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The Essential Self

I recently celebrated my 48th birthday.  50 is breathing down my neck.  Call it a mid-life crisis if you want, but lately I have been contemplating the idea of the self.  Since Sarah started on her journey of seizures, it … Continue reading

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Science

Everything you do everyday has something to do with science. Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi, PhD  CEO of the American Society of Microbiology Think about everything you did in the last hour.  Without exception, every single aspect of your life is directly affected … Continue reading

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Uncertainty

The Buddhist law of impermanence (Anicca in Pali) has never been more tangibly true for me than it is right now.  Things are changing at home and across the nation.  New year, new seizure types, new medications, new nursing care, … Continue reading

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Finding the Lotus in the Mud

You are the witness of your own heart and mind. You are the infinite witnessing the finite. You are boundless love witnessing anger. You are pure bliss witnessing sorrow.  Love what you are going through.           … Continue reading

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For Katherine: The Dharma in a Pop Song

This post is dedicated to my first born.  Katherine is brilliant and creative – a budding actress with many talents including writing and photography (she took the photo for my banner above).  She is the artist to my scientist.  Her … Continue reading

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Hope & Doubt

hope |hōp| – a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen: I hope this new medication works;  a person or thing that may help or save someone: This new medication is our only hope;  grounds for believing that something good may happen: The medical evidence gives us some hope that this medication will help. doubt |dout| – a feeling of uncertainty or lack … Continue reading

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A Superstitious Atheist?

Many atheists, myself included, not only lack belief in a God or gods, but also reject the idea of other supernatural phenomena such as ghosts, psychics, or fairies.  We are skeptical that certain rituals such as prayer or laying on … Continue reading

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The Highest Expression of Human Evolution

Let’s talk about something a bit more upbeat than special needs parenting for a change! About two years ago, my younger sister decided to get married.  She and her partner had been together for over a decade and with same-sex … Continue reading

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Worldly Winds and Second Arrows

“Monks, these eight worldly conditions spin after the world, and the world spins after these eight worldly conditions. Which eight? Gain, loss, status, disgrace, censure, praise, pleasure, & pain. These are the eight worldly conditions that spin after the world, … Continue reading

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Kindfulness

I was fortunate enough to get away recently for a 3 day silent meditation retreat at the Margaret Austin Center near Houston, Texas.  A few words about meditation retreats for my non-meditating friends:  In the Vipassana tradition, practitioners come together and follow … Continue reading

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