“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Dalai Lama


I’m taking a few days off but not before I wish you a joy-filled holy season and a peace-filled 2019.




Look up and not down;
Look out and not in.
Look forward and not back;
Lend a hand!

Unitarian Minister, Edward Everett Hale (1882-1909)

RECOMMENDED: RETURN OF THE MYSTERIOUS DIALOGUE, Anjum Wasim Dar, The Unsaid Words of Untold Stories, in which Anjum ji gives me too much credit but is a fine example of someone who is working in maturity to find and refine her voice and who practices the presence of God each minute, each hour, every day and who strives continually to be her best poet and best self. Bravo, my stout-hearted friend, and thank you for the inspiration. ♥ 






Poet and writer, I was once columnist and associate editor of a regional employment publication. I currently run this site, The Poet by Day, an information hub for poets and writers. I am the managing editor of The BeZine published by The Bardo Group Beguines (originally The Bardo Group), a virtual arts collective I founded.  I am a weekly contributor to Beguine Again, a site showcasing spiritual writers. My work is featured in a variety of publications and on sites, including: Levure littéraure, Ramingo’s PorchVita Brevis Literature,Compass Rose, Connotation PressThe Bar None GroupSalamander CoveSecond LightI Am Not a Silent PoetMeta / Phor(e) /Play, and California Woman. My poetry was recently read by Northern California actor Richard Lingua for Poetry Woodshed, Belfast Community Radio. I was featured in a lengthy interview on the Creative Nexus Radio Show where I was dubbed “Poetry Champion.”

The BeZine: Waging the Peace, An Interfaith Exploration featuring Fr. Daniel Sormani, Rev. Benjamin Meyers, and the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi among others

“What if our religion was each other. If our practice was our life. If prayer, our words. What if the temple was the Earth. If forests were our church. If holy water–the rivers, lakes, and ocean. What if meditation was our relationships. If the teacher was life. If wisdom was self-knowledge. If love was the center of our being.” Ganga White, teacher and exponent of Yoga and founder of White Lotus, a Yoga center and retreat house in Santa Barbara, CA

“Every pair of eyes facing you has probably experienced something you could not endure.” Lucille Clifton


  1. Respected Jamie Ji, Jazakallah Khair,Thank you, I feel I still have to travel a long distance on the road to learning,analyse the way I travel, how I deal with people I meet , how much I am able to help them and make their way easy and comfortable.I need more knowledge and guidance and have experienced that people come in our lives for a reason, which reveals itself with time.We need to be tolerant and patient.
    The key to happiness is acceptance and that lies within our soul and spirit..sharing some lines for Hope Peace and Change which moves in unnoticed, we do not feel the connection yet it is there …to make Life beautiful ‘

    change for peace not turmoil
    change for flowers not the fire
    change for freedom not for fence.

    Looks beautiful as Hope
    shines through

    evenings chill, oil incense
    floats, winter dusk in
    mists, in nature condense
    unnoticed life changes
    radiance divine, consonance
    key to happiness is acceptance

    Life is beautiful !
    engulfed in fragrance,
    benumbed by sillage sweet,
    cadences sooth in absence ~

    I do not wish to be the change
    It prevails unnoticed,a blessing,
    beneficent beneficence ~

    Life is beautiful !

    نیا سال بہت بہت مبارک ھو
    A Very Happy New Year

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  2. Dear Jamie,
    Thank you for your wishes—and actions—for peace in the new year. And for the nourishing words of the Dalai Lama, Anjum Wasam Dar and Edward Hale. All lovely for contemplation these last days of a difficult year. May you and yours experience all the joys of all your senses during these holi-days, and May peace be with you. In gratitude, Lisa

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  3. And a joy-filled season to all.  I write this not as a challenge but an insight. I appreciate and fully understand the 4 mottos. However is it not the mandate of the poet to look around? To use every resource he or she has to create a poem? The poet MUST not just look up or down. He or she must look in and out. He or she must look forward and back I may be extremely wrong.  Isn’t compassion the ability to see others and treat others as you would want to be treated? I would never presume to challenge the Dalai Lama, I have too much respect for his wisdom. Isn’t compassion born of respect and understanding? Is compassion not an expression of respect for another’s feelings? Once again I would never presume to challenge someone’s dogma. But I would hasten to say that disrespect based on not fully understanding another’s challenges are equally questionable.We all know presumptions are not always right and righteousness is not always blameless. Once again this is written with respect and in no way was meant to criticize.  Have a wonderful and a restful “few days off”.Jamie, you deserve it :)Jen 

     “Life is made up of small comings and goings and for everything we take with us, we leave a part of ourselves behind” – Summer of 42  

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