The Sound of Rain in My Brain

The sound of rain always seems to soothe the soul, washing away other sounds of thoughts that may be intruding, and reminding us of the power of nature's elements that nourish the Earth, and our lives. 

Then there is thunder, which can be distant or a loud clap overhead. It is the release of energy from colliding thunderclouds, sometimes followed by lightning. 

In the tropics, thunderstorms can be even more intense. The rain pours down harder and longer. The warmer air and ocean of Gulf temperatures are a nice setup for dramatic weather changes. 

For over a year, I have heard the sound of rain every night. 

There has also been thunder. 

It lasts the entire night and then stops in the morning. 

The headphones that I use are blue-tooth enabled, and also cushion any external noises such as dogs and roosters! 

The soundtrack is a tropical thunderstorm and it is set on repeat. 

On a deeper subconscious level, I believe that it has had a positive effect on my sleep and energy during the day. Sleep is very important for our health, and a siesta in the afternoon is always welcomed. It rains then also :) 

The sound of rain in my brain helped me through 2020, and now into 2021.

One thing that always is a very pleasant experience along with this is when I wake up in the middle of the night, take off the headphones, and hear the sound of real rain happening outside!

I usually step outside of the front door and give a greeting to the rain.

I'm not sure if it is because I live in Mexico or I listen to the sound of rain all night that my dreams have been more vivid, more frequent, and I remember some of them more than before. 

Life can be a mystery, and contained within the sound of rain I wonder if I will ever hear a voice or voices, singing or gently whispering words to my sleeping mind, my resting heart, or my soul that never sleeps.

If it happens I will post a blog about it.

- David Brown

Carpe diem - Seize the day
and Enjoy a Good Sleep

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Full Moon Inspiration

There is something powerful about a Full Moon. 

(Enough to cause some rambling thoughts that needed to be written.)

The energy, vibes, gravitational magnetic pull, and associated effects.The lore, legends, myths, and romance. 

The feelings that stir while gazing at the Full Moon.

As I am sitting on my patio watching the moon rise in Mexico, it seems like the end of this year has some peace to it. Some calm after the storm of this year. There still may be turbulence under the waters but for the moment there is stillness, and a subtle sense of reflection on life as the Sun's light reflects on the Moon.

On December 30th I will celebrate living in Mexico for three years. It has been quite an adventure. I have a blog that describes the first year or so. 

Expat in Mexico - A Magical, Mystical, Mexico adventure. 

I fell in love with an amazing Mexican woman - Sylvia. 

We were married the next year June 21 on her birthday. 

There were about 100 people, Mexican friends, and family. A Mariachi band and a Marimba band played while we danced Salsa. 

My life on the Gulf coast over the past two years has been enjoyable, in spite of the pandemic and other intensities of the year. I love living in Mexico. 

I love the Full Moon.

As we get ready for this new year, we can take a leap of faith that things will be better for humanity and the world. 

I am grateful for many things, and for the connections that I have with friends on Facebook, and those that chose not to be there. I don't blame them! 

I am grateful that I decided to take the leap of faith to move to Mexico and live here for the rest of my life with the love of my life. 

I have gratitude for meditation and the Divine Spirit with all of its mysteries and blessings. 

May your New Year be blessed, and may all those who have or are suffering or grieving have comfort and a better year in 2021. 

Let's enter the New Year with more hope, love, gratitude, and kick-ass energy to take our life to the next level of consciousness, insights, enjoyment, knowledge, and possibilities.

With inspiration from the Full Moon and everywhere else. 

What about reading and writing? 

I had to write some thoughts. This blog post is more freestyle, stream-of-consciousness. That's why there is the spacing between sentences. Am I spaced out from the Full Moon energy? 

I plan on writing more blogs and books this coming year. 

Possibly a book on 2020. Short books. Short stories. Maybe fiction. 

Maybe a book on why everyone should write (even privately in a journal).

What about reading? 

Recently I was offered three months free of Amazon Kindle Unlimited (until March 15th) After that it is only $9.95 per month. It allows free reading of any books that are in that program (it seems like millions) and here are a few that I have started to read or are planning to. Although I enjoy the look and feel of hardbound books, I can live with ebooks. It is what is inside that counts anyway. Here are a few books that I am reading free from Amazon Kindle Unlimited below.

- Unlimited Memory: How to Use Advanced Learning Strategies to Learn Kevin Horsley

I started reading this book today and it is inspiring and excellent. I plan to use it as an important tool for 2021 in all areas of my life.

