I don’t claim to have any profound answers or life changing insights; I’ll leave that to others. But I do believe that we need to make an effort to be more present, particularly now when we are becoming so increasingly distracted. This value judgment is about as arrogant as I get, but that’s what I notice in so many people today. I did try to be as truthful as possible about how wonderful, ironic, funny, sad, horrible, confusing, unfair, terrifying, ecstatic, and bizarre this life has appeared to me at times. I guess I just tried to verbalize the feelings and thoughts that I believe we’ve all had when confronted with the stunning mysteries of this existence - the mother of all our adjectives.I’d like to think that anyone could pick up “Walking with Basho” and get something worthwhile out of my Poems, Rambles, and Rants which I’ve described in the first pages of this book. Perhaps it won’t be more than “Yeah, that’s how I’ve felt at times myself ”. I’d be happy with that.

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