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Snow

The snow brings a silence that settles everything, it seems.  There’s a scientific reason.  Something about the crystalline structure of fresh-fallen snow acting as an absorbent for sound.  That accounts for the seeming peace that joins us each time there’s a fresh snowfall. Today, we’re in the process of receiving said gift in abundance.  It …

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Breathing Through It

I know I don’t have it that bad. I know things can always be worse. I know that as long as there is still breath in my body, I have the opportunity to do something better. The problem is that I feel compelled to serve a higher purpose, a universal purpose that goes beyond just …

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Sunday Mornings

I love Sunday mornings, particularly the ones where I haven’t been out binge drinking the night before.  It’s been a while since I really did that, but I don’t miss those. A little buzz to loosen the tongue is fine, but to lose focus?  To drink so much that it’s all an uncaring blur, a …

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Minimalism

In the interest of a shorter post than yesterday’s, I’d like to say I’m a fan of minimalism. Just not ignorance. That’s basically it.  Keep it simple, but don’t forget to pay attention to the world around you. While it may be nice to boil it all down to a few essentials, there are opportunities …

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Short Term Thinkers

There’s an irony in the sense that I am very much an advocate of living in the moment, while being a big time critic of short term thinking. It’s hard not to acknowledge the damage short term thinking can cause.  I think most people are familiar with the havoc instant gratification can bring.  Everything from …

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Stinky Butthole

A few weeks back, on a long weekend, on the holiday Monday, I went to the grocery store to pick up some odds and ends.  It was early in the morning and being a holiday, the store was fairly empty. There, I ran into an old friend, whom I probably hadn’t seen in ten years, …

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Immersion

Life is lived in immersion, not distraction. Whether it’s the crushing angst of the loss of a close friend or family member, or the joyous high of peak creation, all the biggest moments of our lives, the ones that make life what it really is, are immersive. Think sitting around a pool with a couple …

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Presence

This is always difficult. It’s utterly critical to the success of a happy moment, but it’s still so difficult.  So many things conspire to take us out of the moment and into drama or worry or fear or depression or anger or whatever. Anywhere but here. Now. In this moment. And this moment, as the …