Recently my daughter Danielle’s Russian tortoise, Tolstoy died. Her boyfriend, Chris, also lost his beloved dog, Rabbit. Those of us who live with the comfort, joy, innocence and companionship of a pet know the depth of sadness in such a loss. In memory of Tolstoy and Rabbit, here are a few words on the subject … Continue reading

Mary Oliver’s WILD GEESE

Autumn has fallen so completely now. The geese pass over daily. In honor of the changing season, here’s one of Mary Oliver’s very best nature poems. Born September 10, 1935 in Maple Heights, Ohio, Oliver published her first collection of poems in 1963. Her 5th collection, American Primitive, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1984. … Continue reading

Jack Kornfield in Tucson

Recently I had the privilege and opportunity to hear American author and leading Buddhist teacher, Jack Kornfield speak at a weekend workshop in Tucson. Trained as a Buddhist monk in monasteries in Thailand, India and Burma, Jack has taught meditation internationally since 1974, introducing Buddhist mindfulness to the West. In 1975 he co-founded the Insight … Continue reading

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