“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
Language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out our tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
Buddhism by the Numbers
The Six Paramitas
Offer to all joy, happiness, and love. The greatest gift we can offer anyone is our true presence.
Give the gift of stability. The one we love needs us to be solid and stable. We can cultivate our stability by breathing in and out, practicing mindful walking and sitting, and enjoying livening deeply in every moment.
Other gifts we can offer: Freedom, Space and Peace.
Cross over to the other shore…the other shore of peace non-fear, and liberation.
The continuing saga…
So, I was on a photo shoot with Candide in the old neighborhood. Here’s what happened.
Candide: Where should I stand?
Benn: How about over here with that building behind you in the background? Or, over there with the fountain behind you? Or, over there in front of that tree?
Candide keeps walking….
Benn: Or, hey! I have an idea! Why don’t you pick a spot?
Candide: Is that another smart-ass remark? More of your sarcasm?
Benn: What me? Sarcastic? You obviously have me confused with someone else!
Candide: No I don’t! It’s you all right! You with your sarcasm, your cynicism, and your skepticism. You a hope killer!
Benn: Hope kills…
Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people.
Unlike most of the party games you’ve played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends.
The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card.
Here are the players:
Now, I guess you are wondering how this old dog got mixed up with this bunch of 20 year old somethings playing a wild game of Cards Against Humanity. I dunno….just lucky I guess.
My world has shifted
My sorrow lifted
I am once again tilted
Back towards Philadelphia
In the midst of Summer
I have found a glorious Winter
The Best of All Possible Worlds.