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Pain

Pain. It’s all a matter of perception. Here in France, “pain” is bread (pronounced “pan” and make sure the word comes from the very back of your throat). Bread here is good. Very good. It’s the mind that assigns qualities … Continue reading

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A Decade

When you came, you were like red wine and honey, And the taste of you burnt my mouth with its sweetness. Now you are like morning bread, Smooth and pleasant, I hardly taste you at all, for I know your … Continue reading

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People’s Parties

I was recently invited to party and I was told beforehand by the host, a French neighbor who speaks English quite well, that everyone else coming either spoke French or Spanish. “It should be interesting,” I emailed a friend. I … Continue reading

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Rebuilding Trust From the Ruins

On the morning of November 1, 1755 the residents of Lisbon, Portugal were knocked to their knees by one of the world’s most powerful earthquakes. Depictions of the earthquake in art and literature were produced and reproduced for centuries following … Continue reading

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Change Your Mind, Change Your Life

“If you become aware that death is right over your left shoulder and if you turn quickly enough you can see him there, that makes you alive and alert to decisions.” —Brother David Steindl-Rast, Common Sense Spirituality —10— From time … Continue reading

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Burning Man

“If man were never to fade away like the dews of Adashino, never to vanish like the smoke over Toribeyama, but lingered on forever in the world, how things would lose their power to move us! The most precious thing … Continue reading

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Hello Goodbye

“The Master of Zen says, ‘Jump into the foaming waves of the whirlpool below!’ The monk jumps, and finds himself on his feet, walking along the road that leads to his own home.” —R. H. Blyth, Zen in English Literature and … Continue reading

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