Category Archives: gratitude

Away from the farm

Three things spinning me around tonight. The Grand Canyon. We are here. It’s breathtaking. It also triggers my fear of heights, but I wish I could live here for a year. I’d move past that problem. So much beauty all … Continue reading

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Another day…

So here’s the thing.  Work hard.  Pay attention. Learn something.  Remember to stay present. When you forget, remember again.  Love whatever/whoever is with you. Be grateful. Relax.

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It’s always now…Sam Harris

Here’s the truth. Sam Harris speaks the truth. I’m at a point in life when I honestly don’t know how many days I have left. Maybe more maybe less. I’ve lost friends. We all have. None of us knows what’s … Continue reading

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Buddhism and Adversity

As a student of Buddhism, I’m learning and practicing. As for being a Buddhist, I’m a pretty bad Buddhist. I don’t have a sangha. I don’t go on retreats. I don’t even have the money to go on retreats. If … Continue reading

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Margaret Mary Vojtko and me

Recently, a longtime adjunct faculty member at Duquesne University died after suffering a heart attack. Although she had taught at Duquesne for 25 years, Margaret Mary Vojtko died nearly penniless and without health benefits. She was not even earning $25,000 … Continue reading

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Of fences in the front

A friend mentioned to me today that I still don’t have my front fenced in, after our rash of weird thefts. So why not?  My mortgage situation has resolved as well as it can right now. I guess I have … Continue reading

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What led me to the farming life

1. The land: West Virginia, the Kanawha Valley and surrounding hills and mountains. The people there. Ohio, northwest, remnants of ancient wet prairie land, dry oak savanna, and forested ravines, the city, the river, my own backyard where I began … Continue reading

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