What my dog taught me about Zen

“My dog doesn’t worry about the meaning of life.” So begins Charlotte Joko Beck’s classic book Everyday Zen. This simple statement began my fascination with Zen. I had already had direct experience of what Joko was talking about. For roughly 10 years I walked, day and night, with our dog, Bo. During that  period I had suffered a series of setbacks, …

Why men don’t write advice columns

Dear Walter: I hope you can help me here. The other day I set off for work leaving my husband in the house watching the TV as usual. I hadn’t gone more than a few hundred yards down the road when my engine conked out and the car shuddered to a halt. I walked back home to get my husband’s …

Microsoft meets haiku

In Japan, Sony Vaio machines have replaced the unhelpful Microsoft error messages with Japanese haiku poetry. Each only 17 syllables, in the 5-7-5 format.  ————————— A file that big? It might be very useful. But now it is gone. The web site you seek Cannot be located but Countless more exist. Chaos reigns within. Reflect, repent, and reboot. Order shall …

The Pope and the rabbi

Several centuries ago, the Pope decreed that all the Jews had to convert or leave Italy. There was a huge outcry from the Jewish community, so the Pope offered a deal. He would have a religious debate with the leader of the Jewish community. If the Jews won, they could stay in Italy, if the Pope won, they would have …

Why the 16th century was so different

 Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.  Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. …

Best caddy comments

Best Caddy Comment #10 Golfer: “I played lousy today. I feel like drowning myself in the lake.” Caddy: “I don’t think you can keep your head down that long.” Best Caddy Comment #9  Golfer: “I’d move heaven and earth to break 100 on this course.” Caddy: “Try heaven, you’ve already moved most of the earth.” Best Caddy Comment #8  Golfer: …

How to write a blues song

1. Most Blues begin, “Woke up this morning.” 2. “I got a good woman” is a bad way to begin the Blues, ‘less you stick something nasty in the next line, like ” I got a good woman, with the meanest face in town.” 3. The Blues is simple. After you get the first line right, repeat it. Then find …

8 thoughts to ponder

Number 8: Life is sexually transmitted. Number 7: Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die. Number 6: Men have two emotions : Hungry and Horny. They can’t tell them apart. If you see a gleam in his eyes, make him a sandwich. Number 5: Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a …