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2/18/12 - Diane Dalenberg
I awake this morning, exactly four years after Dad's request to enter the "Pure Land"
Images and memories flash through my mind...
the smell of eucalyptus as he returns from GG Park after walking the dog
stubby pencils from the public library and folded squares of blank paper in his back pocket
grooming his beard
his daily sit in the local bakery
conditioning his hair with vinegar
his advice to "walk lightly" on the earth
the "church" he created in the garage with a log pulpit
pecking at the keyboard to write his zen magazines
sounds of Carlos Nakai on the CD player
soaking in hot tubs for hours
surrounded by a peaceful home library collection
customizing stadium horns with holes and black tape to get just the right sound
blowing conch shells
playing the harmonica
"shave and a hair cut, two bits"
singing "You are my Sunshine"
serenading the twins with the "Goodnight Ladies" song
Saturday morning lectures at Zen Center
swinging homemade golf balls made out of socks and rubber bands against the garage doors
zooming down the V hill like a roller coaster on the way to school in the morning
magical coins with super powers given as gifts
his basement den
visiting Green Gulch and Zen Center and proud to be with Dad
loving our family dogs
red Mazda, blue Subaru, blue Honda Civic
singing and dancing in the living room
guest speaker in my middle school history class while studying world religions: his reply to asking about the meaning of life was "YES"
family vacations in Hawaii
swimming in Lake Michigan
tourists at the Great Wall of China requesting a photo, as he was being "mistaken" for Jesus
the twitching eye when anger arose
colorful patchwork jackets
Ben Davis slacks
all wise men have beards
floating on back with hands and feet sticking out of water
spinning wishes on the tibetan prayer wheel
wishing, hoping my dad still feels, hears, and sees....
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