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 the pantry, and … and …

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Things that are the same, things that are different

It's been an interesting week, settling in. We got our stuff in the house under the wire, and the relocubes are sitting in the snow, waiting for them to be picked up. My laptop died, causing major angst (I'm using Ruth's computer now.) I'm getting used to seeing the area from Ruth's eyes (she says it's like a theme park for alternative types – all the groovy people at the North Leverett Co-op, the guy selling the futon has pictures of his guru, and the guy selling the hot tub is a crystal healer.)

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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 we're not going anywhere.

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North Topsail Beach, war zone, and zone of forgetfulness

On the first day we arrived here, at North Topsail Beach, where we are spending some time before we can move into our house in Shutesbury, my partner and I would hear this bumping sound. It was windy that day, and we thought that must be a window that was banging open, or a chair that was banging against something outside. We'd keep hearing it – sometimes it was so loud we could feel it, too. Sometimes, it was several sounds an hour, sometimes hours would go by without the sounds.

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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 not interested in the latest gossip on Ellen or one or another actress in the L Word, or the next gay travel hot spot. But, Venus was, I think, significant in its focus and approach.

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Hilary for President? NOT.

I used to like Hillary. I thought it would be really cool to have a woman president. I also loved the fact that one of the first thing she tried to grapple with when her husband was president was universal health care. So I still had a bit of a warm spot in my heart for her.

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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 like. But most mystics over time have lived apart in some ways or another from “regular” daily life.

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