Monthly Archives: May 2017

Why Can’t We Live in Paradise?

Reflections on the Words of a Homeless Man At the homeless shelter where I volunteer, I was interviewing a man who was being admitted, and was following the prompts of a questionnaire. “Do you have any disabilities?” I said. “No.  No disabilities.” “Let me read the list,” I said.  The last one was Drug Abuse. … Continue reading Why Can’t We Live in Paradise?

The Dharma of F.M. Alexander

The Alexander Technique: A Skill for Life by Pedro de Alcantara.  The Crowood Press.  128 pp. I have never thought of the teachings of Buddhism and Taoism as the esoteric observations of a few ancient teachers.  I think of them as the truth about life.  The first canto of the Tao Te Ching, for instance, … Continue reading The Dharma of F.M. Alexander

Pip Pip Hooray!

Purity by Jonathan Franzen.  Picador.  598 pp.  $17.00. ***** I had an odd and unique experience reading Purity.  I got slightly bogged down in the book’s first section, which focuses on the title character; her name is Purity but she goes by Pip.  She seemed clueless and helpless, living with a collection of strange roommates, … Continue reading Pip Pip Hooray!