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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Recommendation # 385—Tricycle Magazine

Mother of pearl mala on a photo of a stupa in Tibet.

For all you Buddhists and non-Buddhists out there, I have a recommendation. I always like to pass the neat things I find along and let you know they're out there. This one is for the ever-popular tricycle magazine.

First, know that I'm not a big reader of Buddhist text. I do my homework, but when it comes to reading I'd rather read my book club material, which is usually terrific fiction. But this latest copy of tricycle, with Jeff Bridges on the cover, makes me squirm with delight. Really. It's that good.

Every article is thoughtful but interesting (those two don't always go together), well laid out and designed, and the whole things presents so many different views and insights into Buddhism and meditation that the articles are like the lights cast by a prism. One insight alone is enough to inspire and delight your day.

The art work alone impresses me. And the editing is flawless. All in all, this is a good read to pick up if you're wanting something a little positive in your day. It's another way to call yourself back to mindfulness and remind you of the principles of compassion. I read mine while I eat lunch, in between stringing malas and caring for the house/dog/family.

And the best thing? It's available through school magazine drives now. So if you know a kid who's trying to support their school by selling magazine subscriptions (this is the time to find one—it's an early back-to-school activity), grab the kid and sign up. Then let the kid go, because really, you don't want to have to care for and feed someone else's kid for very long.

Okay, that was recommendation #385—tricycle magazine. (Okay guys, can I have my free subscription now? Or at least a tricycle mug?)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Far From The Maddening Crowd

An Idyllic end of Summer stroll in the hills!
A grove of red manzanita trees...

Manzanita bark used to be used as tea.......Unidentified small red flower....manzanita berries...

The gentle end of Summer and beginning of Fall. A walk, a hike, no...a photo stroll down the Idyllwild hillside with our cameras. The smell of...nothing. No cars, no perfumes, no food, just fresh. And then the afterlayer of pine smell. Gentle, fresh breezes. Living creatures. A butterfly, dragonfly, and hummingbird take turns circling us and zipping on their merry way.

A blessed afternoon, a moment of refreshment. Ah, late August. Is there anything at all better in the world?

To interrupt my poetic reverie, I have to say that for our friends south of the equator, late August means something else entirely. A friend in Australia right now is eager for Spring to begin!
Begin the beguine.

Summer has always been my favorite time of year.