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Never Alone

December 5, 2016

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“When we sit, we are never alone because all the saints and bodhisattvas… are there with us. Meditating mindfully means contact and continuity with a long tradition. To sit means to be assisted and held. when Buddha sat on the earth, it was as if he sat in a lap. It is the same for us,” writes Donald Richo in How to be an Adult in Relationships.

Life can be exhausting and we can feel like we are struggling through it all alone. Read more…

Let It Snow! Happy Holidays 2016!

December 1, 2016

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It’s December 1 which means:

  1.  It’s officially holiday season so you start that advent calendar and eat the chocolate!
  2. It’s snowing on my blogs!
  3. It’s gonna snow at the beach in Ventura this weekend!

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On Poetry And Healing What’s Broken

November 30, 2016
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Poet Christian Elder reads in Ventura Th. Dec. 1 7:30pm

This December, the 7:30pm Thursday night poetry series at the EP Foster library in the Topping Room (651 E. Main Street, Ventura) features three top notch poets, and my students and I will be there also. Read more…

Grateful for #Wine Day: #Carménère Day This Thanksgiving 2016

November 23, 2016

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving? What wine you be enjoying wine with your Thanksgiving dinner? Cheers!

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Happy birthday, Carménère!

And yes we’re celebrating another “wine day” in November! Following Merlot Day, Tempranillo Day, and Zinfandel Day comes Carménère Day on November 24 which is also Thanksgiving in the United States.

And wine is definitely something that I am grateful for this Thanksgiving!

But why is Carménère Day on Thanksgiving?Had you even heard of Carménère wine or Carménère Day?

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RIP Leon Russell 1942-2016

November 13, 2016

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Leon Russell (born Claude Russell Bridges; April 2, 1942 – November 13, 2016) by Ron Wells.

My first real arena concert was seeing Leon Russell in the early 70’s in Long Beach, CA.

It was here where I really learned the power of a rock concert thanks to Leon’s playing along with his powerful band and back-up singers. The show was recorded for a three album set called Leon Live, which I still own today. Read more…

A Retreat for Veteran’s Day 2016

November 11, 2016

Thank you to our Veterans for their service. Cheers!

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Veteran’s Day is always celebrated on November 11–to remember the last day of the “Great War,” and those who fought in it, and wars before and since. Like Independence Day, it is not and should not be one of our holidays that we insist on turning into a three day weekend… even though this year it is!

For Veteran’s Day,

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A Tribute to Leonard Cohen, RIP: A man whose songs were like cracks that let light in

November 10, 2016

 

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A Tribute to Leonard Norman Cohen (21 September 1934 – 10 November 2016)
by guest blogger Ron Wells

From “That’s No Way to Say Goodbye” by Leonard Cohen:
I loved you in the morning, our kisses deep and warm
Your hair upon the pillow like a sleepy golden storm
Yes, many loved before us, I know that we are not new
In city and in forest, they smiled like me and you
But now it’s come to distances and both of us must try
Your eyes are soft with sorrow
Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye

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