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ALBERT B. CASUGA, a Philippine-born writer, lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, where he continues to write poetry, fiction, and criticism after his retirement from teaching and serving as an elected member of his region's school board. He was nominated to the Mississauga Arts Council Literary Awards in 2007. A graduate of the Royal and Pontifical University of St. Thomas (now University of Santo Tomas, Manila. Literature and English, magna cum laude), he taught English and Literature (Criticism, Theory, and Creative Writing) at the Philippines' De La Salle University and San Beda College. He has authored books of poetry, short stories, literary theory and criticism. He has won awards for his works in Canada, the U.S.A., and the Philippines. His latest work, A Theory of Echoes and Other Poems was published February 2009 by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. His fiction and poetry were published by online literary journals Asia Writes and Coastal Poems recently. He was a Fellow at the 1972 Silliman University Writers Workshop, Philippines. As a journalist, he worked with the United Press International and wrote an art column for the defunct Philippines Herald.

Friday, September 22, 2017


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How we feel about God can actually impact our mental and physical health, and Christian psychiatrist Timothy R. Jennings, M.D., explains it all in his groundbreaking book, The God-Shaped Brain: How Changing Your View of God Transforms Your Life.
In easy-to-understand language, Dr. Jennings explains the connection between theology and brain science, and provides a methodology for overcoming unhealthy perceptions of God.
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The God-Shaped Brain — A Positive View Of God Can Lead To A Healthier Life
Chattanooga, TN, September 20, 2017 ― Religious beliefs can affect more than spiritual health. In fact, different views about God can actually lead to mental and physical changes. And when God concepts are distorted in some way, the changes can be profoundly negative.
Psychiatrist, international speaker and author Timothy R. Jennings, M.D., has treated thousands of patients struggling with fear, insecurity and unsatisfying relationships. Many of his patients, he found, had as a contributing factor — if not a primary cause — a distorted God construct.
In his enlightening book, The God-Shaped Brain: How Changing Your View of God Transforms Your Life, Dr. Jennings synthesizes theology with brain science to reveal a wealth of facts, including:
• Beliefs and choices actually change brain circuitry and alter gene expression.
• Unhealthy God concepts (such as worshipping a punitive or authoritative God) activate inflammatory pathways and contribute to physical and mental illness.
• Even if unhealthy concepts of God are practiced only in the imagination, it has damaging effects on the brain.
• Changing an unhealthy God concept to a healthy one can positively impact the mind, body and relationships.
Jennings also introduces his Integrated-Evidenced Based Approach to studying God, which intertwines and harmonizes scripture; God's laws in science and nature; and personal experiences. Jennings uses compelling, real-life stories of healing and transformation to demonstrate how a God concept of love can bring about positive changes, and he provides a methodology for separating healthy beliefs from unhealthy.
The brain is an organ that is constantly developing, and in the book, Jennings illustrates in easy-to-follow language how the brain adapts based on the choices a person makes, the beliefs that are held and the God that is worshipped.
Timothy R. Jennings, M.D., is a board-certified Christian psychiatrist, master psychopharmacologist, international speaker, author, Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Life-Fellow of the Southern Psychiatric Association.
He obtained his M.D. degree in 1990 from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. He completed his psychiatric residency at D.D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, and has served as the Division Psychiatrist for the 3rd Infantry Division. He is married and lives in Chattanooga where he is in private practice. Jennings is also the President and Founder of Come and Reason Ministries and has served as President of the Southern Psychiatric Association and Tennessee Psychiatric Association.
His other books include Could It Be This Simple? A Biblical Model for Healing the Mind, The Journal of the Watcher, The Remedy New Testament Expanded Paraphrase and the upcoming The God-Shaped Heart: How Correctly Understanding God's Love Transforms Us, due September 2017.

