All posts filed under: life

Timing

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Flickr photo by Ronald Groenendijk I was on the highway the other day. The Radiolab podcast I was listening to was stimulating, traffic was light, and I was merrily making the journey back to Madison. Some guy came up from behind and pulled into the left-hand lane to pass. He was going a bit faster than I was when all of a sudden, he stomped on the gas pedal and buzzed by at a high rate […]

Bare trees & winter snow

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The many, many branches of winter. Photo: Daniel Stout Today we received our first snow of the winter. Climate change has played with the amount of snow we get. There were a bunch of winters with little snow. Hence, the photo above of a tree that is bare for winter in January, and there was fog that day instead of snow. The past couple of winters have brought more snow. Unnamed weather people were making […]

Sunday flowers

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Photo: Daniel Stout This morning there was a ceremony at church to introduce the 44 of us who had joined in the past six months. Jeanne handed out flowers, and there was a luncheon. I joined at the beginning of those six months during the signing of the book where you literally sign the membership book. Unitarian Universalists are not Christian, and some of us may not subscribe to the idea of a deity. We are thoughtful, intentional, […]

The pretty lights and winter

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Photo: Daniel Stout December is a blur. It’s all down the funnel towards December 25. It’s less than a month away. The pretty lights are already up in some places. Christmas is almost entirely a secular holiday. Black Friday is the decidedly non-spiritual beginning to the season. The lights add some cheer to the beginning of winter. I like winter generally. There’s a lot to like: lakes frozen over, falling snow, heavy jackets, crisp air […]

December is coming: Patio cello edition

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Photo: Daniel Stout Thanksgiving is gone, and December is on its way. Patio cello performances will have to wait until next year. The holiday season has officially started. I did not go shopping on Black Friday, nor did anyone in my family. Black Friday is a vulgar addition to the Thanksgiving holiday. I was running some errands on Wednesday and saw people camped out in four or five tents outside a store. They had a […]

Thanksgiving cranberries

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Flickr photo: Philip Chapman-Bell Today we give thanks. My family Thanksgiving always has cranberries. Wisconsin is the largest producer of cranberries in the country with over 50% of the market. My grandmother still made the cranberry sauce this year as she has every year for as long as I’ve been alive. It was an unseasonably warm Thanksgiving day, 65 degrees or more and breezy. Tomorrow the temperature will drop more than 30 degrees for a […]

The woods

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Photo: Daniel Stout Spending time in the woods is the best grounding exercise imaginable. Wild turkeys cross your path. Or deer. The forest is alive. Trees stand for hundreds of years, and yet things are always changing. In our neck of the woods, pine needles cover the ground in many places. In the places where birch or oak trees grow, other plants live in symbiosis; the tall trees providing shelter from the weather. And deer […]

The local Tibetan Buddhist monastery

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Main Temple interior at Deer Park Buddhist Center. Flickr image via On Being A few weekends ago, I spent a morning at Deer Park Buddhist Center in Oregon, WI, which is south of Madison. It’s a Tibetan Buddhist monastery that was founded in 1975 by the Venerable Geshe Sopa, who is now 90 years old and still lives and teaches at the monastery. The Main Temple was a $6.1 million project completed in 2007. His […]

The East Coast

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I’m sending a special dedication tonight to friends and family on the East Coast. I hope y'all are safe and dry. Life interrupted, and life continuing. As Eckhart Tolle might say, the only time is now, this moment. Be well.

Badger fans

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One of the aspects about living in a Big 10 college town is the fall ritual of Saturday football games. The Badgers were playing today at 2:30 p.m. against Michigan State. As I saw the traffic — both in-car and on-foot — descend upon the Regent Street area where Camp Randall Stadium is, I noticed fans adorned to differing degrees. And some fans spend a lot of money. The fan of the day was the […]