A Language I do not Know

I do not understand the language of texting, or bar codes containing paragraphs of information.  I do not understand how people do not know how to count change, what their own phone number is, or how communication and society have morphed into a world of antonyms. Words such as cooperation, negotiation, impartial, conversation, politeness, and respect …

A Non-Religious but Spiritual Palm Sunday

The calendar indicates today is "Palm Sunday."  Being a religious holiday, I often wondered in my youth why it wasn't called "Psalm Sunday" but as a gardener I'm just as happy to see green palms after a long, grey winter. And while it's (sadly) becoming increasingly unpopular and even dangerous to identify with any religious …

Spring, Life’s New Start!

Missed starting over for the New Year, like so many do?  Don't feel bad.  It may have been Day 1 on the calendar, but Mother Nature begins anew with Spring.  You can too. Becoming more aware of the paradoxes of life while studying the Tao, I suppose it's not so unusual that I occasionally rant …

I Wonder…

I wonder how healthy Americans would be if: The government gave everyone $2,000/year to spend on the preventive care of their choice. Western medicine would partner with the wonders of alternative, eastern, and non-traditional medicine. Big Pharma and lawyers stopped advertising. Insurance companies allowed patients to select their own doctor, and gave doctors enough time …

Nature Teacher: Apologies

Tree boughs lie pummeled to the ground, shrubs remain paralyzed with ice like lingering stinging words from tormenting razor-sharp winds and a staccato of angry snow piercing the air. Apologetic vivid blue skies and dazzling sunshine appear the next day as the bouquet offered after an argument yet tangled branches of bewilderment remain. Time sometimes …