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The God-Shaped Brain: How Changing Your View of God Transforms Your Life
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Q & As available on request.
Curt Thompson, M.D., psychiatrist and author of Anatomy of the Soul: "… he takes the reader past the trite, superficial motifs of easy spirituality that clutter our emotional landscapes and grounds you first in the nature of the God of Scripture. He then further explores that in which God grounded the first humans — the body, and namely, the brain. With compelling stories of challenge and transformation, Dr. Jennings deftly weaves together a deeply thoughtful theology of the living Word with the complex nature of the organ that our heart calls home. Read this book to know God more fully. Read this book to know your brain more fully. And see how knowing God will change your brain — and your life — in ways you never thought possible.”
Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D., C.E.D.S., and founder, The Center, Inc.: "With amazing clarity, Dr. Jennings cuts through the many divergent God constructs to expose the powerful impact these differing views have upon our brains and bodies. Not everything taught about God is healthy — read this book and learn how your belief about God is changing you.”
Brad Cole, M.D., director of neuroscience education, Loma Linda University School of Medicine: "What makes this book truly remarkable is the artful way Dr. Jennings combines the latest understanding in brain physiology with practical and compelling real-life stories. Although this book is easy to understand for the layperson, the implications Dr. Jennings makes about the design of the human brain, how it can be damaged and how it can be healed are profound. I don't know of another book that so beautifully describes how our minds can be restored back to the way God originally designed them to be.”
Kay Kuzma, Ed.D., president of Family Matters Ministry: "Dr. Tim Jennings has asked the troublesome questions about God's character and answered them in a simple and compelling way that clears away the lies about him so that you find yourself falling deeper in love with him. It's a must-read for every inquiring mind. Once you understand the physiology of the brain and how it responds to love versus selfishness, as explained by Dr. Jennings, you will realize that the choice for love is the only one that will renew the mind and result in good mental health.”
Michael Lyles, M.D., Lyles and Crawford Clinical Consulting: "It has been said that our thoughts reflect who we are (Proverbs 23:7). Dr. Jennings challenges us with a synthesis of neurobiology and theology that elaborates on this concept.”
Tim Clinton, president, American Association of Christian Counselors: "If you are ready to take your relationship with God to the next level, if you are ready to move closer to the source of all truth, if you are ready for an evidence-based approach to knowing God, this book is for you. Dr. Jennings' patient cases and illustrations make complex ideas simple and easy to understand as he powerfully documents, through brain science, how our beliefs about God change us.”

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Saturday, September 9, 2017


"El Senor te bendiga y te guarde;
el Senor te mire con agrado y te extienda su amor;
el Senor te muestre su favor y te conceda la paz."
 (Numeros 6:24-26)

On Friday, August 25, 2017 7:20 AM, Francisco Albano <> wrote:

KKK Gospel Reflection September10, 2017
23rd Sunday OT Mt 18:20-25 (RSV)
15. "If another member of the church {Gk [If your brother]} sins against you, {Other ancient authorities lack [against you]} go and point out the fault   16. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them."
               There is an essential requirement needed for Christian discipleship in the community called Church -- needed for members to be unto the image of Christ’s Church that is salt of the earth for preservation and enjoyment of goodness in the world, leaven for the rise of justice, peace, and care for the earth, and light to ascertain the way to the Kingdom of God. Discipleship requires fraternal / sisterly correction of faults, forgiveness for wrong-doers, encouragement to a firm purpose of amendment, rehabilitation of heart, mind, and spirit, and renewed sociological service to neighbor in Jesus’ name. Discipleship requires that one who is hurt be humble and approachable for one who desires to come and ask for forgiveness and shows willingness to compensate for his/her mistake/s and shortcomings.
            To improve the quality of discipleship there is the sacrament of penance that some ecclesial denominations avail of, but common to all is the sacrament of criticism and self-criticism, of fraternal/sisterly correction in private in one-on-one fashion, in family, group or community assessments and evaluation, and in formal ecclesiastical hearings, depending. Fraternal / sisterly correction should in spirit of Jesus’ command that we forgive not just three times, not seven times but seventy seven times those who hurt us; in the spirit of Jesus’ prayer: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
               Jesus tells us that forgiveness in heaven depends on forgiveness on earth: “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”  We can forgive one another. We have been given the power to do so. The question is: Do we use this power? Are we willing to do so? Do we choose to forgive some hurts but not all hurts? Do we wait for the wrong-doer to first approach and beg for forgiveness? Or can he/she be forgiven even he/she does not ask? How conditional is our granting of forgiveness?
            Evangelical forgiveness of faults does not depend on the demands of commutative justice. The thief is forgiven and loved but he/she must return the goods. The murderer is forgiven and loved even before he/she is convicted and jailed. Do we forgive politicians of graft and corruption, or members of the Commission on Appointments who rejected Ms. Gina Lopez and Dr. Judy Taguilwalo? Do we forgive them but demand their resignation? Do we forgive the misguided members of ISIS and the Maute rebels who refuse negotiations? Do we forgive leaders of big business, big government, big military who program their institutions to exploit and oppress the people? Do we forgive priests and ministers for their indiscretions, whatever. Do we forgive activists for their political and organizational mistakes, and bad styles of work; and do they correct and forgive one another?
            What is to be done to those with hearts of stone? “If the offender refuses to listen even to the Church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.”  This means that he/she must not be ostracized and remain unforgiven. He/she must be given patient “special treatment.”  Conditions may be created so the offender may be helped to recognize his/her fault. How did Jesus treat the public sinners and tax collectors?  We are to hate the sin and love the sinner.
            And so are Church disciples called to forgiveness of sins.  It is hoped that they, we, can on this matter be exemplars of the Gospel paradigm, that non-believers might consider imitating the Lord who calls all to a life of grace. We begin as Christians forgiving and loving one another, remembering that the sun shines and the rain falls on the just and unjust alike and that God’s love embraces all. ###
-- Rev. Francisco R. Albano
    Diocese of Ilagan

