Monday, January 18, 2021


Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. 

Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. 

~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

photo: moonset over Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii

(c) bruce Behnke 2017

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

making the unknown known

Georgia O'Keeffe said that if something means so much to an artist that they try to capture it in an image, it is a step toward making the unknown known.

For her, painting clarified something she felt but did not clearly understand and gave her thoughts and emotions direct expression.  To that end, she often painted the scenery viewed from her backyard in Abiquiu, New Mexico.

Her efforts are encouraging for all of us, travel restricted, to unlock the mysteries of our own backyards and, metaphorically, the secrets buried within our own minds.

photo: my backyard in Hawaii, U.S.A

(c) bruce Behnke 2021

Thursday, January 7, 2021

then decide

Walk around feeling like a leaf.

Know you could tumble any second.

Then decide what to do with your time.

  ~  Naomi Shihab Nye

photos: Gyeongju,South Korea 

(c) bruce behnke 2019

Saturday, January 2, 2021



I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

~Thomas Jefferson 

A kadomatsu (門松, "gate pine") is a traditional Japanese decoration of the New Year placed in pairs in front of homes to welcome ancestral spirits or kami of the harvest.

photo: bruce behnke 2019, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Monday, December 21, 2020

holiday joy


may you find joy

in this holiday season

in this day

in this moment

~with much aloha,


photo: Bruce Behnke 2020


Thursday, December 3, 2020

becoming what?

What am I becoming as the days and nights fly past?

~From the Dasadhamma Sutra

photo: (c) bruce Behnke 2020

Thursday, November 19, 2020

a time to be peaceful


If there ever was a time to contemplate our gratitude, it is this coming Thanksgiving weekend.  

We need to give special thanks and recognition to health care workers who are putting in long hours performing dangerous and often heartbreaking work.  Please keep a special place in your heart for them.

Be peaceful, be safe, stay healthy.

photo: (c) Bruce Behnke 2012