Impermanence applies to everything. I am very stupid, at times, except for when I am very wise, before becoming stupid again.Continue reading “Things I learned today”
BIG things have happened since the last newsletter.Continue reading “Newsletter Number Whatever”
Or it didn’t, as the case may be.Continue reading “Don’t worry, it already happened.”
For something that is not meant to exist, reducing self to a minimalized size might be the most an aspiring Buddhist can hope for.Continue reading “Self, minimalized”
The song almost made me cry. One song that always brings tears is Step Out by Jose Gonzalez. It’s not the lyrics or the music, but rather the entirety of the piece combined with the passion of Walter Mitty, pursuing his goal, and achieving it.Continue reading “The beautiful tears”
As I walked down the road a stranger approached me, extended his hand, and asked, “Hey, how are you?”
My previously relaxed right hand quickly curled up into a clenched fist as my arm moved behind my back, resting against my lower spine.
Without missing a beat, my walk continued.
This is 21 July 2020. Globally 14,703,293 people have tested positive for Covid-19. 609,887 have died. Here in Singapore, as soon as you step into the public space you must don a mask. Hand sanitiser dispensers are everywhere.
And he thinks I am going to shake his hand?
Sometimes, it is difficult to remain optimistic regarding the destiny of the human species.
The phone rang. The NYPD wanted to talk to me. My father’s cadaver had to be identified. I was living 3,827 miles away in Denmark. After the call, I downed some whiskey and phoned my father’s number to hear his answering machine greeting, to quell the fear that I might forget the sound of his voice (29 years later I still haven’t. We still have occasional nocturnal chats in my dreams). Meanwhile, in New York, his partner took care of the cadaver ID formalities.Continue reading “My carcass”
Spoiler alert; Puma wins, hands down. Just consider the sole. After 6.1 km (3.8 mi) the sole of the Puma Trailfox MTS-Water is rock-solid, not a trace of separation from the shoe body. The Mizuno Wave Prophecy 3? Look at the feature photo up there. The sole is hardly hanging on after only 1,829.7 km (1,136.9 mi). You could smuggle five generations of criminal rapist South American migrants into Texas in that gap at the toe. Bigly.Continue reading “Shoe Wars: Puma vs Mizuno!”
In 1981 I saw the film D.O.A. – A Rite Of Passage by Lech Kowalski at a cinema in Morristown, New Jersey. When the possibility to own films arrived with Beta and VHS cassettes, I made several attempts to purchase it, but it was not to be found. Then came DVDs and BluRay discs, but still, no luck. A year or so ago I found a seller in Japan on Amazon offering the DVD but at an unattractive price.Continue reading “Capitalism: Dead on arrival”
1 complete trust or confidence in someone or something
2 strong belief in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual conviction rather than proof
This morning I was told that I must have faith. My usual reactionary response was to contend that I’d rather have certainty, obviously having been influenced by the lyrics of David Bowie’s song Law (Earthlings on Fire).Continue reading “the faith pandemic”