Today….What about tomorrow?

“Look, and it can’t be seen/ Listen, and it can’t be heard/ Reach, and it can’t be grasped” -Tao Te Ching

The secret to sustainable happiness I think lies in the ability of letting go….attempting to control situations (causes and effects) and/or somehow control the feelings of others is futile. That is the theme [...]

Happy Face

Yesterday we thought today we’d be happy, and today we think tomorrow will bring the joy that right now is missing; but tomorrow comes bringing with it the simple realization that we were really happy yesterday, not tomorrow and definitely not today. Or maybe we were never happy…but tomorrow is a new day. Maybe….

What is happiness, but a simple mirage set against the steaming sand between the bright sky of our dreams and the cooking surface of reality. CONTINUE READING

Stay Healthy or Else

I have found myself thinking about my health a lot more these days.  I think slowly we are all becoming more mindful (even obsessed) with our bodies and the stuff we put in and yes even the lovely things that come out.  Everyone poops you know, even if we are all insanely embarrassed about it.  Look away now, the dog is emptying his bowel.

Healthy foods are still relatively more expensive than their evil (but good) counterparts.  Buy one, get one free!   I know lots of people who are still infatuated with the chemical buffet that are frozen foods.  Pop it in the microwave and poof, it’s ready in minutes.  The finishing product never ends up looking like the picture in the commercial—never mind tasting as it probably should.  We still eat it and we all go back and buy some more.  That’s capitalism for you.  One man’s trash is another’s treasure.  But seriously, what if it’s just all trash? CONTINUE READING

Priest on the Beach

Good looking people do no wrong. It’s true.

When you think of crimes and terrible acts, you  immediately picture the perpetrators to be ugly and mean-looking . When you think of a criminal, you imagine someone who you would not exactly want to have a conversation with, and definitely never imagine someone with whom you would go out on a date (unless you’re into that sort of thing). I suppose at some level, looks are entered into the shock factor equation.  He was such a nice man? You would never think he would be capable….

Of course, a lot of the time, criminals are good looking and it is their charm which facilitates their crime.  They are experts (either because of skill or dumb luck) confidence men and women, and no better than any other criminal.  They are out for the betterment of no one but themselves. These good lookers are perhaps worse than the average criminal (the ugly ducklings if you will). They are able to take the early advantage, because lets face it, awkward nervousness aside, we feel safe around attractive people.

The reason I bring this up is because of “Padre Alberto”. CONTINUE READING

Foxy Loxy and His Flu

Which came first the chicken or the egg? Did the media’s obsession with drama come about as a result of our obsession with drama? Or did the media make us into the addicts we are today–looking for our daily fix of the worry, rage, violence, blood–in order to keep us hooked to their brand of crack (news)?

Last week we were told that a pandemic had arrived! Run for the hills. Hide your women and children. Arm yourselves (with masks, loads of hand sanitizer and TAMIFLU).  Many were treated as if they had the plague. One student sick at a school? Pre-summer vacation for all the kids (teachers too)! Airports in some cities were screening people to see if they had fevers (because heat signatures are cool). God forbid someone sneezed or coughed in public (remember the common cold or plain allergies, no?). Such a thing would immediately ostracize you, you little leper you.

Emergency rooms were filling up because of the hysteria, but the makers of hand sanitizer and TAMIFLU were reaping the benefits (how much have they made off are they making off with). I wonder how many people died in ERs across the nation last week, because John Doe had a runny nose. CONTINUE READING