A Nan Buddhist Park—a place for quiet contemplation

After a recent hike, I visited A Nan Monastery and Buddhist Statue Park in Gainesville, Florida. The park has been in development since 2010. In 2011, the yellow  building was constructed, and was designed to resemble a temple in Vietnam. Although it looks small from the outside, it contains 3,144 square feet of usable space.Continue reading “A Nan Buddhist Park—a place for quiet contemplation”

Why do we have hobbies?

For the video version of this essay, scroll to the bottom for a YouTube link. One of my students asked me a question. She asked, “Why do people have hobbies?” And I started writing a reply, but it’s a complicated question. The concept of hobbies is relatively new. There was a time when survival wasContinue reading “Why do we have hobbies?”

Always Moving Forward

There are so many things I’d like to do; that I’d like to accomplish. And I think it’s time to start doing them. I don’t have to plan it all. I don’t think I can plan it all. It’s sort of like when my parents were first in business. They were in their late twenties.Continue reading “Always Moving Forward”

Reliance on a Fragile Creature

Sometimes as I walk, I find myself musing on things. On this day, I was thinking about technology and wondering how long it can last as it becomes increasingly complicated. And it’s so amaz… [Someone is passing by.] “Hi.” [Embarrassed laugh] It’s so amazing what all of this technology can do. But the frightening partContinue reading “Reliance on a Fragile Creature”

Limiting ourselves with self-imposed labels

Name-calling is hurtful. We all know that. So why do we hurt ourselves by assigning labels to our behaviors; our very thoughts? Why do we place ourselves in categories, and rank ourselves among movements? It’s a form of self-destruction; or self-protection as we huddle behind a gossamer wall. So what led me down this path?Continue reading “Limiting ourselves with self-imposed labels”