i guess we shouldn’t complain about last weeks blizzard or, the one coming on wednesday.
“Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, “I’m going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that’s tough. I am going to snow anyway.”
- Maya Angelou
the universe is speaking to me in a code i cannot decipher. i know it is.
i was asked to give the talk at dharma service tomorrow. for the last several days i’ve been rolling ideas around in my head on what i will speak about. nothing is real, everything is an illusion, time is an illusion – all been said before – over & over. but really, when you think about it , what has the buddha said lately? there’s not too much news as far as i can tell. i even checked the dalai lama’s facebook page for ideas but he’e pretty well claimed the market of talks on compassion. i wonder if he really posts all those things on facebook himself, or if that task is delegated to some junior monk in training.
anyway, ‘ time’ . . . time keeps coming up for me. and i keep feeling like i am running out of time to write this talk – which is freaking me out a little bit and instead of just writing it, i keep picturing myself nervously standing up at the podium, sweating profusely in front of the entire sangha with absolutely nothing to say. there is no such thing as time? buddhists believe that time is an illusion. if that’s true, then how come i’m not living back in the city? i thought it was taking time to save funds for the move. so if there is no such thing as time, where is the money and the apartment – – and the husband for that matter. i was sure it was all a matter of time. i guess all of this could translate into a talk on patience but as sure as i know anything, i know i am not qualified to give a talk on patience.
apparently i live in a world of illusion and the universe is trying to tell me so. yesterday when i woke up i went to the living room to practice my morning meditation as usual. the clock on my cable box said 186. at this moment, the clock on my cable box says it’s 1000. (no joke).
maybe time really is an illusion.
“She had a big coat with pockets she filled with crackers & cheese & little wrapped chocolates in case (she said) she ever got trapped too far from a convenience store. I don’t take civilization for granted, she said.
This year we will experience 4 unusual dates….
1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, 11/11/11
Now go figure this out . . . .
take the last 2 digits of the year you were born plus the age you will be this year and it will equal . . . . 111
“Do not worry about your problems with mathematics, I assure you mine are far greater.”
– Albert Einstein
it is 3.6 but with the wind chill factor it feels like 4.
“I can believe anything provided it is incredible. ”
- Oscar Wilde
wikipedia says: Electromagnetism is one of the four fundamental interactions of nature. Electromagnetism is responsible for practically all the phenomena encountered in daily life, with the exception of gravity.
i’m not entirely sure what that means but i think i may be exceptionally electromagnetic – again. it comes in waves. it was only in the last 10 years i was able to wear a watch. before that they would stop within 5 minutes of putting one on. every type of watch would just die. cheap watches, expensive watches, underwater watches – i just couldn’t wear a watch. i also couldn’t pass through an airport security system without beeping – way before 9-11 – needless to say it was not my watch. or anything at all. i would just set off metal detectors, probably still do but everyone seems to at the airport these days.
i have a bit of a challenge with electronic devices too. in the last 7 years i’ve gone through 6 computers. – 6 – all brand new. 2 hp’s & 3 dell laptops & my last desktop which died for no apparent reason at the age of 3 in 2004.
i’ve had more telephones than anyone i know. my guess is somewhere around 5 or 6 land line phones and approximately 7 cell phones in the last 10 years. if you don’t believe me, just ask ellice. she’ll tell you it’s true. i usually call her when i’m having an electronic meltdown, so she knows what i’m talking about.
sometimes i blow out light bulbs just by walking into a room. i have 4 rooms in my apartment and blew out 4 light bulbs today.
i buy batteries by the case. i watch tv for about an hour at night and yesterday i replaced the batteries in my remote for the 3rd time since june. who does that?
i should probably get off my computer now.
“I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.”
– Harry Emerson Fosdick
i’m getting a seal. it may make my apartment hunting in the city a bit more challenging but it must be done.
“Love is the harmony of two souls singing together.”
