I liked Tool’s 10,000 Days album very much when it came out in 2006, but, for some reason, I didn’t listen to it much in the past several years. Last week’s concert reminded me of this record (they played Jambi and Vicarious), so, this past weekend, I played it several times and rediscovered the amazing … Continue reading Wings for Mom
I love Tool. I fell in love with their music nearly a quarter century ago and, as other artists came into and went out of my life, I have remained a faithful fan of this band. First, it was the sound. How original it was. The sense of depth or, I don’t know, spaciousness of … Continue reading Maynard is a mystic. And I like him for it.
Our daughter came home from kindergarten with a couple of scratches and a bruise on her neck. Where did that come from? I asked. M. tried to choke me. (Gasp) And what did you do?! (Head down, shoulders slumped) I was trying to tell him politely to stop. I was hit by a wave of … Continue reading This might be controversial but no, I don’t think words hurt as much as actions do
Have you heard the song True Colors by Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick from the Trolls movie? Something about this line always makes me feel a little emotional: “I see your true colors and that's why I love you” I think we rarely let people see our true colors. We are afraid of being vulnerable, … Continue reading True Colors
I wrote this post several weeks ago when my family went to see Grandma for a few days, so, chronologically, it is not accurate, but the gist of it still applies. I decided to take it easy last night: get some takeout, some dessert, watch some mindless things on the Internet. I knew I should … Continue reading Pleasure vs Joy
Since I started meditating and became increasingly interested in the subject of mindfulness (or being present), I tend to notice more and more people embarking on their respective paths, which is encouraging and motivating on a personal level and also brings me a general sense of hope for humanity. But I also notice the form-over-substance-type … Continue reading The newly awakened
I went to the gym yesterday for the first time in some time. The late winter and early spring always come with an abundance of celebrations (and cake) so I have a few extra pounds around my waist that I will attempt to lose in the next couple of months. The exercise machine I chose … Continue reading Aren’t we all addicts?
This is a post from November that I thought of and wanted to share on this Mother's Day Eve. Today is All Saints Day in Poland. It is a very special holiday when families gather and visit cemeteries to remember all their loved ones that passed away. I cannot be with my family today, but … Continue reading Remembering My Mother
The Ruszkowski clan, my uncle proudly said, were gentry. And as I was beginning to imagine those vast swaths of land in Mazovia region trimmed with majestic willow trees, a white manor house with a red tile roof adorned with the obligatory stork nest, and our coat of arms over a heavy, oak door, my uncle … Continue reading My heritage
One of our favorite family movies these days is Moana. The kids love it, we all listen to the songs and I find it to be more than just another cute Disney story. I think there are things in this movie to ponder that are quite profound. If you haven’t watched, let me give you … Continue reading Moana, surrender, and serendipity