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Dean Kirkland

A Way to Live

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Located in Eugene

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life on one acre

Okay, so January -- I just wrote a blog post, my longest one ever, and then put it aside for now -- analyzing how civilization maybe organizes around the invention of granaries and how granaries tend to attract bullies, and how bullies attract henchmen with sharp objects, and you get the wh

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And perhaps even find yourself happy

This repost is not about economic inequity. It may serve however to alleviate some symptoms of it for some.I recognize there are compelli

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“The land knows you, even when you are lost.”― Robin Wall KimmererThis has been an odd fall and even odder December when it comes to apples.

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For this online Rohatsu I was, most of the time, with twenty or so other people (sample here), so that the hermitage became a virtual monastery.

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I'm preparing for my first online-based Rohatsu. This one is two days of zazen, kinhin,

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It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings. – Wendell Berry

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It was a beautiful bright autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it. -- Diana Gabaldon 

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Be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play. -- Alan WattsStrictly speaking, Buddhist samu is communal labor to

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I’d be happy with this summer if it’s all we ever had.― Maggie Stiefvater, ShiverToday it will be 85F -- not bad for around here -- tomorrow 100, the next day

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"Putting food by" is the title of a good book, of which I have an old hardbound copy. I don't get it down from the shelf much any more, as I'm not doing a wide enough range of food preserv

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Put your feet up

About that one trillion trees.My dad raised me in the 1950s to think of the woods as my natural habitat. Everything was about axes, firepits, map and compass, tents, ropes, whittling tent stakes.

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When possible, and other things permitting, I get out and walk. Today will be over 90F, but this morning was nice.

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Any long stretch of days in the 80s (F), as opposed to 90s or 70s, turns my mind toward dehydrating foods. As no one here seems to like my dried apples, squash, or tomatoes as much as storebought, I've backed off a bit and stuck with drying foliage mostly.For awhile, at the height of m

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Hens will do pasture good if they are not too concentrated on it. -- John SeymourSome years ago, I came across the concept of a "

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That which is medicinal is where she finds it, in many cases, though she's not always willing to write about her findings. Fortunately, libraries, the Internet, and conversations with the

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Cultivate poverty like sage, like a garden herb. Do not trouble yourself to get new things, whether clothes or friends. That is dissipation. -- ThoreauDown to a twelve hour week? We need not fret. Not so many years ago I was living in a single room, doing

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Like most blogs in the age of intensive short-read social media, this one has suffered from the drop from hundreds of thousands of views to a trickle. Your blogista did give it up for about three years, but the reason was not loss of audience -- whoever wants to read, well, there it all is -- but

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Practice is whatever one does repeatedly with an intention, such as to form a habit. In the case of this old woman, she sits zazen, walks kinhin, or does chores with awareness of the present scene — internal, external — to the extent possible for her. As

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58To and from this hutdaily she has walked,leaning on her old apple stick,learning a way to live

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57In August the altaris thirsty; she tells herselfbe on the lookout fora deeper water dish

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56From the eaves a small bellsounds out mountain winds;the old woman wonderswho is listening

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55This robe will be blackstitched with her mother's threadher mother-in-law's needleher own shaking hands

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54When you sit as one pointyou are the awakened onebut just so is the chair, the wall,the fly resting on the wall

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53A full moon risinglooks in on a late sitting;she steps out to greetthe full moon rising

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52Return of summer after long late rainsbrings heavy growth: smashed blackberriesrecover, weeds runs riot,old woman's arms give out

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51A warm weather system meetscold air mass: record snow;old woman hunkers downlistening to falling trees

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50When rain comes doubled, redoubled,the overflowing dry washmoves all things downhillthe hut too

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