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genkaku Veteran


Northampton, Mass. U.S.A.
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Northampton, Mass. U.S.A.
  • Re: Social Media Shutdown to promote Mindfulness

    For a little fun, I took a somewhat different tack yesterday and created a petition directed at hackers worldwide: Pick a date in the future (say Aug. 16), hack into the so-called social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and as many other sites as possible, and excise Donald Trump for 24 hours. Imagine reading the internet/news without one reference, direct or indirect, to Trump.

  • Re: Talking about boundaries

    As long as you don't imagine you are doing "good," that's probably pretty good.

  • Re: Social Media Shutdown to promote Mindfulness

    Hope you may find the time to go out and make some living, breathing, not-make-believe "friends."

  • Re: Stymied in meditation

    the distinction between physical pain and mental anguish

    I have a strong hunch that meditation will show this dichotomy to be bogus.

  • God save the "gormless!" :)

    Posted this on my blog, but it's serious enough that I wanted to post it elsewhere as well:

    Hangin' around wondering if some connection might be made between a woman who is pregnant-out-to-here and is sometimes said to be "expecting" and the arguably youthful person who "died unexpectedly" the other day. Both have expected for whatever reasons. Both, in most cases, get fooled. So much for "expectations" great and small.

    For whatever reasons as well, that thought thread led me to the word "gormless," a word I admire for no particular reason ... except, perhaps, if I were angry at someone and wanted to hurl an epithet, "gormless" has a great, insulting ring to it. A veritable pillar of a sound ... sort of like, "shit!"

    But I wanted to check my footing and so offered "gormless" to Google for clarification and clarity purposes: Was it really a good epithet? Ahhhh, yes. It was. How nice to reestablish a friendly link!

    But, wait....

    There, spliced into Google's offerings was this comment: "According to, "gormless" does indeed mean "lacking in gorm", which was originally the middle-English word "gaum" or "gome", meaning "understanding, or attention". I would have to say that "gorm" as its own word has fallen out of the modern lexicon, though, and is not at all likely to be understood. Dec 30, 2010."(emphasis added)

    What?! "Not at all likely to be understood?" Is everyone out there as gormless as I? This simply will not do and I implore all self-respecting readers to use this word at least ten times a day in the upcoming month. Preserve the "gormless!!!!!!!!!"

    You think I'm kidding?

    Gormless twit!