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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Border Crossings

Border Crossings
Writing on the Internet means that anyone, who has a connection and an understanding of English, can hear what I have to say. That is both gratifying and humbling to me. It also means that I would like to say something interesting to my readers across the U.S. borders. I can only guess about what would draw a curious reader to Southwest Blogger.
  • He or she might want to know what someone like me is about - how I think, what my day is like, what my life has been about.
  • A reader might be curious to find out if we are anything alike. Do we have anything in common?
  • People living elewhere may want to know what it is like to live in a Southwestern state in America. What interests us, on what do we focus, what are our hopes and fears?

So the next logical thing would be for me to speak to some of my speculations about why you visited me across these magical virtual borders or oceans.
If I remain authentic, how I think will inevitable be revealed through my writing. That is just how that works.
What my day is like may be very similar to yours, or very different. Because we are 65+ and retired with grown kids away from home, we go to bed early.
I am an early riser, a "lark," unlike those wide-awake night haunting "owls." I have my two cups of coffee with cream, take my morning medications, and head for my computer for a few hours of reading and writing.
My roommate initiates reading the daily paper and watching the morning TV news. We have our big meal at noon and eat lighter in the evenings.
I brush our Welsh Corgi every morning. She dutifully sits, lies down, and turns each quadrant for its turn, with tail section last. I might pull a weed or two while I am outside.
I like to make the bed early. I am the laundry folder; my roommate does the washing. I tend to put things away; my roommate tends to "leave a trail."
If you have read past the first sentence of this post, you can know that we have at least one thing in common. We are curious about people. We would both sit in a sidewalk cafe and "people-watch." I am a retired psychotherapist, so people are still one of my big focus areas and my delights.
One of my hopes is for better health, one of my fears centers around the current U.S. Republican adminstration's policies. I am from the opposite, more liberal party.
So there you have it, if you crossed this border, or if I crossed over into your country (whichever way you define it). Here's a big Southwest handshake to you, and a "Howdy!"
My most recent topical post at South by Southwest is about "living green."

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References on Spirituality -- Favorites from my old collection

  • "A Return To Love: Reflections On the Principles Of a Course In Miracles" by Marianne Williamson. Harper Collins, 1992
  • "A World Waiting To Be Born: Civility Rediscovered" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1993
  • "Chicken Soup For the Unsinkable Soul" by Canfield, Hansen and McNamara. Health Communications, 1999
  • "Compassion in Action: Setting Out On the Path of Service" by Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush. Bell Tower Pub., 1992
  • "Creative Visualization" by Shakti Gawain. MIF Books, 1978
  • "Finding Values That Work: The Search For Fulfillment" by Brian O'Connell. Walker & Co., 1978
  • "Fire in the Soul" by Joan Borysenko. Warner Books, 1993
  • "Further Along the Road Less Traveled" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1993
  • "Guilt Is the Teacher, Love Is the Lesson" by Joan Borysenko. Warner Books, 1990
  • "Inner Simplicity: 100 Ways To Regain Peace and Nourish the Soul" by Elaine St. James. Hyperion, 1995
  • "Insearch:Psychology and Religion" by James Hillman. Spring Pub. 1994
  • "Man's Search For Himself" by Rollo May. Signet Books, 1953
  • "Mythologies" by William Butler Yeats. Macmillan, 1959
  • "Myths, Dreams and Religion" by Joseph Campbell. Spring Pub. 1988
  • "Passion for Life: Psychology and the Human Spirit" by John and Muriel James. Penguin Books, 1991
  • "Peace Is Every Step" by Thich Nhat Hahn. Bantam Books , 1991
  • "The Heroine's Journey" by Mureen Murdock. Random House, 1990
  • "The Hope For Healing Human Evil" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1983
  • "The House of Belonging" poems by David Whyte. Many Rivers Press, 2004
  • "The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth" by M.Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1978
  • "The Soul's Code: In Search Of Character and Calling" by James Hillman. Random House, 1996
  • "The World Treasury of Modern Religious Thought" by Jaroslav Pelikan. Little, Brown & Co., 1990
  • "Unconditional Life" by Deepak Chopra. Bantam Books, 1992
  • "Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation" by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Hyperion, 1994
  • "Zen Keys: A Guide to Zen Practice" by Thich Nhat Hahn. Doubleday Dell Pub. Group, 1974

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A retired counselor, I am equal parts Techie and Artist. I am a Democrat who came to the Southwest to attend college. I married, had kids and have lived here all my adult life.