Tag Archives: Mountain Meditation

Slow down, focus, experience joy
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May 24, 2017

Slow down, focus, experience joy

By Marguerite Jill Dye

I think of Mom when I wash dishes, and relive my childhood memories. We camped in a tent, then lived in the basement of the ski lodge we built off Roaring Brook Road. Dad stoked the pot belly stove for heat with…

Decluttering for sanity, new opportunities
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May 19, 2017

Decluttering for sanity, new opportunities

By Marguerite Jill Dye

I considered presenting a second Russian lesson or delving into the “109 paths from Trump to Putin,” but it would take a dissertation to investigate his Russian ties and the trail of Russian Mafia mobsters that lead to Trump Tower. Since the…

Sasha, my Russian shaman
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May 11, 2017

Sasha, my Russian shaman

By Marguerite Jill Dye

I instantly felt an affinity for the young man and recognized his special gift. I can’t remember how we first met, but he looked like my brother Jack at 38. Sasha lived in the world but was not of this world,…

National treasures
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May 3, 2017

National treasures

By Marguerite Jill Dye

Have you dared to sit on a cliff overlooking Yosemite Falls? Have you watched the sun set over Bryce Canyon as its conical shapes seemed to rise and fall? Have you hiked up the rocky river inside Zion’s narrow canyon walls? We…

Lessons from Silas, Shiloh, and Thomas Merton
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April 26, 2017

Lessons from Silas, Shiloh, and Thomas Merton

By Marguerite Jill Dye

 “When ambition ends, happiness begins,” Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk and mystic wrote. My husband, Papa Duane, and “I,” “Gammy Jill,” just spent a few unambitious and happy days with our 19-month-old grandson, Silas, in Massachusetts. The days were full and exciting watching…

Forest bathing, corruption, and cauliflower
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April 19, 2017

Forest bathing, corruption, and cauliflower

By Marguerite Jill Dye

Did you know that essential oils fall from the trees to bathe us with healing properties? Inhaling phytoncides improves immune function. Being surrounded by nature reduces anxiety and hyper activity. It puts us in balance with our center, and clears out…

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April 12, 2017

A moment of moral clarity

By Marguerite Jill Dye

There comes a time in life on earth that calls for a passionate and forceful reaction, a moment when our hearts and souls determine a moral clarity of action. It’s not the time to become immune, to calculate benefits, or shut down….

The key to the kingdom: psychometrics
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April 5, 2017

The key to the kingdom: psychometrics

I suspected Trump’s surprise electoral victory was Russia’s doing, until I discovered an important puzzle piece I knew nothing about. Now I believe the meddler extraordinaire was more complicated, sinister, and insidious than Kremlin hacking alone. Have you ever heard of “psychometrics?” I hadn’t until…

Survival of the richest, health care part two
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March 29, 2017

Survival of the richest, health care part two

By Marguerite Jill Dye

Throughout life, coping with physical, mental, and emotional highs and lows is part of the human condition. Sometimes our challenges do us in; other times we survive and thrive. Now and then we require intervention of professionals in their fields, so…

An act of mercy: “Let them eat cake!” Health care. part I
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March 22, 2017

An act of mercy: “Let them eat cake!” Health care. part I

By Marguerite Jill Dye

I was outraged to hear Utah Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz comment that low-income Americans could sacrifice their new iPhone for health care instead. I wondered how he could be so blind to the struggle of America’s poor to pay food and…