Life as Koan

March 8, 2015

It’s only confusing
if you try to figure it out.

Earth: A New Wild (PBS)

March 6, 2015

Another wonderful mini-series about this miraculous planet:  this time focusing on how humanity has upset the balance, and how humanity might save it.  I so admire the inspiring leaders in this effort; such great minds, big hearts and brave souls.


Sensitive High

February 14, 2015

You tend to be philosophical or spiritual in your orientation, rather than materialistic or hedonistic.  You dislike small talk.  You often describe yourself as creative or intuitive.  You dream vividly, and can often recall your dreams the next day.  You love music, nature, art, physical beauty.  You feel exceptionally strong emotions – sometimes acute bouts of joy, but also sorrow, melancholy, and fear.  You process information about your environments – both physical and emotional – unusually deeply.  You tend to notice subtleties that others might miss – another person’s shift in mood, say, or a lightbulb burning a touch too brightly…

~Susan Cain, from Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking


February 10, 2015


“The circumference is nowhere”

January 31, 2015

I know that I have regained my center when I forgive myself both for having lost it and for the fact that I will inevitably lose it again.

Pluck It

January 30, 2015

“A man walking across a field encountered a tiger.  He fled, the tiger chasing after him.  Coming to a cliff, he caught hold of a wild vine and swung himself over the edge.  The tiger sniffed at him from above.  Terrified, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger had come, waiting to eat him.  Two mice, one white and one black, little by little began to gnaw away at the vine.  The man saw a luscious strawberry near him.  Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other.  How sweet it tasted!”

~Zen parable


January 13, 2015

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.”

~Ian Maclaren

The Massless Particles Anthology of Great Poetry, Vol. 2

January 5, 2015
  1. The Road Not Taken (Robert Frost)
  2. One Art (Elizabeth Bishop)
  3. Questions About Angels (Billy Collins)
  4. Happiness (Robert Hass)
  5. Arrival at the Waldorf (Wallace Stevens)
  6. Maples (Mary Oliver)
  7. [since feeling is first] (E. E. Cummings)
  8. When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer (Walt Whitman)
  9. [Barn’s burnt down] (Mizuta Masahide)
  10. West Wind (Mary Oliver)

Empathy versus Sympathy (RSA Shorts)

December 15, 2014

The Massless Particles Anthology of Great Poetry, Vol. 1

November 30, 2014
  1. Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird (Wallace Stevens)
  2. Mending Wall (Robert Frost)
  3. Playacting (Kay Ryan)
  4. Spring (Mary Oliver)
  5. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (T.S. Eliot)
  6. Shoveling Snow with Buddha (Billy Collins)
  7. This Is Just to Say (William Carlos Williams)
  8. To the Stone-Cutters (Robinson Jeffers)
  9. Friendship After Love (Ella Wheeler Wilcox)
  10. Song of Myself (Walt Whitman)


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