Monday, November 23, 2015

I have often wondered what dogs think about being in close relationship with humans.  Do they sense that they are in the presence of a higher consciousness that puzzles and intrigues them, that maybe stirs them into being more than they are?  Yes, I actually do think about such things. I have often been curious about this interspecies interaction.  And I wonder if that might reflect something about us also who aspire to or imagine that we can have a relationship with a higher consciousness, a spiritual entity.  Odd ponderings perhaps and maybe I just have too much time on my hands.
       However, last week "Fifteen Dogs" won the Giller prize worth $100,000.  It's a novel about 15 dogs who are given human intelligence. One of the dogs ends up in the company of a human and deals with much of my curiosity about such a relationship. It also deals with another thing I ask myself: what would make a good death.  Although in this case the author, AndrĂ© Alexis, deals with a canine's good death, he does answer the question of a good death.
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What about you? What are the things that you wonder about?

Friday, November 13, 2015


If you are reading this, chances are you are a friend of one of My Breakfast Club members (read more here) - a group of us who get together, one-on-one, every 4 to 6 weeks to connect and talk about the stuff of our lives. Or, perhaps you have come upon this blog serendipitously. In either case, this is an invitation to be part of a conversation that you might enjoy.

Each Monday, I will put up some of my thoughts to get us started; something about me or what is relevant at this moment in my life. And then I'll ask you to share some of thoughts about yourself and life. I'll then close with a question that hopefully you will be willing to answer. Or you might want to change the conversation, or ask your own question.

My hope is that we can build an ongoing conversation that is engaging and satisfying to us both. Hope you are willing to give it a try. See below...

A friend of mine asked me one of those put-you-on-the-spot questions: ""What are you right now?"  Huh! I backed up at bit  and pondered my reply, I guess you could say I'm am a retired pilgrim." Then I added, "I'm currently working on being a lover (of all whom I meet), but today I think who I am can best be captured in a poem by Emily Dickinson at http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/i-m-nobody-who-are-you/"
How would you answer such a question?

Monday, November 9, 2015

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