"El Senor te bendiga y te guarde;
el Senor te mire con agrado y te extienda su amor;
el Senor te muestre su favor y te conceda la paz."
 (Numeros 6:24-26)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Blood in the Desert

Friday, August 18, 2017


  1. MY POEM TODAY goes back to the sea for those old sounds, the old sights, so familiar with my growing up. I was an only son, and had sisters to protect. Like thi...s young lad who has his sisters covered.

  3. (For the Wee Ones at the Beach)

  4. There is where here is:
    Do you hear the murmur
    Of the sea waves laving this shore?
    It is the whispered caress of a mother
    Come upon her little ones’ romp
    Among the sundown shadows.

  5. Where the flushed horizon
    Meets the sea, a father’s
    Face gleams ruddy
    With laughter’s heat
    Still on his crinkled brow.

  6. O, that this cacophony of sounds
    Becomes the noise of a lifetime
    This heart (from a distance)
    Could hearken to, leap up to,
    Velvety notes of a joie de vivre
    That this place was built for,
    Made of, remembered by:

  7. Is this not, after all, the paradise
    He thought was lost in time past
    Visited now upon his dotage
    When he hankers for joy,
    A little life left, while there is time?

  8. The little shadows taunt the sea
    To reach their limbs. Gleeful,
    Their now surprised screams,
    When touched at last, are drowned
    By whimper of the ebbtide waves
    That has turned to gentle laughter.



  1. MY POEM TODAY is a Poem suggesting a move to another intensity: like old men, while we walk with the "bottoms of our trousers" rolled, we continue exploring before going back home. Sleep will be good. Then.

  3. ...
  4. Love is most nearly itself/ When here and now cease to matter./ Old men ought to be explorers/ Here and there does not matter/ We must be still and still moving/ Into another intensity... T. S. Eliot, “East Coker”, Four Quartets

  1. Too late to be afraid, I have left for places
    to explore, posted my address “nowhere”
    and there will be no returning. Not here.

  1. Not now, or anywhere. I have built me
    caverns of love walled with sound, echoes
    really, of cathedrals of thought and feeling

  1. neatly folded into my threadbare knapsack
    of everything that is old and do not matter:
    Only the love, barely the love, all the love.

  1. What is it? Where is it? How is it made?
    How long will it last? Why call it a passion?
    In that hill, on that rugged cross, it was. It is.

  1. Where I shall go, I shall be asked: How long
    did it take for you to know how to get home?
    I always felt the tug, but never its intensity.

  1. ---Albert B. Casuga


  2. (For Mimi, Blanca and Ding+ Nolledo

  3. Let me at it---get me to my concupiscibles....
    Green. Ripples. Sidled boats. Verdant growth.
    Do you not see the metaphor stripped bare
    Of all that is recondite? Lorca saw it: Verde.
    Old Nick’s barking tremolo swooned to it—
    Evensong lullaby hushed his beer-body riot.
    “Shh…the quiet lord cometh, he is on his way,
    Laving ripples murmur to the brackish rocks
    Serving sentry on the bluff: it is the end of day,
    One more goodbye, one more sleep. No cocks
    Crow here anymore.” Mimi has a good eye.

