Mindfulness vs Mindlessness

Mindfulness:  Thinking (without speech) about the intent, purpose of an action, having a clear comprehension of a moment. It is not a new idea, its has genesis in both Buddhism and western philosophy.  The difference between the two is that in Buddhism it is a unconscious faculty that you acquire on your path to enlightenment   In […]

Why I did not get a pocket dog

I really wanted a little dog for my birthday.  A puppy that would stay a puppy.  Something small and something I could could take care of, would need me, I could control it and it would not have any big complicated problems.  I planted the seed with the kids first.  Georgie was all over it, […]

Things that suck

The weather sucks. It’s March 18th and we are expecting a snow /ice/sleet and rain storm tonight. An on time school opening is unlikely, perhaps another snow day….school until July!

Pope Thoughts

I was raised as a Catholic and having received all the available sacraments less the Holy Orders and Last Rites, I am the textbook example of a non-practicing Catholic.  My reasons for not belonging to the Roman Catholic Church as an adult are many.  The most obvious being the imperfect hierarchy that doesn’t allow for married priests and continues […]

feels like spring to me

Despite all indications, it feels like it should be spring.  I guess 8 years is long enough for a body to acclimate to opposite seasons. Its spring in BA right now.  But I am ok with it being fall.  I love autumn and it is one of the things that I missed most when I […]

Irene is not my friend

We are now Irene +5 and no power. Happy to report no damage.  The kids were suppose to start school Tuesday, but because of a million good reasons;   non travelable roads for the buses, no power at one of the schools, flooding at another and the fact yet another was being used as a shelter […]

An aside

A couple of random thoughts about this part of the trip.  I learned that my mothering instincts are intact and maybe I am not as lazy a parent as I thought I was. I was a bit nervous at times that one of these wild animals would harm my kid.  We got very close and […]

Random Photo

We shot this this photo on Easter Island.  Seeing this prompted the discussion of what the distances both east and west Easter Island was from Mecca.  We speculated it must be pretty close to being halfway.  We googled it and Mecca is almost 11,000 miles west and north of Easter Island.