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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: Generosity: A Macro Approach

While speaking with a former colleague of mine last week, our conversation covered many interesting topics of which one in particular, “generosity,” really peaked my interest; mainly because it triggered something that’s been on my radar long before I retired from teaching this past year. I shared with her that I’ve begun the process of researching possible destinations abroad where I hope to volunteer my time and effort this coming
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: Taking a Step Back

I’m not quite sure of the reason I’m doing so, but I’ve been taking a step back a lot lately and simply observing others as they go about their business. It seems to be one of those things that’s necessary at this moment in time. It allows me to “take the pulse of my surroundings,” if you will, without thinking too much about it — not engaging anyone in conversation,
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: A Return to the Farmhouse”

“Working with obstacles is life’s journey. The warrior is always coming up against dragons. Of course the warrior gets scared, particularly before the battle. But with a shaky, tender heart the warrior realizes that he or she is just about to step into the unknown, and then goes forth to meet the dragon.” It’s a passage from renowned Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön’s book titled: The Wisdom of No Escape, where
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: A Salve for Their Wounds

“The most effective way to show compassion to another person is to listen to them. Once we know how to listen to our own suffering with compassion, we can listen to someone else with the same compassion, and our listening is like a salve for their wounds.”  It’s a passage from a series of books known as “The Mindfulness Essentials” written by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: Are You A Thinker, A Talker or a Doer?

Okay, it’s time to take a very unscientific poll, one in which I won’t be collecting ballots, nor will I be able to tabulate the results. It’s simply a “self-reflection” survey, where I challenge each reader to ask themselves, “Which of the following do I consider to be my modus operandi when it comes to ‘getting things done’ – am I a thinker, am I talker, or am I doer?” 
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: Making an Impact Some Other Way

During a recent conversation I had with a former colleague, I was asked how things were progressing with my transition from preschool educator to full-time freelance writer, and if I had any thoughts of returning to the classroom to “finish up” the path I was on. I hesitated but for a moment before replying, “Not to the classroom per se, but hoping to make an impact in some other way.” 
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: Haven’t We Suffered Enough?

When you hear the word “suffering,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For many of us, the response would most likely be something along the lines of enduring a form of physical pain. What we might not realize is that suffering is actually a generic term that encompasses multiple layers of discomfort and oftentimes is not at all the result of a physical malady.  Of course, how we
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: Impermanence and the Practice of Conscious Aging

With the recent passing of my father, I’m once again reminded of just how impermanent our existence is, here on earth. I can honestly say that, for much of my life, I tended to gravitate towards intellectualizing the concept of impermanence — seeing it as solely a loss of body and mind, rather than embracing a more holistic approach.   Understanding impermanence from a more spiritual perspective, however one chooses
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: My Mentor. My Hero. My Dad.

For those readers of this column who’ve reached out to me personally these past few months as I took an early retirement from teaching in order to care full-time for my aging father, I can’t thank you enough for your words of encouragement and support —  they truly have meant the world to me. Indeed, it has been a journey that I would not have traded for anything. It’s a
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: My Cerebral Silver Screen

Maybe it’s the world we live in right now, with its multitude of stressors, but recently I’ve been experiencing a ton of brain activity, to the point where I’m finding it nearly impossible to make any connection between the source or the event that has triggered this activity, and those individuals who appear to be featured in my thoughts.  Much to my surprise, this hasn’t been occurring during normal waking
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: Understanding the Pain-Body

Have you ever experienced a situation in which your emotions have reached a point where they literally trigger a physical response within your own body; oftentimes manifesting as pain in one form or another?  What we may not realize is that our mind is always the culprit that initiates this process, as it attempts to interpret the event at hand. It’s a concept referred to as “pain-body,” and is most