  1. Do you not feel what you ought to also see?
    The idled empty boats are Indios Bravos tables.
    Our tippling comrades are not there anymore,
    Like the gin-ran pumps of absent boatmen,
    These tubs tug at loose ropes linking them
    Briefly like tumbler-toasting, tired, trolling
    Troubadours. Beyond, it will always be green;
    The gentle whimsy of wind is caressing here.
    But the lights will be turned down soon,
    Like sundown’s stealth, the creeping gloom.

  1. At the old haunt—Nick, Pete, Pascua-Sanchez,
    Papen, Erwin, Recah, Blanca, Adrian, Cuadra,
    Are still shadows on the wall, not unlike catfish
    Bobbing up for air as we did, drunken Bravos,
    Fighting for breath when carousing left us
    Struggling to surface from the depths of dives
    Into bottomless pain and puzzlement: why
    Did we have to walk out, foglike, into a dawn
    Where bright days turned us all into harlequins
    Miming what we thought were loud promises
    to stay alive like these green dancing ripples
    moving my eyes now grafted into Mimi’s Eye.

    Mississauga, 07-07-13

  2. *A poem written in the persona of the late Philippine writer and novelist non pareil Wilfrido D. “Ding” Nolledo, father of artist Melissa Nolledo, and beloved husband of writer-editor Blanca Datuin-Nolledo, who writes a blog “Cropsharing in the Bounty of Love” where she collects hitherto unknown remembrances of one of the finest writers in English in the Philippines, “But for the Lovers” author, Wilfrido Nolledo.


Francisco Albano

8:18 AM (12 hours ago)
to Francisco
August 20, 2017
Gospel Reflection
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time – A
Mat 15: 21-28 (RSV)
St. Luke tells us that Joseph, Mary, and Jesus – 12 years old at the time – attended the feast of Passover in Jerusalem. On the way home after the feast, the parents noticed the boy was not with them.  He was not among relatives and friends either. They went back to Jerusalem and found him in the temple courts among the teachers listening to them and asking questions. Mama Mary subtly reprimanded the boy who learned a valuable lesson in family relations. The family returned to Nazareth where “… Jesus advanced [in] wisdom and age and favor before God and man. (Luke 2:52 NAB)”
 Jesus the man would learn more lessons in family and social relations that would enable him to teach well, proclaim the Kingdom of God well, and, through healing the sick and feeding the hungry, give signal proofs that the Kingdom has begun and was present in and among the people. Jesus grew in knowledge, understanding, and wisdom – in communicating with people of town and country, in clashes with powers of village and temple, market, and state, in the formation of disciples and apostles, and in processes of struggles of his heart, in the way of the cross. The judgment would be that he did all things well – to open people to the largeness of life, to love of neighbor, and presence of a caring God. To righteousness. To the joy of living: “They have no wine,” was Mama Mary’s subtle suggestion/order at the wedding feast in Cana. And Jesus gave the newly-weds and the guests the best wine served last. Another crucial lesson from Mama Mary.
  Where was Jesus slow in the school of the Lord’s service? To be close to the poor, the orphan and the widow, the “little ones” – he got that right basically from the beginning. (Luke 4:18-19). But, IMHO, it was in the area of being all things to all men and women -- especially to women that he must have found some difficulty. Jesus at the start of his ministry learned to get out of the cultural confines of racial, religious, and gender prejudice and discrimination. He was a Jew: To what extent was he prejudiced against the Gentiles? He was a man: To what extent did he distance himself from women, and especially from pagan women? Who exposed to him his limitations in this regard?
