1. May a rainbow run beside you


    May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. May songbirds serenade you every step along the way. May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue. And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through. ~Irish Blessings

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  2. As we practice generosity


    The movement of the heart as we practice generosity in the outer world mirrors the movement of the heart when we let go of conditioned views about ourselves on our inner journey. Letting go creates a joyful sense of space in our minds. ~Sharon Salzberg


  3. Double Headed Bulrush


    There are several species of bulrushes. Bulrushes are perennial grass-like plants and can grow to 10 feet tall in shallow water or in moist soils. Soft-stem bulrush can grow to 10 feet and grows in dense colonies from rhizomes. Soft-stem bulrush has a round (in cross section), light gray-green, relatively soft stem that comes to a point with no obvious leaves (only sheaths at the base of the stems). Flowers usually occur just below the tip of the stem.

    Giant bulrush can also grow to 10 feet, is dark green with a hard, triangular stem and no obvious leaves (sheaths at the base of the stems).

    Submerged portions of all aquatic plants provide habitats for many micro and macro invertebrates. These invertebrates in turn are used as food by fish and other wildlife species (e.g. amphibians, reptiles, ducks, etc.). After aquatic plants die, their decomposition by bacteria and fungi provides food (called “detritus”) for many aquatic invertebrates. Seeds of bulrushes are consumed by ducks and other birds while geese, muskrats, and nutria consume the rhizomes and early shoots.

    Mutant Beauty. Photo credit: Randy Neufeldt

    Mutant Beauty – Double Headed Bulrush. Photo credit: Randy Neufeldt


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  4. Boxing Love With Our Expectations


    Love can have this vast, all-encompassing quality. It can be allowed to spread until it permeates the very core of our relationships. Yet often, instead of giving love room to expand, we box it in with our expectations. Expectations make our love conditional on whether or not the relationship fulfills our wishes. How can you expect love to last when you demand that it meet your conditions, and you act as if you own another person? ~ 17th Karmapa



  5. Anger, resentment and jealousy


    Anger, resentment and jealousy doesn’t change the heart of others– it only changes yours. ~Shannon L. Alder

    Photo credit: Randy Neufeldt

    Photo credit: Randy Neufeldt

  6. Why the Dharma is So Important



    Sometimes, we have strange ideas about the Buddha. We go to him for refuge and then think that he will extend his large hand down from the sky and lift us out of samsara. Actually, the Buddha came into the world, taught the path to liberation, and then passed away.

    Since we cannot go looking for him now, what should we do? We can rely on the Dharma he bequeathed to us and practice as much as possible this path to full awakening.

    The Dharma is the Buddha’s representative. If we put into practice the meaning of his words, it is the same as if the Buddha were present and we could see him and hear him teaching us. This is why the Dharma is so important. ~17th Karmapa


  7. Most misunderstandings


    Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, “What else could this mean?” ~Shannon L. Alder


  8. The one who controls himself


    The strong person is not the good wrestler. Rather,the strong person is the one who controls himself when he is angry.
    ~Sahih al-Bukhari

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