We Bless this Food

“Earth, water, fire, air and space combine to make this food.
Numberless beings gave their lives and labor that we may eat.
May we be nourished that we may nourish life.”
(learned at Upaya)

Dog Park Diary 120530

Dog Park Diary – 120529

Dog Park Diary 120528

We settle into a routine. To the dog park three times a day if we are home all day. Bitsy checks out all the smells, does her business, chases away any rabbits, and then comes to me (I’m trying to practice meditation), sits, gazes into my downcast eyes and whines for me to find another dog for her to play with. Perhaps it is a combination of my meditation and hers — this one was a doozy. She hadn’t been off the leash for two days, and when we got back to our cozy little home Bitsy required her first ever bath. Our cozy (etc) nevertheless smells vaguely of New Mexico dust whenever Bitsy sets foot inside.

We also paid off Two Bears for fixing all the plumbing in the trailer (except the toilet which was already pretty new and the hot water heater that I do not dare think about turning on). Now Two Bears has gone of to Silver City to fight the fires and I think every thing is AOK except my rear view mirrors.

And I got a little more serious about photographing cactus flowers.

Sunday evening realized that the two most important things I have written about are: levels of orgsnization and emergent properties, so I spent all morning reorganizing this blog so people can find them. I think you will now find these listed under the categories to the left,which will take you to all that I have written on the blog on that subject. It makes an interesting flow if you start in 2009 and work through. I printed them all out so I could maybe write a summary.

Dog Park Diary 130527 We Had FUN

But this morning we were met at the dog park by a little thing as big as Bitsy’s foot, She so wanted to play. It would be like you playing with an elephant. Risky if you don’t know each other.

And besides that, although Bitsy may not have fully appreciated sitting in the car, the meeting of the Upaya local Sangha was excellent and gave me one really core idea for future Bare Bones Biology spots and the new book. 🙂

Compassion is not Enough

Compassion is not enough.


Is this not the best imagery you have ever seen? Sent by a friend in Berkeley to whom this reality is a great tragedy, and rightly so, but I think the tragedy might not be exactly where we are looking, so i answered (below).

If people would (open their eyes) to understand how the ecosystem works and how much more magnificent it is than any human achievement, and how easy it would be to avoid what we are doing to it. But in fact, that’s not how evolution works, and we are an evolutionarily unfit species. So, all through the history of earth every one and every thing has died so that life may live. That’s only tragic if one doesn’t understand the magnificence of life itself — or if one thinks man kind should be in charge. I mean except for me and you; we worked hard to make something better so it seems tragic, but evolution didn’t think it WAS better — probably because we are not a species that uses our brain to work together for the common welfare. So to those of us who tried to do that, it seems tragic because we failed to get the rest of us to come along. But because we did fail and they didn’t come along, that suggests it’s not tragic that our species self-destructs. Better than destroying every last living thing. Whatever causes the least amount of suffering.