Leaving California

Leaving California

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Sunset in Reno

Who can’t relate to the idea of leaving one chapter behind and moving on to the next. ~ Mike Shinoda

So I’ve left California.  But not before I had the opportunity to catch up with some really great friends.  I hung out with these two fabulous people whose wedding I officiated.

Then I had a really amazing dinner with a good friend and her husband.

food, happinessHad lunch in Truckee with a one of the coolest humans I know.

And had breakfast with a great friend and attended a little league game with a friend to watch her amazing kid play baseball.  But tonight I’m in Reno, about two hang out with some great friends again tomorrow.

Hope you are all well and having a happy day my friends. ~ Rev Kane

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Happiness Quotes

Happiness Quotes

3Today a collection of quotes to make you think and hopefully have a happier day ~ Rev Kane

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15 Lessons to being Happy

15 Lessons to being Happy



15 Lessons to being happier from The Inspiration Tree http://www.theinspirationtree.com/2011/01/pursuit-of-happiness-15-lessons-to-keep.html

1. The only person that can ever truly make you happy is yourself. Stop depending on everyone else.

2. People lie, stuff happens. Don’t take it too personally.

3. Want people to think you’re amazing? Start believing you are, and then they will too.

4. Smiling is the ultimate anti-depressant. Smile and laugh out loud, it doesn’t look stupid, I promise.

5. The world is never just black and white, right or wrong, one way or another. Try and see things from as many points of view as possible.

6. “Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final”
Rainer Maria Rilke

7. Have empathy.

8. Gossip, problems of the past, events you cannot control, negative thoughts and negative people; time spent on these is time poorly wasted.

9. When you’re jealous or find yourself filled with hate for someone/something, stop. The only person its hurting is you.

10. Although the newest, most expensive material things may make you feel as if you’re a better person, they won’t hold you at night or listen to you when you need it. Make sure your priorities make sense.

11. Step outside your comfort zone- it’s when you’ll really feel alive.

12. Don’t be afraid to be yourself, the people who really matter, don’t mind

13. Let your emotions out sometimes, humans have them for a reason.

14. Celebrate the things you have. Think only positively of the things you don’t (but would like to have) and they too will come.

15. Love unconditionally ♥.



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Amazing Festivals for your Bucket List

Amazing Festivals for your Bucket List


Bliss Dancing at dawn

Bliss Dancing at dawn

Today I decided to take a tour around the web to create a list of festivals for my bucket list.  I’m happy to say I’ve attended a few of them already.  What you won’t see are the standards, St. Patrick’s Day, Chinese New Year, New Year’s Eve in Sydney Harbor, those are more holidays than festivals.  I also left off all of the various food festivals and music festivals like Glastonbury, The Electric Forest and Coachella, those lists will come another time.  Here’s the list, check them out, enjoy and have a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane

The first festival I have to include is one I’ve attended many times, the Burning Man Festival held in the Nevada desert each year at the end of Summer.  A brief description will not do, so links to several pieces about the festival.

Happiness, Burning Man, Woodstock & a Common Compassion Movement

On Burning Man & The Appalachian Trail

Happiness is Art: Burning Man

If Burning Man Was What People Thought It Was

Burning Man: The Dissolution of Normal

The festival we know as Mardi Gras in the United States is also known as Carnival in Brazil.  If you’ve never done a Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans you really need to, it’s wonderful and no, I’m not talking about Bourbon Street.  As a matter of fact, if you want to party on Bourbon Street I’d recommend anytime except Mardi Gras.  My favorite part of Mardi Gras are the parades, I love them, lot’s of happy people having a good time, trinkets and prizes being tossed from amazing floats, it’s a really wonderful atmosphere.

Rev Kane (rt) and his friend Rich post parades

Rev Kane (rt) and his friend Rich post parades

elspeth fix fix float 1 fix ladder chairsAlternately, you should check out Mardi Gras in Mobile, AL the oldest Mardi Gras celebration in America.  I’ll be taking my own advice and will be attending this years festivities in the city.

01Finally Carnival, most well-known for the celebration in Rio is the Brazilian form of the holiday.  I spent some time in Brazil and unfortunately never made it to a Carnival celebration, however I did get a great tip.  Brazilians told me to skip Rio and to go instead to the Carnival celebration in Salvadore de Bahia, so that would definitely be worth exploring, smaller crowds, fewer pickpockets and probably less expensive.

