Month: December 2014

Jupiter Gone Retrograde


You may have felt it.  Jupiter went retrograde back on December 8th.  It’s maybe why you’re withdrawing more than usual this holiday season.  When Jupiter turns backward, it’s time for active things to slow.  It’s time to look inward, to re-examine old philosophies, to grow from recent wisdom.  When Jupiter goes retrograde in Leo, that hot fiery ego becomes the focus of our introspection.  If lucky, we catch a glimpse of our true selves, the ones we’ve tucked away for no one else to see.

Myself:  I’ve hardly left the house the past few weeks.  I’m adapting a novel from a screenplay I wrote a few years back.  Turns out, a novel is so much more cinematic.  A novel’s narration allows for inward introspection, and much of my personal retrograde focus is appearing in the emotional lives of my characters.  (It’s hard to explain and probably foolish to try.  But that’s my inward journey.)  Jupiter goes direct again April 8th.  By then, I hope to complete a draft of this novel. Before that, Mercury goes retrograde on January 21st for three weeks.  At that point, things might come to a downright halt.

“Days in Pattaya”


Many thanks to Segue, an online literary journal published by Miami University of Ohio for including the following poem in their Fall 2014 issue.

Days in Pattaya

                                          —Thailand, 2013

 On aching hot days, I pray for cool dusk

  band of orange across the western sky

    rising moon, planets, stars

      each an old acquaintance—silent, serene


Come sunset, as thirsty mozzies swarm

  as motorbikes buzz, I dream of dawn

    band of orange across the eastern sky

      smooth beach bare of night


Mornings, sizzling like a plate of eggs

  I pray again for dusk—all its disappointments

    my monkey mind cannot sit still, cannot

      find satisfaction in a cup of tea


Day by day, I plant no purpose here

  only pen and paper, only hope

    a garden might bloom, leaves full of fruit

     a summer flower bending toward the fall