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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The Problem Why

I finally had lunch with my elderly neighbor on Valentine’s Day.  I had invited her out before, but she kept telling me that she’s going home tomorrow.  When she didn’t come home, we went to visit her at the assisted living facility.  And again, she tells us she’s going home tomorrow. She’s going home tomorrow […]

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The Why and How

Frederick Nietzsche once said, ‘He who has a why can endure any how.’  It’s a sentiment that’s been repeated by many people, and something I’ve been mediating on all day.  Though, I’ve slept most of the time (still sick) so I haven’t gathered my thoughts for a proper post on the subject. Knowing and having […]

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Cherishing the Present

We have two labs, 11 and 14.  The 11-year-old lab, Butter, passed away almost three weeks ago.    There are still days when I don’t want to get out of bed or do much of anything, but I have to manage those urges to check out and dwell in my sadness.  For my sake, but more […]

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The World Made Right

When you’re in severe physical pain, the only thing you want is for the pain to go away.  I think the same can be said for our emotional pain.  Our emotional and mental anguish can overwhelm us to the point where we let it consume us or we try to get rid of it by […]

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Would You Rather…?

They say that life is stranger than fiction, and the universe is never short of dilemmas to dole out.  This post is more of a writing prompt based on a simple question asking you to choose between similar situations, usually from news stories I come across.  I asked my spouse the same question I’m posing […]

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Understanding Grace

  As I’ve already mentioned, despite being raised with both Buddhist and Christian values, I don’t feel that I understand either religion very well. But this weekend, I’ve gained a better understanding of God’s grace. First a disclosure: I have rewritten this post so many times because it’s a long, complicated story about seeing someone […]

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