What Do You Look At But Don’t See?

  We are staying at a cabin in Central Oregon, amongst the Ponderosa Pines and beside a fast-running creek, that joins the Metolius River.  The smell of pine is so pervasive I feel intoxicated and slightly giddy as I watch the water.  I’m pretending that I need  to memorize the sights, sounds, and smells.  It is part of my practice to …

The Un-clutter Dilemma

I failed.  I flunked the “un-clutter” furor.  In the past three years, I’ve done multiple purges of books, jewelry, clothing, shoes, linens, and cooking items.   I’ve tried to develop a detachment to things, as the “get rid of the clutter” gurus advise. Yet, I hang onto a lot of “stuff” beyond the time in which another person would post ads …

A Good Story Can Change Your Brain

Have you read a good story lately?  A story that captured your imagination.  A story in which you connected with the characters, imagined them in your mind, as if they stepped off the page (or screen). Story telling is an ancient human practice, one in which important lessons for survival were conveyed.  “If a snake has diamonds on the back, avoid …