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Heartbreak song #1: What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?

August 29, 2008   |   2 Comments

Jimmy Ruffin [audio:Ruffin.mp3] While writing my book on heartbreak (“The Wisdom of a Broken Heart,” due out in September ’09), I’ve turned again and again to that time honored source of knowledge and solace: music. Here are the lyrics to my current all-time fave. It is just so wrenching and poetic. Grab a kleenex and enjoy. WHAT BECOMES OF THE... READ MORE

Zen Judaism: E-mail from Dad that made me laugh so hard

August 25, 2008   |   7 Comments

· If there is no self, whose arthritis is this? · Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated? · Drink tea and nourish life; with the first sip, joy; with the second sip, satisfaction; with the third sip, peace; with the fourth, a Danish. · Wherever you go, there you are. Your luggage is another story.... READ MORE

One More Day

August 9, 2008   |   9 Comments

So this is what I’ve ended up with, with around 30 hours to go before returning home after one month away. 48,366 words and many short chapters. Laid out as follows: “The Wisdom of a Broken Heart” TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction Part One: Relax Chapter One: How the Light Gets In Chapter Two: Depression vs. Sadness Chapter Three: Nothing Happens... READ MORE

Four More Days

August 6, 2008   |   4 Comments

Only four more days until I go home. I’m at Shambhala Mountain Center right now, where I’ve been for the past few days. I’m sitting in my very favorite room in the Shambhala Lodge–#308—watching and listening to the thunder and lightning and the sound of rain. Of course it’s nowhere near as luxurious as where I was house sitting, but... READ MORE

What it's like to write

August 3, 2008   |   1 Comment

This from Philip Pullman, author of “His Dark Materials” trilogy, which I love. To read the whole interview, click here. Thank you, Mr. Pullman. Very clear and wonderful. I especially like this: Then I read it all again and think it’s horrible, and get very depressed. That’s one of the things you have to put up with. I hear that.... READ MORE

Practicing Buddhism and Marriage

July 31, 2008   |   Leave a reply

An article in the upcoming issue of “We’re So Close, It’s Lonely” Click on this nutty illustration of me to read this essay on loneliness in intimate relationships.

Halfway Home

July 29, 2008   |   8 Comments

So I can’t believe it, but I’m halfway through my sojourn in the clouds. I feel so sad and happy about this. Of course, almost nothing turned out the way I thought it would, but it has been a momentous time nonetheless. I’m still not sure why. Let me see if I can recount some possibilities. From a spiritual practice... READ MORE

Day Seven

July 17, 2008   |   11 Comments

This is the 7th day of writing/meditation retreat. Things are beginning to get interesting. Last night, I drove the 10 miles to Shambhala Mountain Center to hear Sakyong Mipham give a talk and in-depth meditation instruction. It was wonderful to see him, beyond wonderful, indescribable. Anyone who has had the great fortune to find a spiritual teacher, the teacher for... READ MORE

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