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January 7, 2014: New Year’s Ponderings

Copyrighted, trademarked, and all the usual declarations about intellectual “property”! What is your mind doing to shape your experience? Attributed to a Buddhist saying It’s a new year, a somewhat arbitrary designation for sure, but one that is good for marking endings and beginnings. As is the usual pattern, the preceding year was marked by […]

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November 12, 2013: The Still-Not-Ready-For Whatever

And still the usual copyrights with the usual “who knows why?” tag. So, I have a question. Is deliberately doing the one best thing the only thing to do for the practiced mind or is it in some way being tethered to an unrelenting task-master? Sometimes there is great beauty in deliberately screwing up—effectively not […]

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October 15, 2013: The Not-Ready-For Whatever

Still copyrighted, though who knows why. There is a difference between going to sleep with everything accomplished and going to sleep having done all one can do. In the former, the to-do list is empty. In the latter, the to-do list remains. There is nothing quite like sleep when one is free from the to-do […]

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May 12, 2013: The Not-Even-Ready for Bumper-Sticker Philosophy

Brought to you by Blah, Blah, Blah, a division of Book-in-a-Drawer Publications. Trademarked, copyrighted, imprinted, branded, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. May 12, 2013: Mother’s Day Father’s may not know, offspring may wonder, but a mother always knows the child is hers. Author Such knowing is the purview of motherhood and the basis for a bond that […]

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April 21, 2013: The Not-Even-Ready for Bumper-Sticker Philosophy

Brought to you by Blah, Blah, Blah, a division of Book-in-a-Drawer Publications. Trademarked, copyrighted, imprinted, branded, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. The trick of the “devil” is for each of us to grow tired and to feel put upon. Author And it’s easy to fall into. Relationships, work, driving, traveling—anything that demands our attention. I heard recently […]

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April 1, 2013: The Not Even Ready For Bumper-Sticker Philosophy

Brought to you by Blah, Blah, Blah, a division of Book-in-a-Drawer Publications. Trademarked, copyrighted, imprinted, branded, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member. Groucho Marx Tough to type as my hands hurt from handling barbed-wire to repair a fence my neighbor’s horses have broken down. Of […]

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December 1, 2012: Holiday Thoughts, Part I

“At this time of year I find myself falling into a condition that I like to call Infectious romanticus or Sentimentalicous irrationalico.” Lewis Black Yep, it doesn’t matter what I do trying to stop it, it’s sentimental tsunami time. I won’t go into all the reasons why this is so over the years other than […]

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October 1, 2012: Personal Sabotage

On the surface, sabotage sounds unidirectional and that direction is all bad. However, what if there was an underlying silver lining when we sabotage ourselves? Let’s start with asking if personal sabotage is necessary. I’m thinking such sabotage doesn’t kick-in unless it’s a facet of required change. Even the word “required” is a bit suspect, […]

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Group Sabotage

Sabotage is not just a personal undertaking, but one that can involve a group of folks, like the gathering-of-idiots example in the bit on personal sabotage written previously. And again, like personal sabotage, group sabotage could actually be a guiding light—a wake-up call that the body-whatever is wandering off trail. In writing this, I’m not […]

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eThoughts : Leadership and Awareness: Who or What is in Charge?

Do you know why we like babies? They’re innocent, as in not running the world through their experience. Do not get me wrong, babies are not born with a blank slate—a tabula rasa—they are born with personalities, and hence with certain predilections. Babies clearly influence their learning. However, as babies, their predilections are not their […]

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eThoughts : Unfettered Awareness.

Recently I heard part of a discussion between some students about what appeared to be the nature of reality. In response to a student saying they saw the good in everything, another student replied, “Well, I’m realistic.” I blurted out, uninvited, “that doesn’t sound very realistic.” It seems to me that striving to be something […]

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eThoughts : Dreaming

Build a man a fire and he’ll be warm for the night. Light a man on fire and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life. Terry Pratchet I have been dreaming and it is weird. I see people—myself included—with a big hole in our beings and reaching out, kind of clumsy and yearning […]

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eThoughts : Gaining Wisdom: Checking Belief and Truth With Reality

Both belief and truth are potential tyrannies. Witness California’s passage of Proposition 8 defining marriage as that between a man and a woman. A group of people—homosexuals—are denied marriage. How about the laws, passed by a majority, that governed the interaction of blacks and whites—or not as the case actually was. Separate facilities, no intermingling—including […]

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eThoughts : November 15, 2008: Truth, Belief, and Wisdom

After the fiasco of the majority vote for California’s Prop 8—the one that defines marriage as between a man and a woman—I think it time to point a finger at belief. Before heading out on this musing, I think it may behoove us to go over philosophy’s basic tests of truth. The first one I’ll […]

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eThoughts : Expanding vs Narrowing Awareness

One of the ways to know it’s truly safe is the ability to both contract and expand one’s awareness. We all live in some sort of a bubble of perception, yet we all need to know that our bubble is somehow in the same sea as others and their bubbles. That’s a connection expanded awareness […]

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eThoughts : Cohort Communities: Housing People of Like Minds

Part of the series It’s All Been Said Before™ (© 2006), a division of Book-In-A-Drawer Publications.™ What prompted my previous cognitive meandering was a lot of email about terrorism, supporting our country, supporting our policies, etc. As I and others have said, supporting the principles our country was founded upon does not mean we have […]

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eThoughts : Sacred But Not Exclusive: Part II

Part of the series It’s All Been Said Before™ (© 2006), a division of Book-In-A-Drawer Publications.™ Perhaps it’s the way things blend together, perhaps my attention is being or has been directed towards this sacred-but-not-exclusive focus, but another conversation about a different subject, broached by my friend, seemed to land on the same nail. So, […]

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eThoughts : Sacred But Not Exclusive: Part I

Part of the series It’s All Been Said Before™ (© 2006), a division of Book-In-A-Drawer Publications.™ A friend of mine sent me some stuff over the Internet—one was a joke about a priest who got a bit crocked during a sermon and screwed up the biblical language so that it came off as street language […]

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eThoughts : The Practice of Seeing Reality

Part of the series Conversations™ (© 2006), a division of Book-In-A-Drawer Publications.™ It is my thought that, like medical doctors, academic doctors, especially in the behavioral sciences and humanities, should call their work a practice. Unlike medical doctors, academic doctors, can, and should, practice way beyond the confines of our offices and classrooms. So, it […]

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eThoughts : Celebrate Eating the Apple?

Speaking of reporting, yet owning that it could be a spin (which is why we make and compare our reports to begin with), it seems to me that instead of crying out about what Eve did, we need to celebrate it. That deed in the Garden of Eden is at least as worthy of celebrating […]

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eThoughts : Fundamentals Before Complexity

Instead of standing around acting like our view of reality is the view, maybe we could consider it a view. All right, I know we all know this, but it seems like we spend a lot less time reporting what we see and a lot more time trying to impose it. Ethical and moral reporting […]

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eThoughts : The Art of Emptiness and Form

Introducing space or emptiness into our lives is utterly important I think—as I once read (Lao Tzu?), it is not the house where we live, but the space in the house (I can’t quote it since I may not be rendering the statement in its original form). Too often we gravitate towards form and ignore […]

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