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More Monarchs

I made a video of some more monarch shots. This was all taken in Southern Ontario. I have to say, the butterflies seem to like our backyard. 82 more words


White Slap of Hail

white slap of hail

on my face and we’re not even



This poem was written in response to Carpe Diem Utabukuro, the poem-bag #1 re-introduction “a single tulip”, another great prompt at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, in which Chèvrefeuille asked us to choose a haiku or tanka we admire and write our own haiku inspired by it.   94 more words


Haibun as a journey within

   Basho by Hokusai (image from Wikimedia Commons)

The term haibun was first used by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) to describe the short pieces of prose he wrote about his  travels.   307 more words


Alex Caldiero: Astrophysicist at Large

This morning I began reading a manuscript Alex gave me last week. He has been reproducing his notebooks, most recently the three-volume set from 2005: … 61 more words

The Woman at the Inn

The radiance serenely illuminates the whole vast universe…

–Zen Master Zhangzhou Xiucai

A woman ran the inn at a station on the pilgrimage route at Hara, a village under Mount Fuji.

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Chèvrefeuille has written about the freestyle haiku of Basho from 1683 to 1685. It’s called Kanshicho. I enjoyed the sound of Kanshicho so much I wrote a ‘tribute’ series: 79 more words


Buddhism as Dialogue -- Alan Watts

I was discussing last night the bodhisattva doctrine in Mahayana Buddhism and comparing it, or relating it to the two great tendencies in Indian spirituality: anti-worldliness, or other worldliness, and world affirmation, and showing how the idea that the highest kind of a Buddha is in a certain way a non-Buddha. 5,804 more words