I adopted Margaret Cat a decade ago at the local we-kill-them-in-ten-days "shelter".  The staff explained that she was traumatized by an abusive first home and she had just had her kittens taken from her.  Over the years I gave Margaret the usual cat toys, and very few...

According to the evening news online I may have just missed out on a flight in space!  Quel Domage.  The cliché is true, life is too short.  If I only lived half a century longer, space flights might be routine and I could have, would have booked a flight to the moon....

When it was time for me to move from San Diego, California, I said goodbye with a helicopter tour.  I really enjoyed the panoramic views and the mechanical swings of the helicopter, as it circled high in the sky over that lovely city and harbor.  My philosophy flying h...

As I mentioned in my post yesterday, during a yoga retreat I stayed overnight in a small, wooden cabin located in the pines on a very steep slope up the White Mountain of southern California.  There are black bears in those woods, weighing up to 600 pounds, and we had...

I had the good fortune to take yoga from world-class instructors who owned a posh little yoga studio in San Diego, California.  I would hurry there after work, eager to join the other students, many of whom were years into their yoga practice and all of whom were remar...

I am in a foul mood because of persistent pain behind my right eye, and have been for quite a while.  What more is there to say?  I tried to stay healthy, but nothing lasts forever.  I am annoyed because I am not yet done using this body.  All those decades of exercise...

Irene,

It has been far too long since I have talked to you.

Recently I happened upon this photograph of you and me, and I remembered how we lingered in the relative safety of that restaurant, giggling in the changing air pressure, and talking of other things until the sk...

I have studied all of the major world religions and quite a few of the minor ones as well.  My study of Buddhism gave me an understanding of how to harness my mind, to quiet it, to order it, to control it for the thoughts and actions that I deem best.  The first time t...

"Al-Anon members are people, just like you, who are worried about someone with a drinking problem."  See:  https://al-anon.org/

Al-Anon is a very different sort of organization from Alcoholics Anonymous:  "Alcoholics Anonymous is an international mutual aid fellows...

My first visit this week with a new optometrist at Gailey Eye Clinic was surprisingly unpleasant.  I had been looking forward to new glasses for the past several months but my Humana-Medicare/EyeMed (social security senior benefits through Medicare) allowance of $375 d...