01 02 03Diwali is the Hindu Festival of Light and has interested me for sometime now, mostly as a photographer because I’ve seen so many amazing shots from India of whole cities lit up at night.

01Dios de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a festival I love, I’ve come to enjoy it more than Halloween.  My hope in the next couple of years is to go celebrate in the Oaxaca region of Mexico where some of the most elaborate celebrations take place.

01 02Up Helly Aa is billed as Europe’s largest fire festival, it is in fact a festival started in the 1880’s and a celebration of the Viking Heritage of Northern Scotland. This festival is very much on my bucket list.

01 02Holi is another Hindu festival that occurs in places like India and Nepal and has recently been slightly co-opted in the US in so-called color runs.  The festival includes a big bonfire the evening before and an all out free-for-all color battle the next day in the streets, all in good fun of course.

01 02Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in China is the largest ice and snow festival in the world and it lasts a full month.  The images are utterly spectacular all of the buildings below are built from ice blocks and lit up, amazing.

01 02 03Yi Peng Lantern Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand is a Buddhist festival where thousands of lanterns are launched into the sky, each one carrying a wish.  Seems like a great thing to tie into a larger trip in Thailand.

01Floating Lantern Festival Honolulu, would you rather launch your lantern on the ocean and stay a little closer to home, well then this may be your festival.

01Albuquerque Balloon Festival, what is there to say, The Big Q, Southwestern weather and cuisine and more hot air balloons than your brain can process.

01 02Winter Light Festival Japan, this four-month long festival celebrates light, color and flowers.  It seems like a photographers paradise.

01 02 03Rouketopolemos Rocket War (Greece), an Easter Celebration rocket war in Greece, sounds like a great place to hang out and watch two church parishes literally try to ring each other’s bells with homemade rockets.

01Pflasterspektakel, in Linz, Austria is a three-day festival in July for street performers of just about every type, and yes, there will likely be mimes.

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On the Road Again

On the Road Again

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Point Hueneme

The world is a book and those who do not travel see only one page.                     ~ St. Augustine

So I love traveling and as most of you know I’m on the road again, can never help but sing a little Willie Nelson every time I set out.  So I lit out of the Mojave Desert early Saturday and headed for Simi Valley, an auspicious start as there was no traffic on the 405, for those of you who don’t live in Southern California, trust me, that’s a rare and beautiful thing.  My goal for the morning was the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.  A few days earlier, while figuring out what I wanted to do down on the way to the coast an ad came up showing that the library had a Genghis Khan exhibit and there it was, destination decided.

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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

I arrived at the library at opening time, 10AM and there were already about a 100 people in line.  I was pretty surprised and apparently they were just early arrivers, by time I left an hour or so later there was no one in line.

The grounds at the library are impressive and no more so than when viewed from the museum’s hangar, yes, hangar where they exhibit Air Force One, Marine One and a number of vehicles.

reagan, air force one, travelThe Reagan museum was about what I expected, a very positive look at the president’s life and time in office.  Lot’s of flag waving rah-rah patriotism and the like, but it was interesting.  There was one small weird thing that occurred while I was there, a small rip in space and time, sort of a Philadelphia Experiment moment, a frog alien came riding in on a horse and that unfortunately resulted in the poor horse rematerializing into the floor.

Genghis Khan

I was really excited for the Genghis Khan exhibit.  He was an amazing human, conquered half the bloody world, like Napoleon, made huge contributions to law and culture.  His empire created local democracies, the rule of law and heavily believed in freedom of religion creating societies where Buddhists, Muslims and Christians lived together.  His second successor, his son Kublai Khan, united China and  formed the Yang Dynasty.  I very much loved the ceremonial masks in the exhibit.

Lunch with a Friend

Part of any of my travel adventures involves catching up with old friends whenever possible and the reason I initially headed south and west on this trip was to connect with my friend Luis.  Someone I have a lot in common with, loved working with and is someone who is always a lock for a great conversation, one of his questions even inspired an old post, What is the price of being you?  It was great to see him and spend a little time.

Really he likes me, should have counted so he could smile on cue.

