Tag Archives: Life

Life and death in the forest

“The world is afflicted by death and decay. But the wise do not grieve, having realized the nature of the world.” –  The Buddha My wife and I try to hike in the Pisgah National Forest every Sunday, specifically in … 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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Dead Ends and U-Turns

About 10 years ago my life, the life that I had created, the life that I had fabricated hit a dead end. The road, the solid surface under my feet disappeared. The road ahead of me, my future, vanished. The … Continue reading

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What are you praying for

Excerpt from my manuscript (I guess it is not a book until it is published): The Commonzense of Saint James I believe in prayer, but I also believe that any prayer should be selfless and not self-serving, which unfortunately, is … Continue reading

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Being filled with wonder

Several years ago I read an article written by the editor of a magazine about his wife who had recently died of cancer. Included was a picture of her standing next to a crude homemade sign that read “Be Wonder … Continue reading

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