Monthly Archives of: May 2015

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Heart Blossom

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May one’s heart blossom 

to a true compassion

and a love

for nature

 

May one’s compassion blossom

to a true heart

and a nature

for love

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[Side Note:  My wife, Marla, though there have been complications, continues to do much better, improving following her shoulder replacement therapy.] 

Heart of the Sunrise. (From my sister-in-law Mary's yard) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Heart of the Sunrise. (From my sister-in-law Mary’s yard) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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My absence…

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I have not been blogging lately.  The reason why is that my wife, Marla, had to have surgery recently.  She had a total shoulder replacement done.  I have not had time to do any blogging due to helping her with things.  Perhaps I will be able to blog once in a while soon; we will see.  The surgery went well… and she is recovering better than expected.  Marla has a very delicate constitution and is extremely fragile.  A lot of this has to do with the Wilson’s Disease that she has.  Wilson’s Disease is a rare disorder; it is genetic and involves the inability of the body to metabolize copper.  The copper can then act as a poison within individuals who are not properly treated for the disease.  Related to the Wilson’s Disease, Marla has very severe neck dystonia… wherein her neck muscles become extremely tense and rigid; she gets botox injections to help treat the dystonia.  For a long time, Marla was on penicillamine to treat the Wilson’s.  However, that medication had so many side-effects that it was almost as bad as having the disease itself.  Marla, likely due to the penicillamine, developed ARDS and almost died.  Then she had to have neck surgery for collapsed neck vertebrae, a surgery that took 11 hours and caused her to have very limited swallowing ability.  Now she mostly receives nutrition via a gastrostomy tube that goes to her stomach area.  I help her with the enteral feedings and various things, and it is time consuming.  These days, Wilson’s Disease is easily treated with zinc; the zinc has, fortunately, little or no side effects.  Marla bravely contends with her physical problems; she often helps others (who have Wilson’s Disease or dystonia) to better understand things about those ailments; she, as a person, is as sweet as can be and is an extremely wonderful and very understanding person.  I am honored to be married to her and want to make sure that she does well throughout the recovery process.

 Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

 

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The light with no opposite… (Multi-Photo)

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The world is

The world is

becoming more

and more

insane and

insensitive;

but one

must remain

must remain

very sane

and 

very sensitive.

Deep light

transcends

the darkness

and is…

and is

unaffected

by it.

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Grape Hyacinths (1).  Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Grape Hyacinths (1). Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Grape Hyacinths (2) (Color Pencil, Digital) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Grape Hyacinths (2) (Color Pencil, Digital) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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Peace…

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Peace is everyone’s responsibility.  We must all go beyond violence and care for one another.  One is different from, but not separate from, whom one perceives.

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I’m 63 years old and I’ve kept tropical fish ever since I was in the 5th grade.  I even had an aquarium in my college dorms when I went to college.  For a long time now, I’ve been keeping, raising, and breeding, various forms of miniature catfish called Corydoras (“Cory” catfish).  In terms of peace, all of the species of the genus Corydoras are totally peaceful and non-belligerent; I have never, in all the years that I’ve had them, ever observed them acting aggressively or being hostile to one another, or toward other fish.   I was taking photographs of my miniature Corydoras Reticulated Julii Catfish when I noticed them laying eggs.  In the bottom photograph, the female is with a male (doing their thing); look closely at her bottom ventral fins; she is holding two eggs in those fins (as the fins are held together in a prayer-like fashion).  Later (after they are fertilized) she will (carry them around for quite some time) and then secure them to plant leaves or upon the aquarium glass.  (These catfish are definitely good for going green while keeping aquarium fish.  They do not require aquarium heaters, and two separate aquariums can be maintained with a 4 watt air pump.)  Corydoras are, like I mentioned, extremely peaceful… (plus they are beautiful and are always comical in their actions).

 

Trio of Corydoras trilineatus. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Trio of Corydoras trilineatus. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Corydoras trilineatus mating with eggs below clasped in female's bottom fins.  Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Corydoras trilineatus mating with eggs below clasped in female’s bottom fins. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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1/4 Inch Long Wild Violet Flower

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Violet was a girl

with very few faults

she could sing and dance

and do somersaults

 

Violet was quite pretty

just as a flower

she loved to be in her garden

even during a shower

 

Violet blossomed in time

and loved to sun-bathe outdoors

she liked nature wild,

was never found in stores

 

All girls are Violets

in their own special way

they need never fear death,

while inevitably withering away

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 Wild Violet; one of many in the backyard. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Wild Violet; one of many in the backyard. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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Going beyond the melancholy and blue…

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If you are melancholy and blue, transcend what you are.  This can be done by, without method, being highly observant from moment to moment, without clinging to the methods, systems, and stale images that were seeded within (and “as”) you.  If one often merely perceives with (and “as”) stale, redundant images that one constantly “recognizes” things with… then one is seeing what was taught; and that is the old, stale, antiquated, and musty “known.”  Perceive without that dust-laden past… and one may see joyfully without merely just recognizing.  That may bring real ecstasy.  Then one won’t be blue any longer… unless one is an Indigo Bunting.

