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    Stephen Evans
    Stephen Evans commented on the blog post, We Don't Say Goodbye

    Sound advice Ken.

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    Ken Hartke
    Ken Hartke commented on the blog post, We Don't Say Goodbye

    I may have posted this before -- I sometimes need to revisit it. I occasionally need to give myself a kick in the pants.

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    Ken Hartke
    Ken Hartke created a new blog post, We Don't Say Goodbye

    We Don't Say Goodbye

    Posted in Blogs on Wednesday, 13 June 2018

    Some time ago I learned that a close friend's friend was killed in the earthquake in Nepal. He was one of the climbers on Everest when the avalanche engulfed them. He was a climber. He didn't have to be there. He was a visitor who chose that time and place; a once in a lifetime journey. He was doing what he chose to do. One never knows.  We take risks every day. We close the door. We don't say goodbye.   So, what does one do? "Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree." said Martin Luther.     Should we modify our behavior to avoid risk?  Should we hide in our house? "I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying" says Woody Allen     No.  That is the last thing we should do. "When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself" said the monk,  Shunryu Suzuki     We must go on about our business, always.  You have something important to do...do it. If not now, when? If you have something to find, chances are that it will find you.  The Zen master Hui Hai said... "Search and you will lose it. Do not search and you will immediately find it. Stop and it will be right here. Run and it will not be anywhere."    A few times in my life I have waited too long. I was waiting for something to happen...for someone to find me...to get ready for something that didn't happen. I don't do that anymore. "A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him." said Ezra Pound         *    *    *

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    Katherine Gregor
    Katherine Gregor commented on the blog post, Rise

    I like it!

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    Katherine Gregor
    Katherine Gregor commented on the blog post, R. R. R.

    I hope you're right. Thank you for your comment.

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    Rosy Cole
    Rosy Cole commented on the blog post, R. R. R.

    The real strength you gained from this, I believe, is the interior knowledge, not necessarily recognised, that if you butt against a wall long enough, it will eventually fall, assuming it to be worthy of the energy. This is a triumph right across the board, not just in the context it began.

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    Rosy Cole
    Rosy Cole commented on the blog post, Rise

    Some existential reflection here. Knowing you, I feel sure you won't miss an opportunity to take the rise :-)

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    Rosy Cole
    Rosy Cole commented on the blog post, Castles on a Rainy Day

    Absolutely lovely, Rina. Delighted that you were inspired to give it a try. You certainly haven't lost your touch! Thanks for sharing :-)

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    Virginia M Macasaet

    Castles on a Rainy Day

    Posted in Blogs on Tuesday, 12 June 2018

       It’s been raining for days on end. The girls are back from their trips. Home is warm with their presence once again.   M1 bought all sorts of souvenirs. A paper weight of a castle she visited. I sat at the breakfast table this morning.   Indeed! the castle figurine caught my eye. Why not give it a try! I pulled out my sketchpad and pens.

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    Stephen Evans
    Stephen Evans created a new blog post, Rise

    Rise

    Posted in Blogs on Sunday, 10 June 2018

    I’d shake your hand but as you see (ha ha). My name is Mrs. Grubb. Welcome to the neighborhood. A new face is a joy round here. They come and then they disappear   All the time. So welcome the new And remember the old, the ones who rise. I may rise myself someday. You’d not think so to look at me, But still it is a possibility.   And yet I’d miss this old beguiling earth. That’s all my wisdom in a bit of verse.  

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    Virginia M Macasaet
    Virginia M Macasaet created a new blog post, Me and My Music

    Me and My Music

    Posted in Blogs on Friday, 08 June 2018

    It’s not so bad after all. Coming home to an empty home. Music indeed is therapeutic. Makes good company.   I can’t help but think about the recent suicides. Such famous people. Who am I to think less of myself. I cannot imagine the internal suffering that results in suicide.   I thought I’d sleep longer being alone for a few days. M1 asked, “why are you awake you don’t have to make my breakfast.” Yes, at 26, I still make her breakfast and pack her lunch. I make sure to pack in a whole lot of love since they’re gone most of the day.   It’s my way of remaining connected to my young adult girls. I’ll eventually be left on my own someday. In the company of my music and house chores. Oh, I mustn’t forget my knitting needles!  

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    Katherine Gregor
    Katherine Gregor commented on the blog post, R. R. R.

    Very interesting. Yes, children should be taught a lot of things... which they're, sadly, not.

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    Stephen Evans
    Stephen Evans commented on the blog post, In Praise of Tricksters

    I was listening to the radio today and heard O Mio Babbino Caro, which I had forgotten was from that opera. one of my favorites and I think one of the most beautiful songs ever written.

