Two men were shot dead by police this week on opposite sides of the USA, my home. I’m sad for the men who were shot dead. I’m sad for their families and friends. I’m sad for the men who pulled … Continue reading Be A Hero
Memorial Day weekend is over. Memorial Day itself is a day to remember those who died while serving in the US Armed Forces, according to the VA. I don’t know anyone who died while serving. I feel both fortunate and … Continue reading Memorial Day Lessons from Abraham Lincoln
I met Preston for the first time in 2002. I had lucked into an interview at a plant site of Eli Lilly in Lafayette, IN and he was one of three individuals interviewing me that day for a manufacturing chemist … Continue reading Transition State
Chai, like a sunset on a warm summer evening, is best savored in an unhurried way, preferably with others. It reveals more of its beauty if you stop what you’re doing and just listen to it. The zing of the ginger, the warmth … Continue reading Microwave Masala Chai for Two, a Few, or a Crowd
10 Jan 2016 – Indianapolis After ten days, the Hoosier Lottery’s victory is complete. To recap, on New Year’s Eve, I bought $100 of lottery tickets: 80 Hoosier Lotto (jackpot $12 Million at the time, now $13.2 Million) and 10 … Continue reading Final Lotto Experiment Update: Odds and Ends
01 Jan 2015 Happy New Year. Last night, I was standing at the cutting board slicing a lemon into wedges to make lemonade when a little monkey ran over and hugged my leg. “Hi Tony!” Saoirse (pronounced SEER-sha) is Brenna and … Continue reading Showing Up for 2016
Preparation: Wait until the sun is shining and the world is gently roasting and your tongue is a little bit dry and tacky from thirst. Clean off your wooden cutting board. Grab a big, sharp chef’s knife, either classical pointed Franco-German or … Continue reading Note To Self: Capturing Sunshine in a Glass
The goal of yoga as a spiritual pursuit, according to Patanjali’s second sutra is: Pronounciation: YO-gahsh chit-ta vruht-tee neeROda-hah Translation: Yoga is control of citta-vrittis (literally “mind-stuff”), or thoughts, feelings, sensations, which we experience through our minds. In other words, … Continue reading Change your speech. Change your mind.
Grace is the capacity to overcome the animal nature of our bodies, our attachments and aversions, which blind us. It is easy to lose our humanity, our selves, in these demanding passions. Grace is the ability to choose a different … Continue reading Grace
A young, bearded colleague of mine approached me one Friday afternoon at work and asked me if I could teach him how to meditate. It was about 3pm. I was tired of working on whatever it was I was working on. We walked … Continue reading Meditation: What is the Point?