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  • That’s too bad about the “friend”, but I’m glad you guys are making it work.
  • Had enough of “the way life should be” here in Maine? Starting to plan my exit strategy for when the kids graduate from school.
  • l So I have the day off from work and I'm taking my girl Anna out for a Doggie Spa day.
  • One could simply start with lemon and butter...
    in How to eat? Comment by Shak May 1
  • I’ve always liked Willem Defoe as an actor. Now I have some respect for him. And I can relate. I have a wicked dish washing habit.
  • @karasti, This is the spot I had in mind, Mt Tumbledown. It's the prettiest 3200 foot peak in Maine. With a small alpine lake! I'd have to go mid week in June to get the place to myself.
  • @dhammachick I've been thinking about that myself. Is your idea to do your retreat at home? That would be to distracting for me. I was leaning towards stuffing a backpack with a few simple meals, a tent and some tea. Head into the North Maine woo…
  • A lot of those questions get asked at the dinner table in my house every evening. My wife and I probably try harder than most parents do to stay involved in the goings on in their teenage children's lives. Some of the answers over the years have bee…
  • I would recommend to anyone considering making a career change into a healthcare related profession to do some volunteer work at a nursing home or with a hospice organization first. My wife has worked in healthcare for as long as I have known her, f…
  • "True at First Light" is the title of a Hemingway novel. Those words came to mind when I took this photo.
  • There are a lot of good teachings in the Bible. It's too bad so many churches can't seem to get it right. If I lived anywhere near Austin Texas I would check this church out. http://consciousharmony.org/ They don't seem to be afraid of using teac…
    in Grace and Ogre Comment by Shak June 2017
  • @dhammachick said: @SpinyNorman said: I was asked this question by a friend today. I said I thought they had cleaned up their act. What do you think? I'll answer it after I've completed my meditation classes with the…
  • I would like to ad a personal note to this thread. About six months ago I decided to stop drinking alcohol. I wouldn't say that I was a heavy drinker, but I would consume some alcohol almost every day. Usually in the form of a glass or 2 of wine wit…
  • My wife and I went to a really nice restaurant last week. On the Maine coast, awesome food, great view of an estuary with lots of wildlife, and two couples seated near us were completely engrossed in their smartphones during the whole meal. They wer…
  • I would venture to include smartphones/social media as an intoxicant also.
  • @dhammachick said: I agree - as a JuBu (Jewish Buddhist) who lost a sizeable amount of family in Auschwitz, it shits me to tears when people pull Godwin's Theory out of their backsides and start comparing people to Hitler. My personal opinion…
  • Anyone who has worked with the public in a sales/retail type of job has had to deal with an upset, disgruntled or angry customer at one point or another. I find being empathetic to the other persons feelings can often be the most help full. I will u…
  • The last puppy I had before the beagle. Charlie in 1994. German Shorthair Pointer. The worst behaved house dog/ best trained/ best friend I could ever ask for.
  • @ Federica, I completely take your point on the difference between behavior and 'training". It is much easier to reward/compliment good behavior than it is to "train" a dog. Our other dog is a 10 year old 15' beagle and is the only other puppy we ha…
  • @karasti said: Our dog thinks my meditation cushion is her dog bed. She won't touch an actual dog bed. Just my cushion and my son's giant bean bag. We have 2 ferrets, 2 lizards (gecko and chameleon) and a salt water fish tank. The…
  • Here she is with her big girl hair cut...
  • @Feferica, I certainly welcome any advise/ wisdom I can get when it comes to dog training, or life in general. My last two dogs were a German Shorthaired Pointer and Black Lab. Both were rescue dogs and both had their share of behavioral issues. I …
  • She is a Giant Schnauzer and is probably the smartest dog I have encountered in a long time. I had forgotten how awesome puppies were! My family and I absolutely love her to pieces. Here is my younger son holding here at 14 weeks old.
  • @Fosdick said: Anyone have an opinion on the use of Stevia as a sweetener? I don't mind stevia in tea, use half as much as you would normally for sugar. I'm not a big sugar fan, but I do like my tea lightly sweetened. It's a better altern…
    in Coffee ??? Comment by Shak March 2017
  • I don't know if this will help or not, but keep in mind many of us were made to go to church a lot as children and it didn't stick, myself included. I'm in an unusual spot where both of my sons are active Boy Scouts. Recently the Boy Scouts of Ameri…
  • I recently finished "After Buddhism" as a follow up to to reading "Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist". Both were excellent books. I am currently working in "Don't be a Jerk" by Brad Warner. Both authors have insightful teachings on Buddhist practice…
  • @federica said: I think this guy has it nailed.... You might be right...
  • @IronRabbit said: Discontent. Every day i wake up and expect things to be difficult. I am rarely disappointed. i can approach life with a much greater degree of equanimity.
  • @karasti, thanks for the parental support. Here in backwater Maine. In the good old US of A hunting is a socially acceptable thing to do. Even the most diehard lefties around here do it. @federica, my son wants to hunt, as do most of his peers. Jus…
  • My son has been asking me to take him out. He is free to make his own decisions. I'd rather he shoot a deer and decide for himself it's not for him. If he enjoys it, that's on him. It's not my choice to make for him. If some one wants to eat meat th…
  • If you don't eat meat, maybe you shouldn't fish? Personally, I've spent enough time commercial fishing to not enjoy recreational catch and release fishing much. Catch and keep I'm ok with. I will be taking my 13 year old son out for a quick deer hun…
  • With all of the mental health issues that face modern society I would like to think that curing people of their religious beliefs would be a lower priority.
  • Oh yeah! Banana Sammich...
    in Monkey Mind Comment by Shak July 2015
  • Anyone else feel like bananas for dinner?
    in Monkey Mind Comment by Shak July 2015
  • Haha! That pretty much sums up my evening meditation.
  • Seriously? The New Yorker? That's the standard for a black man's political views? I'm sorry but I can't accept that. Conservative Christian Blacks are entitled to their believes the same as everyone else. I'm sorry but i have gay friends as well as …
  • @vinlyn said: To be completely frank, there are a few things that Clarence Thomas doesn't understand. First, he's more confused about his race than Rachel Dolezal. Second, he doesn't realize that a Republican president chose him as a "token". And…
  • @robot said: Don't talk to your wife about this. She'll hate it. She needs you to be grounded and solid for the baby. Now there's some wisdom for you.
    in What to do?!! Comment by Shak June 2015
  • Lol! Just so everyone knows the lobster in the photo was protected too. It's a very matronly female heavy with eggs, and too large to keep. She was released unharmed.
    in How to eat Comment by Shak June 2015
  • Well, you gotta catch dinner first....
    in How to eat Comment by Shak June 2015
  • You guys are all over thinking it.
    in Can you think? Comment by Shak June 2015
  • I haven't formally taken the precepts. I won't take any vows that I will knowingly break, and the first precept is a real hang up for a dedicated consumer of dead animal flesh like myself.
  • Too bad we don't see more stories like that in the news.
  • @vinlyn said: We have to hide from ISIS. And the NSA! No seriously, you can't hide from them.
    in Avatars Comment by Shak May 2015