Tag: Personal

A nice flying scissor kick! Delivered during a sparing match Well, the demonstration/festival is over. Today was a fantastic day. We had a large turn out. I got to do a bit of Tai Chi, a lot of photography, and hang out with good friends and meet new people. Tonight is the dinner. Between now and then, I’ll relax a little bit, look at some of the 1,472 photos that I took (egad!), take a shower, and get ready for…

This is a photo of my sash and associated patch and chevrons. When I look at this sash, the chevrons and the patch tell of a personal story. My own story. Two of my favorite authors, in the area of personal growth are James Hollis, a Jungian Psychologist and author, and Joseph Campbell who wrote a lot about myths, traditions, and symbols and how they are necessary in society. The chevrons and the patch, though just cloth, are symbolic of…

Click on Hobbs to view the book. I went out for a 20 minute walk through the field across the street from my apartment. During that time, when all was quiet and Hobbs and I had the field to ourselves, I reminisced about what it was like to be a kid again and playing in the snow. Hobbs, of course, showed me the way. I decided to to put together a little PDF. So click on Hobbs to view it…

The Japanese master Nan-in gave audience to a professor of philosophy. Serving tea, Nan-in filled his visitor’s cup, and kept pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he could restrain himself no longer: “Stop! The cup is over full, no more will go in.” Nan-in said: “Like this cup, you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup.” The other day, a coworker of mine, Nigel, said something…

As I have mentioned, Tony is away for school. He is at a preparatory school in New Hampshire. I stopped in to view a couple of basketball games this weekend. I was impressed with his play and his growth as a young man. He seems to be more self-regulating. That is, he knows that, at least partially, that cutting corners on work will not get the job done and that it is important for him to do well academically as…

Getting ready for an interview, I sat there in the chair, watching the dust motes float through the air. I was thinking about how long it has been since I had a face-to-face interview. The answer? Six years. No, it’s not because I have kept a specific job for six years, I have had four jobs in that time. The last three I got over the phone. I went to my closet to try on my suit that I had…

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