October 2009

Lotus Flower Blooming

October 30, 2009

As Riva would say, “Wow.”

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Lotus Sutra

October 30, 2009

This is the Lotus Sutra, chanted by western Buddhist monks.

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Lotus Flower Meditation

October 30, 2009

I’ve been meditating to the image of my mother as a serene lotus flower. Then I found this lovely meditation online.

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Getting Happy with Judy and Barbra

October 29, 2009

“We’re heading ‘cross a river…soon your cares will all be gone…” This video clip sums up my wistful hopefulness about the times ahead for me and my mother.

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Riva: The Game of Life

October 29, 2009
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Happy Birthday Riva

October 29, 2009

Betty and I celebrated Riva‘s 81st birthday in her room, with Chinese food, presents, candy and cake.

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Fall in Providence

October 29, 2009

Before visiting my mother on her 81st birthday, I gave myself a gift – a walk in the woods with Mickey, right across the street from the house where I grew up.

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Letting Go of What I Want

October 28, 2009

With Lama Tsondru’s advice in mind, I drove up to Providence to celebrate my mother’s 81st birthday with a new attitude and these lovely plants/presents. The one in the middle is called Chinese Baby Tears. I made a conscious effort to let go of my longing to get something from my mother. To let go [...]

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A Flower Blooms

October 28, 2009

Here’s the first thought that popped into my head when my eyes opened the other day: I want to draw flowers. Intricate, detailed, close ups of flowers. One at a time. One petal opening onto another and another and another. At my thangka painting class, I spoke to Lama Tsondru about my mother’s decline and [...]

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Thangka Painting

October 28, 2009

“Do something you’ve never done before,” my son Max told me when I was grief-stricken about my mother’s decline. “Go outside your comfort zone to find what makes you happy.” So I’ve been driving up to Connecticut on Sundays to study thangka painting with Lama Tsondru-la,  a world reknowned Tibetan teacher. Thangka paintings are sacred, colorful, highly [...]

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