"We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don't allow our bodies to heal, and we don't allow our mind and hearts to heal." -Thích Nhat Hanh After thirty posts and seventeen months, I am following the famed Vietnamese peace activist and Buddhist monk’s advice. For the … Continue reading A Well-Deserved Rest by Gavin Lakin – Post 31
Click here: A soundtrack for your reading pleasure. “I share my name with an aerobatic bird that can whiz across a whole summer sky in seconds. A swift is so equipped for speed that it can scarcely cope with being stationary.” -Graham Swift What I Did . . . Upon returning to school, tepid heat … Continue reading Summer Vacation by Gavin Lakin – Post 30
“I realized a long time ago that instrumental music speaks a lot more clearly than English, Spanish, Yiddish, Swahili, any other language. Pure melody goes outside time.” -Carlos Santana Whether a philharmonic symphony in a concert hall, or the street musician on a cold slab of concrete playing “real good for free,” instrumental music has … Continue reading When Songs Were Instrumental in My Life by Gavin Lakin – Post 29
Note: Annually and in in retrospect, I will feature a post from the previous year that soared above and struck a special chord in readers and online publishers. Communication with all of its joys and bewilderment is at the heart of American society's fork in the road: Do we allow technology to continue to dominate … Continue reading Revisiting Our Most Visited Post from 2017: “Communication Breakdown Over the Decades or Have You Become an ‘Ex’ via Text?” By Gavin Lakin – Post #9 (April 21, 2017)
“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” -Laura Ingalls Wilder As we gather together today for the global March for Our Lives, in support of this youth-inspired mass action, seventiesology stands with a generation that clearly has had enough. As I began writing this piece strolling through … Continue reading March Gladness: The Sweet 16; This Writer’s Bracketology of Humanity-Affirming Celebrations – Post 27 By Gavin Lakin
When the framers of the Constitution guaranteed the right to bear arms, the arms were muskets – not a Bushmaster XM15-ES2 and a Glock 20SF, each able to render first-grade children into bloody pieces in a manner of seconds.
We were all guilty. That is, those of us who remember. Suffocated by the overwhelming scent of Patchouli oil, kicking back in our bell bottoms, fearlessly adorned with platform shoes, vinyl jumpsuits, sequined shirts, bushy sideburns, knee-high socks, XXL loop earrings, studded belts, Mohawk hairdos, or leisure suits over Texas-sized-collared shirts, we represented our … Continue reading Patchouli & Birkenstock; No, Not “The Producers”: Fashion (Mis?)-Statements of the 1970s by Gavin Lakin – Post 25