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Redemption or the Cult of Victimhood?

Monday, September 07, 2009      9 comments

I'm juxtaposing two pieces that show the great potential of the human spirit for GOOD or EVIL...and how far we still have to go. I begin with Eknath Easwaran, a favorite teacher, as any of you who read my offerings can testify. I then segue in... Read more

Come on, Mr. President. Show us America is more than a circus!

Sunday, September 06, 2009      5 comments

UNCIVIL DISCOURSE by Bill Moyers Friday 04 September 2009 emoticon The editors of THE ECONOMIST magazin... Read more

If you have little even that will be taken....

Saturday, September 05, 2009      8 comments

To me the gospels are the rarest of treasures and the part of the Bible that I deeply resonate with. Sri Easwaran has provided many commentaries on Jesus' words and Christian masters in various texts -- three of his books come to mind: Origin... Read more

Wislawa Szymborska

Wednesday, September 02, 2009      7 comments

Wislawa Szymborska is 80 years old, a Polish poet, essayist and translator. She was awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature. In Poland, her books reach sales rivaling prominent prose authors, although she once remarked in a poem entitled "Som... Read more

Underneath All Victories and Defeats

Tuesday, September 01, 2009      12 comments

Ahhhh...I REALLY needed this this early morning.... In the midst of some activity, even the activity of reading this now, it is completely possible to allow your mind to open fully, and in that opening to discover the peace and fulfillment ... Read more

Food for thought....

Sunday, August 30, 2009      3 comments

Eknath Easwaran says the important stuff so simply, yet with such depth. And what he is talking about not only has relevance on the spiritual journey, but certainly the journey toward body and mind wellness also: When the heart grieves ove... Read more

7/Summer09: The Journey....

Saturday, August 22, 2009      19 comments

So...here is my Toyota Dolphin 20' camper in all her glory: A kind soul took my picture at Yellowstone Falls mid-adventure: Read more

6/Summer09: Webster Lake State Park, KS

Wednesday, August 19, 2009      4 comments

That's a great blue heron taking off in the distance. This was a wonderful *find,* after asking in a country store, as I cruised through the back roads of sweet, but seeming... Read more

5/Summer09: In lieu of...

Sunday, August 16, 2009      10 comments

...the lively journal entry I just finished about yesterday's and today's adventures, speaking of placid to raging rivers, a herd of bison leisurely crossing the road, the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the National Museum of Wildlife Art and th... Read more

4/Summer09: Gaia in all her glory!

Friday, August 14, 2009      6 comments

Love all that has been created by God, both the whole and every grain of sand. Love every leaf and every ray of light. Love the beasts and the birds, love the plants, love every separate fragment. If you love each separate fragment, you will und... Read more

3/Summer09: Daisies and Yellowstone

Tuesday, August 11, 2009      9 comments

DAISIES It is possible, I suppose that sometime we will learn everything there is to learn: what the world is, for example, and what it means. I think this as I am crossing from one field to another, in summer, and the mockingbir... Read more

2/Summer09: Traveling Mercies and Gratitudes

Tuesday, August 04, 2009      16 comments

emoticon I who am the beauty of the green earth and the white moon among the stars and the mysteries of the water... Read more

1/Summer09: My Latest Adventure -- WHEE!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009      18 comments

Here's the 2001 8-cylinder Dodge Ram 2500 Long Bed Cargo Van that I bought new, being readied for its *Last Hurrah* with me...the only pleasure trip it went on in the nearly 160,000 miles I drove it (all sweater project miles): Read more

Do I LOOK like a ping pong ball...?

Sunday, July 26, 2009      11 comments

Like a ball batted back and forth, a human being is batted by two forces within. -- Yogabindu Upanishad How apt is that Yogic scripture in describing the reality of my daily life. I'm constantly called upon to make decisions between inst... Read more

Use the Light

Tuesday, July 21, 2009      6 comments

I'm headed out of town for a few days. My friend Robert's mother, who is also dear to me, has had a severe stroke. Her life has always consisted of serving others. In recent years, because of many factors (not her health, though, which has al... Read more


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