Chop wood, carry water

There is an old Zen saying, "Before Enlightenment chop wood carry water, after Enlightenment, chop wood carry water." I'm reminded of that as I use a shovel to hack at the piled snow next to the mailbox, so we can get our mail delivered, and take out the garbage, and put up some shelves in […]

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Snowed in …

We've arrived in Massachusetts last weekend, and, finally, we're unpacking. We made it under the wire – unpacked the “relocubes” before the big snow came. We're nice and cozy in our house, unpacking the zillions of boxes. We don't have much furniture – and we had hoped to do some furniture shopping today – but […]

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Venus Magazine goes ex-gay

I've never subscribed to Venus Magazine – but I'd grabbed a couple of copies over time. Venus Magazine used to be the “Advocate” for the Black gay and lesbian community. In general queer magazines aren't something I've found especially interesting or useful for me, although I'd buy one or another now and again. I'm generally […]

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Being a Mystic and a Householder

Mystics of all times and all places have often had one thing in common: they have isolated themselves in some way or another from the world. Some, like Catholic cloistered orders, or Buddhist monks, depend on the community to provide them the basics. Sometimes, they do provide themselves the basics, by growing gardens or the […]

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