- Gregory J. P. Godek
i’ve learned some things on my jersey sabbatical – things i never would have known if i were in the city. i rarely watch tv in the city – there are just too many more interesting things things to do, even if it’s just taking a walk around the block. i will admit that if i was home working past 9:oo pm i would usually have law & order on in the background – but having seen every law & order episodes way too many times i can no longer even stand to have it on.
in any case, here i am alone on a saturday night, feeling pretty low. in a desperate attempt to find something to watch, i came across a show i had never heard about before and the title made me a bit curious. “my strange addiction”.
this has to be the strangest show i’ve ever seen – ok, i’ve really only seen law & order, criminal minds & without a trace, but still – my strange addiction? i hit the select button. i am truly in awe. in awe about the very strange things people are doing and even more in awe that people go on tv to apprise the world.
addiction #1 crystal cannot stop eating household cleanser. comet. she has been eating comet for over 30 years. she loves the taste and the gritty texture. she just can’t seem to stop. the dentist has just informed her that she must have all of her teeth extracted because they were dangerously deteriorated.
addiction #12 samantha is addicted to tanning. she visits a tanning salon three times a day – – a day! in addition to that she lies out in the sun every chance she gets. the dermatologist told her she has a 75% chance of getting melanoma so she cut back to tanning once a day.
stay tuned for next weeks episode where we will meet a woman who cannot stop herself from eating couch cushion innards. she is addicted to the foam.
i feel better now.
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
||AM Clouds / PM Sun
||PM Snow Showers
this is simply a public service announcement for you safety – not a complaint.
“I know what I have given you. I do not know what you have received”
– Antonio Porchia
first on the scene –
i am thankful my commute is only from the bedroom to the living room.
“God promises a safe landing but not a calm passage.”
– Bulgarian Proverb
People are often unreasonable,
illogical and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind,
People may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be Kind anyway.
If you are successful,
you will win some false friends and
some true enemies;
If you are honest & frank
people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building,
someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness,
they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis.
it is between you and God;
It is never between you and them anyway.
“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.”
– Mother Teresa
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“To appreciate the beauty of a snow flake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.”
there are so many mysteries yet to be solved in the world. i’m not referring to the big mysteries like infinity, or a koan – the kind of things that if you think about long enough either your brain will explode or you will achieve enlightenment, just regular mysteries. the everyday kind, like why dogs attack vacuum cleaners, why someone would choose to be a gynecologist or why you never see baby squirrels. specifically, the mysteries i am currently pondering are:
1. how do birds sleep in a blizzard? and do they ever really sleep at all?
2. why do i become a creative genius only when i am driving? i think of great stories to write, awesomely fun things to do, hugely successful websites to create, unique ideas to raise funds for my nonprofit organization & amazing business plans for charities which will serve the poor and disabled. the ideas are so good & i don’t pull the car over to write them down or act on them immediately because i know there is no way i will forget – – until i stop driving – – it happens every time.
3. why don’t i take action to correct the mystery above?
4. how is it that some people in the customer service business get to collect a paycheck each week when they are rude to the customers and do not know the meaning of the word service?
“The more I read, the more I meditate; and the more I acquire, the more I am enabled to affirm that I know nothing”
photo by april
is this art?
“The artist is not a different kind of person, but every person is a different kind of artist”
– Eric Gill
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on east 73rd street i knew a lot of people. every morning i would walk ivan between 6:00 – 7:00 am and i could count on seeing the regulars. they weren’t necessarily my friends in the sense that i would hang out with them off the block, but i knew a bit about each of them and could count on them for a smile and some friendly conversation each day. there were the dog people – the neighbors who walked their dogs at the same time every morning. julia & lady, lea & joyti, andrew & zeus, chris & biscuit, theresa & coco and many more. at around 6:45 grace, her husband and their small son would be opening the laundromat which they owned. alex, the local shoe repair man was open at 6:00 but since there were few customers at that hour he could usually be found across the street from his little shop helping walter set up the sidewalk book store to raise money for the kids at the ronald mcdonald house. walter volunteered his time running the sidewalk book sale monday through friday from 6:00 – 12:30 – even if it was 12 degrees out. and then there were the ‘car parkers’. these were the neighborhood peeps who parked on the street and could be found waiting for a spot to open up on the right side of the road. joey was a ‘car parker’ friend. he played piano at mimi’s on 52nd street in the evenings and spent a good part of his mornings sitting in his car waiting for a spot to open up. and there was the irish guy. i never did know his name but he reminded me of a leprechaun – always jolly, waving and smiling. sometime he would be sitting in his car even if it was on the right side of the street. he was retired and i think socializing from his parked car brought him joy each day. i even got to know the restaurant delivery guys who made the deliveries to petaluma early each morning. by 7:am they could be found loading the basement with fresh ingredients for the day as paul, the head chef, supervised.
