Notes on a Buddhist path

Shame (and Pride) On Me

September 9, 2012 By | 4 Comments

Almost immediately I slipped into shame over what I had said. What would my friend think of me now that those words had escaped into the bright light of truth?

Homage to a Noble Cat

August 21, 2012 By | 16 Comments

Yesterday evening as the sun was tipping its brilliant countenance towards the horizon, my dear cat, Clause, died in the warm embrace of my bedroom in the care of someone who was not me.

Death is a Pisces

June 17, 2012 By | 8 Comments

I think about death. Not a lot, but enough to know how it takes its coffee (dark roast, black) and that it’s a Pisces.

Leonard Cohen, may I have this dance?

January 29, 2012 By | 13 Comments

The other day I realized I may never have sex again. Or learn to play the cello. Or ride the Orient Express. When you reach my stage in life a lot of the things you thought would have happened by now haven’t and things you thought would never end now have a looming expiration date.

Falling

October 31, 2011 By | 4 Comments

Autumn is my most favourite time of year. There’s an anticipation of winter’s chill that whispers its touch against your ears for a fleeting moment and the satisfying exhale of harvest time with all its fruits and bountiful successes.

End of Days

August 24, 2011 By | 6 Comments

My first shift as a bonafide hospice volunteer without the training wheels of the classroom and my mentor by my side was last Saturday. It was also the anniversary of my mother’s death, the first death I ever witnessed. I have welcomed the others that have followed. That may seem strange to some, but the […]

To begin the between

April 29, 2011 By | 4 Comments

It’s moving day! My bags are packed, I’m ready to go. Tomorrow morning I’ll be picking up my U-Haul truck and with the help of three stalwart friends, the cats and I will be heading to new digs. Besides being the first time I’ve actually been completely packed the night before a move, this has […]

Impermanence, thy name is life

April 13, 2011 By | 2 Comments

The last few days I’ve been zig-zagging my way along the streets of Victoria on my way to work, not wanting to miss the final boast of the cherry blossoms for the season. The early bloomers, those provocative tarts of brilliant pink were just setting the stage for their more demure sisters, the pale pink […]

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