The first disaster, wait that should be in quotes, “disaster”

There are always small misadventures on any adventure and all you can hope for is that they will be small and I’ve already had my first.  The car in front of me swerved and I was suddenly running over something I hadn’t seen, hear a loud pop and then felt and heard something dragging under my car.  I pulled off and found a small five gallon bucket wedged to the frame in front of my rear tire.  I pulled it out and tossed it off the highway, frustrated but didn’t see any damage and began driving, only to notice an odd noise.  When I finally found a quiet place to pull off I found that the bucket had broke off a clip on the plastic front end and flap in front of my front tire.  As I sped up the wind pushed the piece back and it was rubbing against the tire.  The tire was destroying the plastic and what I had to do was disassemble the lower piece and cut off part of it to keep it off my tire.  Tomorrow I’ll get to a shop and see if I can get the remaining piece clipped or wired back to the frame.  So yeah, sucks a bit but could have been much worse.

The Pacific Ocean

surfer, ocean, pacific, happiness, travelI love going literally coast to coast, so I made a point of making a stop at the Pacific on this end of the journey at Pt. Hueneme.  I walked out on the pier, watched some surfers and stuck my toes in the Pacific.  Eastward ho!  But north first to see some friends in Sacramento.  As always, I hope you have a happy day my friends. ~ Rev Kane



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Happiness is Poetry: Alan Kaufman

Happiness is Poetry: Alan Kaufman

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Alan Kaufman

The more sober you get, the more clearly you feel. ~ Alan Kaufman

I first encountered Alan Kaufman as one of the primary authors of the American Bible of Outlaw Poetry.  This first piece, Let us, is really magnificent, like most outlaw poets, he doesn’t conform to what you expect and that’s part of his magic.  So give him a read and have a happy day my friends. ~ Rev Kane

For the Poets of January 15th and the Women of January 21st

Let us
take ourselves aboard a bus
and travel to the dispossessed
And let us praise their dreamless eyes and hardened smiles
with rogue words of truth
to the killing fields of their hopes
The slum wards and ragged towns and stolen farms
Let us take to them the carnival of our mad and scattered lives
Let us bring them the mountain, let us give them the vision
of an open window, an unlocked door, a bed to sleep in, a plate of food
Let us give them the keys to the house of our love
Let us bare our throats tattooed with roses, our breasts sequenced with diamonds
our loins hot with dragons, our hands and feet pierced with beauty
Let us come to their dusty squares and drinking holes with canticles of magnificent defeat
Let us deliver to their mangers
of pollution and penitentiaries, shopping malls and tenements
the hard beautiful birth of the heart
Let us bring renewal, let us declare the death of despondency and tyrants
For I have seen our campfires beside the roads, like fallen still-burning miraculous stars
I have seen our bus voyaging to innocence
I have seen us tossed this century like a bone
after decades of science and war reason and corporation
art and Auschwitz
I have seen my vocation descend like a pen to a page
that can never be filled with enough truth
I have crossed a continent of despair and I swear to you, Poets,
I live for greater than myself
You, street-Latin Elizabethan hustlers, I tell you time has come to deal
death’s passionate kiss to kings
Time has come to bare our asses in Paradise
Time has come to write the Constitution with poetry and flesh
Time has come to costume up and ride
with words like steel-tipped whips
into the soul of American
and rage there and sing
till the mouth of every hungry child
is fed.


…ignored how the rain felt
as he left home
for the last time

Wore down
his boot heels
searching for the woman
of his dreams,
but never understood
that life is a woman

Lived in a town
where sadness was illegal
and where grinning
cops ticketed his face
so often
that he lost his license
to cry

The Saddest man
on earth
tuned guitars
but couldn’t play them,
cheated the IRS
of his own refund,
fathered a child
who thought she saw
him in perfect strangers
yet didn’t recognize
him face to face

I met him once
in a bar
toasting the mirror
with his stare

He had come
south to start
life over

He was a
Mozart of silence


i don’t want to remember this

in the east village, just arrived
hiding from a war
running from the
we’d murdered
the bare flat didn’t like us
yet we crowded it
with ghosts
let me tell you
when our bodies cried
i held her like a baby
in my arms
a broken chair
a damaged wall
the police began
to know us
and the neighbor’s
eyes looked away
and one day i

woke screaming
called her father
in canada to get her
and he did

he makes me smell him

among the faceless
masses on
the streetcar
i sit
trash bag stuff
squeezed between
the stink
that doesn’t
that residentially
smell that is
a prophecy
of fallen

More poems and poetry!

