What is Teaching?

For most of my life I have been a student.
But for the past 4 weeks I have become a teacher. As I “teach” I am seeking to understand what am I doing? What is Teaching? It has been interesting being a teacher after having been a student for so long. As I look back at […]

October 23rd, 2016|Julian Caballero|

Family in America

The following is another quote from The Closing of the American Mind. There will probably be more quotes in the future because it is such a good read. This one is about the disappearance of Family in America. My friend Nate at The Treekiller Press asked me to write a review of the book. So […]

August 12th, 2016|Julian Caballero, Quotes|
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America: A People without a Book but with Equal Access

“America was not for him (Tocqueville) a people with a book.”
One can think of American writers and writings that should be read and frequently are read; but, to the extent that Americans are readers, the whole world is their bookshelf; there has not been the deep necessity to absorb their own country’s writings that citizens […]

July 17th, 2016|Quotes|
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I started reading a book called The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education has failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students by Allan Bloom. I bought it in part because I was blown away by the preface. I am still reading the introduction and I find an interesting idea or thought on virtually every page. […]

July 5th, 2016|Julian Caballero, Quotes|
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Sex Trafficking in Bend

An article recently published by the Source entitled Sex, Lies & Snapchat talks about sex trafficking in Central Oregon. The article begins with a brief and unnerving excerpt from a new novel by Christopher Stollar entitled The Black Lens. The book is based on his experience investigating sex trafficking while working for the Bend Bulletin.
What […]

June 21st, 2016|Bend Mental Wellness, Quotes|

Be a Man Club

An interesting video about Dragan, a young man struggling to find himself in a post-war community.
He turned his life around through the “Be a Man Club”, part of Care International’s Young Men Initiative in the Balkans. This programme is trying to help youth find meaning and purpose, while also promoting gender equality and non-violent […]

June 13th, 2016|Bend Mental Wellness|
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All Trauma Is Equal

The following is from an essay about Trauma entitled “Childhood, disrupted”  written by: Donna Jackson Nakazawa

The adversity a child faces doesn’t have to be severe abuse in order to create deep biophysical changes that can lead to chronic health conditions in adulthood.

‘Our findings showed that the 10 different types of adversity we examined were almost equal […]

June 10th, 2016|Bend Mental Wellness, Quotes|
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Plotinus on Providence

According to Plotinus in his work On Providence-
We are like people ignorant of painting who complain that the colours are not beautiful everywhere in the picture: but the Artist has laid on the appropriate tint in every spot. Or we are censuring a drama because the persons are not all heroes but include a servant […]

May 22nd, 2016|Quotes|
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The Problem of Evil

From these considerations we conclude that most likely those who firmly maintain that god exists will be forced into impiety: for if they say that he takes care of everything, they will be saying that god is the cause of evils, while if they say that he takes care of some things only or even […]

May 17th, 2016|Julian Caballero, Quotes|
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The Fountain of Youth

Image: Circe Invidiosa
The Fountain of Youth
is not a myth

Not to say that myths are false.

Only that a myth is symbolic of something

And the Fountain of Youth is not a symbol.

Of course you could make it a symbol if you wanted to,

As is anything for that matter.


There are things you can touch, see, taste, and smell.

There are […]

May 15th, 2016|Poetry|
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