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Faith for Absolute Victory!

My husband is out of town this week on a business trip, so it’s just me and the dog. We have never been apart for this length of time, so it’s quite an adjustment. He didn’t want to go, and the house is very quiet without him. I’ve had a decent week so far except for some negativity and a bad headache yesterday. I’ve been trying to chant more for my own happiness in an effort to counter my negative thoughts, but sometimes they still get through. I had planned to visit my mother-in-law yesterday to learn her recipe for...

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I Can’t Give Up

I finished the first draft of my children’s story titled “The Pillow Thief.” I’m looking for an illustrator and it will be translated into Spanish. This story will be the first book published under my new children’s press, SundanceKid Press. This week has been a long week. It gets frustrating and depressing with the yelling, stalking and harassment – not to mention the fear for my own life. I continue to chant for victory, happiness and justice. The situation as it stands today is definitely not justice. I keep praying, and hope for the best possible outcome. This Sunday will...

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Challenging Fear With Courage

When We Find Ourselves In the Company of Wolves I ran across a unique website the week I spent visiting my parents in Colorado. I clicked on a Facebook ad titled Company of Wolves, and found myself staring directly into the huge eyes of a hungry wolf at the water’s edge, marveling at a curious, wide-eyed little owl in the forest, and gazing fondly at a dog caressed by the sunshine and an afternoon breeze. The website belongs to a German freelance artist and illustrator named Marie Beschorner, and I found her illustrations and artwork fascinating. I’ve always been interested...

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The Darkest, Starriest Skies

Every night of the six-week backpacking trip I took through the backcountry wilderness trails of Montana and northwest Wyoming I slept in a tent with a friend – except two. Those two nights still stand out in my mind as they were both unique and adventurous, but in very different ways. We were a group of twelve students and backpackers who had signed up for a combination ecology course and backpacking trip (four separate backpacking trips to be precise) during the summer of 1990. We shared tents, water, food and equipment, so no one went without the basics. We supplied...

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World Peace – The Democratic Path of Dialogue

In Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism, kosen-rufu or world peace “includes the struggle to transform the realm of the environment…using the democratic path of dialogue.” Dialogue and communicating with other people is important. I’ve realized this tremendously over the past few years after realizing that most people don’t have the ability to read my mind, and extended silence makes people uncomfortable. Interpersonal communication is a skill that I’ve been working on, mainly because I don’t find it all that enjoyable. I’m not sure why. Communicating with and talking to other people is the best way to build relationships, learn about our differences,...