Archive for the 'Regional' Category

Nothing Is Lost, Only Transformed

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

God pours life into death and death into life without a drop being spilled. -Author Unknown Until I attended graduate school at St. Edward’s University, I didn’t know much about Dia de los Muertos. In 1997, after I’d left the fundamentalist non-denominational church I’d been with for years — and with it my entire social […]

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Dance of Life

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Lately I’ve been going dancing every Wednesday night — one of my best decisions of late. Called ecstatic dance, it also involves something called contact improv dance. Here’s a sample of how beautiful it is. The man in the video, Brandon, is visiting various cities in a search to relocate, and has come to Silicon […]

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Brief Notes

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

I just returned from my first sesshin at Hazy Moon Zen Center. It was fruitful. I’m tired and glad to be home. All that I experienced is settling, so I hesitate to write extensively about it. Here are some brief reflections. The first one is from my drive down, when I stopped at San Luis […]

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Out to Pasture

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Amid cow patties flies pester eyes, nose, mouth, hide- ear pierced with numbers. There is only this moment, chewing cud, swishing tail. A small stone for today.

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How Not to Be Bored

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

“Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.” –A.A. Milne What do you do on a restless Monday afternoon? You drive to Chesbro Reservoir to throw sticks and leaves in […]

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On Nature

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

We live in a world where volcanoes have feet and personalities, mold grows in families and the members have names, and the Crab Nebula — where Claire wants to go — is also named Lily and is very friendly. Did you know that there are blue volcanoes that produce blue lava, and that blue lava […]

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More Summer Fun

Monday, August 8th, 2011

We’ve been busy climbing and splashing and creating! Claire had a total of three weeks of swimming lessons. She is still shy about getting her face in the water and going under water, but she had a blast with her teachers. She very specifically insisted on lady teachers “because they are more gentle.” (She had […]

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Our Day At the Beach (The First of Several)

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It’s always our self we find in the sea. — e.e. cummings Headed out to the beach: Getting cozy in the sand (she also made sand angels): Barely able to stay still for a photo-op with Mommy: Racing the waves: The sky was gray but […]

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Transformation

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

We’ve been busy lately. There have been little-girl sleepovers, outings to the park, and a field trip to pick strawberries. So, without further ado, let me show you the results of our latest outing. We start at this and this: We picked nine pounds of strawberries! And proceed to this and this: A sticky, boiling […]

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The Beauty of Summer

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
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