February 22, 2018

Do not be an embodiment of fame; do not be a storehouse of schemes; do not be an undertaker of projects; do not be a proprietor of wisdom. Wander where there is no trail. Hold on to all that you have received from Heaven but do not think you have gotten anything. Be em...

January 11, 2018

After several years of trying, I still haven't figured out how to deal with all the inherited items for which I have become an unwilling custodian.  I sold all the things that were meaningless, and a couple of things I wish I'd kept.. And there are still a few more ite...

September 12, 2017

With all the news coverage of Hurricane Irma, and the anniversary of 9/11, I've been thinking about the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach.

For a few different reasons, I went to Florida several times in the 1990s--Miami and Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Key West.  I...

August 18, 2017

Pictured here:  Three generations of progressive women.  (Not sure about the dog!)  That's me as a baby, with my firebrand mom, whose passion for politics never left her.  To be honest, I have no idea what my grandmother's political views were--but I do know that she w...

August 16, 2017

I spent my childhood in Dallas during the 1950s.  You may remember that Dallas was a center of "conservative" ideas in those days . . . 

The city was, indeed, headquarters to many right-wing organizations. Dallas was home to the Committee of American Freedom R...

July 20, 2017

Insight Meditation teacher Sharon Salzburg relates a classic Buddhist teaching story this way: 

The monk Ananda observed:  “It seems to me, oh Lord Buddha, that half of the holy life is having good friends. 

The Buddha replied:  “Not so, Ananda!  In fact, the w...

April 12, 2017

As part of my ReHomesteading project, I've been looking back at blogs I started years ago--some as design samples, some about ideas I wanted to play around with at the time.  Some of the posts and/or topics still interest me, and have some relevance, so I'm going to re...

March 31, 2017

This week I discovered the joys of coworking at Common Desk.  Check out their site and see what a great venue it is!  But the relevance here is that my Common Desk "home" is about a mile from the house where I grew up,in the part of Dallas known as Oak Cliff.  

The...

March 24, 2017

Years ago, Rowenta--maker of the world's best irons!--had a series of pages on their website devoted to "the feng shui of ironing."  (Feng shui, of course, is the Chinese art of managing fortune through the use of place and space.)  I've always loved to iron, so I was...

March 20, 2017

It's spring.  And these are the days when weather patterns shift and collide, so the near future takes on a new urgency.  Rain or shine?  Drought or flood?  Stormy or still?

Many of us are also thinking about how our gardens will grow--what to plant...

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