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Love Poems to Jan

To celebrate August McLaughlin’s Beauty of a Woman IV, I’d like to share a few of the poems I’ve written for Jan. Thanksgiving Morning Before I forget I want to write down how beautiful you looked this morning Thanksgiving morning … Continue reading

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What can ever be lost?

From the 18th century Japanese Zen poet Ryokan: In all 10 directions of the universe,  there is only one truth.  When we see clearly, the great teachings are the same. What can ever be lost? What can be attained? If … Continue reading

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Wisdom

Below is an excerpt from a piece I wrote years ago about wisdom. I had an older friend, a mentor, years ago who used to tell me, “there are no big deals.” I found his words comforting in a wider, … Continue reading

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Humility

Humility is just as much the opposite of self abasement as it is of self exaltation. To be humble is not to make comparisons. Secure in it’s reality, the self is neither better nor worse, bigger or smaller, than anything … Continue reading

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Perseverance

I like the implication of this story. It feels to me that the message is one of faith and belief that wherever we’re going what we need when we get there will be there. When asked if he was ever … Continue reading

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Judgement

Judging others is one of my character flaws that causes me to get out of balance emotionally and justify not being as attentive and compassionate as I could be. I also think it’s a way I sometimes try to boost … Continue reading

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The Righting Reflex

I am most definitely guilty of engaging my impulse to correct. There’s something so delightful and ego gratifying about correcting someone’s misperceptions or mistakes. In the story below I like how the business owner used that impulse to his advantage: … Continue reading

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