Monthly Archives: July 2011

On having an open mind (from Rilke)

The following passage has transformed my life.  This is a rough translation of a letter written by German poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) to a young poet. Below my English version,  which starts in the next paragraph in quotes, you … Continue reading

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Some interesting clouds

I captured these cirrhus cloud formations last night at sundown, standing on the north ridge overlooking the San Fernando Valley. To me the clouds kind of look like dragons flying over Middle Earth (the Porter Ranch hills, on the left) … Continue reading

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A fruitful meditation

These thoughts came to me during a long meditation in my favorite old chair, in the office over my garage (my “Upper Sanctum”) on the morning of July 29, 2011, beginning at 7:46 AM. The photos are from a sunset … Continue reading

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Aliso Canyon in July

You might recognize Aliso Canyon from my last post re: fires in 2008. Yesterday I went hiking with my friend Lou and got these photos. First, a wild rose. Next, a rose hip–the seed and fruit of the wild rose. … Continue reading

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Smoke and Mears, Part 1: The Sesnon Fire, October 13, 2008

On October 13, 2008–the only day that I forgot to take my cell phone to the school where I teach–a large brush fire started a few miles from our house and worked its way closer while I worked unaware. My … Continue reading

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Because we are nothing

Because it is true that all we are is light, we can forget trying to outshine the others. Because we are nothing but pure pleasure made flesh, we can forget about trying to please all of them. Because we are … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Our President

Dear Mr. President: My wife, our daughter, and I supported you in 2008, not only with votes but with contributions. Mind you, my wife is a fiscal conservative, and we almost never make political donations, but in your case, we … Continue reading

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