When I was a younger man (on Monday) I used to joke about living like a pioneer here in freezing Texas. Today I'm placing buckets beneath spots where the broken pipes are leaking outside to collect water for the toilet. 🪣👨‍🌾
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huh ... I happened to have just met a plumber, going to service a building across the street ... he reports he's being instructed by the city to turn off the water to various locales as an effort to try and preserve pressure for others.
sigh ... some of the shelter locations are having to turn out their people, because now there's no water Image

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12 Jan
1/4} Regarding some of the current calls for “healing” and “unification” of the body politic (many of which calls seem over-convenient just now), I’m reminded of two things.

In assertiveness methods for working constructively with persons who disagree with you about a matter...
2} ...you look to describe how *you* see things, and express how that makes you feel, and make clear what your concerns are. That approach enhances the prospect of getting a constructive response from others — *but it does not guarantee you'll get a constructive response.*
3} And I’m reminded more graphically: I’m a cancer survivor. You do not look for “unity” with malignant cells. The healing and integration begin when you get those uncooperative, sickness-bearing elements out of the body.
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20 Nov 20

My young adult daughter runs a clothing store near Pittsburgh. Today she posted this to Facebook. I was moved by it. ❤️
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19 Nov 20
1: In connection w #WorldPhilosophyDay, thought I'd share some notes on how the word "philosophy" has a history. The way we use it now was mainly inaugurated by Plato, largely as a creatively transformative enterprise, and then Aristotle, as largely a matter of logic & analysis.
2: Prior to them it was used somewhat loosely in connection with things like reading books (historically a new resource), speaking wittily, displaying curiosity, and/or being practiced in debates.
3/3: Scholar Livio Rossetti suggests the prolific production of writings by Aristotle's school contributed to shaping that school's use of the word from that point on.
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7 Oct 20

As Lisa notes in her essay, the word "mystic" is fairly recent. I offer a discussion of the related words, "mysticism" and "mystical" in a book I'm currently writing (addressed to my young adult daughter, who doesn't consider herself religious). Image
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20 Feb 20
1/5` This piece shares useful historical and biographical information, especially for Aldous Huxley, and, importantly, it gives some attention to *practices* and *experiences.* However...
2` As a longtime student of contemplative practices, I'm too aware of the modern Western emphasis on "philosophy," "beliefs," "ideas," and "theories," and an implicit equation between "religions" and (conflicting) metaphysical notions.
3` Steven Katz' insistence that diff contemplative traditions are incompatible since "they are rooted in differences of language" is inadequate. Many contemplative experiences are quite literally too simple for words, so their resultant language is not a fitting comparison point.
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5 Feb 20
1/18) As I said in a reply here to Nate earlier today, there are ways I feel this is very much *the* question for us and our lives
2) He was asking it in connection with this interchange:
3) Sometimes when I'm leading a mediation group, I’ll say, “There’s a miracle going on, there really is, and it’s everything.” To that I’ll often add something like, “And whatever you do, don’t take my word for it — go look.”
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