A note I wrote in October 2016 about acceptance. (It is important to draw a distinction between acceptance and resignation.) Please offer your thoughts after reading. *** A spark from reading a line in a recent NYT article by Marie Kondo. She writes: "Once you've pinpointed problems, identify specific solutions." Her thing is tidiness, as … Continue reading The Solution
Note: This article appeared in the Summer 2017 Issue of Indiana and Yoga Magazine. Thank you to to Ryan and Candice Baggett for publishing my writing. The version here, updated on 11 Dec 2017 differs slightly from the published version. Being present and engaged in the world takes practice. Our minds are complicated. Our lives are … Continue reading Practical Tips for Meditating
VVVVT. VVVVT. VVVVT. I lifted my head off of the couch and opened my eyes. I had dozed off a bit after watching the Lagos episode of Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown. My phone was informing me that wife was calling. She has been away for the last couple of months in New Hampshire learning from an expert … Continue reading Chocolate Mug Cake for Proto-Curmudgeons and Those Who Love Them
I had been procrastinating about setting up my container garden this year. The ideal spot is near the front of my house. It is sort of triangular in shape with "a" being the shrubs against the garage, "b" being the driveway, and sort-of hypotenuse "c" being the curve of the sidewalk leading to the … Continue reading Ant Farm
The hollow sound of solid falling on a wood deck rippled through the air, into my open bedroom window, into my ear, and ripped me from my dream state. I don't know if the dream was the one where I was an imposter in a foreign land, running from house to house dissolving spiderwebs with … Continue reading Intrusion
While in walking meditation this morning at An Lac temple in Indianapolis, this poem revealed itself to me. Trời nóng / Hot sun Gió mát / Cool breeze Đấc cứng / Hard ground Chân mềm / Soft foot Cứng đầu / Hard head Lỗ tai mở / Open ear Trời tối / Darkness Mặt trời tới / The sun arrives.