calligraphy inspired by a talk from Michael Wenger, a Zen teacher, last week. The words are his
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notes, photos, sketches, & asides
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Freed from predation pressure, abalone had become plentiful in California’s coastal waters. Native Americans had been decimated by infectious diseases and the economies of coastal (and other) tribes had been severely disrupted. Sea otters, which devour abalone, were on the brink of extinction thanks to the global fur trade, as otter pelts fetched exorbitant prices in high fashion circles.
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In the hospital ward, we were not allowed visitors because of Covid restrictions so on each of the five days, I revisited a different decade of my past, dwelling at length on close relationships, wondrous journeys and joyful moments. Five months on, I still get great pleasure from doing this.
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there’s a Moon among the persimmons
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A stern insistence upon courtesy to the living creatures that share our world with us in common to the most diverse religious traditions.
It was the persimmons clinging to the leafless branches of a modest sized tree that first made me fall in love with this house. Now, 23 years later, I’m still no closer to getting used to their exuberant abundance.
a flock of crows winging homeward
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returns to where it came from
San Mateo, 2020
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It’s Thich Nhat Hanh’s 94th birthday. We spent a good part of it with @sit.walk.listen in Oakland, meditating, walking, and listening for change and for hope. #blacklivesmatter✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #rememberbreonnataylor (at Downtown Oakland)
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