Stupidly awesome bit featuring Tom Hanks on Conan's show.

...that all virtues, when practiced regularly, grow in size. Cultivate the virtues of love, kindness, joy, - and you will be rewarded with a life filled with love, kindness and joy.

"One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious."---Carl Jung

...that white folk think all foreigners look alike. I was talking to my co-worker who said she can't distinguish between Asians or Hispanics or blacks. She said she'd make a bad witness, jokingly said that it's either Wesley Snipes or Jackie Chan. It reminded me of last week when I was buying coffee. I was wearing my shirt with the Philippines embroidered on it. The barista looked at it, and smugly asked, "Indonesia?" I said no, the Philippines. He just shrugged and said, "Close enough." Bastard.

...sometimes cats are good role models. Sometimes one of the best things you can do is simply take a nap in the delicious sunshine.

"Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods."---Japanese proverb

I was so proud to be a New Yorker after the State Senate legalized gay marriage. At work yesterday, we had the TV on and of course, it was the big news. One of my patients said our grandparents and great-grandparents must be rolling in their graves. He said we never used to talk about homosexuality and nobody came out, blah blah blah. The Archbishop said this new law undermines our society and that the Catholic Church will not hire gay married couples. Pfftt. Like they'd want to work for them any way. Now I know the Church has to maintain its public stance. And to their credit, I read that their opposition to all of Governor Andrew Cuomo's efforts were really weak, almost half-hearted. So maybe the Church will eventually move into the 21st century.

I don't understand what the big deal is. The Bible itself is full of "immoral" tales and characters. What is so wrong with a loving same sex couple wanting to be together legally, or wanting to raise a child together? What's wrong? Priests molesting children then getting transferred to other parishes where they can continue doing their dastardly deeds. In this day and age when kids are killing themselves for being bullied, how about THEIR right to life? Respect for these kids' lives.

So again, THANK YOU NY Senate and Guv'ner! I am straight but very happy for my gay friends and relatives. This was about human rights and civil liberties. Freedom won.

It is you who are choosing, in any moment, to be happy. Or choosing to be sad. Or choosing to be angry, or forgiving, or enlightened, or whatever. You are choosing. YOU.---Neale Donald Walsh

"At any moment you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit, or further away from it."---Thich Nhat Hanh

Be a bringer of the Light. For your light can do more than illuminate your own path, your light can be the light which truly lights the world.---Neale Donald Walsh

"In summer, the song sings itself."---William Carlos Williams

Dear friends, I want to share with you this little story that is attributed to the ancient Chinese sage Lao Tzu: A man discovered that his ax was missing, and he suspected his neighbor's son. The boy walked like a thief, looked like a thief, and spoke a thief. A few days later, the man found his ax under some leaves by the garden shed, and the next time he saw his neighbor's son, the boy walked, looked, and spoke like any other child. End of story. How to be free of the veil of illusion? Perceive things (situations, people, events etc.) predominantly through awareness (presence) rather than thought. Even just observing the mind's compulsive and constant judging is the beginning of freedom. Be at peace by making peace with the present moment.---Eckhart Tolle

Happy Summer Solstice! Peace and blessings to all.

Barack Obummer

Here's an interesting article about fathers. I'm still searching for evidence of my father's love.

"Every man can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad." Happy Father's Day to all good dads out there!

"Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup." From a car with other stickers that say "Something Wiccan This Way Comes", "Men Who Change Diapers Change the World", and "Have a Faerie Nice Day".

...that kindness doesn't go unanswered. Even though it seems like thanks and acknowledgments for good deeds are in short supply, God notices them. When you feel like giving up because gratitude eludes, remember that God is delighted in your efforts. Don't stop showing kindness because you feel unappreciated, the author of good things appreciates you very much.

"Do not chase anything, but instead, ask and be open to receiving."---Doreen Virtue

"Have compassion upon yourself. You've always done the best that you could do at each moment. Forgive yourself for what you think you've done or not done. Release guilt or regrets and allow yourself to enjoy this moment fully."---Doreen Virtue

Well actually, a series of text messages. I had left a co-worker a Post-It note last night because of a scheduling mishap. She left me a note saying I should stop bossing her around. I texted her back this morning that I'm trying a new thing---Be Like ____ (another co-worker who's pretty bossy). Here's the exchange that followed:
H: I am glad you are trying new things but you may want to rethink your agenda. J (her husband) said I forgot to add Barbra Streisand. (Back story: H loves Babs, so we've gotten into the habit of just randomly texting "Barbra Streisand" to each other once in a while.)

Me: Patti Lupone

H: Are we randomly naming broadway stars now? Is there certain criteria they have to meet? Female, singers? Bernadette Peters.

Me: Broadway divas. I'll allow Cher.

H: Cher? How about Judy Garland?

Me: Judy Garland's fine.

H: I'll submit a list for your approval.

Because of the tense atmosphere at work right now, I was thankful for this.

Can ice cream be considered health food because I added strawberries and blueberries?

I have one thing to say to people who send one-word texts: DON'T. (Why should I have to get charged AND pay for a "k" or "yes/no"?)

And another thing to people who call after 9 PM for non-urgent matters: DON'T. (Didn't your mother ever teach you to be respectful of other people? You can't assume that people are awake at that time. What if I decided to make it an early night?)

"Courage is the power to let go of the familiar."---Raymond Lindquist

Turn the mind inward and cease thinking of yourself as the body; thereby you will come to know that the self is ever happy. Neither grief nor misery is experienced in this state. ~Sri Ramana Maharshi

that "Real Americans" are nice to liberal Northeast elitists. Sorry Palin!

Wag more, bark less.

Well today was a lousy day at work. D gave her two weeks' notice because our boss can't man up and stand by his employees. I guess I needed to see this quote from Thich Nhat Hanh: "Smile, breathe, and go slowly."

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~ Lao Tzu

A huge THANK YOU! to the technician at New York Presbyterian Radiology who only charged me $100 to get CDs of my MRIs, instead of the $200 it was supposed to cost.

"People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them."---Epictetus

It's National Cancer Survivors' Day. God bless you all.

And, it's my doggy nephew Zack's birthday as well. Happy Birthday beloved!

"Speak a new language so that the world will be a new world."---Rumi


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