Papa Hemingway: A Personal Memoir by A. E. Hotchner

I always wanted to learn more about Hemingway's life.

On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: An Informal Guide to Writing...
by William Zinsser

I used to own this book - it was in my library that I sold or gave away before moving to Mexico. I plan to start the new year with more ideas about improving writing skills.

There are only a few in my library in Amazon Kindle.

If you want to explore Kindle Unlimited as a possibility for the New Year, here's some links: Amazon might have an offer that you can't refuse :)

Kindle Unlimited

Kindle Best Sellers

Enjoy the adventure of reading, the challenge of writing, and inspiration from the Full Moon.

Carpe Diem in 2021


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One Hundred Years of Solitude - The Inspiration of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

If a part of your life includes reading books, especially stories and novels, as a vicarious adventure, then you may already be familiar with Gabriel Garcia Marquez. If you are not an avid reader or have lost interest for one reason or another, I invite you to explore and share the adventure of experiencing the magic of words and stories. 

You don't even need to buy a book to start enjoying reading. There are many resources including free books being promoted on Amazon, or the Gutenberg Project, which has the full copy of classics that are past the copyright time limit.

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  Life as we know it can be enhanced with stories about other's lives and experiences much different than our own. Reading a great novel, or a good story can take you on a journey. By taking many journeys, we can increase the depth of appreciation of imagination, creativity, and the wide varieties of life's challenges and mysteries, joys and suffering, surprises, and eccentric routines. 

If there is any inspiration to be found in a compelling story it is in the reader's experience of the magic of the flow of words. With the books of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I have had that experienced that magic, and he has become one of my favorite authors. Although he passed away in April 2014, his books have inspired millions of readers.

One Hundred Years of Solitude 

I have read this epic novel twice, and it has left a lasting impression on me because of the magical and mystical elements of the story that happen in everyday life. 

A summary from Amazon: 

"Since its publication in 1967, One Hundred Years of Solitude has sold more than 20 million copies and earned its author, Gabriel García Márquez, a host of awards, including the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. The novel has prompted comparisons to Miguel de Cervantes, William Faulkner, Virginia Woolf, and even the Bible."

"The story follows 100 years in the life of Macondo, a village founded by José Arcadio Buendía and occupied by descendants all sporting variations on their progenitor's name: his sons, José Arcadio and Aureliano, and grandsons, Aureliano José, Aureliano Segundo, and José Arcadio Segundo. Then there are the omen--the two Úrsulas, a handful of Remedios, Fernanda, and Pilar--who struggle to remain grounded even as their menfolk build castles in the air. If it is possible for a novel to be highly comic and deeply tragic at the same time, then One Hundred Years of Solitude does the trick. Civil war rages throughout, hearts break, dreams shatter, and lives are lost, yet the effect is literary pentimento, with sorrow's outlines bleeding through the vibrant colors of García Márquez's magical realism. Consider, for example, the ghost of Prudencio Aguilar, whom José Arcadio Buendía has killed in a fight. So lonely is the man's shade that it haunts Buendía's house, searching anxiously for water with which to clean its wound. Buendía's wife, Úrsula, is so moved that "the next time she saw the dead man uncovering the pots on the stove she understood what he was looking for, and from then on she placed water jugs all about the house." 

Marquez approached a literary style of writing from the story's perspective. He had said that the story defines the type of style that is used in writing. The style used in One Hundred Years of Solitude is magical realism, a form that is also used by Isabel Allende, who I think was a big fan of Garcia's books. 

Magical realism is described as "painting a realistic view of the modern world while also adding magical elements." It is the manner and imaginative ways in which this is used in 100 Years of Solitude that inspires the adventurous reader. 

The Autumn of the Patriarch

 This is another book by Gabriel Garcia Marquez that has been called "hypnotic and brilliant", "a book of incredible depth, breadth, richness, vitality, intelligence, humor, wisdom, all great fiction it contains an endless layer of experience and meaning." 

This book is amazing in that there are sentences that go on for pages before ending. The descriptions are vivid and chock full of unusual details and unexpected twists and turns relating to the world of an old man who was a president and tyrant of a Caribbean country. It is one of a few books that I brought with me when I moved to Mexico permanently, and lately, I have been reading a few pages at a time for the stream-of-consciousness type of writing and reading experience. 


