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Doing Our Bewildered Best: Dispatches from the Pilgrim’s Path to Notoriety

“Bewilderment” There are many guises for intelligence. One part of you is gliding in a high windstream, while your more ordinary notions take little steps and peck at the ground. Conventional knowledge is death to our souls, and it is … Continue reading

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‘Be grateful for whatever comes’

The Guest House This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd … Continue reading

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When Death Comes

When Death Comes by Mary Oliver When death comes like the hungry bear in autumn; when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse to buy me, and snaps the purse shut; when death comes like the … Continue reading

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‘For the good are always the merry’ – On the Luck of the Irish Fiddler

The Fiddler of Dooney by William Butler Yeats When I play on my fiddle in Dooney, Folk dance like a wave of the sea; My cousin is priest in Kilvarnet, My brother in Moharabuiee. I passed my brother and cousin: … Continue reading

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Staying the night at Summit-Top Temple

INSCRIBED ON A WALL AT SUMMIT-TOP TEMPLE Staying the night at Summit-Top Temple, you can reach out and touch the stars. I venture no more than a low whisper, afraid I’ll wake the people of heaven. – Li Po (701-762), … Continue reading

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Allow Me to (re)Introduce Myself

“Each day is a journey, and the journey itself home.” – Basho To begin, a confession of sorts: Despite the scarcity of posts, this blog isn’t totally new. I first set the site up and started posting here a couple … Continue reading

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What Are You Waiting For? (An Invitation.)

The idea of an invitation is so alluring, so beguiling. On some level, most of us would like to receive one – written, verbal, or oh-so-enticingly non-verbal – to feel that sense of acceptance, welcome, and calling, and to be … Continue reading

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