Gold Rises as the Empire Wags the Dog There's a certain order we expect to experience in the world. We see it and know all is well. Normal. When the normal order is disrupted, and we see something like a tail wagging a dog instead of the other way around, it's time to take a second look at that particular dog. Or [...]

Rod and Ring

Rod and Ring Rod and Ring Elaine Diane Taylor Here are two concepts to hold at once: we swing as we move in cycles. Every empire and every market and every life... swings as it moves in cycles. Like a pendulum and a wheel at the same time. Like day and night inside the spinning seasons. And [...]

Gold from the Stars and a Little About Me

Gold from the Stars and a Little About Me

I'm currently wrapping up a semester at Simon Fraser University where I study geology (gold), economics (rising and falling empires and fiat currencies) and communication studies (media influence and power imbalances). I've been in the publishing field for quite a few years as a publisher, editor and business owner, and am thrilled to be able [...]

Helplessly Hoping – Gold Falls Down

Helplessly Hoping – Gold Falls Down

The price of gold and silver have dropped suddenly and people are feeling anxious. It matches this music well. Marshall MacLuhen said all technology is an extension of us. My guitar is a form of technology and is an extension of my arm. And not just my arm, but my emotions; a way of reading [...]

Where Does Power Reside?

Power resides only where men believe it resides. [...] A shadow on the wall, yet shadows can kill. And ofttimes a very small man can cast a very large shadow - George R.R. Martin - Clash of Kings  The world is speeding up, and empires are rising and falling. Gold is changing hands and the [...]


Fear is unique and individual. Just as love is. What seems a ridiculously easy adventure to one, can be a devastating block to another. Empathy is the need when there's fear swirling. Not because we feel the same fear as someone we care for, or because we can understand why such a simple step is [...]

Fuel for Fire

  Sometimes we build out of woodWe strike a match like we've understoodBut we've got gasoline, baby,We've got rainAnd we pass back and forth a little flame                             from "Sometimes" by Elaine Diane Taylor  Fuel for Fire by Matthew Ward is fragile. It's appropriate for a fragile and quiet mood. All of life moves like a pendulum, [...]