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“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” ? Shannon L. Alder I’ve been thinking about this for some time, finally it gelled. I have a couple of hard drives that have died, for one reason or another. Both of them have some of my pictures on them; however, most of my photos are on my main computer and I use Crash Plan as my…

Well, here it is, birthday number 52. It’s a wonderfully warm day in Charlotte, quite in contrast to what it was last week, when we had about 8 inches of snow on the ground! This particular birthday is not necessarily a milestone, like 50, or something. I’ve learned so much in my life and wouldn’t trade any of my experiences at all. As far as I’m concerned, I have a perfect life, just as it should be, complete with challenges…

Picking chrysanthemums along the eastern fence, gazing in silence at the southern hills, the birds fly home in pairs, through the soft mountain air of dusk. In all these things there is a deep meaning, but when we’re about to express it, we suddenly forget the words. ~Tao Qian I ran into this poem in the book, What is Tao, by Alan Watts and thought it fit perfectly in line with a couple of posts that I read, one from…

Since I’ve been back from ‘down under’, people want to know what it was like. My answer, in general, is that Sydney was rather like New York City, only much, much farther away. The main difference being that the people drove on the left side of the street and some talked with an Aussie accent, but certainly no one spoke like Crocodile Dundee! There was little that was unique and many things quite familiar. Each morning, I walked past 7-11…

I just finished reading a book, The Very Cool Life Code by Drew Rozell, PhD. In it he talks, of course, about having a very cool life. As I read through this book, which is pretty short, no nonsense, and to the point, I came to the realization that: Hey! I have a pretty cool life already, but am very much on the way to making it a very cool life. Yesterday, as I walked out from having my monthly…

Our school’s grandmaster came to give a workshop last year on Tai Chi spear form. I really like to hear our Sifu and our grandmaster talk. There are always pearls of wisdom to be found if you listen closely. Words to live by. On this particular visit, Grandmaster spoke of being your martial art. In particular, about weapons. He said that you must practice until the weapon is no longer a weapon, but has become a part of you. Your…

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