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Keep Going…

October 14, 2017

Frodo Baggins:  I can’t do this, Sam Samwise Gamgee:  I know.  It’s all wrong.  By rights we shouldn’t even be here.  But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo; the ones that really mattered.  Full of darkness and danger they were.  And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end… because how […]

Raining, Cats & Dogs

September 29, 2017

“We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don’t know.” ~ W. H. Auden The recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean, and Puerto Rico affected many people, destroyed homes and businesses, separated pets from their families, and left already homeless pets in crisis.  […]

Occam’s Popsicle

August 22, 2017

“That is better and more valuable which requires fewer, other circumstances being equal…” ~ Robert Grosseteste (1175 – 1253) As a native Californian who also has Italian citizenship, I spent yesterday’s eclipse in decidedly laid-back fashion.  The local library ran out of eclipse glasses early yesterday.  So, as the Moon began to step in front […]

Uno

July 17, 2017

“I say to you all, once again – in the light of Lord Voldemort’s return, we are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.  Lord Voldemort’s gift for spreading discord and enmity is very great.  We can fight it only by showing an equally strong bond of friendship and […]

Take a Cooling Breath

June 25, 2017

“Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.” ~ Walt Whitman Summer has arrived, and with it our first summer heat wave.  In honor of these longest days, full of sun and warmth, I thought I would share a simple yogic breathing technique that helps to release excess heat.  Called Sheetali Pranayama […]

A Moon by Any Name

June 10, 2017

“Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”  ~Buddha Jupiter’s four largest moons (it has 64 total), discovered by Galileo in 1610,  are named Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.  How unique and romantic each name sounds.  Our own moon, on the other hand, is simply called “The Moon”, an egotism […]

Interesting Times

May 22, 2017

“There is a Chinese curse which says, ‘May he live in interesting times.’  Like it or not, we live in interesting times.  They are the times of danger and uncertainty; but they are also the most creative of any time in the history of mankind.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy The Chinese curse referenced by Robert […]

Walls vs Windmills

April 24, 2017

“When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.” ~ Chinese Proverb Lately, it has seemed, at times, as if we are moving backwards.  However, like the planet Mercury’s infamous retrograde dance across our sky, appearances of reverse motion can sometimes be an illusion, based on our limited earthly perspective.  […]

Encouraging Signs

March 27, 2017

“I learned most, not from those who taught me but from those who talked with me.” ~ St. Augustine Numerous recent studies have shown the benefits of learning a second language, such as building good multitasking skills, helping prevent dementia, strengthening memory, sharpening observation and improving decision making. Before you sigh, tell yourself you don’t […]

Art of Silence

March 12, 2017

“Nowadays, most men lead lives of noisy desperation.” ~ James Thurber The quote above is from a short story written by humorist James Thurber in 1956.  His statement was a play on the famous quote by Henry David Thoreau, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” I can’t help but think how welcome […]