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“Food Circle Now” – Our Lives of Isolation

I’m still being deeply affected by my time at Rainbow although leaving there a couple of days ago. After leaving Rainbow for a couple of days in Porto, Portugal, the home of Port wine, I went out to dinner at a restaurant which had been recommended a man named Mario who was making and selling […]


Push / Pull

Dear world, I came to a difficult realization this morning, that I have difficulty when it comes to loving another human being. I can actually love very well and have made great strides in this area, in terms of being affectionate, communicating proactively, listening and attending to the words and needs of another, and even […]


Questions on the Path

“Two roads diverged in the woods and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” ~Robert Frost I am coming up against a dilemma in my life which has to do with my spiritual life and spiritual path. For approximately the past 6 years, I have be a student […]

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Reunion and Separation – Mom’s Ashes to France

I am on my way to the cemetery in France with some of my mothers ashes. As I mentioned in a previous post, I am bringing her to rest with her first husband Joe (or Joey as she referred to him) DeRidder who died in Europe during World War II and whose remains are buried […]


Mom’s Ashes

As I mentioned in my last post, part of the reason for this trip is to dispose of my share of my mom’s ashes. It’s something I’ve never dealt with and it’s time. Yesterday, July 1st, was the 11th anniversary of her death. She died in 1998 from cancer which had spread to her liver. […]

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Separation and the Sense of Home

I’ve been noticing with a little bit of surprise and wonder how I’ve managed to come back to the United States and have such a seamless re-entry process. Today while walking in Berkeley with my friend Margie who was asking me about my trip to India, something started to come together. It’s actually quite interesting, […]