Not yet become a Buddha,
this ancient pine tree,


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I Wish

I wish I had a poem
for the wonder of snow
all through the night,
and the children tumbling out
into the morning light,
bundled in jackets
of violet, blue, and pink
blooming in the winter white.

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Lunar New Year Haiku

Three in the morning
Dreaming a song of heartache
Awake now—look, snow!

Thanks to thisischris.com

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Beneath the tall trees
Three deer grazing, three at rest.
Oh, the scent of pine!

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Mary Oliver

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Mary Oliver
September 10, 1935 – January 17, 2019

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Implacable Grandeur

“If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.”

— Albert Camus

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Haiku Trio for the New Year

New Year’s Day;
The desk and bits of paper —
Just as last year.

That is good, this too is good —
New Year’s Day
In my old age.

The Great Morning:
Winds of long ago
Blow through the pine-tree.

Wind Swept Pines-Guy Rose

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The Rule of Law

“The first two roles of the U.S. Attorney General from its inception were to represent the interests of the United States before the Supreme Court and to advise the President on matters of the law…the Attorney General and the Department of Justice are by statute and tradition looked upon to be the protectors of the rule of law within the Executive Branch. It is to the Attorney General, and by delegation to the OLC (Office of Legal Counsel), to say to the strong seas of presidential power, this far and no farther will you come and here your proud waves must stop!”

— Arthur H. Garrison, 10-15-2012
Journal of the National Association of Administrative Law
Vol. 32, Issue 2, Article 7

Remember: This is America. No one is above the law. No one.

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Starry, Starry Night

The Geminid meteor showers, tonight, ’round midnight.


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“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
–Hans Hofman
Zen to Go Compiled and Edited by Jon Winokur

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