April 24th, 2015

Update Update

Dianne's second day in hospital was spent resting.  She made two attempts to stand and succeeded in standing for only a few moments with help.  Today (or yesterday since it is  after midnight) she did a little bit of walking and sat up in a chair for over two hours.  She ate better than she has in months and even sent me out for a snack after supper. She looks and sounds much stronger and healthier than two days ago.

I really appreciate the comments and intentions of all of you.  Some may have sent energy, prayers, and wishes without comment and i believe those are very effective.  But it was so nice to hear from those who made comments.  I will thank each of you when things settle down a little.

Answer for question 4338.

Have you ever had any run-ins with the law or been arrested? What happened (if you feel comfortable sharing the story)?
About fifty years ago i was the subject of a minor operation involving police from two states. I had gone to a work conference in a small city on the border between Idaho and Washington. After the conference, a few of us went to a bar for a few drinks. The others were seasoned drinkers including at least one alcohol, so by the time they were finished i was way past finished. (I had watched a movie a few nights earlier in which an aging bull fighter stepped out into traffic and began "fighting" cars in the street) We decided to take a walk to clear our heads and so i and my boss's boss went out onto the bridge that joined the two states. Suddenly, before he could stop me, i stepped out into the street and began playing "torero" against the oncoming traffic. The police came quickly and my boss' boss had to talk them out of arresting me, Back in the hotel, as he tried to help me to bed, i accused him of trying to molest me. Believe it or not, i did not lose my job. I have led a pretty sober life since then.

Zhuangzi's Advice To A Prince (Or To A President?)

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"If you set out to 'accomplish something great'
You only deceive yourself.
Your love and justice
Are fraudulent.
They are mere pretexts
For self-assertion, for aggression.
One action will bring on another
And in the chain of events
Your hidden intentions
Will be made plain.

You claim to practice justice. Should you seem to succeed
Success itself will bring more conflict.
Why all these guards
Standing at attention
At the palace gate around the temple altar

You are at war with yourself!
You do not believe in justice,
Only in power and success.
If you overcome
An enemy and annex his country
You will be even less at peace
With yourself than you are now.
Nor will your passions let you
Sit still. You will fight again
And again for the sake of
A more perfect exercise of justice!

Abandon your plan
To be a 'loving inequitable ruler.'
Try to respond
To the demands of inner truth.
Stop vexing yourself and your people
With these obsessions!
Your people will breathe easy at last.
They will live
And war will end by itself!”

― Thomas Merton, The Way of Chuang Tzu, Chapter 24.2

The Way of Chuang Tzu Quotes by Zhuangzi