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Zen and the Art of finding yourself

“You look at where you’re going and where you are and it never makes sense, but then you look back at where you’ve been and a pattern seems to emerge.”  – Robert M. Pirsig In 1981 I was a freshman at … Continue reading

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The book that wasn’t, a journey of rejection

Back in 2011 I wrote a manuscript (I guess it’s not a book until it is published) which blended a Christian text with Buddhist and Zen concepts. I described it as “using the Book of Saint James as a writing prompt, … Continue reading

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Creating Emptiness

Another excerpt from my manuscript: The Commonzense of Saint James Our lives are busy, and our minds are busy as well. There is no space left in our days, or seemingly, in the world around us. The empty space of quiet solitude … Continue reading

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Seeing Beyond Myself

Another excerpt from my manuscript: The Commonzense of Saint James “Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of … Continue reading

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A Cluttered Path

Another excerpt from my manuscript (It’s still not a book until it is published): The Commonzense of Saint James This short trip we are on during our earthly sojourn throws all sorts of junk in our path; it’s called living. If … Continue reading

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Life as a circle

  Another excerpt from my manuscript (It’s still not a book until it is published): The Commonzense of Saint James One of the many symbols for Zen is the Ensō, a Japanese word that means circle. The simple but graceful design … Continue reading

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Pedaling Zen

Another excerpt from my manuscript (I guess it is not a book until it is published): The Commonzense of Saint James I ride a bicycle on trips anywhere from thirty miles to eighty miles at a time. A short thirty-mile ride … Continue reading

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