Category: Daoist Reflections

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Which nature do you mean?

I stopped to take a photo today of a praying mantis. This jerk didn’t like my attention. I’ve never seen a mantis fly, especially not right at me. Insects in general are pretty horrible creatures. They eat anything smaller than themselves, including their own siblings and babies. They don’t often...

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Life is big, my stomach is not

Maintaining direction is tough, especially the more time I spend on social media or the web generally. I’ve always had a strong inner direction, personal interests that aren’t much changed (even if judged) by others, but as I get older, the world is actually getting bigger. That means I see...

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Daoism has nothing to say about what you should do

If you’re new to Daoism, I encourage you to read the original works. Don’t rely on people you follow on social media. The beauty of the writings of Laozi and Zhuangzi is the emphasis on living our stories spontaneously without an attempt to control, define, or evaluate them. Implicit, and...

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My 15-year-old knows everything

This week has been filled with conversations with my oldest child. The conversations are about his future, as well as opinions on everything I have to say about life. In other words, my 15-year-old knows everything. As I listened to him telling me I was wrong to think this or...

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Challenging attachment

This summer I’m working one-on-one with a student. Most of my work for the schools is with large groups of children; I supervise K-6th grade recess during the regular school year. The school district assigned me to a student who has Doose Syndrome. She’s 10 years old and reading at...