Bonfire on Del Monte Beach in Monterey


Warm fire and wine

Listening to crashing waves

And my child’s joy






Reading my textbooks
On the couch all afternoon
Watching the light fade

Recommended: “Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in Challenging Times”¬† –Paul Rogat Loeb


Walls lined with bookshelves
Treasures carried place to place
Aching to be read

” A human being, if she is a true human being, is enough to make the whole world rejoice…

We don’t have to go anywhere to obtain the truth. We only need to be still and things will reveal themselves in the still water of our heart…

When we are irritated and we say something unkind to our child, we water the seeds of suffering in him. When he reacts, he waters the seeds of suffering in us. Living this way escalates and strengthens the suffering. In mindfulness, calmly breathing in and out, we can practice looking deeply at the types of suffering we have in ourselves. When we do so, we also begin to understand our ancestors, our culture, and our society. The moment we see this, we can go back and serve our people with loving kindness and compassion, and without blame. Because of our insight, we are capable of practicing real peace and reconciliation”

–Thich Nhat Hanh “Touching Peace”