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  • Hard Times

    In meditation this morning, I dwelt upon the idea of “how do we cope in times like this?” Three concepts of dealing with life’s difficulties floated up into my conscious awareness. The Parallel Path There is a path parallel to the one we are on.  The parallel path is small and thin, like a hiking […] More

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  • America: Religion & Hate

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    What Many Have Feared In 2016, many of us said a warning about racism in America.  Many of us warned about an increase in hate crime and racial aggression.  We were often told we were following “fake news,” or that we weren’t being logical.  I was told that the campaign of President Trump was “not […] More

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  • Gifts and Attachments

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    The Gift-Giver On my morning commute, I found myself remembering a volatile time in my youth.  On only two occasions in my lifetime did I have a physical altercation with my father.  The last time we were aggressive with each other, was when I was 16 years old. My father had given me a gift […] More

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  • A Buzzing Bee

    Monday, this week, I was driving to work.  I had a lot on my mind.  While driving, I was also playing some audiobooks on Buddhism and Koans.  My mind would worry, grow concerned about things coming up in the next few months. That’s when I heard the bee.  Somehow a bee got stuck in my […] More

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  • Perfection of the Bent Pole

    Taking a walk outside my office, I noticed a nearby hotel.  On the roof was a windsock, one of those poles with a red sock that visually identifies wind direction.  This particular pole was bent, perhaps from years of abusive wind. A memory of something I heard reappeared as I noticed it: “Everything is perfect.” […] More

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  • Fleecing a Church

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    This story is true and is congruent with current affairs. When I was younger (late High School or Early College), I operated a sound booth at a local church.  My parents attended a Assemblies of God church (my father had resigned from the ministry by this point and was working as a painter) in our area. […] More

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