Suddenlink Sucks

Suddenlink, the owners of the local internet monopoly in my area, was scheduled for a service call between 4:00 and 6:00 pm today.  Instead they came at 2:00, found nobody home, and cancelled the call.

This is not the first time they’ve pulled that trick.

So tomorrow we’re going to call Suddenlink back, and just cancel all of their services.  We’ll upgrade our cellular plan, and learn new ways to do old things.

We didn’t want to.

But since they can’t keep their service running, and won’t come out to fix it, they didn’t leave us with a hell of a lot of choice.

Red Round Rhythm

red round rhythm by Norman Engel, 2013

“I ain’t nothing but tired;  man, I’m just tired and bored with myself.”  ~Bruce Springsteen, Dancing in the Dark

The Lord’s Prayer

The translation is based upon research by Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz, an expert in the Aramaic Christian, Jewish mystical and Sufi traditions. He translated the prayer as if it came directly from the Aramaic (via):

O Breathing Life, your Name shines everywhere!
Release a space to plant your Presence here.
Envision your “I Can” now.
Embody your desire in every light and form.
Grow through us this moment’s bread and wisdom.
Untie the knots of failure binding us, as we release the strands we hold of others’ faults.
Help us not forget our Source, yet free us from not being in the Present.
From you arises every vision, power, and song, from gathering to gathering.
Amen: may our future actions grow from here!

And here is the traditional King James version, Matthew 6: 9-13:

After this manner therefore pray ye:

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen.

MLK Day

When Malcom X returned from his pilgrimage to Mecca, he said basically, “You know what? I have met some new people, had some new experiences, and I have changed my mind.”

That’s a very brave and rare thing for anyone, and unheard of for a public figure. Can you name another off the top of your head?  Can you name a single politician who said, “Hmm, maybe I’m wrong?”

Most people will go to great lengths, stretching logic to the breaking point, to avoid changing their minds.  Pride gets in the way, and it becomes more important to win the argument than it is to be right.

So today, as you remember the bravery and persistence of the Civil Rights leaders, take a few minutes to appreciate the ordinary people who quietly saw what was going on, didn’t like it, and changed their minds.

It’s hard to admit it when we’re wrong. It’s hard to adapt to a new way of doing things.

The people who did so deserve a little credit, too.

So be careful!

“In truth, happiness is suffering in disguise but in such a subtle form that you don’t see it. If you cling to happiness, it’s the same as clinging to suffering, but you don’t realize it. When you hold on to happiness, it is impossible to throw away the inherent suffering. They’re inseparable like that. Thus the Buddha taught us to know suffering, see it as the inherent harm in happiness, to see them as equal. So be careful! When happiness arises, don’t be overjoyed, and don’t get carried away. When suffering comes, don’t despair, don’t lose yourself in it. See that they have the same equal value.”  ~Ajahn Chah

I guess

“I guess by now I should know enough about loss to realize that you never really stop missing someone-– you just learn to live around the huge gaping hole of their absence.” ~Alyson Noel

Foreign

There is no foreign land; it is the traveler only that is foreign. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

Sunrise

Shepherdess with Herd at the Alps During Sunrise by Waldemar Fink, 1908

I love the way the brush strokes mimic the distortion of sunlight on the moisture of your eyes.

Ambitions

“Driven by the hunger for fame and originality, we are like these monkeys, thinking that we are so clever in discovering things and convincing our fellow humans to see what we see, think what we think, driven by ambition to be the savior, the clever one, the seer of all. We have all kinds of small ambitions, such as impressing a girl, or big ambitions, such as landing on Mars.”  ~Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche (via)

I don’t know if it’s all bad.

Wanting to impress the girl has made me a better person.