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Woman relaxing on a park bench holding a book and breathing in Spring air

Tired of hearing about the Coronavirus? Tired of hearing about my smartphone dilemma? With the National Day of Unplugging ending last weekend, I'm ready to close my Diary of Dates with a Smartphone --- at least for another 11 months. So, before I get too heady with spring, here's the last few entries (continued from …

A Love Hate Diary of Dates with a Smartphone… (part 3)

Mark your calendar, set your alert notifications for the National Day of Unplugging which begins at sundown this coming Friday (March 6) and ends (only if you want it to) at sundown on Saturday (March 7). This mini diary on my smartphone experience explains why I'll be unplugged too! Continuing from Part 2 that ended …

A Love Hate Diary of Dates with a Smartphone… (part 2)

This mini diary on my Luddite introduction with a Smartphone is in honor of the upcoming National Day of Unplugging (first Friday in March). Continuing from Part 1 that ended on June 6, 2019... July 13, 2019 – Contemplating Compatibility At the drum circle a friend inquires, “How did you like your Smartphone?” “Not much. …

Get More Social

By now, you know my feelings about the overuse and addictive characteristics of social media, particularly as it hampers one's interest in human to human communication and experiencing the natural environment.  I offer Christina Farr's article in the hopes it will help those of you trying to detox and return to a more serene, content …

Meditation Protection…

Every now and then my passion for gardening and appreciating nature is punctuated by technology's increasing thirst to control our lives. To me, these cold and calculating ways are the antithesis to nature's infinite beauty and serenity. That is why this topic pops up on my blog now and then (no pun intended). I bumped …

Get a Universal Hug!

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day sat on my bucket list for several years.  With no events offered in my small, semi-rural community, I made up my mind last year to drive 1.5 hours to participate.  The powerful group energy felt like a profoundly calming universal hug, not to mention the good people I met …

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 …

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 …