Gifts also work well for any children you may have to be away from for any reason. Repeat as needed for your enjoyment as well as yours!! Keep loose. Tired of running into those awkward silences when you talk to your boyfriend? Don't go announcing you are about to tell him/her that you like them to the whole class. It might sound obvious, but be sure to post a terrific photo of yourself. Do actually date. Don't settle for less than ideal! It will make you more nervous trying to be perfect around him. Sure, you can use a selfie, (and read this part carefully) AS LONG AS NO ONE CAN TELL IT'S A SELFIE. Never put yourself in a compromising Dating Site situation--most people are trustworthy, but date rape is unfortunately a real occurrence. First act impresive not 2 much though if u do it right and she smiles the other boy should get jeouse. Ennnnnh, no. 'Cause that kind of picture just screams, Heyyy, I'm such a loser I don't have any friends to take a picture of me! Sorry, you may be going towards Splitsville.

A Cusp

Wonderful it is to train the mind, so swiftly moving, seizing whatever it wants. Good is it to have a well-trained mind, for a well-trained mind brings happiness. Dhammapada 3.35 I wrote this as a response to an email I received asking about love.  As I thought and wrote, I came to realize this was something I could post here
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Toward an Ecology of Stuck-Unstuck

What is it to be admitted to a museum, to see a myriad of particular things, compared with being shown some star’s surface, some hard matter in its home! I stand in awe of my body, this matter to which I am bound has become so strange to me…Talk of mysteries!–Think of our life in nature,–daily to be shown matter,
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Renewal of Effort

Gratitude, the breath that follows acceptance; I discovered this a few years ago.  Some people that heard me describe it supported my observation.  It seemed that most reactions were blank stares.  I guess I had high expectations that this idea would have garnered more recognition.  Taking satisfaction from this discovery has certainly been its own reward. Grateful for the people
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Returning…

Many iterations and unseen writings since the last post have created the impetus to return here.  The turning point has been gratitude.  The culmination of churning and purging of a myriad of events and recoveries, invoking the process I have initiated here.  Hard won insights through internal struggle now ready to test the light and seek further refinement. What to
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Waking

“Why I Wake Early” by Mary Oliver comes to mind this morning.  Not so much the lines from the poem, simply the title itself sparks my awareness.  I have several “tripwires” that begin my day.  Interesting choices, the metaphors of “spark” and “tripwires”, leaky memories of past excitement and the possibility of unexpected explosions.  Ignition of my day with awakening,
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A Path Through Difficulty

Moods, movements, Thoughts and feelings Ever shifting Inner patterns Reflect still Other inner Chemical-genetic interacts Present here At this moment. Behind the Series of events Which I Call Me What is my own? —William Segal, Openings, (Continuum Publishing, New York, 1999)   My effort to journal daily yielded mixed results.  I was able to write and didn’t achieve the daily standard
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Meeting Difficulties

“There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them.”      –Phyllis Bottome I’m finding it easy to be distracted from the endeavor to write, and post additional thoughts to be mingled.  I wandered around my usual haunts on the web and took a few savory side trips.  Avoidance or preparation? 
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More Difficulty

      Since my last post I’ve been muddling around in the Difficulty frame.  One pattern I see is that the nature of difficulty invites a question of willingness to take action to engage an apparent obstacle.  I see a conversation between rational and emotional that reaches a point of energy or tension that requires action.  The word “conflict”
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Difficulty

This is going to get worse before it gets better.  That seems to be a hallmark of Difficulty I’m facing as I struggle with articulating my thoughts about Difficulty.  The more I write, the messier it becomes.   I know it when I see it, yet I can’t find the words to write about it.  Creating Difficulty here with the
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Fear

F@#$ Everything And Run! False Evidence Appearing Real. For Every Attack, React. Feel Emotions And Recover. Here’s a “go to” topic I have come to appreciate.  Many years ago I came to see that my ability to deal with fears in my life had a very large gap.  These little phrases became the entry for me to examine fear from
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