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The White Snake – An Enigmatic Tale from the Brothers Grimm

I once had a professor who made an extensive study of world folklore and said the greatest predictor of success for a fairytale hero is winning the help of an animal guide. Most often, the helpful animals are mammals, like … Continue reading

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Silence, Stillness

If we have a bit of quiet time and pay attention at the turning of the year, we can feel a pause in the world and rest there. It’s easier to experience this in the natural world, but what we … Continue reading

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John Believer’s Prophecy

When I was a college freshman in Oregon, a bearded fellow in a long black coat would sometimes harangue the crowds in the quad at lunch time. He’d bring a box to stand on and a Bible to wave. He … Continue reading

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You Will Get Through This

I spotted this wonderful painted stone in the bushes near the entrance of our local library, on an early morning dog walk this week. How many smiles did this artist generate? How many people’s days were brightened? The message is … Continue reading

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Notes from 2017 – An American hero

From his last speech, the day before he was assassinated…

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Notes from 2017: A Winter Feast for the Soul

The aphorisms in my previous post, on causes of happiness and unhappiness, are simple to say and understand, but not very easy to put into practice in the “thick of things.” I think that’s why the Dalia Lama speaks of … Continue reading

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Notes from 2017: Six ways to be miserable (and one way to be happy).

The following aphorisms on traits to avoid were written by Patrul Rinpoche, a 19th c. Tibetan master. A contemporary Tibetan lama, Phakchok Rinpoche, gave a teaching on the text that was printed in Tricycle in January, 2016. Here are the aphorisms: … Continue reading

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Notes from 2017 – Stille Nacht

“Stille Nacht” is Silent Night in German. On this night, 102 years ago, millions of young men in Europe lay shivering in trenches in northern France. The finest summer anyone could remember had erupted into the most violent war the … Continue reading

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