From the monthly archives:

January 2009

No Hike Today – Blackhead Tomorrow

January 31, 2009

Scott and I won’t be hiking today.  We were up way too late last night.  Thanks to Sophia, Alli, Emily, Christine, Mike, Mark, Gino, and Brian for keeping us up.  Congratulations to those who know what I’m talking about.  And screw Zamalek Cafe for having too many people using their wireless router. Tomorrow, we hike […]

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A Jack of All Trades: Morality, Meditation, and Wisdom

January 30, 2009

So as I sit here with a cheekful of cherry Skoal, my green money candle and stick of some kind of incense burning, listening to somebody play Bach on the harpsichord pretty well, I thought I might write a little more about what D. T. Suzuki has been telling me about Zen Buddhism. I read […]

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The non-Art of Internet Dating

January 29, 2009

Below are more failed internet dating pickup lines from October and November of 2008 (all on Yahoo! Personals).  I’m not quite sure if there’s anything cathartic about reading back through these.  Click here for December 2008 and early January 2009.  You’ll see that I was in a bit of a jaded/cynical phase around the beginning […]

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Hiking Photos

January 28, 2009

I finally got my hiking partner Scott (the vegan success story and current blog-commenter extraordinaire) to dig up his USB cable for his digital camera and bring it by my house.  It took about two months and five minutes in total to get the photos since July uploaded to mycomputer. I’m still working on the […]

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7 Deadlies & 7 Heavenlies

January 27, 2009

The Seven Deadly Sins: Pride is excessive belief in one’s own abilities, that interferes with the individual’s recognition of the grace of God.  It has been called the sin from which all others arise. Pride is also known as Vanity. Envy is the desire for others’ traits, status, abilities, or situation. Gluttony is an inordinate […]

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Happy New Year!

January 26, 2009

新年快乐!  Today (January 26th 2009) is the Chinese New Year.  I don’t know if you noticed, but last night’s moon was a new moon.  Chinese new year begins on the first day of the first lunar month (the last new moon was December 28th). According to the Chinese zodiac, 2009 is the Year of the Ox; 2008 […]

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Today’s Hike 1-24-2009

January 24, 2009

Today we’ll be hiking Balsam Mountain. This is one of the four required “winter peaks” for admission to the Catskill 3500 Club.  The last time we climbed this mountain was December 13th of 2008 (just before winter the “beginning” of winter on 12/22).     View Larger Map In case you haven’t perused the Hiking Page lately, Scott and I carry […]

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On Being a Teacher – Part 2

January 23, 2009

“Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. Those who can’t teach, criticize.“ If you read yesterday’s post all the way to the end and did, in fact, hit that “RSS” button up top, thank you for subscribing to this feed.  If you read yesterday’s post all the way through and didn’t hit the “RSS” […]

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On Being a Teacher

January 22, 2009

“Those who can, do.  Those who can’t, teach.  Those who can’t teach, criticize.” This is a concept I remember learning at an early age – the first 2/3, at least.  I can’t remember who said it or how it was said, but I can tell you that the impression it had on me was this:  […]

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