   And so this non-incidental saving event of Jesus meeting the  Canaanite/Syrophoenician woman begging him to cure her daughter tormented by a demon. A Jew, a man, faces a Gentile-pagan woman. “Send her away,” the male-chauvinist Jewish disciples urge Jesus. "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel", Jesus tells the lady. But Jesus had already cured a centurion’s servant.  Did Jesus compromise? The centurion had faith, Jesus would not enter a pagan home; the servant would be cured from a distance.  An exception,  not causing any scandal?
   The woman, a mother to boot, is of strong will and faith, her humility simply amazing “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David.” So she knows his identity and is aware of his reputation as a holy man of good works. On her knees, she begs: “Lord, help me.” Jesus answers: "It is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs." She is not turned off by his rudeness. Yes, Jesus is rude to this pagan woman. Some exegetes say no! Jesus is not rude. He uses an innocuous metaphor. For “dogs: his term is “kunarion,” household pet, and not the pejorative “kuon”, despised street dog / “askal” (cf. Matt 7,6). (Nil Guillemette, SJ). Mildly rude then?
   In masterful repartee, a cunning woman counters. "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table." Eyes opened, Jesus answers her, "Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish."
   Jesus underestimated the lady graced by God with faith and winning humor. Nothing good comes from Gentiles and pagan women? Here she is, a sign and presence of the Kingdom of his word. Jesus learns the value of gender sensitivity and the power of a prayerful woman. He learns that though the house of Israel is of special priority, for now, the Kingdom is for all. He learns something beautiful from this Canaanite-Syrophoenician lady who pleads for wellness not for herself but for another. Jesus advances in wisdom and favor before God and a woman. Whatever trace of gender exclusivism is him disappears. He is a growing presence of God, a Jesus who in the fullness of time and space and righteous relationships will then be recognized as true Man and true God.
    Is this event saving for me? Where am I in this scene? What word do I hear from Jesus, a man, and a Jew and from a smart pagan lady? Do I say to those who need my loving service: I was sent only to the lost sheep of the Church. Word and sacrament are for Christians only? Do I hold that salvation is only for those who accept Jesus as personal Lord and Savior, is for the well-to-do only whose economic blessings in life they believe are a sign that one is predestined to enjoy divine afterlife? Do I look down on Jews, Muslims, LGBTs and others who are not like me? How do I regard woman -- Canaanite-Syrophoenician, whatever. -- as an object of pleasure, a commodity, a non-citizen of the world, a second class person in the view of the Pharisees and Sadducees and priests and politicians and businessmen and scientists and soldiers of patriarchy and capitalist globalization? Have I ever prayed seemingly foolish in persistence and insistence for a cure for someone sick in body or mind or spirit?
    Does the Canaanite-Syrophoenician woman teach me a thing or two?  Do I send anyone like her away, because she bothers my conscience or my schedule? Am I a good learner as Jesus was?  Do I dare engage God in witty conversation and make him laugh?   Have I advanced in wisdom and stature and favor before God, women, and men?  # 

