Ease or Flexibility

Life is sound, i.e. vibrations. If you slow a pitch down enough it is just clicks. We hear because of the pulsing—the giving and taking away. Light is just pulsing sped up faster than our physical bodies can detect the separate waves. The search for ease is often misunderstood to be stillness or the lack…

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Achieving vs. Accepting

I have realized after many years that taking time to acknowledge success is just as important as striving to be better. If you never stop to acknowledge yourself, it’s like taking a hike and never stopping to enjoy the view. There is not a conflict between being grateful for what you have and where you…

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Social good vs. Socialism

Social good is something that benefits the largest number of people in the largest possible way… (https://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/social_good.asp) …socialism is based on the idea that common or public ownership of resources and means of production leads to a more equal society. (https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-e&q=socialism+definition, what does socialism mean in simple terms) Often one thinks of golf as the…

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What will we do…or not do

I finally decided to suffer the violence and watch Squid Games, the show that everyone is talking about. It brings up so many questions about what we will do to stay alive, how connected or disconnected is trust and honesty, and what we did to get into positions where we have to make difficult choices.…

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Competition with Yourself or Others

Competition has been trumped (pun intended) by wining at all cost. It took me along time to accept that I was competitive. I remember playing softball in high school gym class. I hung out with the less than athletic bunch. We were always on a team together, and they didn’t care about winning. I remember…

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Needs or Desires

What is enough? Since moving my mother out of a 2,500 square foot house (with about 2,000 sq. feet of basement) that she lived in for 50 years, I’ve been rethinking stuff. I am a collector. I love books, paper, bottles, glass, jewelry, and most things that sparkle. Most of my “things” have stories to…

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Doing vs. Feeling

As I was hiking the Swiss Alps, using walking sticks, I felt like I had four legs. I first did this back in the mountains of Colorado after I found some dried Aspen roots that I used for walking sticks. Later I scurried up desert rocks using my hands as two more paws. I mentioned…

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Complaining or Appreciating

I was stuck three days in an Italian hotel room quarantined with Covid. After I got over feeling guilty for not taking a test sooner and possibly infecting others, for not getting a second booster before I left, for letting down my trio because we had to cancel the concert in Udine, for having the…

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Opinion vs. Fact

I would love to have some place where people with differing views can talk and listen to each other. I find that sometimes I cannot even talk with my left leaning friends because they so strongly hold their beliefs as gospel as much as my right leaning friends do. This actually relates to music as…

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Labeling or Observing

I was lucky enough to meet and play with wonderful improvisers from the U.S., E.U and Great Britain during the “Ictus Music Festival” at Teatro Out/Off in Milan, July 4-7, 2022. “Ictus” is Andrea Centazzo’s label celebrating 45 years. Four days of wonderful improvisations where Centazzo combined players in different ensembles. The way people listened,…

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