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The Navratri

"The Navratri is celebrated twice a year to mark the beginning of summer and the beginning of winter. In Hindu beliefs, these times of the year are very symbolic for worship because the changes in the season are divine providence....”

The Navratri is a symbolic period marking the shift in balance between summer and winter, as well as the changes in ourselves and nature. The Navrarti is observed with prayers, dancing, puja, pageantry, and fasting. Durga, thought to be mother of the universe, is commemorated, acknowledging the divine energy flowing through us all, driving changes within us, as well as everything in creation.

The Navratri 2016 begins Saturday, October 1, and ends Sunday, October 9.

Listen first, think next. Then....

Do not learn how to react. Learn how to respond.

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”
― Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Article and tutorial: The Importance of Listening



Hilarious and critically important!

Do the world a favor and share this video everywhere you can.

A gentle Fall of rain

I awoke today to quiet rain, steady drops that do not drive, prour or soak; these raindrops just fall. Where I live, this kind of weather has always been the harbinger of the change in seasonal climate from hot to cold, from cold to hot.

Welcome, equinotical rains.


A gentle Fall into autumn

I burnt a little bay leaf to clear the air.

Seasonal transitions are also life transitions.

Go with the seasonal flow.

Connectivity problems


I dislike the telephone.
I dislike chat and text even more.
What is worse than all of this is that I grew up in an era where landline telephones were the main connection, so I still have a deeply ingrained habit of calling people to catch up.
I prefer face-to-face, preferably a long afternoon over coffee. Hard to do once your friends spread out all over the globe.