Category Archives: Thoughts for Actions

Hello! Welcome

Hi. Several of you have expressed concern about my well being because of the absence of blogs since June. First, thanks for the good thoughts. Secondly, I am well. But the arrival of Kai in June, Sheila’s torn ACL and … Continue reading

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“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men…”

Well, about two months have passed since Kai came to live with us and it’s been everything friends warned us about and all we expected. He has been the kind of teacher that chronic illness can be, but a lot … Continue reading

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To be erotic is to connect.

Is it possible to truly know another person? Can we know someone as well as we know ourselves? How much of ourselves can be kept hidden  no matter how intimate we may be with others. I suggest that not only … Continue reading

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The limit of our being…

“Earth’s crammed with heaven and every common bush afire with God,” these words of Elizabeth Browning are painted above the archway of the room where we eat, overlooking the flower strewn yard where I now sit in my wheelchair next … Continue reading

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Why would we do such a thing?

In the early spring as we scattered and raked Bodhi’s ashes into the soil surrounding the Buddha where hostas and hydrangeas promised to grow in the “soul garden” Sheila had created twenty years before, beneath the hemlocks that survived the … Continue reading

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Coils of the serpent of despair

When ill, we are often caught in a continually winding spiral of suffering, or samsara in Sanskrit which means circling. I am reminded of the magic circles or repetitive tasks from childhood tales in which the victim, as a result … Continue reading

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Old and new

A new god has come into our lives and home. Kai, a Tibetan Terrier like Bodhi of blessed memory, from the most kindly breeder, Wendyll Behrend of  Kensington Kennels (http://kensingtontibetans.com) , Stowe, Vermont. And just in time for the days … Continue reading

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Ali, “a truly free man of faith”

Life is the clause within eternity, between the two commas that are birth and death.”                                                   … Continue reading

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Virtues and Values

Families have always engaged in moral discourse when confronted by the challenges of chronic illness. We cannot avoid addressing the ethical and moral judgments and dilemmas that are such an important dimension of the illness experience. Our and our families’ … Continue reading

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The invisible language

The changes wrought by illness to our habitual movements and sensations affect, of course, not only the emotions experienced but the manner of their expression as well. It is difficult if I am in a wheelchair to stomp off in … Continue reading

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