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zenish freelance american software geek dad in paris
zenish freelance american software geek dad in paris

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"Yet demonization of the other only fuels the conflict."

Most fatiguing to me through all of this has been the demonizing, the tone deaf ranting, as if talking down to people sick of being talked down to will somehow have a positive outcome. This is a welcome, calming call to watch what we are doing.

http://www.lionsroar.com/a-buddhist-psychoanalyst-puts-our-divided-country-on-the-couch/

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Here's the collection where I'll be putting all the screen caps of remote sits with +Thomas Buckley-Houston. Tom's leaving Fontainebleau today for SW France, and I'm briefly in Santa Cruz heading towards San Diego.

https://goo.gl/photos/hRgaoGFsEP8Lx9847

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Paris Monday Nov 2nd
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One of my two weekly remote sits (via hangouts) is with the intrepid +Thomas Buckley-Houston, who has given up his Bristol apartment for an extended period of travel. Since his surroundings are going to be changing, I decided to take snapshots every week as he moves around the planet. Here are the first three; somehow I've lost the one of him in his own place, before he left.

Tom and I didn't know each other when we were zabuton neighbors at a Korean Zen silent retreat last Spring. Afterwards, we discovered we're both rubyists, and struck up a friendship that is sustained by this weekly sit.

And if you're thinking "sitting meditation over the internet, that's nuts," you're wrong, it's awesome. Even Do-On Robert Thomas at SFZC has said "Amazingly, it was just like sitting here [in the zendo] with all of you. It was just like it!" (see from 43'45" in http://livestream.com/accounts/3506794/events/3747512)
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I just found these djam "tapages" and I love the format: intimate concert in an apartment + hangout/interviews on the roof. This has two pieces, at 0:27 and 15:10, both stunning to me in how well jazz and rap mix.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obt6kUJEIoo

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Never felt the urge to post a cover of Wichita Lineman, until today. This guy covers a lot of ground, from Campbell's little lead in, to a heavily distorted billion note onslaught (decidedly less tasty). But it's all the stuff in the middle that is fantastic to me, especially from the turnaround at about 2'15.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZascMOE42Tw

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This stuff makes me happy.
Our new blog series is live! "Lessons in Blended Learning”. Every month a different subject will be featured as Anne Pasco and the teachers at Huntley High share the lessons they’ve learned after 4 years of blended learning! #team158   #haikulearning   #edtech  

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A friend sent me a great dharma talk on listening that included this fragment from TS Eliot's Four Quartets (end of East Coker III). Isn't this nice?

"You say I am repeating
Something I have said before. I shall say it again.
Shall I say it again? In order to arrive there,
To arrive where you are, to get from where you are not,
       You must go by a way wherein there is no ecstasy.
In order to arrive at what you do not know
       You must go by a way which is the way of ignorance.
In order to possess what you do not possess
       You must go by the way of dispossession.
In order to arrive at what you are not
       You must go through the way in which you are not.
And what you do not know is the only thing you know
And what you own is what you do not own
And where you are is where you are not."

http://www.coldbacon.com/poems/fq.html

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I really like my friend Toby's voice in this piece she wrote about her recent illness.

http://www.litsalon.co.uk/2014/11/sick-lit/

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Seems a good time to repost this. This is not hippie appeasement: the man has seen and lived some shit.

http://www.quietspaces.com/poemHanh.html
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