It can only be what it is...

Saturday, February 26, 2011

PC Haiku

Windows Vista Crashed,
I am the blue screen of death,
No one hears your screams,

My old laptop died yesterday, hard drive gave up it,s last breath. I knew this was coming , several weeks of erratic behaviour ending in a cough, sputter and final breath.
I had been on the look-out for a while for a new one and well, yesterday went out and got her( use of personal pronoun for illustrative purposes only -not trying to be misogynistic or anything of the sort).
Wow , she is fun, loads of RAM , Hard drive space and Windows 7. Everything that Vista wanted to be but wasn't. For now until Windows 8 comes out I am revelling in being up to date and having a computer that actually performs to its expectations.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Passing of a co-worker

I found out today about someone who, at the hospital where I work, had died over the week-end. It was sudden to say the least. No one knew she was  sick. She had confided once to me that she had Crones. A disease affecting her intestines. Not more that two weeks ago she went in for tests thinking it was related to her disease to end up having a biopsy of her liver, to full blown liver failure and her passing over the week-end.
What to say,
It is customary where I work that the management places a photo of the employee , flowers and a book for everyone to write their condolences.
I always have a hard time with the writing of condolences, words are so shallow, they can never express enough, or take away the loss.
I had met her son once, I feel compelled to write something, so I imagine I will. Although what ,
at times does escape me.

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Fly -Short video

Can't get it to embed , sorry about that,

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day

No love without courage,

No courage without fear

Interesting thoughts on this day of hearts....

Friday, February 11, 2011

Sitting in a group for the first time

At my place of work , a sitting group has started up. On our lunch hours we assemble in a physiotherapy room , some in chairs, some on Seiza benches and some on Zafu's , and sit for 30 minutes.
Aside from instruction that I had received at a Zendo, I have never sat with anyone else before.
It was an interesting experience.
Most had no idea what they were doing, or what to do, but all had a desire to try sitting in meditation.
Leading the group is an experienced practitioner in the Thich Nich Hanh tradition who did a great job of instruction.
Sitting with others, being distracted occasionally when people fidget, adds to the challenge of staying focused on the breath to be sure.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

New Frontiers

Going to be starting something new this week. As a family we are signing up at the local YMCA for mainly exercise and losing weight. What I like about it , is that my youngest is going to be able to swim in the pool. She adores water, but has no fear at all.
What I am also looking forward to is returning back to Yoga classes. They are included in the membership and about 6 years ago when I had taken some classes regularly for a while I really noticed an improvement in my flexibility, posture, sleep and a myriad of other things.
As I get older I am starting to see the suppleness ebb away, hopefully this is the trick to at least hold it at bay for a while.
My wife and daughter however have forbade me to partake in the same class as them, something about downward facing moron...

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Time to put my money where my mouth is...

Is it wrong for me to feel anxiety for my thirteen year old daughter ?
She has been recently chosen to take part in an International student exchange that has her traveling to India for two weeks .
Part of me has to admit that it's a trip that I would have loved to partake with her, and the Dad in me is worried about the myriad of health risks , dysentery, malaria etc. 
On the other hand I did sign off on the trip as I can't imagine denying her the opportunity to make friends there and actually visit some of the Holy Sites and see that country at her age !. Their itinerary has them visiting several temples and holy sites along with some of the more touristic attractions.
Has anyone been to India recently that might offer some advice or tips to for her to stay healthy while there ? They will be billeted with families that live in the New Delhi area and will travel around from there.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

My top ten List

10. Don't ponder
9. View all problems as challenges
8. Investigate yourself
7. Be gentle with yourself
6. Accept everything that arises
5. Don't expect anything
4.  Don't cling to anything and don't reject anything
3.  Don't rush

2.  Don't strain
1.  Let go