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What [the] Fish [do we] Know

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Zhuangzi and Huizi were strolling along the dam of the Hao River when Zhuangzi said, “See how the minnows come out and dart around where they please!  That’s what fish really enjoy!” Huizi said, “You’re not a fish — how do you know what fish enjoy?” Zhuangzi said, “You’re not I, so how do you […]

Language, Qualms, and Toki Pona

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

So I have been considering systematically eliminating words from my daily conversations.  I don’t know the way I’d do it, but something like a random number generator that selects a word from a list, perhaps starting with a list of nouns, and not using that word.  Anyway, I don’t think I’m going to actually follow […]

I know you’re out there

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

I used to wake up an hour earlier than usual before elementary school and high school — perhaps once a month, sometimes every day for a week or two. I’d go running. I remember beginning the conversation, “OK. Hi, God. Let’s talk.” These were fairly simple conversations, I thought. Conversations that were very one sided. […]

Life: The Musical

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

I’ve always known I’m not the only one of my kind, though I’ve always felt like it. The first time I really felt at home, or really noticed that I truly did, was when I went camping with JMU’s Earth Club. Someone brought delicious salsa from a local restaurant and they managed to spill the […]

Let Us Be Hasty: A Poem (or a prayer?)

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

So I’ve been too busy living my life to sit and write about it. That’s my excuse for the week+ hiatus. No, really? The truth is that my proximity to a computer has been minimal and my computer has been without internet for a few days. I have officially moved into my new room, met […]

The Tao of Energy (or something like that)

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

I am a fairly whimsical guy sometimes. Because of this, I tend to keep my intentions quiet until I’m fairly certain they are more than a spur-of-the-moment decision; such decisions of mine are rarely followed through. This proves a good practice at times—I’ve been determined at one time or another to teach myself Chinese, to […]

Buddha-nature and Finding Your Glasses

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

You just realize you have no idea where your glasses have gone. Damn it, you think to yourself. Did I even have them getting on the train? It’s already been a long day and this is the last thing you need to worry about. You’re half way up the escalator and you watch the train […]