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    Ken Hartke
    Ken Hartke commented on the blog post, R. R. R.

    When I worked in the prison system an issue came up on inmates with hearing deficits and the state university wanted to conduct research on the topic. Nothing came of it but it seems that one way that a hearing deficit can be discovered is if straight-A students in a school fail at learning a foreign language when they can perform well in their native language. The brain can't fill in the missing sounds in a foreign language. About 5% of the population has this deficit. That's why children should learn foreign languages as soon as possible (as well as for other thinking and communication benefits).

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    Katherine Gregor
    Katherine Gregor commented on the blog post, R. R. R.

    All small children have a facility with languages. It's a neurological fact. I admire people who learn them as adults. Thank you for commenting.

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    Stephen Evans
    Stephen Evans commented on the blog post, R. R. R.

    I have always admired people who have a facility with multiple languages, and even more now that I know what went into it :)

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    Katherine Gregor
    Katherine Gregor created a new blog post, R. R. R.

    R. R. R.

    Posted in Blogs on Sunday, 03 June 2018

    Different ways of speech communication is one of my earliest memories. The fact that, at home, my mother and grandmother speak one way, and friends, neighbours and people in the street another. Then there's the way my mother speaks to my grandmother when she doesn't want me to understand what she's saying. The third way. Russian at home, Italian outside, Farsi for secrets I long to know.  I am at the stage in my young life when I have a notion of existing but not living. My body still feels like a chunky box that's the wrong shape for me. Too bulky, too slow, too clumsy, too heavy.  Like a container in which I am trapped and which prevents the lithe, fast, agile, sprite-like me from moving as easily as I feel entitled to by right.    On top of this hindrance to the full expression of my self, there is the disobedience of my tongue.  I cannot roll my "r"s.  This is just another way my body is opposing me.   My mother looks sternly. You cannot speak Russian or Italian with a weak "r". Her daughter will learn to rattle "r"s as hard as engines, as uncompromising as machine guns. "You'll practise this Russian tongue-twister," she instructs.   На горе Арарат Ростëт крупный виноград On Mount Ararat  Grow large grapes Where's Mount Ararat? Why are the grapes there large?   While my mother is at work, during the day, my grandmother prompts me gently. When my mother comes back home, the evening, it's boot camp training mode. I know you're sleepy.  Say it just once again and you can go to bed.  Come on.  One more time.  Rrrrr.   I hate Mount Ararat. There are probably big spiders and nasty people living there. And I hate grapes.   I finally manage to produce a guttural "r". "Good," my mother pronounces as though she expects no less. "But no one is French in our family. We need a strong, Russian and Italian RRR."   I am caught between wanting them to leave me alone and the conviction that the goal is non-negotiable. It's as though my life is impossible until it is achieved. I dread uttering words that contain "r"s.   Then, one day, it just happens as though it were the most natural thing in the world. R r r. My mother is relieved. The uneven edge of my speech has been sanded down.   Scribe Doll  

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    Virginia M Macasaet
    Virginia M Macasaet created a new blog post, Self-Care

    Self-Care

    Posted in Blogs on Sunday, 03 June 2018

    It would greatly help if there was a formula for this. Shopping always nipped the tension.   I don’t need anything in particular nor do I feel an impulse for anything. Less is more as one grows older.   I will be on my own the next few days. Girls both out and help will be on holiday.   I won’t have to get up too early. Laundry can wait until the load piles up.   I’d be lying if I said I’d be 100% ok. I think this would be a good time to get myself out of my self-imposed prison.

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    Stephen Evans
    Stephen Evans commented on the blog post, Whatever Works

    Couldn't agree more. I try to remember to take a moment or two when I leave a building to listen for the birds singing. They always seem to be there no matter where I am.

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    Stephen Evans
    Stephen Evans commented on the blog post, The Seventh

    Wow - that is a great deal! Sometimes I think classical music keeps me going, especially on those long commutes to work.

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Stephen Evans We Don't Say Goodbye
15 June 2018
Sound advice Ken.
Ken Hartke We Don't Say Goodbye
13 June 2018
I may have posted this before -- I sometimes need to revisit it. I occasionally need to give myself ...
Katherine Gregor Rise
12 June 2018
I like it!
Katherine Gregor R. R. R.
12 June 2018
I hope you're right. Thank you for your comment.
Rosy Cole R. R. R.
12 June 2018
The real strength you gained from this, I believe, is the interior knowledge, not necessarily recogn...

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It’s not so bad after all. Coming home to an empty home. Music indeed is therapeutic. Makes good company.   I can’t help but think about the rece...
Different ways of speech communication is one of my earliest memories. The fact that, at home, my mother and grandmother speak one way, and friends, n...