Siberian Husky body language alvin September 20, 2019 - 6:57am

If you’ve ever had a Siberian Husky, you’ll probably find that these drawings and captions are accurate. (Image from

The Dancer Upstairs

The Dancer Upstairs may be a little slow for most other people, but it’s one of my favorite movies (except for the dog parts).

Released in 2002, it was the first or second movie I saw Javier Bardem in, and when you watch it not knowing who he is, you say to yourself, “This guy has it,” that special something that makes you want to watch. As a friend once said, Tom Hanks is like that; if they made a movie about a guy stranded on an island and he was the only one in the movie, she’d watch the movie just because it was him (as did many other people).

Trying to find a way to love all beings alvin September 20, 2019 - 6:50am

I was writing with a friend recently about trying to find a way to love all beings, and she sent me this quote:

“I leave you free to be yourself: to think your thoughts, indulge your tastes, follow your inclinations, behave in ways that you decide are to your liking.”

When I read that it made me think something like, “I love you (your spirit), and I acknowledge that you’re a separate being here on Earth. I can’t control you, I can’t make you act in a way that I want you to behave (i.e., in a non-harmful way), so I just have to let you be, so you can work out your own karma.”

For some reason that gives me hope that there is a way I can love all beings (not just the good ones).

Namaste, Al

On yoga, effort, and life

Working with yoga is often interesting. You stretch and twist and focus, trying to be very conscious and aware of your movements, and then one day in the middle of a twisting pose you see your left foot coming out from behind your right ear. At first that’s a real surprise, a shock. You think, “Well, that can’t be my foot over there”, and then you realize it is your foot, and with that comes a strong sense of accomplishment, and maybe a little smile.

Then you do the same pose in the opposition direction, but twist and stretch as you might, your right foot doesn’t come out from behind your left ear. You know you can’t push it any more, at least not while doing the pose properly, so you realize you have a little imbalance. You accept that you have some work to do, but it’s a good thing, so you push on.

I think life is like that too, or can be like that. If you enjoy the struggle, if it’s a worthy struggle — Castaneda’s “a path with heart” — the effort comes willingly, and with its own rewards.


Love (a Virginia rest area sign) alvin September 13, 2019 - 5:43pm

A “Love” sign you might find at a rest area somewhere in Virginia.