Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A Buddhist monk and other stuff

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Oprah recently interviewed Thich Nhat Hanh.  I love every word spoken from this Buddhist Monk.  Not to mention the 83 year old studied at Princeton, taught at Columbia and Martin Luther King Jr. called him an apostle of peace and nonviolence.

Here are some quotes I enjoyed:
~ "Enlightenment is always there. Small enlightenment will bring great enlightenment. If you breathe in and are aware that you are alive and that you can touch the miracle of being alive €”then that is a kind of enlightenment." ~

~ "We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. And we have to be ready to release our knowledge in order to come to a higher understanding of reality." ~
Here's the article if interested:

Monet's cousins came for a visit.  Can't wait to have them again.

I finished a messenger bag for Charlie.  Don't look too closely, especially at the edges.  I didn't use any patterns.  I looked at a bunch of bags online and thought about how to construct it for a while.  I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out except for the cream edges on the body of the bag (embarrassingly bad I know)'s a learning process.  I think I need a more industrial machine for it's thickness.  But, I really can't justify that for a hobby at this point and time.  I used all recycled materials including pockets from throw-away shorts and a shirt.  
Our new neighbor: Coco
March has been mostly sunny and fun for us.  A few storms here and there, but mostly days at the park, art projects, sewing.... I made a bean soup for the first time with a pack Grandma Carol sent our way.  Isaac especially loved it.  We drove through Rancho Palos Verdes and watched our good friends Tony and Joy renew their vows at the Wayfarer Chapel.  *(insert comment about the ridiculousness of renewing vows here-ha ha)  The chapel is made out of glass.  It sits on a steep hill overlooking the ocean.  The road that takes you there is like something along the Italian coast.  I can't believe I have lived here my entire life and never driven through there.  Along that same road is a surfing spot called The Cove.  So, at least I know how to get there now.  I picked up some roller skates for Monet at Goodwill and she has been loving them.  No surf so far for me this month, but lots of time outside in the sun.  The parents are coming down at the end of the month and they know I will be dragging them around to all of my beloved spots....can't wait.  I'm like a kid at Christmas. 


Damaris said...

I love that messenger bag. I want to learn how to sew. teach me!

thanks for putting up those inspiring quotes. I needed it.

Karen said...

mimi brought home her new bag as a carry-on. it is perfect for her. colorful and beautiful and fun. great post and great enlightenment. thanks.

mariah said...

i miss you and i love your posts.