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Planning a New Year

We all make them, even if only in jest. There are lists of them in newspapers and on the internet, the most popular, the most often not kept. New Year’s Resolutions. Year after year the lists remains basically the same, … Continue reading

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Start of Work – Prime

Back in Cadfael’s day the monks prayed Matins during the night and said Lauds in the darkness of early dawn, then went back to bed. Initially there was no requirement for saying an office again until Terce, the third hour. … Continue reading

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Juggling the Demands of Life

I have always admired jugglers because I have never had the hand eye co-ordination for juggling. One ball or plate is my limit. Still, even a skilled juggler has a limit to how many items can be successfully handled. One ball, … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Chop Wood, Carry Water

  In Zen Buddhism one method of freeing the mind is the use of koan riddles, like the familiar “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” There are also a lot of aphorisms or sayings used to try to … Continue reading

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Achieving Simplicity is Complicated Part Two

Physical clutter is only half of the equation in finding simplicity. Mental clutter, distractions and demands which pull us aay from our goals or pursuits we enjoy are even more treacherous than “stuff”. I made a wonderful discovery after I … Continue reading

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Synchronicity and The Old Farmers Almanac

I went to the hardware store about three weeks back for some odds and ends. I am lucky to have an old fashioned local hardware store nearby. At the counter, on impulse, I bought a copy of the Old Farmer’s Almanac. … Continue reading

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