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Waste Removal

Raw from the Road, June 21, 2016   Waste Removal Scholar Tokusan, who was full full of knowledge and opinions about the dharma, came to Ryutan and asked about Zen. At one point Ryutan re-filled his guest’s teacup, but did not stop pouring when the cup was full. Tea spilled…

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Beauty and Wisdom Interview with Robbie

A couple of years ago I had the honor of being interviewed by Jean Noel Bassior on her TV web show, Talk Live in L.A.  I worked with Jean Noel in 2010, when I first started writing the Beauty and Wisdom book. She was my book mentor.  I didn’t know…

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Small Manageable Steps

Wow, it’s been 4 months since I’ve blogged or journaled. Too many people are telling me about their journaling and I take that as a sign to get back on track and do it myself. (By the way, why doesn’t my computer register the words journaling and journaled??)  I really like…

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Wisdom and Humility

“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” ~William Faulkner   I just got back from a hot yoga class. I have not done yoga steadily since we moved in…

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The Granny Club

My good friend Karen recently bought my Beauty and Wisdom book for her granddaughter for Christmas and I was so touched I wanted to share her story.  Here is the email she sent me. Karen and Mini I want to give one to my granddaughter.  We have a thing about…

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The Most Beautiful Poem about Beauty and Wisdom

My face catches the wind from the snow line and flushes with a flush that will never wholly settle. Well, that was a metropolitan vanity, wanting to look young forever, to pass. I was never a pre-Raphaelite beauty and only pretty enough to be seen with a man who wanted…

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Love, Loss, Learning and 70

I get now what Billy Joel meant when he sang, “Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes.”  However, I don’t think we’re ever prepared to say good-bye… so often, as it seems to be the case lately. Ever since my stepmother passed away only a month and a half…

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Keep On Loving

My very close friend in New York just told me about a ring she wears on her thumb to remind her that it’s always, all about love.  We talked about how easy it is to respond to tense situations with knee-jerk reactions that only seem to hurt ourselves.  As it…

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