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Happy birthday to me, 2015

I had originally thought that they got me a new tattoo in the form of a Dharma Wheel or an Enso, both of which would have been great symbols for me, to go along with my labyrinth.

Turns out, though, that I didn’t have the decisiveness to get a new tattoo yet. But they got me good stuff to feed my spiritual journey! Continue reading


My birthday present 2014

We’re frankly broke this year for my birthday, and I know that Kristen has had a little anxiety about it. We had discussed her getting me a cool case for my phone, but that didn’t happen, due to finances. Fortunately, I had a solution!

I’ve been eye-shopping this little tealight candle holder at work for several weeks. For all that I am a solitary Zen Buddhist, I have a certain veneration for the Medicine Buddha. He’s often pictured as either being blue (lapis lazuli) or having some part that is that color, so this little icon is particularly apropos to my inclinations. He might not be in the typical presentation, but it’s the thought that counts.

For $6.00, it works. 😀

My Medicine Buddha


Happy birthday to me

ALmost exactly (to the minute) 39 years ago, I came into the world. I’ve been through good times and bad times since that day, but right now, I’m in a pretty good place, everything considered.

I have a loving family (both parents and siblings, as well as wife and kids) who are very supportive of my current joblessness. I’ve got an interview on Monday and I’ve been out of work less than a month.

I’m breathing well and I’m off of the steroids. I’ve got a roof over my head and my wife is bringing enough money in to keep it that way.

I received my Associate in Arts diploma yesterday and I start my Bachelor program in a couple of weeks.


Are there problems? Yeah, but everybody has problems. Mine are not as bad as many peoples’ problems, and things are really pretty good.

I think that the Carter Family said it best:

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I first heard that in one of my favorite movies of the past several years: O Brother, Where Art Thou?


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