Focus on the Permanent

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In Walden, Thoreau quoted from the Gulistan, or Flower Garden, of Sheik Sadi of Shiraz: Fix not thy heart on that which is transitory…   Vegetarians like to say they won’t eat anything with a face. You may not be … Continue reading

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Live in the Present and Do Not Regret

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In Walden, Thoreau wrote: We should be blessed if we lived in the present always, and took advantage of every accident that befell us, like the grass which confesses the influence of the slightest dew that falls upon it; and did … Continue reading

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The mysteries of men, solved

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I hear (at supper clubs and couples’ bunko) that men are simple animals. But search “understanding men” on Amazon.com, and it returns 15,991 hits. Wouldn’t you have expected maybe five or 10 books on the topic? Meanwhile, “understanding women” produces … Continue reading

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Sailing now and Zen

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My friend Jim Forcier says, “Man wants to be a maximizer, but he’s forced to be an optimizer.” Put another way: We want to be powerboats that can pound through the waves, driving a straight line to our destination and … Continue reading

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First Fruits

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In Walden, Thoreau wrote: The true husbandman will cease from anxiety, as the squirrels manifest no concern whether the woods will bear chestnuts this year or not, and finish his labor with every day, relinquishing all claim to the produce … Continue reading

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Father Still Knows Best

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Father’s Day is one of those holidays that you just don’t get until you’re a father. Yes, you understand the concept – thank Dad for being Dad – but you just don’t realize what it means to Dad until you … Continue reading

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I may wobble, but…

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Consider the Wii. The Wii is an ingenious video game system that uses motion-sensing remote controls to register your actions and reflect them on the television screen. The Wii gives kids and adults the opportunity to move around while playing video … Continue reading

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