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Off to the NYNOW Gift Fair at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC, the theme this Year, LIFESTYLE+GIFT.

One of the best, it is huge, the biannual show features trends and shops on the Show floor, from around the Country and the World really.   144 more words


New book smell

One of my first book orders of the year arrived today. Started with the editor’s foreword and can’t wait to read Muir’s essays.

I wonder if it is the chemicals in the paper or someone accidentally pouring a bottle of perfume (also chemicals) into the book producing process, or am I simply imagining the whiff of lavender as I leaf through the pages. 19 more words

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{WWDH} Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

We haven’t done sweets in a while with Wednesdays with Donna Hay so this week’s theme – Small Sweet Sensations – was just right.  Course I planned it that way by picking the theme. 93 more words


Zen Story: Perspective

In a village in China, there lived a farmer. One fine day, his horse ran away. When the neighbors heard, they immediately came to express their pity. 218 more words

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Memorable reads of 2015

I don’t read enough, much less read enough new books to be able to write a list of ‘best books of 2015’.  I did read some lovely books last year that are worth mentioning and maybe you may like them as well! 743 more words

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Zen Story: Full Awareness

After a decade of apprenticeship, Tenno was promoted to the rank of a Zen teacher. On a beautiful rainy day, he went to visit the famous master Nan-in. 167 more words

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Zen Story: the overflowing cup

Once upon a time, the Zen Master had a visitor. The professor had spent many years reading and teaching philosophy. He was very excited to finally meet the Master and couldn’t stop talking about Zen. 89 more words

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