self-actualization; access to information, education, social mobility, democratic-capitalism (e.g. the freedom to be a part of your own process of social mobility).

6.       Love …and the freedom to love (marry, live with, travel with, mate with, connect with) individuals with a mutual desire to une?


·         imagine the odds of incarnating into that 80-year long Heaven… complete with drama, chills and spills, passion & romance and orgasmic bliss – all of which would be made exponentially more exciting because of its finality?

·         imag-i-ne being the Star of your own sit-calm, directing the scenes, getting lost in the Play, and living out the feelings, emotions, sensations?

·         image-in how many living beings (ants, trees, chickens, humans) would trade-up with you… if they only could?  many beings would certainly give up a lifetime -- to experience just one of y/our mediocre, throw-away days. 

if you are reading this (or any) post… under your own power… with access to the internet… with time on your hands… and with nutrition in your system…

…you are already rich beyond the belief of 99.999% of the living beings who have ever lived on this planet.  you are a star, a king, a master.

it is only the ego’s yearning to have more – that creates the illusion of suffering.  interestingly enough, the false sense of separation is also the cause of growth, development, and evolution.


[1] martino, j. (2.11-3.18). how might one be soooooo lucky?  book 80: pronoia. © 2018 by