                                                    By Fr. Francisco R. Albano,  Diocese of Ilagan


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Tuesday, August 8, 2017


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Dear Albert Casuga : 
American companies spend billions of dollars annually on leadership development and training with very little to show for it. Clearly, something's missing.
What's missing, says Gaurav Bhalla, a thinker-doer, is the cultivation of our leaders' most valuable assets: their humanity and the wisdom of their souls.
Please allow me to send you a complimentary copy of Bhalla's thought-provoking new book, Awakening A Leader's Soul: Learnings Through Immortal Poems, in consideration of a review, interview or feature.
Simply contact me to schedule an interview with the author, or let me know if I may send a review copy of the book. If you would like to run this story I'd be happy to send you JPEGs of Bhalla and the book cover. Thank you.
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Book Uses Immortal Poems To Help Leaders Embark On A Journey Of Reflection And Self-Awareness
Washington, D.C., August 8, 2017 ― Leadership roles rarely come with playbooks, even less so in today's complex and uncertain world. When confronted with 21st-century challenges, quandaries, dilemmas and paradoxes — which often require choices between right vs. right or wrong vs. more wrong — where do leaders turn for guidance?
Not to the brilliance of their executive minds or to best-practice recipes taught by traditional leadership training courses, but to the rootedness of their humanity — who they are, what they stand for, what they are willing to fight for and what they are willing to walk away from.
What matters most is not what's in leaders' heads, but what lies within their souls that guides what's in their heads, says Gaurav Bhalla, author, educator and CEO of Knowledge Kinetics.
Bhalla's new book, Awakening A Leader's Soul: Learnings Through Immortal Poems, is about "Soulful Leadership,” a new human-centric narrative that reimagines the purpose of leadership. It takes current and future leaders on a transformative journey of reflection and self-awareness to help them better understand their own humanity and that of the worlds in which they live through a new set of teachers — immortal poems.
Using the timeless wisdom of Shakespeare, Whitman, Dickinson and many others, the book showcases critical leadership lessons, such as the perils of an over-inflated ego; the importance of authenticity, trust and integrity; the significance of perseverance; and the value of doubting – of not being too sure – all vital for imagining and engineering meaningful leadership journeys in the 21st century.
Through poems and essays, the book creates an inner awakening concerning an important issue – all leadership decisions ultimately require sacrificing something or someone, including planetary resources. Managing these sacrifices in a way that increases the wellbeing and prosperity of the greatest many is visionary. It's also the hallmark of Soulful Leadership, which today's world greatly needs.
Author Gaurav Bhalla holds a Ph.D. in marketing and strategy from the University of Kansas and is a globally acclaimed educator, speaker and consultant. CEO of Knowledge Kinetics, he and his company are committed to helping organizations develop visionary leaders and practice customer-first thinking.
He is also the author of Collaboration and Co-Creation: New Platforms for Marketing and Innovation (2010), the much-acclaimed Harvard Business Review article, "Rethinking Marketing,” and a historical-fiction novel, The Curse and the Cup (2014).
Bhalla asserts that "The head may be smart, but the soul is smarter…and… wise,” and works every day to advance his core philosophy that a person's humanity is a more enduring asset than his or her executive brilliance.
For more information, please visit
Awakening A Leader's Soul: Learnings Through Immortal Poems
Release date: September 7, 2017
Motivational Press
ISBN-10: 162865421X
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Avraham Azrieli, "Highly recommended! … Awakening A Leader's Soul: Learnings Through Immortal Poems by Gaurav Bhalla, Ph.D., is a unique business leadership book that bypasses the usual offerings of practical business advice and decision-making skills in favor of centering on the leader's humanity and, by extension, taking readers on a fascinating journey of self-discovery and deeper awareness. … For anyone reading today's news headlines, the author's audacious leap of unconventional spirit in this book could not be more timely. … The book is further enriched with poignant, classic poems, embellished with introspective quotations from paradigm-shifting thinkers, and interspersed with artistic illustrations. It makes for a wonderful read, provokes deep introspection and occasionally rises to soaring heights of insight, discernment and prose. … This is an excellent, life-changing book for anyone seeking the true essence of great leadership.”

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

(Voices from Three Generations)

(For my Grandchildren)

We will see so/ little of the world that it is/ important for you to see this/ tree, to envision rooms and/ stairs where there is only air/ and leaves, to place the first/ board against the bark. --- From “Treehouse for God” by Hannah Stephenson, The Storialist, 10-25-11

Come summer, we will build
another treehouse on an oak
overlooking the creek, there
is more of you now to gather
remnants we can put together. 

Nothing bigger, but higher,
maybe closer to the clouds,
nearer to the stars, away from
the giggling girls next door.
We will see less of the world. 

Or more of it below: yelping
dogs lining up for the lift-leg
tree astride our river bank,
are easy slingshot targets off
stouter, steadier branches. 

O, and there is soldier-boy
doing it with the wife round
the clock since he came back
wounded from Iraq, Libya,
and all on the eastern crack. 

Shush, buddyboy, that’s not
what treehouses are for. What
are they for, gramps? To espy
on sparrows, robins, jays, owls
talk to each other on sundowns. 

So, if we build it a bit higher,
we can also build a treehouse
for God, can we not, gramps?
Why ever for, laddie? He is
everywhere. But nowhere near? 

Cool. A treehouse for God on
the river bend. Then, maybe,
just maybe, we can visit him
anytime, gramps, ask for help
for starving kids in Somalia. 

Hook him up on a telephone
line, strings and cans and all,
and maybe Dad can provide
Him with a Bell Internet link,
alert Him on the Facebook! 

So he can stop all killings and all
and punish priests who molest
altar boys and girls, and...Whoa!
Whoa, boys, we are building a
treehouse, not His jailhouse. 

Could we build one for God,
anyway, gramps? We got boards
and plywood and shingles and
nails, and...borrow mom’s cross,
to protect Him in His treehouse. 

Winter is almost here, boys,
we need to firm things up here
so it would not fall off. We will
build another come summer
on that oak bent over the creek. 

(He wipes clammy sweat off his
forehead, winces at a strange jab
of pain on his chest, tingling on
his arms.) Time to climb down,
boys, before we nail Him down,

--- Albert B. Casuga