Hello friends, Many of my friends and family will recall that in 2011 and into the very beginning of 2012 I shed between 70 and 80 pounds in a matter of about six months. I never really blogged about the weight loss in and of itself — it was a very difficult time for me […]

My wife and I recently made a quick visit to my Dad’s house to pick up a few items of essentially sentimental value before the property is lost to foreclosure (a long story I don’t need to get into really) as an aftershock of his passing over a year ago. It was an emotional walkthrough […]

Hello friends, Today I am observing November’s Full Moon Uposatha day. I’ve mentioned previously [here and here, for instance] that the Uposatha observance involves certain precepts that are additional to the regular practice proscribed by the Buddha to laypeople, so you should read those for additional background information that I may not choose to go […]

Hello friends, I’ve been thinking a bit about gain and loss, or more specifically the fear of loosing what one has gained. I’m certain the Buddha spoke of this fear more than once, but my memory recalls most clearly a the instance when it was mentioned in the Lokavipatti Sutta, the sutta on the eight worldly conditions. These […]

Hello friends. While things have been busy at work and home, I haven’t completely forgotten about the blog even if I haven’t had anything to post. Being that as it is, I felt compelled today to write a quick update. I wrote earlier in Better — To What End? that I spend a lot of time […]

Good morning Friends, For many, particularly Americans, today brings with it a reminder of what happens when hatefulness arises. The attacks on September 11, 2001 will be remembered by many folks in my generation, and will hopefully be a source of inspiration rather than fear for most. It should be inspiring to us because of […]

Hello friends, School has started back up and I’ve been observing the changes this week as we’ve tried to return to something slightly resembling a routine. This week I’ve been getting up between 6:30 and 7:00 every morning as opposed to 9:00, and the difference is really interesting. First and foremost, I’m sleepy for the […]

I spend the vast majority of my working hours in contemplation of how I can make something better than it is. More accurate, more dependable, more efficient, or maybe just more simple; my mind is almost always whirling with ideas about how things could be transformed to make them better. Of course, “better” is a loaded term […]

August tends to be a little high-voltage for me as far as memories and emotions go. In my mind, August is entrenched in a number of ways that make it a bit of a roller coaster for me sometimes even though I know that the narrative that plays out in my mind about the feelings […]

I’m sure all of my readers are familiar with making plans, and in particular, how plans often change many times before being carried out (or abandoned altogether). I know it isn’t wise to get too attached to plans, especially the long-term kind, but I’ve also learned that if I don’t set certain “goal posts” in the […]

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