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Category archive: Philosphy

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Awoke this morning after a very short night (didn’t get to bed until 4:00 AM). A raven called out. There were no other birds announcing their presence. I looked out over the pastures – brown and dry, dust rising up from the horses’ slow walk to find grass. Mendocino is in the midst of the…

Musings on the Road to Winnipeg – Happiness and Expectations

The other day, on the way to Winnipeg to pick-up Kate, Joan and I talked about the nature of “happiness.” We began by trying to define happiness. I remembered my work more than 30 years before and that for one to perceive they are happy, they must abide in unhappiness – this is dualism –…

A Question of Justice – Juvenile Justice Gone Awry

Our daughter forwarded us an editorial in The New York Times on juvenile justice in the United States “12 and in Prison” that notes that trying juveniles as adults is “terrible public policy.” Children sentenced as adults are more likely to become repeat violent offenders and The New York Times calls for Congress to cause…

Happiness is where you are

Where else can it be? In my last writing I noted the explosion of life in Manitoba – here’s a field of canola: And here are Dana’s gardens at the Stanford Inn – she planted wildflowers, where last was a 4-H project – now in summer hiatus. Nature in explosions of color is happiness. And…

Happiness is always somewhere else…

I am sitting in what my kids as teenagers characterized as a dumpy, stinky cottage. It’s raining. The kitchen is warm and bright. The phone doesn’t work and there’s no internet and I am writing this blog in Word to paste it later when the phone lines are whole again. We were just speaking at…

Newsweek’s David Noonan is Vegan (for now): Or avoiding being a vulture or hyena

To avoid disease and middle age weight gain, David Noonan adopted the 28 day program in The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter’s 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan That Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds. The diet was developed by Rip Esselstyn to help his fellow firefighter adopt a vegan whole foods diet. Esselstyn has been…

Blogs

I haven’t posted consistently but I doubt that anyone reads this. Writing for myself in a public forum is silly. There are a variety of topics besides our smooth collie mix’s experience with cancer that I believed were worth exploring from “mindfulness” that I believe underlies eco-tourism to specific commentary regarding such events as Halloween’s…

Mendocino Center #1

It is a month since I last wrote – a long, eventful month. We have been busy with a variety projects. One of the newest is the creation of the Mendocino Center. Here’s an introduction: – Mendocino is a natural center for healing. For generations, people have come to Mendocino for its breathtaking natural beauty,…

It’s a Matter of Opinion!

“It’s a matter of opinion!” “No it’s not opinion! It is a matter of life and death. Death is a fact: it’s real. Suffering’s real!” “Well, it’s a matter of opinion!” Three women were in the lobby, two of them proud of their work in sustainable water use. I said, “There’s no greater sustainable action…

Same Sex Weddings are so Much More

I am a minister in the Universal Church of the Master (UCM), a Christian church whose members believe that the spirituality and mastery of Jesus, through training, meditation, discipline can be to some degree expressed by ordinary human beings. Each of us is capable of great service to others – of great love. It is…

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