January 20th, 2008

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Afternoon -

We rose early and went out to breakfast.  I then walked a couple of hours along the marsh.  The tide was so high,  people were canoeing where the bike path is supposed to be.  The birds were out and tame.  I think I could have touched a Great Blue Heron and a Great White Egret.   Golden Slippers was there too.  I thought of how the Audubon Society began as a way to save the egrets.  The women wanted the breeding feathers for their hats.  I was close enough to see how beautiful they are and grateful they are protected and we don't wear feathers on our head.  The ducks all seemed partnered and well-matched.  

I came back and didn't even come inside, just went right to the yard to work.  I have it fairly spiffy and Steve washed and waxed the car, so the rain is sure to come.  I had left all the doors open to air out the house, so now it is 58 inside.  I turned it up to 62 and after being out, that feels hot.

It feels so good to be outside.  I am content.

I haven't yet read the paper but my son who is visiting NY, sends me this.  It is an advantage of reading the news on-line.

Check it out: 

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What a world -

I just selected a new theme for igoogle and by putting in where I live, it adjusts to my time of day, so it is now showing night.  My computer and the world outside agree. 

National Geographic has an article on the poet Basho.  It is by Howard Norman with photographs by Michael Yamashita.   Basho followed a narrow road, 1200 miles, through Japan in 1689.  Norman plans to follow the route now. 

The words of past poets kept Basho company on the rugged trail.  Norman writes, "Hoping to "feel the truth of old poems," Basho plotted his route to pass sites known as uta-makura, or poetic pillows: shrines, mountaintops, cherry-tree groves, and other spots memorably described by the writers.  Many of the haiku in his book allude to these earlier verses - Basho's way of adding layers of mood and meaning to the landscape he evoked."

I love the idea of poetic pillows.

I give the closing haiku in Basho's book Narrow Road.  He is saying good-bye.  He dies soon after.

Sadly, I part from you;
Like a clam torn from its shell,
I go, and autumn too.

    Narrow Road, 1689
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Sensing -

I mentioned the sensory awareness study group and our "homework" of waking and noting for what we are grateful.

Now, we add to that.  We notice how we get up and do our morning routine, and then, we change it.  If we put our pants on with the right leg first, then we try the left first.  If we brush our teeth with our right hand, we try the left.  What I noticed this morning is how much gentler I am with myself when I am noticing.  I touched my face softly as I washed my face.  When I am distracted and not paying attention, I am much rougher with myself.

Note how you dress, cleanse, brush your teeth and see what you bring to your treatment of yourself.

Are you kind, dismissive, curious, rough?

Enjoy!!    You are kind to your friends.  Be kind to yourself.

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motivation -

I strive to be as good a person as my dog thinks I am."


I don't have a dog, but I have two cats and I think they think I am pretty special.  I know I think they are great, and I appreciate their warmth, as they do mine, these cold winter days and nights.   

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banning words -

Watch this:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTPzL3LtD2g&feature=related

The suggestion is to ban the word waterboarding from the vocabulary.  The word  is overused, it seems. 

Wouldn't it be better to ban waterboarding, except for use on those who cannot decide whether or not it is torture.  

I think they could make a pretty quick decision if they were experiencing it for themselves.