Sunday, September 30, 2012

all things must pass

including this incarnation of my blog! yes, i've been gone, but not gone gone. if you haven't been automatically re-directed to my new site/blog, click here
in case you're curious, this is graffiti from ruins of  the maharishi's ashram in ram jhula, near rishikesh, india. for those of you old enough to remember, this is where the beatles went to hang out back in the '60's. it's in ruins now, but you can access the 14ish acres and wander around at will. the main meditation hall's walls were covered with(what else) beatles-related graffiti. we explored for hours - the dorms, halls, meditation "eggs", the grounds, and we had the place mostly to ourselves. here's a nice write-up and more pictures...see you at the new blog!  ja

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

he was just here a moment ago...

Felix C. Alfano
1917-2012

he loved spaghetti and meatballs with warm, crusty italian bread on sundays,
and strawberry shortcake whenever he could get it.
he loved for everything to be where he last left it.
he loved shoes, especially if they were on sale.
he loved music, especially mariachi music, which may come as
a surprise to some - it did to me.
he loved the eloquence, the subtly, and precision of language, and
he loved to make a shorter toast into a longer toast.
he loved a glass of good  scotch.
he loved the game of golf and the promise of the first tee on a cool summer's morning
he loved his family and he loved his friends, and most importantly,
he loved us when we made it easy, and he loved us when we made it hard.

thanks, Dad, for showing us how to love.




Sunday, January 1, 2012

a thought for now


The thought manifests as the word;
The word manifests as the deed;
The deed develops into habit;
And habit hardens into character;
So watch the thought and its ways with care,
And let it spring from love
Born out of concern for all beings...

As the shadow follows the body, as we think, so we become.

- The Dammapada