Archive February 2012

Another day, another dollar 0

Yo Shaw,

I was riding the metro, on my way to my first lesson, when a gray-whiskered, smoke-aged beggar entered the car. He was carrying a plastic shopping bag filled with what seemed to be soiled clothes. Each of the passengers refused or ignored him when he requested money and when he got to me I asked if he’d like something to eat. He nodded and I reached into my pack, pulled out a box of peanuts, and handed it over. He turned the box over and over in his hands, as if trying to understand what it was or what to do with it. I thought he was going to hand it back but then he opened his plastic bag and dropped the box inside.

Then he looked up at me glaring, and snarled, “You dirty gypsy!” continue reading »

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The dog’s paw 2

Dear Bradshaw,

The time has come to turn over a new leaf. I know I’ve said that before but this time I mean it. (I know I’ve said that before too but this time I really mean it.)

The leaf is this: from now on I no longer criticize anyone or anything, neither thoughts nor words. Yes, criticizing is normal. It’s natural. It’s human. But it’s a waste of brain space. After all these years of griping and grumbling I’ve noticed my criticism hasn’t changed a thing. The same people keep doing the same things. Besides, who am I to say what’s right or wrong with the world? I know only what’s right and wrong for me. So it’s time to change the only thing I can change = myself. continue reading »

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