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Misery or Samadhi? 

Misery or Samadhi? 

Misery or Samadhi?  When I was a child, I had to practice my accordion for an hour every day. While I loved the sound of the instrument, I found the endless repetition tedious. I wanted to wail with rock ‘n roll songs, or improvise crazy gypsy sounding melodies...

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Belonging and Inviting

Belonging and Inviting

The other day, a friend told me about her new cleaning lady. “She’s lovely, hard working, and…she’s a liberal,” she grinned. I remember reading an article about the war in Afghanistan where the writer spoke about tribalism and how American ideals can never compete...

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Looking For Light in all the Wrong Places

Looking For Light in all the Wrong Places

There is a Persian folk hero named Mullah Nassrudin, the kind of wise fool you find in many cultures’ folk tales. In one story, Nassrudin is standing under a street lamp looking intently at the ground. A passerby asks, “What are you looking for, Mullah?” "A ring, my...

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Investing in Failure

Investing in Failure

Growing Neurons? Photo: Ron on an e-bike (2021) It was one of those unexpected February moments when the temperature blasted up to 70 and I turned to my husband Ron and said, “Hey, let’s take the e-bikes for a ride!” The relatively new bikes had been gathering dust...

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I think, therefore I….am?

I think, therefore I….am?

Photo by Ashley Batz on Unsplash I get an idea. Half-baked. Disparate elements. Nothing comes together. I pace. I ruminate. Then look up the word rumination and discover it has to do with thinking about the past. So if I’m not ruminating, what am I doing? I try to...

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Do You See What I See?

Do You See What I See?

Photo by Ron Morecraft My husband Ron and I ventured out yesterday to one of the many local antique/flea market venues, hoping for a safe, socially  distant, adventure in shopping for nothing. As I perused potential end tables, and fantasized about a $700 antique,...

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Quick! Before the Election!

Quick! Before the Election!

So many people have prefaced recent conversations with “I’m so worried about the election that….” or “I just don’t know what to trust,” or “Those people are insane!” or “Do you think it might be…?”

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I’m Sure It Was Plaid

I’m Sure It Was Plaid

Our eyes receive light, our brains tell us the story. The muscles of our eyes allow us to widen and tighten our focus, to see the big picture and the details, from the general to the specific, from the background to the foreground. But it’s the brain that decides whether the person approaching me is a friend or foe, whether I am happy or disappointed that it is raining, whether I’m following the right star on the horizon.

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