Samhain 2011: RIP Grampa
Nov02

Samhain 2011: RIP Grampa

It was a glorious day: The colors were vibrant, but just past their prime, and there were icicles everywhere. There had been a snow storm the night before, so the symbolism was perfect. There was beauty everywhere, though it sometimes seemed a bit browbeaten. The earth is going to sleep for a spell. And we are on the cusp of rest and temporary death. The sky was incredible – the colors in the clouds were gorgeous. I trekked up...

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Meghann
Aug21

Meghann

I haven’t been blogging much for a few months. I know that. And there’s  no reason, except that I just haven’t wanted to. Something happened a couple months ago, and I felt that I was tired of sharing. I think it was around the time of the Grabby’s. But, be that as it may, this weekend in Chicago has been very up and down, but it has ended on a very, very positive note. That is what I want to share. To say that...

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Rest as an act of piety
Jul02

Rest as an act of piety

Okay, so for those of you who are Judeo-Christian, perhaps this is no big deal for you; however, recently I have been healing from a neck/back injury that I sustained while working out several days ago. Almost “randomly” (I use aggressive quotes here, because I don’t believe anything is truly random – everything is a result of an interconnected cause/effect), I also got a message saying the following: “To...

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An Overnight for Japan: $5,000 reached!! THANK YOU!
Mar20

An Overnight for Japan: $5,000 reached!! THANK YOU!

I have just received word from a reader in the UK who is sending in a donation through PayPal. When I receive her funds I will officially be at the $5,000 goal. I am so grateful to all of you for participating, and I think it’s wonderful that the human spirit can be so empathetic and compassionate. Bravo to you all! If you would like to see how this evolved, you can see An Overnight for Japan or An Overnight for Japan: An...

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An Overnight for Japan: An update
Mar17

An Overnight for Japan: An update

Hello everyone! As the disaster recovery continues, I wanted to give an update as to what is happening thus far with my efforts to raise contributions to send for relief. I do this, so that I can be accountable, and so that I can perhaps encourage you to participate in the assistance effort in some way. In “An Overnight for Japan,” I set out to schedule an overnight appointment at a reduced rate, so that I could send...

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An Overnight for Japan
Mar15

An Overnight for Japan

I can’t sleep, so I’m blogging an idea. While I was in San Francisco this past weekend a client had to cancel an appointment due to a local tsunami warning. At the time I wasn’t aware that there was one, and then as I was reading the news all weekend I started following what was happening. Reading about it and seeing still pictures made everything in Japan seem dire, but it wasn’t until I got home yesterday...

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Happy Valentine’s Day: The Last of the Wine

For those of you who know me well, you know that the title I used here today is also the title of my favorite book, which was written by Mary Renault. You can see two entries I wrote about this book back in May, 2009 (“The Last of the Wine:” Sokrates, on getting and keeping a true and honourable lover, and “The Last of the Wine:” Lysis, on prayer), and upon rereading them I see how everything gets knitted together. Everything is...

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Subj: Re: A transatlantic hug!

Hi Devon, Writing this e-mail feels a little strange, mainly because it’s not what I was expecting to say to you at all. I had intended to relay the curious tale of how a straight white Scottish girl (me!) found herself perusing the web-page of an intelligent, funny, erudite and thought provoking gay guy from America. But now, having read the sad news of the loss of your beloved grandfather, I think that it should remain a story...

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Will you marry me?

(If I have set it up properly, this post will not be published until 12/21/2010 at 3:14 am. This is a very important moment for me, and I hope it goes off without a hitch…) It has been the Winter Solstice for 3 hours and 14 minutes: HAPPY YULE! It is the first day of winter: The season for rest, introspection, and planning. Tonight will be the longest night of the year, but winter also promises eventual light and warmth;...

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The Perfect Affirmation

In “The Master Key System,” Charles Haanel asserts that “when Truth appears every form of error or discord must necessarily disappear.” He created a mantra that touches every aspect of self improvement: “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, and happy.” Wow! Now THAT is saying something worth saying. But I was having a helluva time remembering it, which made it a mantra I...

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