A good fragrance is really a powerful cocktail of memories and emotion. ~Jeffrey Stepakoff You smell the ocean’s perfume before you see her but, by the time you set eyes upon her beauty, the aroma of her perfume has long since dissipated like the love between two partners that have long drifted into the indifference […]
Sitting on the porch of our Belize vacation cabana, I find myself happy we decided to pay the incremental price to have our main door open to the ocean. It’s the type of place I have long fantasized about living. Somewhere the crashing of waves would be the alarm clock nudging me from slumber. Somewhere […]
“Give my your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” ~Statue of Liberty, 28 Oct 1886 In elementary school, I was taught Lady Liberty stood on our shore welcoming immigrants […]
You can safely assume you created God in your own image when it turns out God hates all the same people you do. ~Anne Lamott Hate is anathema to true religion. It is impossible to follow Buddhism or to claim to love Jesus or be a true devotee of the Abrahamic systems of belief and […]
I believe in the Kingdom come Then all the colors will bleed into one Bleed into one ~U2, I Still Haven’t Found Many look into the future, the deep future, the after death future and take solace that Heaven will be an existence where all live as one brother/sisterhood. A time when the line diving […]
I have lived during some of the most tumultuous times in modern US history. Sadly, I was just a child concerned with daunting challenges like trying desperately not to poop my diaper and avoiding girl cooties so was oblivious to many of the events changing the course of history.
Do not try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a better Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are. ~HH Dalai Lama Over a hot cup of cocoa following an afternoon of shopping in downtown Chicago with my eldest daughter asked if I was a Unitarian, a religion that takes a measure […]