Wednesday, September 25, 2013

October Tidbits

October times
Fall is upon us. The cooling breeze swings through the woods setting off a new bird song. Leaves of brilliant colors dance their way through the cloudy afternoons. Sweaters and hot tea, soup, and pumpkin pie are all here and quite welcomed.

Most of my energy has been focused on Peace Week and Evening for Chuck, but I’ve experienced a few cool things I’d like to share.

Serena Ryder’s record has been on my Ipod since I loaded it on a few weeks ago. The chanting of the Radha Temple Singers and the Maha Mantra are still in daily rotation, as is George Harrison’s first record All Things Must Past.

I just began The Shambhala Principle by Sakyong Mipham. This book outlines ideas to create an enlightened society. It is terribly important in these tough times. Even 30 pages in, I have gained some valuable insights. Definitely a recommendation.

As I haven’t encountered much fiction I have wanted to read in the last few years, I picked up Herman Hesse’s “Beneath the Wheel.” Well, perhaps it’s not all fiction… it seems to be about Hesse, at least in some ways. His writing is always engaging, and half-way through, I am finding it interesting.

The Quotable Thoreau has been sitting on my bedside for months, and I finally delved in. This isn’t the only book of Thoreau in my possession, but it’s a wonderfully complete collection of various thoughts and sayings. Thoreau is an interesting man, filled with brilliance and difficult hypocrisies. We are all works in progress.

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