Doug Draime

Warsan Shire

Hosho McCreesh

Charles Bukowski

Ashe Vernon

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Take a Deep Breath, Move Forward

Take a Deep Breath, Move Forward

1We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.            ~ Rev Kane

Transitions and changes seem ever-present and in the last year and I have certainly self-imposed a ton of those on myself.  The gears will certainly be shifting in 2016, unfortunately I didn’t become independently wealthy this year so it will be back to work.  I’ll be heading back west in the early part of the year and starting the job search.  At some point I’ll even have a normal place to live, I have to admit, I’m looking forward to living someplace for the first time in 15 months where I actually control the thermostat!

This week I left my speedy and overactive mind get ahead of itself as it is want to do.  I was already calculating that I have a trip in mid-January, one at the end of January, the holidays are here and the book’s not done.  I was feeling very much like I’m out of time and have not accomplished the big goal, getting the book done.  Time to take a breath.

01I started meditating again this week, it’s so silly how I can get out of the habit of doing something that I enjoy and is so good for me.  I’ve also had my head spinning over a long-standing relationship and have unfortunately gone to ground like I do, rebuilding the walls around myself that protect me.  The cumulative effect though has been to calm my brain down and get me to breathe and look around with a better eye.

I have six weeks left to work on the book here (I’ve only been here 5 weeks), I’ll have extra time around Christmas.  I had a ton of blog work to catch up on and that’s done so I can be more focused on the book.  Also, about two-thirds of the writing is done and some of the organizing, so I’m not in bad shape to have that first solid rough draft knocked off before I leave.  Finally, I can still work on it while on the road heading west and while I’m looking for a job.  I really hope to have it into the publishing process by June but that’s new road for me, so it may take some time.


As much as I really hate this time of year I move forward with the reality that life is really good right now, I’ll be at the beach for Christmas, one of my favorite places – St. Joseph’s Bay in Florida.  The welcome letter to the house I’m renting talked about snakes, turtles, dolphins and bears, a perfect little mix of forest and beach.

So tonight my friends take your own deep breath, this time of year makes people nuts.  You don’t have to be perfect, your house doesn’t have to be spotless, the gifts, whatever they are, or no gift at all will be fine. And if you get silly questions just laugh.

02So sit down, smile, relax, have a little eggnog, watch the sunset and have a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane

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AT Happiness – Galleries: Hikers

AT Happiness – Galleries: Hikers


Rev Kane with Yukon Cornelius my favorite trail name

So today I’m rehabbing a bad knee and have had time to go through my photos from the trail.  I thought today I’d go through and post the photos of some of the fine folks I’ve had the opportunity to hike with since starting the trail.  What I think is interesting is the amazing diversity that the pictures will show in terms of age, size, condition, etc… The one commonality is that all of them shook up their whole damn life and decided to come and hike the Appalachian Trail.  Something that in my eyes makes them all damn fine individuals.

Rev Kane with fellow hiker and vet Mau.

Rev Kane with fellow hiker and vet Mau.

Rev with Hercules aka Vortex

Rev with Hercules aka Vortex

I promised I'd leave him anonymous, but this is hiking bliss on top of Blood Mountain

I promised I’d leave him anonymous, but this is hiking bliss on top of Blood Mountain

Me and Mighty Mouse

Me and Mighty Mouse

Lumpy's predecessor at Standing Bear, Rocket Man

Lumpy’s predecessor at Standing Bear, Rocket Man

The AARP gang with our host Lumpy on the left.

The AARP gang with our host Lumpy on the left.