ivan and i would cross over 1st ave where we could count on a friendly morning ‘hello’ and a neighborhood update from chris, julio and george, three of the supers we got to know. part of their daily routine included hosing down the sidewalks which they would do early in the morning, before the sidewalks got too crowded with people heading to work. and dino. dino was the greek doorman at 345 east 73rd. dino would tell me i was beautiful and give me a kiss on the cheek each morning when i passed by his building. each block in the neighborhood had it’s own set of characters i could count on seeing every day.
depending on the weather, we would go as far as central park or, in the winter, just circle the block as fast as possible. the guys from the market on the corner of 74th and 1st would always spot me. by the time i arrived my vanilla cappuccino was ready & waiting for me on the counter. ivan would patiently wait at the door as i ducked in and traded a dollar fifty for my vanilla cappuccino, avoiding the line of people waiting to place their breakfast orders. i never had to wait in line. my vanilla cappuccino was always ready and if i forgot to bring money it didn’t matter. i would return later in the day and pay for the coffee – no problem. i loved those guys at the market.
by the time i arrived home usually around 7:00 am, i had spoken with more people than a suburbanite might even see in a day.
these are all of the friends i’ve made in nj in 7 months:
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“Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.”
– Carl Jung
Aspire. Renounce. Meditate. Be good; do good. Be kind; be compassionate. Inquire, know Thyself.”
– Swami Sivananda
in my efforts to make extra double sure i was not the winner of last weeks 335 million dollar jackpot, i was roaming around the mega millions website and came across a section called
and i found the following information based on a $12 million jackpot:
- Attend 13,407 weeks of endless summer surf camp near San Diego.
- Purchase one 5 bedroom, 8 bath 6,000 square foot home in Beverly Hills.
- Pan for gold 2 million times in Dahlonega, Ga., home of the first U.S. gold rush
- Take a “Midnight Train to Georgia” and visit the Georgia Music Hall of Fame with 1.5 million friends
- Be peachy keen with 9.3 million pounds of world-famous sweet Georgia peaches
- Approximately 2.4 million steamed crabs
- 300,000 club-level tickets to Baltimore Orioles games
- 1.5 million water taxi rides in the Baltimore Harbor
- Take more than 4.3 million rides on the world famous Swan Boats in Boston’s Public Garden.
- Enjoy more than 2 million bowls of clam chowder at Legal Sea Foods.
- 1.9 million pounds of Mackinac Island fudge
- More than 1.8 million square inches of Hell, Michigan (you can actually buy property in Hell – $6.66 per square inch!)
- Six-day cruises on Lake Michigan for 7,000 people
- An education at Princeton University for you and 363 of your closest friends
- 545,454 of the two-pound tins of assorted Fralinger’s World Famous Salt Water Taffy
- 4.8 million pounds of cranberries
- Chow down on 4,363,636 Nathan’s famous hot dogs at Coney Island in New York
- Buy one prime season ticket for the New York Yankees and another for the New York Mets for each of the next 1,374 baseball seasons.
- Tuition, room and board for 753 students to attend the university founded by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia
- Lay $1 bills end-to-end from one end of Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel to the other almost 66 times
- 923,077 admissions to George Washington’s home in Mount Vernon, Virginia
it’s nice to know the folks at the lottery commission have a sense of humor although it would have been even nicer if i had just won the $335 million.
“Hope never abandons you; you abandon it”
- George Weinberg
& possibly the best husband ever . . .
jim mccullar won $190 million in the mega millions drawing. that’s a $90 million lump sum payout after taxes. $90 million! he was quoted in the post today –
“We’ve been married 41 years,” he joked. “I know what to do with this check.”
“Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
- Robert Heinlein
The homeless man with the “golden radio voice” wanted a second chance — and did he ever get it.
As soon as Ted Williams, a panhandler who became an online hit after video of him begging on an Ohio roadside was posted to the Internet, appeared on a local radio show this morning the offers began pouring in — including a dream job with the Cleveland Cavaliers and a free house. full story
i love this story. it makes me happy despite not winning yesterday’s mega millions jackpot.
“Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat.”
- Malcolm Forbes
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
- Albert Einstein