June 14, 2014 - 9:05pm
“Don’t be breakin’ that camera now!” The voice startled me out of deep concentration as I was composing a flower image at a nursery in Riverside, CA. My wife, Marti, and I were there to buy plants for the spring planting of our front yard. I turned suddenly to find Jerry, a leathery older man, standing right behind me wearing a Caterpillar cap and pushing a plant cart.
He just stood there smiling at me. He said, “..… READ MORE
June 9, 2014 - 11:06am
The page was blank, and so was my brain. I needed to deliver a speech in the morning to hundreds of people at a rededication ceremony for the park named after my beloved grandfather, and the only two words that were coming to mind were, "I'm sorry."
Since the park's original dedication in the 70's it had fallen into disrepair. Given its location next to the high school, the primary patrons of the park were teenagers… READ MORE
June 1, 2014 - 12:19pm
A friend recently asked me if I meditate. “Depends what you mean by meditate,” I answered. “If you mean, do I sit on a cushion, no. These days, I meditate by doing the dishes or sweeping the floor. When I remember.”
Over the years, I have sat on a cushion (and a lot of folding chairs) to learn to quiet the mind. I think that has helped me to transition to housework as meditation.
I’ve been lucky enough to… READ MORE