It would have cost $8131! How did I do it? The long and winding road of big fat frequent flyer miles, obtained by opening credit cards and spending money quickly. I had no idea! Thanks to my travel guru, Pam, I learned that people fly all around the world for almost free by opening and closing credit cards that offer big miles bonuses. It’s her … Continue reading Round trip to Chennai, India this winter, including business class one way, for $200!
I’ve been blessed to live so close to Cloud Mountain Retreat Center, a Buddhist retreat center in SW Washington. I drive up the crunchy gravel road to this rustic, woodland center and breathe deeply of quiet, green, and home. The Center offers primarily vippassana retreats, with a smattering of other Buddhist and spiritual lineages. This Theravada tradition is what I call “the Buddha’s basic teachings … Continue reading Cloud Mountain Retreat Center- my spiritual home (enjoy this slide show)
The Buddha said to kill him if I saw him on the road. I don’t think he would mind if I referred to him as Bob. This is not a religion of worship. This is a religion of how to live life, one moment at a time. The Buddha is my life teacher. I discovered vippassana meditation more than 20 years ago, and it has … Continue reading Bob the Buddha
Dear Lover, I am on the path to find you, somewhere, somehow, the woman with whom to spend the rest of this wonderful life. Twenty-five or thirty years? It’s never too late, my love! We’re older, wiser, juicier, bolder, even with sagging boobs and sore knees. My beloved, I care not for your physical quirks, but for your soft skin and your amazing mind and … Continue reading the quest
I made a great choice to buy a condo at Columbia Ecovillage in Northeast Portland. I was lonely, tired of the American dream of the single family home, and ready to experiment with community living. I took a tour of several communities sponsored by a national Co-housing Association and immediately fell in love with the land, gardens and feel of this almost-4-acre property, with farmhouse and … Continue reading Loving Columbia Ecovillage, my cohousing community