From Obama and the Dalai Lama to Tiger and his Mom -- Buddhism is in the news.

Buddhism has people talking. From reactions to the Tiger Wood's press-speech wherein he claimed his Buddhist heritage to President Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama this week in defiance of the threat from China that he should not. Buddhism, the fourth largest religion in the United States, has experienced an explosive growth. Current estimates are 1.5 million Buddhists in America. ...more

Need an answered prayer?

JMJ Do you have a prayer request? A special need?  Well, I spent all night placing a live webcam to Lourdes, France on my website, including a little mailbox to their prayer request email.  All kinds of weird computer problems kept cropping up, and I kept offering them up as a prayer, which did help to keep me from being annoyed.  Then... This morning I got an email from a friend who told me that today is OUR LADY OF LOURDES FEAST DAY!  Wow.  I had no idea!  That is just so cool... ...more


  I always have a hard time with this description and am not crazy about blatant self promotion.I am a painter and have been one all my life which is to say from the positive point of view that I never had to run around looking for what it all means...on the other hand being completely creative has enormous drawbacks.  I am very content to paint.  Not a social person at all. The job market is such that basic  business knowledge is essencial and some of life's basics are missing from my profile....more

Pumpkin Spice Latte & Frugalista Chic

Ahh... the holidays are upon us... Images of sugar plums dancing in our heads while dreaming if Santa Claus will be providing us with treats (or a big fat lump of coal) under our Christmas trees. Who am I kidding?! That is what I want.. those images on the books I read to my son at bedtime. ...more

I love the holiday drinks. I splurge on Starbucks too. That is actually one of my favorite ...more

The Charter for Compassion - can it help change the world?

In February of 2008, Karen Armstrong made a very big wish. It came true this month. Her wish was to assemble the thoughts from people around the world and to have global religious leaders develop a "Charter For Compassion" that would inspire action and change. ...more

You are very kind. I appreciate your telling me that you like what you read. It really does ...more

this message will self-destruct. boom.

 What do a musician mom, Madonna, and Tibetan monks have in common?Self-destruction....more

Simple Acts of Kindness

Kindness rocks. In all its forms be it big or small, random or planned, from strangers or loved ones. As I paddle through life right now it's more on the kayaking through choppy water side than canoeing on a placid lake. Interesting, challenging, character building, and at times a bit rough. But rather than vent about that, I want to take a moment to appreciate the kindness I've received and witnessed lately. ...more

What a wonderful observation that we can really rock someone's world by being purposefully kind ...more

Things do happen for a reason…sometimes you just have to wait…

I haven’t posted in a while. I have been incredibly busy with work and school and family-but that is not the topic of this post. I recently made a tough decision. I have decided to go a different direction in my educational career, a choice that will ultimately change my entire life....more

The Great Bliss Festival and Benefit with Lama Sumati Marut

The Great Bliss Festival and Benefit with Lama Sumati MarutJoin us for the 2nd Annual Great Bliss Festival and Benefit at the Mahasukha Center. Nov. 3-5Living the Perfect Life Here &Tues. and Wed. Nov. 3 and 4 from 7:30-9:30p...more

She is green, compassionate, and a goddess.

Tara is the Goddess of Compassion in Tibetan and Japanese Buddhism. Tara was quite a surprise to me. I had not expected to find a such a feminist among the early goddesses. Tara appeared in Buddhist writings after she had also been a part of Hinduism, after about the year 500. ...more

What a super comment! Thanks for the added information and the lovelty image of Tara. ~~ ...more