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A Good Enough Goodbye

The darkness never felt so ominous in me as I drove away from my 18 year-old daughter 15 hours away from home. Now is change. Being now...

I'm Melting

Right now, for me personally, is a time of looking back. I'm cleaning out five decades of accumulated memories, emotions and identities....

Chasing the Sunrise

The pellet stove's light glows in the corner shining through the windowed door. Its light rises up and falls down with the flames and...

It's Clear

A nest of pillows has been evolving on my couch. Sitting zazen period after period. My breath falls to the floor like tears, still, I...

Bringing Light Wherever We Go

"You know him," says Karen, a candidate for the state house at a small sign-waving event along the road in Eaton the other day. He flies...

Naturally Sacred

All-of-a-sudden there was a hush to the hum of my world and I sunk down into the floor. It sounded like someone closed the door to a loud...

Practice is a Wet Nose

Standing in the chilly morning air looking through the young beech trees and fallen white pines, the sky is slate grey behind the...

I'm a Terrible Sitter

I'm feeling attached. Not everything is bothering me but a lot of things are. It's like somehow the things of the world are leaving a...

Disattached Ears

"Mom, look! Look at me! Mom, Dad, look at me! Watch this!" The exclamation points skimmed across the surface of the lake hitting the...

Two Good Karma Dollars

The lanky grass was dry under the maple tree and the ground sloped downward perfectly toward the west and facing away from the humming...

I have a Red Hat, Too

"I'm not afraid Linda and I wear a mask. Wanna try me!" shot out of me like an arrow made of angry words hitting the bullseye on the...

Witnessing a Sunrise

Chartreuse was somehow so beautiful and comforting in that field of violet and orange. Its soul hung open on the wall among dozens of...

Tea in the Zendo

Mushin rang the bell twice ending the first period of zazen in our beautiful Zoom zendo. I kept sitting as he bowed and left the room....

Vanishing Streaks of Light

"Wow! Did you see that?" We both said with one voice as the star shot out of our eyes painting a brilliant glowing line across the galaxy...

Standing in the Mud

I had a loose but unshakable grip on Vic's handlebars as we descended a washed-out old road to the lead mine. Some soccer ball sized...

Becoming Buddha

It would have been amazing if Trump realized the truth in that moment. In the video below you can see clearly the question was not...

What Does Love Taste Like?

"Hey Jamie, you want a burger?" I almost always say no thank you. I'm discovering that is about my fear of intimacy with others and my...

Sasquatch!

My "bigfoot" air freshener swings back and forth dangling from my rearview mirror as I drive around. There he is going to the store...

What's in a name? Me?

I named this blog after my dharma name!?! It feels like sacrilege. On the surface I am reaffirming a "self" or as described in the...

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