One June morning, these ugly little bugs crawled up out of the lake onto shore. Ugly bugs Nasty looking creatures, they would emerge from the water, and then just sit someplace dry for awhile. Until their backs split open and out pops a dragonfly head. Over the next twenty minutes or so, the young dragonfly … Continue reading Metamorphosis
One of the most challenging concepts of eastern philosophies is the idea that our physical reality is an illusion. Our lives, our bodies, everyone we’ve ever known and loved, are not actually real, but just a shared delusion. True reality is some kind of cosmic oneness, in which we are all interconnected parts of the … Continue reading The Sticky Dilemma of Moral Relativism
A Creation Story for our Time. In the beginning, everything was One. For an eternity, the universe existed in a state of perfect, unimaginable bliss. A tiny point of infinite density containing everything in existence. Everything connected to everything else. There was no pain. There was no loneliness. Only blissful connection, forever and ever. And … Continue reading A Creation Myth for our Time
See, everything works out exactly the way it should. Why do I keep resisting it? What can’t I just accept the lesson with gratitude?
I’ve been thinking for awhile, noticing, how I’m chasing experiences. The last year and a half nomading, seeking new novel experiences. I think it’s beneficial, up to a point. But its easy to get caught in a hedonic loop if you just keep seeking bigger, newer, more novel, more exciting experiences. Nomading, and travel in … Continue reading SOC Experiment #2
Shit, I had it, then I lost it. It was going to all flow out, but now it’s gone. Breathe What is there? If it’s not the idea I had for this experiment, what is it? What is there? Sit up straight - I finally have a desk built in my…room. It’s not really a … Continue reading Time for a Full-Kerouac Experiment (aka Why editing is important)
Some good news about the environment, let’s celebrate the little victories 🤗
A new study reveals the Aquarium’s Sea Otter Program bolsters the local otter population. Here, a surrogate-reared otter leaps into Elkhorn Slough on California’s central coast.
Ask not (only) what you can do for sea otters, but what sea otters can do for California.
That’s one of the thoughts on the minds of Aquarium scientists in the wake of a new study, which confirms the power of sea otters to restore coastal ecosystems.
Since 2002, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has reared rescued sea otter pups for release to the wild. Female otters in our exhibit serve as their “surrogate mothers,” teaching them critical life skills like how to groom themselves and forage. The hope is that when the pups are released in Elkhorn Slough, a wetland 20 miles north of the Aquarium, they’ll be able to thrive on their own.
A newly published study confirms that these surrogate-reared pups are…
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My Experiment: Part 13 You can read Part 12 here: Removing Barriers My goal when starting this experiment was to determine if a complete change in circumstances would help me break out of the unpleasant mental states I was experiencing in San Francisco. I felt stuck in a life lived on autopilot, reacting automatically to … Continue reading Concluding the Experiment
My Experiment: Part 12 You can read Part 11 here: Digging Deeper At the end of yoga class the other day, the teacher (the wonderful Dagmar from Montezuma Yoga) shared a poem from Rumi that deeply resonated with me: “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and remove all the barriers … Continue reading Removing Barriers
My Experiment: Part 11 You can read part 10 here: Walking the Tightrope Sunset at low tide, I’m wandering among the rocks at the nearby point, and I happen upon an enchanting little cove. Most of the time it’s under water, but when the tide is out, a small sandy beach is revealed, maybe thirty feet … Continue reading Digging Deeper