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Zen

Doorway.

Some wise words from Ayya Jitindrya, an Australian Theravadin (Buddhist) nun

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Zen

A day of quietude.

Up early. Today will be a full day of meditation with my local zen group. Known as zazenkai which literally means ”to come together for meditation”. A day of quietude. Shared solitude. Seeking a little internal silence is almost a reflexive immune response to the overwhelming feeds from COVID-19 that have been poured over our […]

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Journal

The local pond.

I was walking Juno down to my local coffee haunt this morning when I heard an unusual sound. TrrrBonk! ……TrrrBONK!……………. GlobBONK! Oh my gosh. Frogs. I have not heard the sound of frogs in this area since I cannot remember when. We scooted over to the nearby pond to take a closer look. I couldnt […]

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Life Support

How well do you think you wash your hands? I’ll bet that you are rubbish.

Washing our hands is, um….hands down the most effective way to prevent the spread of disease and infections. From gastroenteritis to coronavirus, stopping the spread of these infections in our communities is quite literally all in our hands. As a retired nurse with 35 years of clinical experience, one thing I tend to notice is […]

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Journal

Do Kangaroos dream of carrots?

Last evening Kelly, Juno and I took a large bag of carrots up to the nearby base of Mt Taylor to feed the kangaroos. One BILLION of Australia’s often unique animal populations has been killed during the current bushfire crisis. Many scientists say this is a conservative estimate. Those animals that escaped the wildfires are […]

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food

lil milk bar. Canberra.

We are expecting storms this afternoon. Rain. We had a small teaser last night. I can hardly remember what it feels like. Decided to take Juno for a short morning walk so he could check his pee-mails and I would have an excuse to try out a local coffee shop that has recently opened. Lil […]

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food

Local Press Cafe. Canberra.

This morning I have a dentist appointment and I set out a little early to grab a coffee down at the Kingston foreshore. Indulging in a croissant or toasted banana bread seemed a little hypocritical seeing I was about to get a filling. So I settled for a plain old pre-drill coffee and a glass […]

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Journal

High School kids build secret room hidden in plain sight.

Scrunched up against one side of an otherwise open public space near our house is a small dense stand of birch trees. There is a dirt trail running beside it that is heavily trafficked by people like me walking their dogs or, jogging, or taking a shortcut across to the local shopping centre. The trees […]

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Journal

What the heck do I do with this blog?

With the end of the year looming, I thought I would take a moment of self-indulgent introspection to ponder the substance of this blog and think about what I should do with it….moving forwards as they say. Right now shojiwax.com is kinda drifting around in a sort of journal format.It covers my travel experiences, my interest […]