Monthly Archives: June 2010

straight from the post

in a disturbing  story which i have no idea why i was reading, the ny post reported the following about a guy who was engulfed in flames:

“He has enough presence of mind to race to the back of the shop to open the freezer door, where he searches for water.”


i’m just not sure “present”  is how i would describe someone looking in the freezer for water.



“A cure for War? Furiously spending the same daily amount of money toward making friends. Being an indispensable source of food, shelter, peace, and cultural support dedicatedly spending 9 billion dollars a month on helping people would be a formidable enemy of evil.”
 Vanna Bonta

bear alert

The Bernards Township Police reported a third bear sighting this month on Friday, June 18.

At 6:45 p.m., patrol officers responded to a report of a bear in a tree near the intersection of Mine Brook Road and Chapin Lane, according the Lieutenant Edward Reese of the Bernards Police. The bear climbed down from the tree shortly after the police arrived.

Unlike the previous two sightings, the bear was described as being large, weighing approximately 250 pounds. It was last seen walking into a wooded area on the Far Hills side of Mine Brook Road.

On June 3, a Somerville Road resident requested police help in removing a large bear cub from the property. By the time the police arrived a few minutes later, the responders were unable to locate the bear.

As first reported in the Bernardsville News, a second bear spotting occurred near the Ridge Oak Senior Housing complex on Manchester Drive. The residents described the animal as a “small bear.” No animals have been captured to date.

Bear Safety Tips

The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife lists several bear facts and safety tips for New Jersey residents.

Among the safety tips when spotting a bear in the wild are:

  • Do not get scared and do not run.
  • Do not feed the bear.
  • Do not go near the black bear.
  • Do not look directly into the bear’s eyes.
  • Make sure the bear can get out of your yard or campground easily if it wants to. Don’t stand in front of the escape route!
  • Make lots of noise. It could scare the bear away.
  • If you are playing with friends, get in a big group. Talk and wave your arms. You will look really big and the bear might leave.

Residents can alert the police to bear’s sighting by calling 9-1-1 in emergencies or the Bernards Township Police Department


i’m  not quite sure why a bear just being a bear required a warning to call it in to 9-1-1 as an emergency – but i think what i’m most curious about is bullet point #3 –  “Do not go near the black bear.” 
does this imply that all other colors are ok to approach?


“In the end, we conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.”
– Baba Dioum, Senegalese

amazing grace

what a day.  here is yesterday’s schedule:

9:45 – Meet Korean Buddhist Leaders and visiting ministers at Won, NYC Headquarters
10am – Departure from Won Buddhism 57th Street Temple
10:15am – 10:30am UN ID Office; Obtain One-day Ground Pass
10:30am – 10:35am UN Information Center at the Main Lobby
10:35am – 11:15am UN Tour
11:15am – 11:35am Briefing on UN and NGO Partnership at DPI-NGOs Resource Center
11:35am – 11:55pm Briefing on the Role of Spiritual Community at the United Nation by Dr. Abbaddi, UN CA
12:00pm – 12:30pm UN Book & Gift shop
12:30pm – 1:15pm Lunch at UN Delegate Dining Room
1:30pm – 2:15pm Baha’i UN Office
2:30pm – 3:30pm Temple of Understanding
3:40pm – 4:40pm Religions for Peace (WCRP) General Meeting
4:40pm – 5:30pm Religions for Peace (WCRP) Closed Meeting between Leadership of Won Buddhism and Leadership of RfP
     – run back to tracey’s on 52nd street, pick up computer & over-night bag – get back to 57th by 6:00 for dinner
6:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner at Won Buddhism UN Office prepared by Phyllis and Bob (2 beautiful wb members & superb cooks!)
7:00pm – 8:30pm Meeting between WBHQ Leadership and WBM Members
8:30 – 9:00 – meditation with this amazing group of spiritual leaders, receive blessing and prayer beads from international director of wb
9:10  – catch cab up to 80th street where i parked my car early tuesday morning
10:30 – arrive at parents house to pick up ivan
10:45 – return home & mentally review the day

united nations

so much to say about this magical day –  stay tuned.


 “This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”
 – HH the Dali Lama 

i love you dad!

thanks for all you’ve done and all you continue to do – i appreciate you!!

happy father’s day to you, dad.


“Those who trust us educate us.”
 T.S. Eliot

1902 – 1996

happy birthday, pop – i love you!

pop built the house in westfield that my brother thomas lives in today. westfield wasn’t far from martinsville where i grew up so we got to see them alot. gram & pop came over almost every sunday and we went there for most holidays. they were great grandparents. they always had stuff for us. pop collected old coins.  we used to check every penny we came across during the week to see if it was an old one. you knew it was old when it had a 2 blades of wheat surrounding the words ‘one cent’. we called them “one cent” pennies. every sunday when gram and pop came to the house we would run to greet them  – pennies in hand. we were so excited to give pop our pennies – not so much for the nickel he would give us in return, but because we thought it made him really happy.  we continued collecting pennies for pop until he died.

pop passed away on december 6, 1996. the last time i saw him was thanskgiving about 2 weeks earlier and in between i had found a ‘one cent’ penny that i planned on giving to him but never had the chance.  i brought it to his wake and placed it in the casket with him.  i served as a paul bearer and helped my 3 brothers and 2 cousins carry pop from the church. after the funeral service i was reliving memories of pop with my brothers and my cousins.  as it turns they too brought their ‘one cent’ pennies and sent them off to the after life in the casket with pop. i think it was thomas who said, “dam – that’s why the casket was so heavy!” 

now pop sends me ‘one cent’ pennies from heaven. all i have to do is ask.

i’m almost famous!

jimmy has thousands of listeners – this week i was his guest.


All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
– Galileo Galilei

back to bats and lightning bugs

tonight i sat outside on my deck and watched a bat circle around for about 15 minutes while lightning bugs lit up the trees.  i haven’t done that since i was about 15.   early this morning on our walk, ivan and i came face to face with a deer right in the middle of the road. 

i moved from the city.  now that i wrote it, does that make it real?


“The search for truth is in one way hard and in another way easy, for it is evident that no one can master it fully or miss it wholly. But each adds a little to our knowledge of nature, and from all the facts assembled there arises a certain grandeur.”

new fb group

Scientific Researchers with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

facebook is funny! 


Dost thou love life, then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.
 – Benjamin Franklin

obesity and other chronic diseases are rooted in our post-agricultural diets, which became rich in simple carbohydrates.

today i received this e-mail from dave b., a member of my work group – and one of the smartest guys i know.

In New Scientist this week there is a review of a book by Spencer Wells, a well known anthropologist and geneticist entitled “Pandora’s Seed:

The unforeseen cost of civilization.  The single bold headline on the page reads on the statement “Obesity and other chronic diseases are rooted in our post-agricultural diets, which became rich in simple carbohydrates.”  The fact that the author of the review Henry Harpending, a professor of anthropology at the University of Utah, chose this single quotation to highlight the book indicates the degree to which  carbohydrates are now widely accepted by science in general to be at the root of these health issues.

this part may be worth reading again: “Obesity and other chronic diseases are rooted in our post-agricultural diets, which became rich in simple carbohydrates.” 


“It’s so logical and so simple. Fat is the backup fuel system. The role it plays in the body is that when there’s no carbohydrate around, fat will become the primary energy fuel. That’s pretty well known.”
 Robert Atkins

help this ballerina dance!



i believe one day sara will dance.  part of being a person is about helping others.  please visit  strides 4 sara  and help this ballerina dance.


“If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.”
 Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama