Peter Himmelman Musings

While The World Is On Its Side

While The World Is On Its Side

Who can abide the sounds of nothing any longer? The din of clattering jawbone, the rank scent of small talk, and the dun-hued drone of joyless chatter? Didn’t you know that the world has tipped? Haven’t you heard that the braided cord that held it upright finally broke from the weight of empty words? Don’t […]

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WHAT WOUNDED VETERANS TAUGHT ME ABOUT TRUE HEROISM

WHAT WOUNDED VETERANS TAUGHT ME ABOUT TRUE HEROISM

Explaining where I was and how I felt this morning is complicated. I’ll begin with the basics. About four years ago I started making calls to a wounded warrior organization called the Wounded Warriors Family Adventures, which takes place in Breckenridge, Colorado every April. To my knowledge they’re one of the only veterans groups that work with […]

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MOVING TOWARD A QUALITATIVE LIFE

MOVING TOWARD A QUALITATIVE LIFE

I’ll spare you the time it’ll take you to read all the details of the 75 year-long longitudinal study by Harvard researchers on what it takes to make a happy life. Hint: it isn’t money, it isn’t IQ, it isn’t good looks –it all comes down to making and maintaining what those researchers call WR’s, […]

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Watching My Brother Fly

Watching My Brother Fly

The Target Trails were so named for the Target retail store, the first in the nation in fact, that sat in front of it. It was a wooded area that had been partially cleared to leave a dusty ten or so acres of dirt trails, perfect for young motocross aficionados. As soon as the snow melted in spring you could hear the high whine of the bikes on weekends and after school. There were all manner of jumps too, made of mounds of compressed dirt where a rider could get as high as nine or ten feet and land in a cloud of dust, smoke, and heroism. The Target Trails is where my brother Paul first fell in love, or to be precise, where at fifteen years old, he first found balance and and confidence. It’s also where I started to fall in love, as any good younger brother should, with him.

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Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Time

Life used to be like clockwork We’d wake to the rooster crowing. Now with daylight saving time There’s no way precise way of knowing…   …What time it really is Or who’s the one in charge. While the sun is slowly shrinking And the moon is waxing large.   And what of our blessed schedules […]

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A Cure For the Politics of Rage

A Cure For the Politics of Rage

Creativity is about making ideas come alive, ideas, which by their nature, promote goodness and kindness. True, they might well consist of pottery or writing poetry, but they could just as easily consist of calling a friend who’s down, checking in on an elderly person who has no one to talk to. It also could mean studying a new language, or attending a class in filmmaking. It could mean getting on the Internet to find out how to use your skills as a mechanic or athlete to help underprivileged high school kids. Creativity means being fully alive in a given moment and being responsive to the world around you.

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Meditation on Gravity & Other Pressing Issues

Meditation on Gravity & Other Pressing Issues

  A man looks out his window and sees a rock sailing past. ‘A flying rock,’ he thinks.   But this rock doesn’t fly. It only appears that way.   As soon as the force exerted by the one who threw it —stops the rock will fall to the ground.   The same man looks […]

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Revelation 345.1 – March 3, 2016

Revelation 345.1 – March 3, 2016

This morning I fight to wake up from this awful dream:   I have been alive, 56 years.   I am married to the love of my life I have four beautiful children I have the means to do whatever it is I want to do.   And still, in this dream I am waiting […]

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Let’s Make America Great Again

Let’s Make America Great Again

Listen here.   Let’s make America great again Let’s make insolence a virtue too. Whoever shouts the loudest Is the one who’s brave and true.   Let’s champion the iconoclast Who’ll run things his own way. Common sense and decency Are just ideas from a bygone day.   We need someone with opinions All they need […]

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