Working Through Sadness

Working through Sadness  “Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.”                                                                               […]

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Life is Suffering. Really?

Life is Suffering.  Really? “The emotional storms unfold differently when they are cradled in awareness.”                                                                                                                  –Jon Kabat Zinn I’ve encountered more than enough suffering in the last couple of weeks.  At the top of the list is my daughter, Katrina.  She had neck fusion surgery three years ago and it has completely collapsed.  The […]

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My Mighty Titan

My Mighty Titan “When the Man waked up he said, ‘What is Wild Dog doing here?’ And the Woman said, ‘His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always.” —Rudyard Kipling I hear his panting – heavy and hard.  I […]

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You CAN Teach An Old Dog New Tricks

(Photo credit: She-conomy.com) You CAN Teach An Old Dog New Tricks As I’ve discussed in past blog posts, I am pursuing several volunteer activities as a retired person.  Some have been satisfying; some not so much.  My latest endeavor is with our local community hospital.  After hearing about my interest and experience in writing, the Director […]

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The Mindful Activist

The Mindful Activist “Things will always be left undone and unsaid, but seeing our activism as one of life-stages and phases, rather than as an endless pursuit of ‘things to be done’ right now might add some breathing space to our work in the world. And in that space, we might hear what can be done, right […]

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Snow, Ice, and The Elderly

(photo used with permission by Susan H. Bruner) Snow, Ice, and the Elderly “You’ve got ice in your veins, but you’re smart enough to keep it from freezing your heart.” ― Tijan, Sentiment Lost Drama on the Ice We retired people know all about the “snowbirds,” those lucky folks who head south after the holidays […]

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A New Buddhist

(image courtesy of LACMA) A New Buddhist “Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.” ― A.A. Milne When I started my journey into mindful retirement, I didn’t know where […]

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A Christmas to Remember

A Christmas to Remember  “Both formerly and now, it is only suffering that I describe, and the cessation of suffering.”                                                                            –The Buddha   I have many wonderful memories of Christmas holidays in my life – the hours of unwrapping presents in my childhood home with my parents, my father saying about a hundred times, […]

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