How Best to Face Dying

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At 90 I am in a not much different situation than a younger person receiving the horrid news they have a very limited time left to live. Most of us have had friends or relatives who’ve received that news. Both … Read More

My Dog, an Upanishad and Me

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I didn’t hike today I chose to meander off-trail, instead. I wanted to be by myself. For a special reason. So I just moseyed leisurely along the rounded top of a ridge. The shade of towering ponderosa pines fell upon … Read More

Geezer Backpackers’ Spiritual Vibrations

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My Wise Mentor My paternal grandfather was the least educated, but the wisest one in our family. Granddad was a born seer. With but a third-grade education he nonetheless knew the art of meditation. He’d spend time in daily contemplation, emptying his … Read More

Why Is there Something and Not Nothing?

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What’s Out There in the Beyond? I’ve slept out under the stars many times, particularly in deserts.  One time in the Grand Canyon I had begun backpacking late in the afternoon, heading down the Thunder River Trail. After crossing about a mile … Read More

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