Monthly Archives: July 2015

Miles Away from Conversation

There’s so much I don’t want to talk about. But life splats in your face sometimes and it’s unavoidable. My father struggles minute by minute, hour by hour. He swears, is combative, babbles about dead people. Then he bullseyes questions, … Continue reading

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Floating down the river

If your boat capsizes, do you thrash around, hold onto the boat, swim to shore, or if you’re lucky to have a PFD, loosen your grip and float along until a good opportunity arises for action. My father hovers on … Continue reading

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Equanimity in Action

What is equanimity? Is it cultivated sitting on a cushion? A byproduct of effort? Is it static or dynamic? Balanced inflow and outflow? Neutrality when positives and negatives cancel out? A sense of justice or peace? A dharma talk on … Continue reading

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Wow!

Awesome!  Pure Beauty! (Apologies for the technopeasant link.  This 3:24 min time lapse video of blooming flowers set to beautiful music moved me and made me smile.) http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/374460/the-serene-beauty-of-a-blooming-flower/

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Weak Heart

My father has a weak heart. It pumps out 20% of what goes in, whereas normal hearts pump over 70%.  He has fluid in his lungs, pneumonia, and shingles. He’s 92. Lying in bed, working to breathe, it looks like … Continue reading

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My Mother’s Maxims

My mother’s mother died when she was fifteen and as eldest daughter, she took on the role of caregiver. In their small northern Quebec town, that meant milking the cows before going to high school, baking bread, and cooking and … Continue reading

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Just another petunia

You could say I’m a florist.  Flowers have always fascinated me. I take care of them, make pleasing flower arrangements.  I have a sense I’m doing something worthwhile because of the response I get from my customers.  They smile, they’re more relaxed … Continue reading

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