Awesome, Backtrack, Rev Kan, and the Kingfisher

Awesome, Backtrack, Rev Kan, and the Kingfisher

Me and the Mad Hatter

Me and the Mad Hatter

Me and Cliffhanger

Me and Cliffhanger

Backtrack and Shaggy Hobo

Backtrack and Shaggy Hobo

Me and Tough Cookie (she's back on the trail after appendicitis surgery 6 weeks ago)

Me and Tough Cookie (she’s back on the trail after appendicitis surgery 6 weeks ago)

Michael Kane and John Stewart head for the AT

Michael Kane and John Stewart head for the AT

Petri and Ducky at Springer Mountain

Petri and Ducky at Springer Mountain

Meeting Hanley, the first Twitter friend I met on the trail

Meeting Hanley, the first Twitter friend I met on the trail

Goodman cooking his socks

Goodman cooking his socks

Mad Hatter heading back to the trail

Mad Hatter heading back to the trail

Second Star on top of the rock pile

Second Star on top of the rock pile

The first two thru-hikers I met, traveling on the train to Atlanta

The first two thru-hikers I met, traveling on the train to Atlanta

Backtrack on the Rev on one of the early nights on the trail

Backtrack on the Rev on one of the early nights on the trail

Ramble on Rose, a truly beautiful person

Ramble on Rose, a truly beautiful person

Leap Frog, we met in the privy at Standing Bear Farm. Really awesome hiker.

Leap Frog, we met in the privy at Standing Bear Farm. Really awesome hiker.

Jedi, whose twin brother and I went to law school together 25 years ago!

Jedi, whose twin brother and I went to law school together 25 years ago!

Kingfisher celebrating in Hot Springs.

Kingfisher celebrating in Hot Springs.

Sometimes we relax

Sometimes we relax

Sometimes we relax a lot

Sometimes we relax a lot

Strawberries for lunch

Strawberries for lunch

Section hiker - Hotfoot!

Section hiker – Hotfoot!

Two adorable section hikers I met in the Shenandoah

Two adorable section hikers I met in the Shenandoah

The youngest hiker, Olivia and her mom. She's done 300 miles on the AT and she can't even walk yet.

The youngest hiker, Olivia and her mom. She’s done 300 miles on the AT and she can’t even walk yet.

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Happiness is Sculptural Weaving

Happiness is Sculptural Weaving

Gloria McRoberts

Gloria McRoberts

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. ~ Aristotle

As I mentioned in an earlier post and book review of the Happiness Habit, I recently attended the Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival.  It was nice and there was a lot of quality art but one booth absolutely took my breath away.  Gloria McRoberts does something she calls sculptural weaving and it’s absolutely magnificent.  She developed the idea herself after being asked to teach a weaving class, something she’d never done before.  In that process and over time has evolved the works that I’m posting here.  In her own words:

My fiber sculptures are hand woven from natural, undyed wool. By utilizing natural fibers as a sculpting medium, my goal is to offer my interpretation of the wonders of the universe with emphasis on the seasonal transformation of trees, the living sculptures. Nature has the unique ability to layer texture and tone to transform a landscape. Delicate rhythms and patterns form powerful sculptural scenes.

Each piece is unique, one-of-a-kind, and all designs are copyrighted. The concept is my own idea evolving over 33 years. My original technical processes present the viewer with deceptively gentle subject matter. Soft, richly layered landscapes of wool invite quiet contemplation, with appreciation of nature’s linear artistry through the structural element of tree branches. As a fine artist, I strive to present a work of art that will be visually dynamic, conceptually intriguing, and evoke feelings of peace and tranquility.

I was amazed to find out they weren’t dyed at all, she does a masterful job of mixing the different textures and natural structure of the fibers to create absolutely amazing pieces.  When I once again have walls I will be buying one of these pieces, or of course if you were looking to buy me a really nice Christmas present any of these would be great.  I found her work to be the most original and beautiful work I’ve encountered in a really long time and her pieces, with their focus on nature really speak to me, she hits it on the head when she talks about their being a tranquility to these pieces.

I asked Gloria about people buying through the website and she was gracious enough to ask me to tell you that if you contact her and mention this piece and the Gulf Coast Art Fair that she’d give you a better deal than the retail prices on the web.  In addition to being very talented she was also an incredibly nice person and I really enjoyed talking with her.  Also on her website is a full gallery of her work.

If you would like to see these pieces in person there are links on her website to the shows she will be attending and her home gallery is in Watertown, TN.

Enjoy the images below and have a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane

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Happiness is Sunsets – Part 2

Happiness is SunsetsPart 2


Tonight part two of the sunset shots, enjoy and have a happy day ~ Rev Kane

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Happiness is Sunsets – Part 1

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