Give Us This Day: A Year of Devotion

When I was in college, I had a friend who was into reincarnation, past lives, etc.  She told me that I was a Chines monk some centuries before.  Cool idea.  As I do not consider the past, nor the future, easy to access, I took it as an amusement… maybe a projection of how she viewed me (I was into making raku pottery, yoga meditation, and Asian art at the time).  I like the contemplative life, obviously to my regular readers.  I cannot say that I recall any of the Chinese language, so maybe that does not translate from one life to another…  I will stick to this day, and my limited command of the English language (with great respect for my foreign readers who comprehend multiple languages). Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Interpretation

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Naughty or Nice? The Who’s Keeping Track?

You know the tune… “He knows when you are sleeping/He knows when you’re awake/He knows whose been good or bad….”.  Santa Claus keeps the list of naughty & nice kids.  Of course, St. Peter at the Pearly Gates has a similar accounting book.  Or maybe, Jesus at the Last Judgment.  Take your pick, someone seems to be checking in us… but are we waiting to die for someone be following our every move? Continue reading

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Farm Life: Dollar General Diner

P1110156The Mrs. has been away Christmas Market hopping this past week.  I have been left to tend to the cabin, critters, and my own meals.  Certainly the Mrs. offered to set up meal for me, but being a liberated-male, I shall not require such doting over me, as if I could not boil water.  Also, I had a question… could I live for a week on food that I could procure within 5 miles of our rural home.  What brought on this inquiry was the opening a Dollar General store near us a couple of years ago. Continue reading

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Power

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Dept. of Alternative Facts: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving (n): traditional holiday in USA on which we contemplate what we are grateful for in our lives, usually followed by lots of food and family fun Continue reading

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Faith of Our Fathers (and Mothers)

Spending a week with one’s parents as they age, helping with meals, running errands, and keeping up with family and friends, walking alone from home to Dad’s assisted living facility twice each day, and waking up on East Coast time, leaves plenty of time for reflection and contemplation, two of my favorite activities.  Faith, what we believe and why we act.  For my father, faith always came back to God, Jesus’ crucifixion, and eternal life.  For my mother faith is about relationships.  For me, faith is something that I have struggled with since my youth.  I shied away from the sense of commitment that I viewed faith as needing.  I could see too many sides of any issue to stand on this-or-that position. Continue reading

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