I had to smile when the bagpiper unleashed his instrument inside a Catholic church. I was not expecting one instrument to resonate so loudly. the second part of the funeral service was I finally have a clue what the Catholic service is saying. all the funerals in that denomination I have gone to have been done in German in Switzerland. it was a nice send-off for a childhood friends father whose suffering is over and I have to admit I am a bit envious to the place he is going versus the rest of us staying here for a bit. later they will put him in the ground and he will be given a military burial, of which, I have to confess I hate the sound of taps being played, so a part of me is in a sense happy to be spared those tones today.Read More
there is a song called communication breakdown, I think led zeppelin did it. while I am not a big led zeppelin fan, I can hear the earworm playing in my head. i can feel my head throb because there is a strange mix of feelings. the first is that this feeling of elevated blood pressure in my head does not need to exist if I ever get to that space where i turn into some learned Yoda monk. the second is that a lot of the world simply lives in a way that we never have to actually look at what we did or bring to the table, we just look at the other, like ordering from a menu in a restaurant and wondering why we don’t immediately get exactly what we want.Read More
I am wondering and debating unplugging with the other things I usually do for Lent. I find the idea of fasting/unplugging/cleansing being thrown into the secular world inside the usa more and more as people seem to really be at the cusp or realizing there is a lot more to life than working to acquire stuff that is called and has been marketed as the “American dream.”Read More
I am not sure how the current state of blamism (is that a word?) has grown inside the USA? it is like giant cancer growths where everyone has somehow come to a space where there is little room for anyone else’s perspective or opinion in a seemingly narrow view, much like you only see pepperoni on a pizza that is topped with a myriad of other treats.
“yo, there is mushrooms, peppers, onions, four types of cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, etc”Read More
as I see the world getting noisier with the digital life. I drop more and more of the technologies and simplify my personal life. call it minimalism? what I learned through the process is I still have too much, yet, the more you let go of “stuff” the simpler life is a much happier place. what the tools of technology allow today is a happy space where anyone can almost build anything their mind can think of.Read More