Tag Archives: change

Container Gardening

We all know someone whose life… at least to the rest of us… appears to be a wreck!  And yet, they continue to live that way, and we wonder, “Why don’t they change?”  The fact is that they don’t change … Continue reading

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9-11

I remember that morning.  After leaving my monastery I was stationed at St. Nicholas Cathedral, the Orthodox Church in America’s national Cathedral in Washington, DC.  The Cathedral is right next to the Vice-President’s property.  I was living in the Rectory … Continue reading

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Is It You or Is It Me?

An artist who painted birds had a policy of only painting ones that he had shot and stuffed; this way he could study the bird and then decide what aspect he really wanted to paint.  One day he went out … Continue reading

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The Asian Bistro

Upon the death on September 9, 1976 of Chairman Mao Zedong, founder of the People’s Republic of China, a distraught peasant on the street was filmed wailing: “What are we going to do?  Heaven is collapsing!”  When a part of … Continue reading

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Catching On

I came across a cartoon in the New Yorker which shows a guy in his armchair, newspaper on his lap.  He is glancing down at the floor to the right where the viewer sees an envelope half-sticking out from under … Continue reading

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This Isn’t Who I Expected to Be

I was watching a film about Baba Ram Dass entitled “Fierce Grace”, which is the term he uses to refer to the stroke he suffered.  The film is about his recovery and the insights he gained as a result of … Continue reading

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Invisible to Ourselves

Among my various jobs in the monastery was that of being one of the four brothers who did the cooking.  This meant that I could be cooking supper for anywhere from 6 to 40 people!  Since we were not permitted … Continue reading

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