Monthly Archives: February 2011

We Need Bob Marley

 “Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny.” Bob Marley I love Bob Marley.  I love his music.  I love his dreadlocks.  I love his Jamaican accent and vernacular.  Most of all, I love Bob Marley’s smile and outlook on life.  For the … Continue reading

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Meditation Retreat – Week 1

Happy Sunday, everyone!  As promised, this is to report on my first week of following the meditation instruction in Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation by Sharon Salzberg.  Simply put, I am enjoying the program so far and am seeing meaningful benefits.  Salzberg asks that … Continue reading

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Whole Planet Foundation – A Hand Up For Women

The world needs entrepreneurs – self starters with unique ideas to make lives better (and their own lives better in the process.)  And despite the picture the world paints, entrepreneurs come in all colors, shapes, sizes, and ages.  They also … Continue reading

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Guarding Our Orbit

“What we see we become.  Choose your seeing wisely.”  Deepak Chopra I absolutely love books.  And I’ve learned that nearly all newly published books are released on Tuesdays.  You can be assured, therefore, that at some point every Tuesday, I will be checking … Continue reading

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My Friend, Dukkha

I’ve been accused many times by many people (including family, friends, and even psychiatrists) that one reason I have suffered from depression is that I simply “think too much.”  I’ve always felt (and still do feel) this to be a  somewhat weak and … Continue reading

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Meditation Retreat – The Beginning

Ok, so check this out.  I just purchased Sharon Salzberg’s new book, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation.  In it, Salzberg offers a step-by-step guide to meditation and its benefits.  This is a rare treat indeed.  Salzberg, a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society … Continue reading

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Noah Levine – Dharma Punk

Noah Levine (b. 1971 in Santa Cruz, California) wasn’t born on the wrong side of the tracks.  Just walked over.  Actually, no, he ran – ran with a fervor only the rebel mind can understand.  Growing up, Levine notes his parents had built their lives on … Continue reading

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Poppa Neutrino – Free Spirit

Simply put, there is no one who personified this blog more than the wonderfully unique man known as Poppa Neutrino.  He died Sunday, January 23, 2011 in New Orleans of congestive heart failure.  Poppa was 77 at his death and was revered the world over for his free … Continue reading

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A Buddha Heart

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!  I hope your heart is filled with love and joy today.  I hope each of you has a special someone (or more) to share this day of celebration of the heart! I love the celebration of Valentine’s Day … Continue reading

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Matisse Or Picasso?

I spend a lot of time thinking about art.  To me, every tangible thing in this world is a work of art – something created.  And I believe that some intangibles are works of art, too.  For instance, not only is a … Continue reading

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Mindfulness And Justice

“Take refuge in the present moment.  Life is only available in the here and now.  You must learn to live life fully, deeply.  This is our basic practice.”  The Most Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and founder of the … Continue reading

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Blessed Are The Forgiven

Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.  Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones wasted away … Continue reading

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A Matter Of Pride

I’ve been pretty low this past weekend.  It happens – the past will start to haunt and work on me.  Perhaps the lowest point was over a dinner we were having with new acquaintances – the parents of my daughter Chloe’s … Continue reading

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Dr. Martens – The Bold Choice

“There are four things that tell the world what a man is: his house, his car, his wife, and his shoes.”  [Emphasis added.]  Gavin D’Amato (played by Danny DeVito) from The War of the Roses. Too strong a statement?  Maybe.  Depends on one’s … Continue reading

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Chris Colfer – True to Himself

On Sunday evening, January 16, 2011, my family watched the Golden Globe Awards together.  We all watched when Chris Colfer took the stage to accept his prize for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series Or Motion … Continue reading

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