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The Eastern Way in the Western Mind

Bucky Fuller, one of the more innovative and colorful engineers of our 20th Century, saw early boats as the strong shape of a dome upside down.  Typical of his far-reaching sort of thinking, he once speculated that early boats either went with the wind or against it.  In the west, we admire the daring-do of earliest ship captains fighting the wind by using it, angling sail and rudder just so to travel zig-zag out of the Indian Ocean, around Africa, and up to Europe.  This…

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Maturity, Lately

One of the good things about growing older is that you have ample time to adjust to growing older.  When I look in the mirror, I see a face I’ve grown accustomed to.  Unlike friends who haven’t seen me for three or four decades, I don’t have to have to suddenly see the older me.   I’ve grown accustomed to my face My breathing out and breathing in I’ve grown accustomed to the way my hair won’t rightly lay It won’t lie down I will…

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A Heart of Wisdom

At memorial services I sometimes refer to Psalm 90:   For all our days pass away, our years come to an end, like a sigh.  The years of our life are threescore and ten, or even by reason of strength fourscore; yet they are soon gone and we fly away… So teach us to number our days that we might get a heart of wisdom.   Long though our lives might be, they will end.  We will die, but will we have lived well?  Will…

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