Friday, October 31, 2008

Home Sweet Home | Hope Sweet Hope

Oh man. Election day is almost here. I am very excited. And hopeful.

I really look forward to being able to say "my president." MY PRESIDENT.

It's been a long time.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

O You and Finishing the Cycle

thank you kb, originally uploaded by emdot.

Last weekend I went to SF with one of my best friends -- she bought me
a ticket to the O You conference which is (hold your eye rolls)
centered around O Magazine (O as in Oprah). It wasn't an Oprah
event... it was a series of lecture-seminars from regular
contributors. I went to the Martha Beck, Suze Orman, Peter Walsh, and
Marianne Williamson seminars. Martha Beck and Suze Orman were my
favorites, but I find myself changed by one thing that Peter Walsh
said (I'll share in a sec.).

Oprah did make a surprise appearance (she'd never done it before at an
O You deal) and that was very cool. :) What I loved was seeing how the
contributors truly respected and were in awe of her.

What Peter Walsh said. It was in answering someone who said "what do I
do with paper clutter?!" (which I struggle with, too). He said think
of a load of laundry. If you were stop the laundry mid-cycle and just
let the clothes sit there in the water for a week, you'd go back to
some pretty stinky laundry and a much bigger mess on your hands. It's
the same with the mail -- if you bring it in and leave it on the
counter or pile it on your desk instead of "finishing the cycle" right
away, in a week you'll have a tub of stinky laundry.

This was a huge light bulb to me. All of a sudden I can see all of my
mid-cycle stops... aha! Finish the cycle. Finish the cycle. Finish the
cycle. Got it.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

don't lose faith

one is the loneliest number, originally uploaded by emdot.

When little obstacles crop up on the spiritual path, a good practitioner does not lose faith and begin to doubt, but has the discernment to recognize difficulties, whatever they may be, for what they are—just obstacles, and nothing more. It is the nature of things that when you recognize an obstacle as such, it ceases to be an obstacle. Equally, it is by failing to recognize an obstacle for what it is, and therefore taking it seriously, that it is empowered and solidified and becomes a real blockage. — Sogyal Rinpoche

Monday, October 13, 2008

Agent Orange

bird of technicolored dream coat, originally uploaded by emdot.

I have no idea how my camera did this, but I'm not complaining.

Life is bittersweet these days. Perhaps it's bittersweet all days.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Bad News!!

ceci n'est pas un poet, originally uploaded by emdot.

Oh sigh.

I brought my computer down to Orange County with me this weekend. My dad is a big computer nerd, always bragging about buidling this and improving that and updating that and whoop-do-doo doo doo bleep bloop (which is what my brain says as people begin to talk computers).

My computer has been at capacity for a couple of months. I keep having to delete things (lots of things) so that it will work. He said, "bring it down, we'll give you a new hard drive and update this and super charge that and bionic that and on and on bleep bloop."

What do you need to save? asked my dad.

My photos and music. Well, and everything in My documents. Can we do that?

Yes, he said.

Okay, then. Everything in my documents.


You know what happened right? My photos and music = GONE!

My fault, ultimately, because I didn't have anything backed up (my CD burner dealie bob stopped working in 05 and I just treated it with a dose of Denial and Whatever (a wreckless policy).

So, my fault. But that doesn't mean I'm happy about it. All my photos!! Fewer than 10% of my photos are on Flickr... so while I still have my Flickr photos, I don't have most of my photos. And since I rarely post photos of family or family events, those are all gone.

So, my fault. BUT STILL.

-- tears --

Today I will rigorously practice non-attachment.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Lost contacts

Lost contacts, originally uploaded by publicenergy.

ha ha ha. that title has made me laugh a few times this morning. dave wild does it again. :)

Monday, October 06, 2008

hitherto unidentified bovine

hitherto unidentified bovine, originally uploaded by emdot.

just sharing with you the little things that crack me up for really no good reason.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

and-uh one-uh and-uh two-uh

i've watched this 10 times now. i'm hoping to watch it 10 more.