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The Winter of 2013-14

The past spring and summer has been a difficult time here at our home. I thought that writing about it would help some. I’ll take it in small doses so that it does not become a tldr. 

On October 13, 2013, I dutifully got my extra-strength flu shot at my doctor’s office. There was some swelling on my shoulder but I didn’t think that much of it at the time. It was the first time that I had had such a reaction. Thanksgiving morning I awoke to a nasty piercing ear ache that was short-lived but painful. The twinge alternated between both ears. For symmetry’s sake, I guess. This happened several more times over the next few weeks. Then the flu slammed into me a few weeks before Christmas. I was laid low for two days in bed. Luckily, I recovered in time for the holidays. I was looking forward to the New Year. Old man winter continued its natural course.

On Saint Patrick’s Day, we usually boil the beef and have garlic mashed potatoes. It was at the dinner table that I remarked to Kathy things didn’t taste quite right. The jigs, airs and reels of Silly Wizard weren’t doing it for me. The insomniac beast descended upon me shortly thereafter.

The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
― John W. Gardner (via psych-quotes)
Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.
Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha (via panatmansam)
cosmic-rebirth:

The moon lives in the lining of your skin. (Pablo Neruda)

cosmic-rebirth:

The moon lives in the lining of your skin. (Pablo Neruda)

theclearlydope:

Coin Operated Bench: I have faith in the American people that this bench will be set on fire before the weekend is over.
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theclearlydope:

Coin Operated Bench: I have faith in the American people that this bench will be set on fire before the weekend is over.

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The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny - it is the light that guides your way.
Heraclitus  (via thelittlephilosopher)
Think of all the people for who you have felt less than love. Look at their souls and surround them with light, with love and peace at this moment. And then send the light of love and peace out to people who are ill, who are lonely, who are afraid, who have lost their way.
Ram Dass - Grist for the Mill (guided meditation excerpt)
theclearlydope:

It’s like when two super attractive people have an ugly child. 
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theclearlydope:

It’s like when two super attractive people have an ugly child. 

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italian-landscapes:

Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square), Acireale, Sicilia (Sicily), Italy

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stardust-seedling:

Tree top stars.

stardust-seedling:

Tree top stars.

Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.
Carl Jung (via likeafieldmouse)

noobtheloser:

There goes my hero.