Make Yourself at Home in the Unknown

Trey Ratcliff

Make Yourself at Home in the Unknown Dzigar Kongtrul We are most at home in our own home.  We have arranged everything according to our preferences.  And when we come home from dinner at a friend’s, or the movie theater, we know exactly where everything is.  Because we feel at home in our home, we also give ourselves permission to relax.  We may leave our socks on the floor or a glass by the sink…

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Chani - Green Mtn Reservoir

“Being out of reach isn’t a problem — it’s a blessing. It’s a salve that heals the wounds of a life with constant distraction.” — Gregg Krech   My oldest daughter, Chani, is leaving for college at the end of this month. So we decided to set aside a day to do something enjoyable together. For our father/daughter last-outing- before-college day, we strapped two kayaks on to the top of our red Toyota RAV4 and…

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The Essence of Life

THE ESSENCE OF LIFE by Gregg Krech   “The essence of life is that it’s challenging. Sometimes it is sweet, and sometimes it is bitter. Sometimes your body tenses, and sometimes it relaxes and opens. Sometimes you have a headache, and sometimes you feel 100% healthy. From an awakened perspective, trying to tie up all the loose ends and finally get it together is death, because it involves rejecting a lot of your basic experience.…

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The Best Unproductive Day Possible


The Best Unproductive Day Possible Just as I was recovering from a bike accident, we discovered a tumor in my dog Barley’s mouth which was diagnosed as malignant.  Within a week he was at the animal hospital for major surgery to remove the tumor. I started sleeping in the living room after Barley got back from surgery so I could keep an eye on him.  But I was only getting about 4 hours of sleep…

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Sharing Dad

Sharing Dad by Victoria S. Freeman I am basically a can-do kind of person. When my husband of eighteen years said he preferred our next door neighbor as a companion, I used up several tons of Kleenex and lost three dress sizes. Ultimately, with the help of many friends, I figured out how to get my tires balanced and use the TV remote. When a remodeling contractor gave me a five figure estimate for removing…

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On the Road, Thanks to Dad

On the Road, Thanks to Dad by Gregg Krech A central theme in my relationship with my father was cars.  It started, of course, further back than I can remember.  I was driven around as a young child to family gatherings, doctor’s appointments, restaurants, and school.  I didn’t get very far as a child without wheels, and those wheels were paid for and often driven by my dad. At 16, I obstinately decided I was…

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The Power of Momentum

momentum silver balls

We’re on the 13th day of our Taking Action program. How do you make progress on what’s truly important? A small step doesn’t get you very far. And generally we judge the value of the step based on distance. If your exercise today consisted of jumping rope one time (one revolution) you probably didn’t burn many calories or lose much weight. On that basis we tend to discount small steps. We want to take giant…

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JFK is one of my heroes. He would have been 99 years old on May 29th, were he still alive today. Like most of us, Kennedy was not always admirable. He was a flawed human being and his failings are well-known. But his determination, courage and wholehearted efforts to make a contribution, despite debilitating pain and illness, are inspirational. His extraordinary and unwavering will could not be defeated. Kennedy suffered from many simultaneous conditions, including…

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