“In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away” – Shing Xiong

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Found this online the author said it was originally in Finnish and it goes like this in English:

"I'm innocent. Most probably. Besides it was an accident"

Oh I love it, makes mirth bubble like a spring...  this is the image that goes with it:

Saturday, November 9, 2013

the church of Dog

Lessons from dogs – a variation, (woohoo some sort of deja vu here)

  1. Trust can be earned
  2. Dependence is a mutual thing
  3. run to greet the person you love
  4. stop and smell the roses
  5. have a passion (s)
  6. persist
  7. let go
  8. be curious
  9. pay attention and inquire
  10. follow your nose
  11. pick up after others
  12. forgive
  13. ask forgiveness and accept it too
  14. don’t be afraid to try
  15. take care of your responsibilities
  16. take a regular nap
  17. try hard
  18. play hard
  19. be willing to be seen as foolish
  20. let people laugh at you to laugh with you
  21. don’t pull
  22. be flexible
  23. go the extra mile
  24. learn the way home
  25. ask for what you need
  26. stay simple, stay humble
  27. enjoy simple pleasures
  28. don’t be snappish
  29. be kind
  30. share your food, and water and blanket and toys
  31. explore
  32. encourage others to play
  33. roll on the ground or floor and then shake all over
  34. smile
  35. sing to the moon, splash in water

not something I would normally...

watch or consider watching but in that spirit here is a link that is uplifting - remembering grandma doesn't make mistakes, just opportunities. Rion Paige - born this way

Saturday, November 2, 2013

new painting in progress

coming in stages, it is fun, KC says it looks like she has a goiter, (where did she even learn that word?) ah well, people have funny reactions to works in progress, why do we so often not realize that most of what or whom we meet is a work in progress? I'd like to keep that in mind...

Friday, November 1, 2013

why ordain, why make this lifestyle choice?

an asian professor who I saw in clinic asked "why you do that, why be monk?" of course I gave some smartass reply like "just crazy." but tonight woken by the helicopter and sirens I thought: "Because one can stay in bed, or one can throw off the covers and take the trail to the lake barefoot in the moonlight."

I think Kim's suggestion for a class title for sensei's meditation group has been percolating for me. She suggested An Examined Life as in 'the unexamined life is not worth living' a quote ascribed to Socrates and used by many since.