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new mom-and-pop, brick-and-mortar book store opens in redmond

THE U.S. CENSUS of 2010 un­cov­ered sev­eral dozen full-time book-lovers among the 59,000 res­i­dents of Red­mond, Wash­ington. Like most such readers, these res­i­dents re­quired a reg­ular in­take of new and old books, and while some of their needs were filled by the King County Li­brary Sys­tem’s branch in Red­mond, other needs have gone sorely lacking. [Continue reading]

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EVERYBODY KNOWS what a co­in­ci­dence is: “The oc­cur­rence of events that happen at the same time by ac­ci­dent but seem to have some connection”—at least ac­cording to Merriam-Webster. But of course it’s not that simple: ‘real’ co­in­ci­dences not only catch our at­ten­tion, they res­onate with us.

Real co­in­ci­dences seem to ‘mean some­thing,’ even if that meaning is just be­yond our ken. [Continue reading]

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philosophical mutts and zen master cats

GUARDIANS OF BEING is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Eck­hart Tolle (words) and Patrick Mc­Don­nell (pic­tures). I have en­thused over it since its pub­li­ca­tion in 2009, and have rec­om­mended it to everyone! The book de­scribes beau­ti­fully and play­fully how philo­soph­ical mutts and zen master cats help in grounding human beings—call us out of our reveries, our wor­ries, and our self-absorption, and plant our feet back on the ground of the here and now. [Continue reading]

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did he just say something sacrilitigious?

FACEBOOK GETS MY ATTENTION in the early morning hours as I sip my coffee and wait for that part of my brain/mind that ra­ti­o­ci­nates to kick into gear. I scroll through my time­line and when an in­ter­esting image catches my at­ten­tion, I read it, and some­times chime in. I try to be pos­i­tive and hu­morous: yes­terday I made a some­what silly com­ment on someone’s Face­book page and I coined a word that somehow re­lated in some way to the orig­inal post: ‘sac­ril­iti­gious.’ [Continue reading]