A monkey trainer went to his monkeys and told them:
“As regards your chestnuts: you are going to have three measures in the morning and four in the afternoon.”
At this they became angry. So he said: “All right, in that case I will give you four in the morning and three in the afternoon.” This time they were satisfied.
“When all the world recognizes good as good, it becomes evil,” because it becomes something that one does not have and which one must constantly be pursuing until, in effect, it becomes unattainable. This is the paradox of Lao Tzu as quoted in The Way of Chuang Tzu by Thomas Merton. On the surface it […]
I was exhausted and decided to slump on a futon in the living room with the TV on. As I browsed through Netflix or Amazon — I can’t remember which — I came across Marathon Man. Watching Olivier’s amazing performance as well as Dustin Hoffman writhing in pain won over raking leaves. Seeing the movie lead […]
It’s 5:30 when my Microsoft Band vibrates to wake me. It’s still dark. I use my iPad to light my way down the stairs so I don’t have to wake my wife with the hall light. Caffeine follows me. I head right to the coffee grinder and french press. Caffeine recognizes that this means no […]
The examination rooms at the healthcare center are unusually large. At least these rooms on the outside wall are. The healthcare center seems like an old office building from the late 50s or early 60s, and the floor plan reinforces this impression. There are exam rooms on the outside wall and most of them are […]