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I DID IT! Another Rite of Passage ritual

Tuesday, May 12, 2015      20 comments

Lago (Lake) Cuicocha, near Quiroga, Ecuador Shortly before leaving San Francisco for Ecuador last September, dear friend Ricardo Govinda and I, at... Read more

A Young Woman's Coming-of-Age -- La Quinceanera!!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015      19 comments

Hand-crafted guest book emoticon I could... Read more

Giving Thanks, my pledge

Tuesday, November 25, 2014      7 comments

Given what's going on all around my own country...and the world, I pledge: An original Dharma Comic by Leah Pearlman A PLEDGE FOR GRATEFUL LIVING -- Brother Da... Read more

Part II, Days-in-the-life in Ecuador, #19, 2014-15 Trip

Monday, November 17, 2014      12 comments

Thay, as Thich Nhat Hanh is affectionately known As I move through the days, the importance of the counsel from many of my teachers was forcefully brought home last week... Read more

Days-in-the-Life in Ecuador (in photos) #18, 2014-5 Trip

Tuesday, November 11, 2014      12 comments

Here is the home of Adelaida and Amrita, out in the country between Otavalo and Quiroga -- ALL three (including the house!) welcoming me to this new adventure. I spent my fir... Read more

Good bye USA, hello Ecuador! #17, 2014 Trip

Tuesday, November 04, 2014      10 comments

We now return to our regular programming playing catch-up, so that I can begin sharing with you in the "present tense," here in Ecuador! And I believe this is last in the "catch-up" series -- my lovely, bittersweet stay with sister Dawn in her a... Read more

Amrita en La Unidad Educativa Las Lomas, #16, 2014 Trip

Sunday, November 02, 2014      13 comments

We now interrupt regular programming to bring you an out-of-order report because...well, it's TIME! Time to share how things are going with my 14-year old god daughter Amrita (whose quinceañera will be December 30!) in the new private school in ... Read more

Party Hardy! -- #15, 2014 Trip

Sunday, October 12, 2014      14 comments

Down memory lane -- I met my sangha family, now dearest friends, in the early 80s at the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco, where I lived and taught for a few years. ... Read more

which is yes -- #14, 2014 Trip

Wednesday, October 08, 2014      13 comments

I thank You God for most this amazing day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes --ee cummings, who says it best when I can't say i... Read more

OFF I GO! #13, 2014 Trip

Friday, August 29, 2014      12 comments

With my soul sister Adelaida on my 71st birthday in Ecuador, Feb 23, 2013. Adelaida and her daughter,... Read more

I SOLD THE CAMPER. #12, 2014 Trip

Thursday, August 28, 2014      15 comments

Essentially, I own nothing. THE MOMENT The moment when, after many years of hard work and a long voyage you stand in the centre of your room, house, half-acre, square mile, island, country, knowing at last how you got there, ... Read more

Capital SparkFriends in the Capital! #11, 2014 Trip

Sunday, August 03, 2014      18 comments

Definition of "capital" as an adjective -- "excellent or first-rate: a capital fellow or girl, a capital hotel." I was recently with capital friends Kathy (ATRANSFORMA... Read more

Oh joy! San Francisco Bay Area and Environs, #10 2014 Trip

Tuesday, July 08, 2014      17 comments

The first stopover in the SF Bay Area, has come and gone and this blog is long overdue. (I am now visiting dear Kathy, ATRANSFORMATION, in Folsom, Sacramento area. Stay tuned for #11 on my Sacramento area sojourn with Kathy and Vivian, MISS_VI... Read more

We have arrived! #9 2014 Trip

Thursday, June 26, 2014      15 comments

I would say I'm into the third chapter of this adventure, one being Little Rock to San Diego, where I rendezvoused with Diana, two being the trip up the California coast to San Francisco with Diana, and three, the stopover in the SF Bay Area. F... Read more

Title: Trundling up the California Coast #8 2014 Trip

Wednesday, June 25, 2014      12 comments

I'm entering the near past, not to dwell there (of course), but simply to begin to bring you up to the present. I left off in Blog #7 having arrived to San Diego to reunite with my soul sister, Diana and continue up the coast to San Francisco t... Read more

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