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My posts are personal reflections on being mindful, inspired and curious.

A House in Auvers

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”   Vincent Van Gogh Today is Mother’s Day in France, and I’ve been thinking about my mother. She was less than loving, but fortunately, my grandmother loved me with abandon. It was she who gave me the courage to attempt anything, from leaving home

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The Better Angels…

“Sometimes from sorrow, for no reason, you sing. For no reason, you accept the way of being lost, cutting loose from all else and electing a world where you go where you want to. Arbitrary, a sound comes, a reminder that a steady center is holding all else. If you listen, that sound will tell

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Refuge in Gascony

How swiftly the strained honey of afternoon light flows into darkness. And the closed bud shrugs off its special mystery in order to break into blossom: as if what exists, exists so that it can be lost and become precious.                               

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The Balancing Act

I choose to close the door today on hate, and violence. On deliberate “misunderstandings”, and on a closed mind. These things tempt me at times to retreat Into an enclosed fortress where I am right and others are excluded. So I close one door in order to open another…Yet I wonder…Do I have the right

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The Journey

Letters swallow themselves in seconds. Notes friends tied to the doorknob, transparent scarlet paper sizzle like moth wings, marry the air. So much of any year is flammable, lists of vegetables, partial poems. Orange swirling flame of days, so little is a stone. Where there was something and suddenly isn’t, an absence shouts, celebrates, leaves a

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An Inside Story

“Sometimes you will come face to face with the sudden and shocking realization that you are completely crazy. Your mind is a shrieking, gibbering madhouse on wheels barreling pell-mell down the hill, utterly out of control and hopeless.” Bhante Gunaratana. Journal from Provence – Most of the past 4 days have been exhausting. I’ve been

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The Route of Beauty

“I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” Caskie Stinnett For some inexplicable reason I have always been fascinated by the curious relationship between Eleanor of Aquitaine and one of her five sons, Richard the Lionheart. So when the opportunity arose to write an article for France Today magazine on the

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Paris Moments: A Photo Essay with Music

Pont au Change “It is not everyday the world arranges itself into a poem.” Wallace Stevens  The comedian George Carlin said, “Kilometers are shorter than miles, so to save gas, take your next trip in kilometers.” This is exactly what my friend Barbara and I did.  We are both curious by nature and were looking for an

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Circle of Compassion

A human being is part of the whole called by us, Universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience our self, our thoughts, and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison restricting us to our personal desires and affection

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