Category Archives: Philosophy

Cat Warmth and Wisdom

Cat wisdom knows exactly where to find warmth and comfort on cold December days. Look! The wise cat knows exactly how to quickly transform an inexpensive insulated shopping bag into a comfortable bed— (just don’t sit on the zipper). Actually— … Continue reading

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Monk with Begging Bowl

Zen Buddhism Begging bowl in hand, practicing non-attachment— the humble monk stands.     ~ms

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Carp and Stone

The Carp Stone (rigyoseki) at Kinkaku-ji appears to be swimming upstream against a pounding waterfall. I am told that this stone image symbolizes strength, courage, and the will to persevere even when struggling against adverse conditions. Creating circular ripples in … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Time

I thought about the new year while sitting in a tree. I did the same thing last year, time matters not to me.Tell me, honestly— Did you see the day pass by the last second in-between, when time inside someone’s … Continue reading

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Darkness on Summer’s Edge

Shorter are the days on summer’s edge, darkness comes early. Night shadows reveal natural beauty destined to fade away. What was yesterday and what is today will soon be no more. So please! When I wither and vanish from sight— … Continue reading

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Travel Agent from Hell

I was living on a soft cloud before I was born, enjoying the celestial music of the spheres. My existence was heavenly until a strange man, wearing a wide-brimmed hat and a dark cloak, floated in on a hot breeze. He bowed, tipped … Continue reading

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New Year Prayers Rising

At midnight, on January 1st, I said hello to 2013. As I watched the glittering ball descend into Times Square, thousands of voices cheered but nothing changed. I felt the same. In spite of all the counting, we have no power … Continue reading

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Something about No Thing

While I was sleeping in double negatives, No Thing came and swallowed up my waking world, my everything. Without direction in a strange inverted place lost and all alone, I hid behind the branches of a dreaming tree hoping No Thing would not see, or hear me … Continue reading

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Dreaming Eyes

Listen to dark winds caress the leafless tree that stands in moonlight glowing, capturing words of wisdom on cold gnarled branches a thousand dreams old. Open wide your dreaming eyes as thought creates itself here, there, and everywhere wandering without boundaries in … Continue reading

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Love Responds to Love

In 2009, I took this photo of two siamang gibbons (Elvis and Mahina) at the Honolulu Zoo. The loving affection between the two of them was a delight to see. The other characteristic that was outstanding about these gibbons was their … Continue reading

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Tasting Thoughts of Tea

One pot contains tea leaves steeping in hot water; the other holds thought brewed in its own reflection. From which pot should you drink? Pour carefully, drink wisely!      ~ms **This beautifully decorated tea set was given to me by sushi chef and … Continue reading

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Where Up Meets Down

In a place where up meets down uniting above and below… Look down into up and see! Leaves float in water hanging on trees overhead, connected by reflections drifting in-between clouds that dance through lily pads.   ~ms   

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Wisdom of the Yawning Tree

As the old tree yawned its wisdom awoke and said: Bugs that ate my insides out flew off in a woodpecker. I tried to laugh, but only yawned because I was too tired. Life and death circles ’round coming as it’s going … Continue reading

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Rough Water Rising

Rough water rising and coming our way. What should we do….fight with each other? That doesn’t make sense! Our time together is limited by nature. The average life expectancy for humans is not very long. All who are alive today will soon … Continue reading

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Love is Stronger than Alzheimer’s

*July 2016* My dad left this world in July of 2011. Every year since I posted this story, I return during the month of July to read and remember. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It’s been five years since my dad died of complications … Continue reading

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