Painting of a church, La Fonda hotel, Santa Fe, NM alvin September 10, 2019 - 5:16pm

As I continue to work through photos, this is a photo of a painting of a church, which I believe I saw in the lobby of the La Fonda hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The flatirons, Boulder, Colorado alvin September 7, 2019 - 8:05am

If you ever visit the Boulder, Colorado area you’ll hear of the “flatirons.” Many stores and businesses are named after them. This is them.

Made a woman cry today alvin August 29, 2019 - 9:50am

Less than 24 hours back in Colorado, and I made a woman cry today.

But it was a good thing.

We were talking and I mentioned something we had talked about previously, and she said, “I can’t believe you remember that,” and started crying.

Just like someone lifted my spirits back in December of 2005 (a story I wrote about recently), never underestimate the effects of a kind word.

~ August 29, 2018

August drive from KY to CO alvin August 28, 2019 - 7:56am

I’m told that last August I drove from Kentucky to Colorado.

Fireweed blooming in Alaska (and winter coming) alvin August 10, 2019 - 6:10am

With the fireweed blooming in Alaska, summer will soon be yielding to fall and winter.

“The day becomes something that happens within your meditation.” alvin August 4, 2019 - 2:34pm

“In the beginning, meditation is something that happens within your day. Eventually, the day becomes something that happens within your meditation.”

~ From “The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works

Airplane slogan: Longer, larger, wait, what? alvin August 4, 2019 - 6:05am

Looks like this airplane company might want to rethink how they place their slogan on their airplanes.

Creed of a superhero? alvin July 26, 2019 - 8:47am

I just saw this “Prayer of Saint Francis” in a collection of photos from a church in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and it reminds me of the creed of a superhero. :)

Talking to nurses about pain

While laying in the hospital bed after my recent surgery, a young nurse came into my room and asked what my pain level was, on a range from zero to ten.

I replied that it wasn’t bad at all, maybe a one or two at most, and I didn’t need any pain medicine.

She said that was great. She said that a lot of people immediately say they’re at a nine or ten.

I replied that I’d never say anything that high, I always thought a nine or ten should be saved for something really bad, like if you were just stabbed or shot.

She said, “I know, right. Or maybe broken bones ... or a heart attack.” She paused and then said, “Lately I’ve been wondering if giving birth is a 9 or 10.”

One way to meditate without distraction alvin June 20, 2019 - 8:47am

If you’re interested in meditating but can’t quite seem to do it without getting distracted, I recommend making a game of it. One game I use is, “How long can I take to count to five full breaths?”

The game itself is simple: Just before you begin to meditate, start a stopwatch on your phone. Then breathe in, and as you do so, internally say “one.” Then breathe out and internally (or externally) say “two.” Try to take these breaths as slowly as you can, with all of your focus on the current breath and current number. Keep doing this until you breathe out and say “ten,” and when that breath is finished, stop the stopwatch and see how long it took. The game is to make this time as long as possible.