The Lion’s Gaze

The Renegade Press

There is an ancient fable from Terma in which Padmasambhava, a literary character, appears before a Terton and teaches him how to better focus his emotions. Padmasambhava says that when a stick is thrown to a dog, the dog will chase the stick. Yet when you throw a stick to a lion, the lion chases you. A dog’s gaze will always follow the object: the stick. The lion gazes steadily at the source: the thrower.

Yep, that’s right. After a brief absence from this site I’ve returned to drop some obscure philosophy served with a side of self-indulgence on you that’s sure to leave you scratching your head wondering why the hell you’re even reading it.

But hear me out. Open your mind and be prepared to look beyond the stick and instead focus on what is really important: the thrower, and why they tossed it in the first place.

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By the Mighty Mumford


Knocking down blood sugars high,

Is like falling from the sky…

Lowering the level

A necessary evil,

The bottom–endpoint–to eye!

With insulin take food,

Or all kinds of pain intrude…


A dangerous diagnosis,

“Burning body fat unhealthily used.

Lowering blood sugar levels has cost,

Irritability and energy lost…

Regularly test

During rest,

Too low and one’s life is  lost.

–Jonathan Caswell

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The Raven's Nest


“I am not your rolling wheels – I am the highway.

I am not your carpet ride – I am the sky.” (Audioslave)

I can sense this formidable lie: freedom.

I seem to have lost it for so long but it is peeking out by sudden small bursts of breath. It keeps distilling in my veins this supreme drug: amnesia. A welcomed trance where nothing matters anymore.

Fresh oxygen in my lungs, the allowed caress of a fine white linen shirt on my skin, music and Oz. No need to click my heels I am where I am supposed to be, No need to kill witches, I refresh my own grimoire everyday with spells and potions that can sustain and overpower any mean bigot from the east or west on my path. The flying monkey has disappear and my cage is made of obsolete neon tubes so fragile indeed…

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Dual Citizenship: One Person, Two Passports

A Resource Guide to Expedite US Passport Services

Dual citizenship, US passport issuance and concernsDid you know that it’s possible to be a citizen of the United States and a citizen of another country at the same time? There are a number of ways that travelers can become dual citizens (also called dual nationals). Dual citizens can have two valid passports at one time, and have some special travel and passport considerations when holding passports from two different countries.

How is Dual Nationality Acquired?

Dual nationality, with US citizenship and citizenship of another country, can be obtained in several different ways.

  • By Birth. If a child is born to a US citizen and a citizen of another country, that child can claim citizenship to both countries. Children born in the United States to foreign national parents can also claim US citizenship by right of their birth on US soil, and will still be able to claim the nationality of their parents’ home country…

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Railroads Through Syracuse, New York; But Were Afraid To Ask


The New York Central Railroad entered the Carrier Corporation plant on what was still referred to in 1950 as the Syracuse Junction Railroad. The air conditioning unit being loaded was bound for the United Nations building being constructed in 1950.

Incorporated June 9, 1873. The road was built by The New York Central and Hudson River Railroad Company to take the two freight tracks of its four track system around the city of Syracuse and was opened November 16, 1874. It was leased to The New York Central and Hudson River Railroad Company April 10, 1875, as a legal formality, and on October 7, 1879, was absorbed under authority of law.
(Photo clipped from an old New York Central Headlight)

The NYC had three lines thru Syracuse:

  1. The original down Water St, then Washington St thru downtown to the 1st station located on West Fayette St. Freight trains…

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The Ghost of Westminster Abbey (Creepy History 1)

Windows into History

Westminster Abbey Westminster Abbey, painted by John Varley in 1832.

All October, in the lead-up to Halloween, I will be presenting a ‘Creepy History’ series, featuring extracts from old books that have been largely forgotten.  These will all be non-fiction, as the best scary fiction from the past is still popular and readily available.  The following true story is from the snappily titled Apparitions, or the mystery of ghosts, hobgoblins, and haunted houses developed, being a collection of entertaining stories founded on fact and selected for the purpose of eradicating those ridiculous fears, which the ignorant, the weak, and the superstitious, are but too apt to encourage.  Now there’s book title that trips off the tongue.  The author was Joseph Taylor, and the book was published in 1814.

It has been remarked, that when the royal vault is opened for the interment of any of the royal family, Westminster Abbey is…

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