Archive for Tom Carroll


Monday, June 29th, 2015


New York City, the intersection of Greenwich and Liberty. We’d just walked through the Twin Tower Memorial. The recessed fountains, rimmed as they are with brass – engraved with the names of the dead. Water, ever flowing. Down and down again.

Years have passed. That bitter ache no longer rises.  Something of a milestone. Here of all places, I thought. Yes, time had done that thing that time does – making hard things easier. I felt it, yes – body memory moved things inside. But the intensity has faded. I wasn’t there… could count with a few fingers the number of times I’d been in the city. I knew no one who had died. Still, there was all that emotion – we all felt it, all had things to say and we said them, and said them again. Like most of us, I was nowhere near when the towers fell. Still, I, like so many others, “took it personal.”

Read More→

A Fish Story

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015


A story is told of a fish swimming toward two younger fish. As it swims by, the older fish says to the younger ones, “How’s the water, boys?” Swimming on for awhile, one young fish turns to the other and asks, “What the hell is water?”

The point of the story is that the most important things are often the hardest to see, the most difficult to talk about or explain. Spiritual awakening – enlightenment… what do these terms really mean? Short of years spent in monastic retreat, can anyone know? Are we like these fish, and enlightenment, an ocean of water so close that we can’t see it? These are two more questions no one can answer to the satisfaction of everyone.

What we do, or can have is an experience. It is accessible to all, and all who share the experience arrive at an understanding that answers some – at least these last two questions. Read More→

Tom Cropped 

HERITAGE – An Award Winning, Cinematic Short – Written and Directed by Davy McCall
A Review and Commentary.

It’s short – short like a knife. Yet, seventeen minutes tell the story of countless generations. The story of a family divided by their misdeeds. One family – now two distinct cultures, and still together – bound to each other by conflict. In seventeen minutes, Heritage tells the story of two men – each driven to violence by acts of violence. McCall uses a mixture of his characters individual experience and collective, cultural history of loss to bring two men and the audience to a startling realization – one that changes everything. It’s an understanding that could reconcile bitter enemies. However, this realization is fragile, easily subverted by anyone with anything to gain from violence – those who hide themselves and silence their enemies with guns and knives. Read More→ 

Tom Cropped

Among the selections, many who attended this years Sedona, International Film Festival sat in on multiple screening of Rooted In Peace. In this award winning, energetic quest for answers, filmmaker Greg Reitman takes viewers on a journey, crisscrossing the world and into the presence of notables, Deepak Chopra, and Desmond Tutu. Viewers hear the words and music of, Pete Seeger, Donovan, and Beach Boy, singer, songwriter, Mike Love. These and more share the experience of their lives as it applies to the central question: Peace – why is it so illusive? What will bring peace to our increasingly un-peaceful world? Also introduced to viewers is Britta, woman of personal interest to Greg. Soon the two are married and life goes on. Read More→

Intuition – The Human Internet !

Monday, February 9th, 2015
With Co-Author: Catherine Carrigan


Intuition.  Though familiar – even common to all; intuition is not very well understood – yet! With help from Author, Catherine Carrigan, let’s explore this powerful, sensory ability.

Who of us has not said, “Oh, if I had only listened to my intuition!” Failing to follow advice freely given, we fall into a ditch on one side or miss an opportunity on the other. And there are those happy times when we do just as we “knew” we should – we follow the advice of the, “Still Small Voice” and see questions answered and situations turn out for the best.

Intuition. Few argue about its existence, though debate rages as to its authority, authenticity and origin. But what is it? Could it be true that extra-ordinary guidance is available to soccer moms and dads – to work-a-day people with no particular interest in psychic phenomenon? Part of the answer to these questions – the part this article will focus on is that intuition is not “extra ordinary.” Can this statement be supported? Yes, just as easily as I made it. Proof comes from the fact that everyone has had an intuitive moment – an unmistakable, intuitive experience. Something that everyone has experienced simply cannot be said be, extra-ordinary. Intuition, however difficult it might be to explain, is common. Its commonality is the proof needed to call it ordinary, as compared to things extra-ordinary! Intuition… wonderfully and quite simply, ordinary!

Read More→

51218625.pbaseFranceLarocheDysTomCarroll3[1]By Tom Carroll

(August 5, 2014) – I posted a video on Facebook yesterday – As a defense of Israel, it was satisfying in its clarity – explaining the current situation in a way that made it impossible to misunderstand Israels actions this past two weeks – these most current hostilities as they relate to recent history and serve as predictors of the future. However complicated the ultimate solution may be – however long that region of the world may have to wait for a durable peace – Israel holds the moral high ground and with it, justification for whatever may need to be done to preserve sovereignty and protect it’s citizens. Good guys and bad guys. Black and white. At a time when so little is clear, I found satisfaction in this video’s and my own conclusion that Israel was fighting the good fight. However many Palestinians might die that night, the Israeli army are the good guys. They were my team! I slept well. Read More→


Sunday, March 10th, 2013 
March 10, 2013



The Wooden Bowl – Revisited

Sunday, February 24th, 2013 
February 24, 2013

The Wooden Bowl – Revisited

I beg your pardon, if I’ve I dropped my fork. Smile with me please, as my feet stumble and I trip over a word and miss when reaching for a thought.

What follows is a story you may have heard before. It leaves the reader with a mixture of feelings, depending upon your point of view – your own thoughts and actions. The original story is attributed to a great man, Russian novelist, Leo Tolstoy. So, know that I intend no disrespect. But I have added some thoughts that turn the story up-side down at the end. Tolstoy’s version goes like this: Read More→

This “Thing” Called Love

Thursday, February 14th, 2013 
February 14, 2013

Well, it’s Valentine’s Day. Couples, hopeful suitors, friends and family members are professing and accepting expressions of love. In each case love means something different.

There is so much packed into the word, the practice and the concept of love that we’ll never begin to see anything close to its meaning if we don’t take it out beyond our everyday, human sized understanding. In a previous article posted here and titled “Loves Got a Hold on You!, Love was seen to be, not just universal. Possibly much more startling, the idea was introduced that it is a Universe pervading, fifth force like gravity, responsible for self organization of the material and living worlds. So let’s look from a place approximating that altitude again.

Love most often shows up in one of two ways. Comparing them will help us see both what is confusing as well as the best of love as our heart and understanding matures. Read More→

Love’s Got a Hold On You!

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 
February 03, 2013

When spiritual and religious authors write that “God is love,” they often use the Greek word, Agape. Agape is safe. It suggests unconditional love, either from God or a really spectacular friend! Toss in a couple more Greek words for love, philia and storge, and we’re still safe. A friend for a friend and a mother’s love for a child. All three of these words are under control – our control. Just the way we like it. Read More→