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Just Be

Close your eyes. Listen to the birds chirp. The dog bark in the distance. There is a woodpecker on the top of that telephone pole. Hear him whack away. There is a ladybug crawling along the walkway beneath you. The silent bug spreads her wings then closes them again and heads for the grass and […]

Change of Pace

The bears are onto something. Would it be nice to hibernate for these days of winter, when the cool comes through even the cupboards in your kitchen. Especially if during the human hibernation you still had access to your books. Until that day, rest as you need to. Accept that your body will go at […]

One Thing at a Time

In the performance of almost all projects, going slow is better than going fast. Embrace small steps. Be wary of giant leaps. Small progress has so much going for it: engagement, not completion, is what calms the mind. Slow and steady doesn’t merely win the race. It’s also a pace at which you can see […]


What is good for you? Worry little of the motivations of others. Why does the why matter? Ask your questions. Gather information. What is the larger purpose? See. Really see. Remember: your view is skewed. Allow the dust to settle. Trust.

Midnight Moments

Cherish the minutes when you find yourself unexpectedly in the quiet dark of a post-midnight hour, that space between your days when you are the only one awake in your world. When you can read and think and breathe. You may wish to be asleep — you may not have wanted to be startled awake […]

Think Ahead

By now the benefits of preparation should be clear: being ready is a singular stress-remover. Preparation: being ready to leave on time; being ready to pay a debt; being ready to eat your meals; being ready to lead, to teach, to learn; being ready to allow life to unfold as it will. Think even of […]

COVID Winter

Now is the time to learn anew who you are. To write and reflect. To ask yourself good questions. The sort of questions you would ask a good friend. All contentment is available when you forego externals. To grasp is a form of fighting yourself. You will, you must, admit defeat. Your happiness is up […]

Leaves — So Many Leaves

You are subpar at tending to the yard-work. Yet it feels good to do it anyway.

Baby Doesn’t Need a New Pair of Shoes

It didn’t occur to me this achievement were possible. I thought the Air Jordans were a permanent part of the visual landscape.

Do the Work

Not feeling well? Hurting? Frustrated? Angsty? The cure might well be not in meditating or journaling or lighting incense and trying to become one with the universe but rather in just rolling up the proverbial shirtsleeves and doing the work.

Beautiful Morning

The squirrel, my dog’s arch nemesis, showed up first thing. So did the birds — so many small birds gathered around the feeders, on the tree limbs. And bunnies. We must have just passed mating season for we see so many young rabbits on our walks right now. This morning, we had the neighborhood to […]

The Endless Search: A Life Story

There is death happening all around me. After I found a couple of carpenter ants in the house, I called an exterminator. Mostly, he put down preventative — he’s trying to thwart the ants’ pheromones; trying to make them think otherwise about taking up residence here with me and the little buddy. It’s a sort […]

Be Careful What You Wish For

While I am not in favor of destruction, and I take a strong stand against accidental death — most especially if innocent animals are involved — I do like me a good summer storm. Give me rolling thunder and flashes of light that cut through windows and bounce around the room. Rain. Is there any […]

Let the River Run

Turns out, my sleep last night wasn’t as restful as I thought. I needed to close my eyes. I put my head on the arm of my couch. When I woke up a few minutes later, I heard the humming of engines. Our trash/recycling pickup was canceled this week. I wondered: could they possibly be […]

Tassels and Plywood

He stood tall in full cap and gown. He smiled. A camera would, no doubt, soon be aimed in his direction. Maybe more than one. Family had gathered. Hands were around his shoulders. They were on the front step of a house on 42nd Avenue. I saw his carefully combed hair and intuited from the […]


I took care of my fallen friend (tree) on Memorial Day. I sawed her limbs. I broke off her branches. I crushed up her twigs. There were twigs everywhere. I held in my hands her stump, which weighed more than it looked. I piled her logs, which were more in number than it appeared. I […]

Rest In Peace (Just Not on the Walkway, Please)

Only took one punch. I kid because I can. Not because I should. Sarcasm masks something. Oh you go ahead and figure it out. I had known this friend had fallen. Now I know she can’t get up. This was the view as of yesterday when I went outside for lunch. So sad. I had […]

The Eyes

We had a rough patch because of a sore spot. Something got lodged in my little buddy’s back right paw. Must have walked over something. Or scraped something. Anyway, it didn’t look right. Or at all comfortable. I have been learning about stoicism from books and talks and lectures of late. But, of course, I […]

Things Related and (Maybe) Not

My car battery is dying. My electric tooth brush is dying. Both still can still take a charge but neither can hold it very long. Come to think of it, this weekend I had to replace the battery in my kitchen clock. I have noticed of late, too, that my phone battery drains noticeably faster […]


After a few weeks of adjustment, I feel settled into my shelter-in-place life. I generally resist the placement of restrictions on my options but, when I am really honest about it, sometimes I do better after they are imposed. As long as I have my health and a notebook and my dog and some snacks, […]