Don’t Stop Playing

Walking Mari, the little black lab, is a little more challenging these days.  It’s not so much that her age has slowed her down.  Rather, her age has made her impatient and demanding.   Without out Butter around (the more vocal dog of the two), she has to make sure she gets your attention.  Being the […]

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Withdrawing Within

We walked in the winter rain this morning and then retreated into the house the rest of the day.  I had the entire day to myself, so I spent it within myself.  I thought about and did very little today, and I am absolutely okay with it.  We all need a break, a little time […]

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A Spark of Joy   

We have moved three times within the last seven years.  And each house was smaller than the last.  So, we’ve given away more than half our possessions. If we move, we will probably move into a larger place than our current one.  But oddly enough, having lived with less, I prefer not to have so […]

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Being Uninteresting

There are writers, authors, books, movies that we revisit when we need inspiration or some reassurance that things will be alright, that we are not alone.   It’s one of those days for me, and one of my favorite sources of philosophical insights is Calvin and Hobbes.     I was sad when the comic ended, […]

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Familiar Paths

We all make mistakes and have regrets.  Second chances are rare even if people say everyone deserves them.  Who wouldn’t want a second chance?  What would you do with a second chance?  And what’s the other saying?  The second time around is easier?  Like when you’re going to a new location, the return journey is […]

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Where They Went

It’s now been a month since Butter passed away.  And I will admit that I have lost a lot of sleep worrying about her soul.  I know that some people don’t believe that animals have souls, but whatever…it doesn’t change how I feel. I’ve already said that I struggle with my faith.  My Buddhist mother […]

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An Infinite Moment

One of the things that Buddhist mediation emphasizes is the acceptance of Impermanence, that everything changes, begins and ends, is created and destroyed.  When you first mediate, you open you mind and just let your thoughts wander, let feelings come and go – allow yourself just to be in that moment. But the moments of […]

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