I highly recommend One Hundred Years of Solitude for an escape into an adventure of reading and vicariously experiencing a different world of life, love, loss, and humor. Be prepared for a challenging read. 

"To paraphrase critic Harold Bloom, there is not a single line that does not flood with detail: “It is all story, where everything conceivable and inconceivable is happening at once.” (Why is One Hundred Years of Solitude Eternally Beloved? 

“Both described at the same time how it was always March there and always Monday, and then they understood that José Arcadio Buendía was not as crazy as the family said, but that he was the only one who had enough lucidity to sense the truth of the fact that time also stumbled and had accidents and could therefore splinter and leave an eternalized fragment in a room.” 

 ― Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

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The Inspiration of Charlie Brown Christmas Jazz

We all have our preferences for the season, and they may involve family rituals, important religious dates, and winter solstice with ancient traditions. We are living in crazy times and sometimes we just need to unplug the computer and cell phone and take a pause.

This is supposed to be a season of peace and joy. Maybe we can experience this even if for a few moments with music.

Music can be one of the most inspiring experiences. We choose what music inspires us the most, then listen to it in a way that hopefully opens our hearts and moves our soul. When we listen intently to every note, with headphones (and eyes closed) rather than as background music, we can experience the music and let it take us away on a mini-vacation, an escape from other content that we are bombarded with (or let ourselves be bombarded with). Or maybe we choose to listen and watch at the same time, so we enjoy live or recorded live performances on YouTube.

Christmas is the most celebrated holiday in the world although there are many others. For me, the inspiration for certain music during this season is my preference. One album in particular - the soundtrack for A Charlie Brown Christmas - is one of my favorite jazz and Christmas albums. The pianist captured the intent of inspiration from the Charles Schultz movie, using a trio with bass and percussion to create a traditional jazz structure applied to both original and traditional Christmas songs.

The movie was produced in 1965, and is described in Wikipedia
In this special, Charlie Brown finds himself depressed despite the onset of the cheerful holiday season. Lucy suggests he direct a neighborhood Christmas play, but his best efforts are ignored and mocked by his peers. After Linus tells Charlie Brown about the true meaning of Christmas, Charlie Brown cheers up, and the Peanuts gang unites to celebrate the Christmas season. "

I plan to watch the movie since I love the soundtrack, and to add more inspiring music to my Christmas season playlist. 

Peace and blessings to you and your family during this season.
More information below
- David Brown
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The Linus and Lucy song is my favorite, and you will recognize it if you use the link below to sample the album on Amazon or stream it elsewhere.

If you have an Amazon account you can listen to excerpts from the album >

An article published December 2 2020


discusses  the history of this album.
Released in December 1965, Bay Area pianist and composer Vince Guaraldi’s soundtrack to Charles Schulz's iconic Peanuts special A Charlie Brown Christmas is among the most beloved holiday albums of all time, now certified Triple Plantinum with sales of over three million copies. The session was voted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame in 2007 and was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry’s list of “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important” American recordings."
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Stand in the Light

Today we need to "stand in the light", whatever that means to each of us. We need to be seen as we are, without judging or criticism or the attacks we see on social media. We need to have courage and kindness and give our gifts to the world, whatever they are. These are a few words from a song, "Stand in the Light", by Jordan Smith, with the lyrics and video below. It is an inspirational song that is relevant in today's challenging times.

One of the inspiring experiences in my life was singing with the Mile Hi Church choir, a tribe of about 80 souls dedicated to singing songs of inspiration.This video of the song "Stand in the Light" shown below, was from November 2017, a month before I moved to Mexico and became an expat. I was "never looking back as I was walking away". Here's the lyrics:

Stand in the light and be seen as we are
Didn't I tell you I hear what you say?
Never look back as you're walking away
Carry the music, the memories and keep them inside
Laugh every day
Don't stop those tears from falling down
This is who I am inside
This is who I am, I'm not going to hide
'Cause the greatest risk we'll ever take is by far
To stand in the light and be seen as we are
To stand in the light and be seen as we are
With courage and kindness hold onto your faith
You get what you give and it's never too late
To reach for the branch and climb up leaving sadness behind
Fight hard for love
We can never give enough
This is who I am inside
This is who I am, I'm not going to hide
'Cause the greatest risk we'll ever take is by far
Stand in the Light and be seen as we are.







A Five Minute Writing Challenge

Thank you for checking out this blog post !