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Returning Indigo Bunting. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Returning Indigo Bunting. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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Dragon King (Multi-Photo)

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Mighty dexterous Dragon King

far back as the Carboniferous

heavy-bodied, strong flying,

adroit acrobat of the air

with iridescent soap-bubble-like wings

an aerodynamic, amphibious, predatory, territorial glider

who hunts on the wing

and who has to answer to

nobody

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Dragon in his Lair. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Dragon in his Lair. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Dragon in his Lair. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Dragon in his Lair. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

 

 

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To look, without all that slop, on a fine Spring Day… (Multi-photo)

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To look, on a fine Spring Day,

at what you are not

from what you are…

takes an assimilated separation 

of “me” and “not me.”

But that looking isn’t “looking”…

it’s merely repeatedly hurling what was absorbed.

 

To really look, on a fine Spring Day,

at what’s real,

is to look without separation,

without the gobbled “known.”

And that means looking 

without the ingested “me” or “I”…

for otherwise, it’s habitually regurgitating 

what was consumed.

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Together as one. (1)  Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Together as one. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Together as one. (Color Pencil rendition). (2)  Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Together as one. (Color Pencil rendition). (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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That neverending tree… (Multi-Photo)

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We’re all flowers of that neverending tree

and if we don’t ever blossom

we won’t be open, wise, and free

 

None of us are separate within that immense, majestic being

but if perception doesn’t see it

it really isn’t seeing

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Eastern Redbud Study.  (1)  Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Eastern Redbud Study. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Eastern Redbud Study.  (2)  Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Eastern Redbud Study. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

 

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Reality and Un (Multi-Photo)

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You can choose your friends but you can’t choose your reality.  Either face reality as it really is or adhere to something false that will render you blind in the long run. That is the gist of it!  (Facing reality as it really is involves looking without the accumulated past… involves not looking with what you were “taught.”  Very few are willing or able to do that.  To face reality as it really is involves there being no fear, no desire according to someone’s system and promises… involves looking very scientifically, but without hoarded conclusions and beliefs.   Most feel naked and afraid without being clothed in accumulated beliefs, practices, methodologies, and conclusions.)

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Resting Fledgling. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Resting Fledgling. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Resting Fledgling. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Resting Fledgling. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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Deep S. (Multi-Photo)

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eternity is not an “over there”

it’s a “right here” (or nowhere)

wisdom is not merely a memorized quote

it is (beyond words and what all the sages wrote)

going deep joyfully transcends a six line poem

cow pies in sunny pastures bake where bovines roam

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Deep in the foliage.(1)  Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Deep in the foliage.(1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Deep in the foliage.(2)  Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Deep in the foliage.(2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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Practicing something to get to the truth. (Multi-Photo)

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I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again:   Just as true humility or love cannot be mechanically practiced, neither is there any real practice to discover truth.  Discovering and living the truth is too profound and dynamic for it to merely come about by way of calculated practices.  Real mindfulness and true meditation is being truly and profoundly alive (beyond mere methodology)… and no one on earth can, nor will they ever, practice being alive.

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At the Edges. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

At the Edges. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

At the Edges. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

At the Edges. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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The story of the lagging worker…

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His boss wanted to fire him because he was accused, by his coworkers, of moving at a snail’s pace.  

“I realize that I’m a bit sluggish,”  he exclaimed, while red with embarrassment.”  He then said, “There are a lot of sluggards in my family, I know; we were brought up wrong, and some of us are trying our best to get out of the vicious spiral that we are in; please give me another chance.”

“Well, OK,” said his boss, with a straight face.

And so he happily continued in his job of cleaning the inside glass of aquariums… not once thinking that his job sucks.  

[If you are still working for an employer, remember this little story, and realize that (in deep reflection) the observer may not be all that separate from the observed.]

Red Ramshorn Snail. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Red Ramshorn Snail. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015