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"teaching a kitten to bark" . . .

“Teaching a kitten to bark. . . ”  That’s how futile it is to try to change reality, I’m told.

What is, just is. 217 more words

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newspaper delivery saga . . .

Every morning, my husband G. and I have a breakfast ritual. He takes out his cinnamon and raisin bread from Crown Bakery, makes a big pot of coffee, does his stretching exercises downstairs with his orange juice and brings upstairs the Telegram & Gazette newspaper (for him) and the New York Times newspaper (for me.) I, on my part, have a half glass of orange juice, make a bowl of oatmeal or cook two soft-boiled eggs that I eat with a dab of Chinese oyster sauce (like my Dad had for his breakfast.) Our breakfast ritual is characterized by contented silence eating our breakfasts, rustling the pages of our individual newspapers and drinking cups of hot coffee. 547 more words

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"the man in the empty boat" . . .

Okay, so I’ve already written in the past about how nonsensical some of the writings about Nirvana, Zen and Enlightenment can be. An unknown reader to that post suggested that I read “The Laughing Sutra” by Mark Salzman, author also of “Iron and Silk.” 574 more words

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a life of our own . . .

Fate wasn’t done with us when G. and I met over twenty-three years ago.

When I say that “life is long” it’s meant with an amazement that we would meet later in life almost past middle age, and have been together so long ever since. 236 more words

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the "tao-te-ching" and my dad . . .

My father translated the Tao-Te-Ching from the Chinese before he died in 2008 at the age of 88.

Today, I noticed that the last two words of the title reversed are the same as his given Mandarin name, “Ching-Te”. 23 more words

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Five Photos – Five Stories Day 5

ألسلام  عليكم  ورحمة  الله  وبركاته

Photo credit : moviezcenter.wordpress.com

“Are you sure you’ll stop your study here, Azzam?” asked Syaih Nashir to his old student. … 576 more words

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spirit stuff . . .

As usual in the wintertime, I’ve been pulling out my books on Taoism, Buddhism and Zen to thumb through as the snow keeps falling and falling. 1,138 more words

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