Hola, and good morning from Mexico ! (or whatever time of day it is for you). I'm listening to some very nice jazz from an album Esmiralda by Moeckel Schurmann Quartet. I first heard of them when a song of theirs was played on on Radio Swiss Jazz, a commercial free jazz station that has an app for my iphone. I did a search in my Amazon Music and found the album.

The purpose of this 5 minute writing challenge is to do something that you may not have done before. (Excluding social media posting - and your 5 minute writing is private -no one is going to read it).

To experience your own writing can be like a dance. Maybe it is a poem, or a narrative, or random thoughts and feelings that come up in the moment. It is intended to be a sort of stream of consciousness. Don't let your mind get in the way of just flowing with the words.

Maybe write about your experience of 2020, and what has been difficult to express on social media or even to best friends.  This can also be a therapeutic experience, a release of energy that may not have been expressed yet.

And when you are done be grateful that you have completed the exercise. If you did not go the full five minutes no worries.

Maybe you have some new ideas or insights that came out.

Notice any resistance to continuing, and holding you back from completing this.

You decide whether you will write freehand with a pen or on a Word doc. You decide what to write about or to just let it flow. You decide to stop before five minutes are up or go longer. No rules, just suggestions.

The challenge is
1) to accept the challenge !
2) if you can commit to five minutes non-stop
3) if it makes a difference in your life experience, if even for a few moments in the day

Here are some examples of my own writing with a timer for five minutes.

1) I just started my timer and am listening to nice jazz......I especially like the rolling bass in a jazz trio......however my very favorite is jazz piano....those two combined are sweet to listen to.......also with a muted trumpet and some basic percussion. Vocal jazz with music can be inspiring depending on what your tastes are or your preferences I'm thinking of Diana Krall Live in Paris)  Just glanced at the time and there is 2 min 48 seconds left so I keep on ...this year 2020 has been crazy.....on many levels.......we have learned so much about a new experience of a pandemic, about the negative manipulation of media, divisiveness and polarization to the point of losing friendships, esoteric hidden agendas and corruption.....the threat of technology using us instead of being used exclusively as a tool......the possibility of an alien agenda........basically, much of what was hidden or unknown coming to light.......and that can be shocking and my 5 minutes are up. 

2) In April 2020 right when the pandemic and lockdowns were most intense, I went to China and hung out with some locals in the rural areas, learned about an interesting spiritual group - the Fulan Gong - that practices meditation and Qi Gong and that has millions of followers, and a farmer who stood up to the CCP - Chinese Communist party and sued them in a collective group action against unfair taxation. Yes, it was only in a book yet after reading it I felt like I had traveled there and was interacting with these three heroes whose stories were described in detail by the Pultitzer Prize winning author. Of course the issue that we have is not with the Chinese people, but with the Chinese government, Chinese Communist Party, and their abuse of human rights, how they handled the virus, what is their agenda for controlling the world through advanced AI and technology that has been weaponized?

In this one above I caught myself doing some quick corrections of typos or spelling.....the writing is not private as it will be if you accept the challenge and try it. 

3) I just started watching the documentary The Social Dilemma, and after only twenty minutes into the 90 minute length I am in a state of mild shock and anger. Partial spoiler -  Yes I knew that Facebook and tech companies can have "your data" to use in a type of survey to determine advertising ideas etc. I did not realize how closely they monitor me with every click, comment, like, or browsing history in Google. What was a realty check was not that social media was a tool for better connection but also that we were the tools for advertising goals. Engineers fine tune the algorithms to manipulate and try to control and persuade us so that we act and engage even subconsciously without even knowing we are being manipulated. The documentary is a must watch for everyone who uses Facebook. It's on Netflix. 

So whether you decide to accept the 5 minute writing challenge or not, I hope that you are safe and healthy, and strong in this challenging time.

I never know who reads these blog posts so if you read this can you send me a message on Messenger with feedback? Or whatsapp.?   Carpe diem - seize the day. Make your life extraordinary. The "Carpe Diem" scene from Dead Poets Society with Robin Williams :

Is Life Like a Game of Chess?


 Is living our life is like a game of chess?

With every move we make possibly affecting the rest?

Should we live deeply and authentically or live in jest?

Can we live in the question as we receive the next test?

If something looks like honey could it be from a hornet's nest?

Are we sending out curses when we think we are blessed?

How are we processing what we think is a mess?

How can we handle the intensity and stress?
- dlb

"The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind" - Bob Dylan 1962