I’m back…

My last post before today was nearly 2 years ago. In the meantime, I've been working on moving to Maine and healing from my last surgery. A year after our move, I'm working on figuring out what I want to do with the rest of my life. I may be old but since Mom's still alive at 98, I may get even older still. In the meantime, I still have…

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Are Millenials Listening?

I am an angry white old person. Yep. I'm angry at many things right now as many people are also, but one of the nastiest quiet bits of today's political situation hasn't been highlighted like the rest. So what am I angry about? The administration. Need I say more? Totally disgusted at policies and behaviors. Tried to emphasize the dangers of Trump's presidency before the election. My first presidential election?…

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Resolution

During times of crisis I do two things, write and reflect. I dislike reacting only; therefore, after the presidential election I stopped to reexamine my beliefs once again resulting in my last post. So much of what you see is declarations of “if this is so, then this is so” as if life were only a series of directly opposing forces. As a Buddhist, one of my mantras is moderation…

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How I’m Staying Sane Right Now

I've seen some bits and pieces about how to manage these tempestuous times but I figure some concrete examples of how I manage my life nowadays might add something to the discussion. I have been extremely immersed in what's happening politically right now. I found out that Trump had won the election in the middle of the night when the nurse woke me up for fresh antibiotics while I was…

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The Memories Are Driving Me

One thing that folks don't realize how memories drive us and how those form the basis for our present thinking. When we react, we react based on what we have seen before. We know where we came from and where we are today. These are what come to mind as we weather this administration. I remember civil rights riots and beatings, I remember Nixon and those terrible years of the Vietnam…

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The Enemy is…

Did you hear it? Did you hear what I heard yesterday? Women. On the march. Finally. It’s about time but it is not just about Trump. I have spent my entire life trying to push the boundaries for women starting in 1962. We were not allowed to wear pants to school. I and Delores Robinson (wherever she may be today) wore pants to school. No one spoke to us the…

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Kinhin

(Walking Meditation from Japanese Buddhism) As I climb out of my car, a fetid wave of dog poop flows over me: I have parked next to the trash cans at the trailhead. I thank heavens for responsible pet owners who trash the poop but I walk quickly to pass by that bit of nature after I start my iPhone app to record my walk statistics. Just a few steps brings…

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