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The Shape of Memory (A Love Letter)

Reflections

Dear Friends, There are hours of silence here, in which there’s ample time to sit under the tree of memory. Often in repose, memories shade me, and when I lean against the thickening trunk of the tree, a leaf of…

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The “I” Amidst the Chaos of India

India, life, Travel

Dear Friends, Over lunch, one of the German women at my ashram, who speaks little English, looking up, said, “Schmetterling!” After a moment, it was divined that the translation of schmetterling in English is “butterfly.” Schmetterlings kept reappearing throughout the…

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Kyushu: What A Difference A Year Makes!

Japan, Travel

Dear Friends, This morning I woke up to a lovely email from my dear friend Nigel which closed with the words, “Do you know what you were doing this day, last year? Yes, it was the start of our Kyushu…

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Rishikesh: Nothing and Everything All At Once

India, Travel

Hi Friends, I have a few weeks left in Tokyo, and have been preparing for my departure. There isn’t much to do really, because as you know, I already sold almost all of my belongings when I moved from Nihonbashi…

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Food For Thought

life

‘I ain’t half the man I used to be. There’s a heavy shadow hanging over me.” (Yesterday) Dear Friends, It was payday two days ago, or as I proclaimed to all and sundry, “the second happiest day of my life.”…

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4 Lessons From My Father

life

Hi Friends, Last night, I spoke to my father on Skype for over an hour, because there was much to catch up on. His directness, combined with his no-nonsense tone, over the years, has never ceased to amaze, amuse or…

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Elevate Your Mood

Wellness

Do you not know that we are fearfully and marvelously made? That we have been custom-designed to play a unique role in history, that is separate and distinct from anybody else in the world? Nobody else has your fingerprint, nobody else…

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And It Goes On…

Jamaica, Travel

Dis long time gal mi neva see you, come mek mi hol’ yuh hand.– (Long Time Gal, Jamaican folk song) Dear Friends, What a sunny day it is today! There’s a warm breeze blowing through the open window; as I sit…

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Nothing is Permanent

Reflections

“There was a man who had two sons.  The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had,…

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Making Moves

Indonesia

Freedom is mine and I know how I feel.— Nina Simone (Feeling Good) Dear Friends, The guys across the street, in front of the Bisma Mini-Market,  play chess from afternoon to late evening. Everyday I walk by, and there are…

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