The Blog: Anything Mentionable


The mysterious power of first-hand experience with masterpiece, pleasure, awe and wonder not reserved for those with advanced degrees in art history.

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Remembering a revered American Zen master and her wonderful guide to penetrate the fog of self-centered thinking that obscures what is most true about people and life.

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What was he building in the workshop? It took me years to find out.

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On a pilgrimmage to Arizona, sunrise fellowship, honest talk about grieving, and grateful tears in the desert for the hero of my life.

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It was only then that I truly learned of and came to understand our shameful past when it came to race relations in this country. That knowledge forever changed the way I looked at people different than myself. Roland and I often talked about this

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The call comes, or the text or the email, and we find ourselves on the way to the home of a friend or loved one who has just suffered a loss, or to a visitation or a funeral. Then comes an almost universal anxiety and the haunting questions: When I approach the grieving person, what should I say? What should I do?

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But most of us live as if the opposite was true. We go through life believing in our “terminal uniqueness,” that we are the only ones feeling anger, sadness, shame, grief, fear, depression and self-doubt. Feelings are character defects, not inevitable and universal aspects of the human condition.

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You don’t get to control it all. But choosing simplicity whenever possible adds to life an element of deepest freedom which so easily eludes us, and many opportunities to discover that less may actually be more.”

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