On Being 49: The Inner Animal Evolves

  In previous episodes, my inner animal had evolved from Pomeranian to Water Buffalo and finally to Otter.  I had gotten divorced, come out as a gay man, gotten involved in a relationship with Steve Cheung, joined the Seattle Men’s Chorus, continued in the Work of Byron Katie and in Body Electric, and had remodeled…read more

On Being 48: Remodeling a Kitchen and a Sexuality

Now that the ski resorts are closed, I’m finally ready to do my 2008 Holiday Letter! My last Holiday letter reported a “very eventful” 2007 in which I had a crash course in how to be single and divorced.  Not satisfied with a merely “very-eventful-life,” in 2008, I entered a phase of “super-eventful” by remodeling…read more

On Being 47: Journal Entry on the Whole Year

Rose has definitely entered the pre-teen/teen years.  She spends a lot of time computer chatting and socializing with friends.  She has her own cell phone and knows how to use it.  She dyed her hair red.  (I dyed it for her the first time)  Then, she cut it short like her favorite Manga character Gaara. …read more

Cookbooks: sublimations of a gross biological function

From one point of view, eating is disgusting.  Think about the praying mantis eating the helpless salamander on the giant screen complete with amplified sounds of crunching.  Lest you think that humans are more elegant, consider tourists in Maine, cracking open lobsters and sucking juice out of those little tiny legs.  Yikes! We could continue…read more

God is found in a Near Fatal Accident

In college, I had “born again Christian” friends who had personal relationships with God.  They had chats with Jesus… not Jesus the concept… Jesus himself.  I wondered if I would ever get to talk to God in such a personal way.  I took Religion 101.  I studied ancient mystics who also knew God.  My professor…read more

The Essence of Mediation

Little-Boiled-Frog Goes to the Spa As you will recall, there was an internal struggle of who would get to be my inner animal.  We had Pomeranian, the anxious bug-eyed-dog who had served me so well for the last 40 years; Water Buffalo, the large uncomplaining semi-domesticated bovine with “issues” who had been nominated by Janice,…read more

The Heifer Project is Confused by my Donation of a Pomeranian

Heifer Project International 1 World AvenueLittle Rock, AR 72202 USA Tel.: (800) 422-0474 12/20/06 Mr. and Mrs. Mac Cantrell 622 East B Street Moscow, ID 83843 United States of America Dear Mr. and Mrs. Cantrell, We thank you very much for your past support and for this year’s generous donation.  The Northern Indian village which…read more

Books are Terry Cloth Monkey Mothers

In his poem on Children in The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran tells parents, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending…read more

On Being 45: Journal Entry by Ex-Wife on the Whole Year

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but I still intend to write the annual holiday letter, since I love it that I can keep in touch with all of you this way. Nobody in the family died this year, for starters.  Yup, I know, Astro can’t possibly still be alive, can she?  Well, what do…read more

Richard’s Book Review of Loving What Is by Byron Katie

Why do we read books?  The best answer to this question comes from examining the broader question of why do we do anything.   In considering the myriad of choices that face us in this very minute of existence, we will choose what, we think, will make us the happiest.  Animals, even protozoa, follow this fundamental…read more