Dec 7, 2020

hot water in a tub never felt better

The fat candle fizzled out in the hot wax just as the fresh sunrise began to color the morning sky. Timing is an interesting thing, isn’t it? The length of a coincidence. How does one measure things that are random?  Look, jobe, you old white-beard, all night you sat in that chair and now it is time to get up and greet yet another day of living. What time is it? The same time as always; now.


Slide Hill Park, standing under the tall pines 

And looking up at the Waning Gibbous moon. 

Ssh. The whole city is sleeping.

The soft light filters down through the trees

To the bed of pine needles

Below my feet.


A cold, wet winter;

Hot water in a tub never felt better!

Light the candles and join me, dear.

Let that old wind howl.


sonny rollins/st. thomas

If you want to change the world, start with the next person who comes to you in need." 

-B. D. Schiers

When my master and I were walking in the rain, he would say, "Do not walk so fast, the rain is everywhere."

-Shunryu Suzuki

I try to live in the present moment. I often fail. When I realize that my mind is wandering, I just let that go. All I really have is the present moment; it makes sense to try and present for it.


No longer dividing the world into good and bad, love and hate, we not only have more freedom and ease in daily life; we also gain access to the wisdom of our real nature.

-Anne C. Klein


Ren Powell

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