Poem by Murathan Mungan.


Graciously translated from Turkish by Okkan Kuş: Nobody is speaking a language I’m like …That nobody believed a deli …Even the author, reading a book …Who never played a song …Never had not been asked a question, I’m like …In the crowds, there are, but I’m not ….. Murathan Mungan. Kimsenin konuşmadığı, bir dil gibiyim… […]

Aboriginal Wisdom.


I have added a new category to Ralphie’s Portal, which you can see in the title of this post. I am an aficionado of the wisdom of the American native tribes, who have my utter respect, but there is more wisdom to be found elsewhere. Wisdom that I for one have not had the pleasure […]

The Importance of Time.


Someone on Experience Project found this and I decided to share (part of) it with you. The end of the story is particularly poignant and moved me. A touching short story by Bob Perks:  http://www.bobperks.com A young man learns what’s most important in life from the guy next door. It had been some time since […]

Meet Rumi!


Stumbled onto this 13th century Persian poet, Rumi on Gypsy Spirit Wind. I thought you’d like to meet him too (if you haven’t already): “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing  and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.” […]

This Post is Dedicated to my Gran!


You all know Sheila Ross-Kuhn, world-famous author on this site, whose riveting stories about witchery and sheer humanity shine like diamonds. I adopted her, with her permission, as my Gran last year, because we have so much in common. I would like to commend her(amongst others) for rescuing an orphaned kitten and hand feeding it […]

Pondering that Love thing…


Earlier on this year I came to the terrible realisation that what I had always thought of as love, had in fact been selfishness on my part! Imagine that, it took me almost half a century to figure that out… How thick can you get? You must know those saying like: My love for you […]