From the Miscellaneous folder of
Former Cuke Miscellaneous page
(a bare, stark page evoking a desolate empty sadness of web design)

April fool!
Apt to die
BOPS (Bureau of Public Secrets) posts on Buber, Basho, and more.
Columbia Buddhist Trip
cuke basket - tee shirts and other items to support cuke
Flat Earth Fun
In case of emergency list the people you want contacted under ICE in your cell phone.
Japanese Recycling
Jewish Buddhism - silly
Lachob Gompa Building Project
Lives and Teachings of Female Zen Masters
May You Be ready For the Bardos When They Come!
Noah Levine Movie Benefit
Oliver Sacks observes the mind through music
On Stewart Brand 2-27-07
Photo Album Found
Karl Renz coming to Bay Area
South Mountain China Tours
Tenken - something on the Zen cop
Michael Wenger's Caligraphy - 12 pieces
Zen Judaism - more silly

12-24-14 - Lists are a big deal on the Internet because people go to them and thus advertising revenues go up for the sites that use them. Here's on we enjoyed from the Huff Post - and we scored high - Eight Things that Lead to a Lasting Marriage. - dc

12-17-14 - Highly recommend Your Inner Fish, a PBS documentary in three parts - our inner fish, our inner reptile, and our inner monkey. Only part I wanted to add something was when he talked about the weakness of the human spine which evolved from spines that were horizontal. The host goes to a massive human skeleton collection in Cleveland to make his point. I thought that a lot of Cleveland's back problems might come from sitting in chairs and being overweight and wondered how other cultures like natives who can squat all day would compare.

12-11-14 - Tea as good as and in ways better than water says new study - BBC Health - Couldn't count all the times people have told me I had to drink water to hydrate, that tea didn't count. - DC

8-14-14 - Louie Schwartzberg: Hidden miracles of the natural world - thanks Jim McGiver

7-22-14 - Clarifying the Hobby Lobby decision of the Supremes - New Yorker - thanks Gregory Johnson

7-07-14 - Magnetic Poles location, strength, and flip - BBC - Found this so interesting and so phenomenally fundamental. - dc

6-13-14 - How to open a can without a can opener - thanks Gregory

6-12-14 - DRUGS AND THE MEANING OF LIFE - Sam Harris - posted in Misc and Engaged Buddhism/Current Events due to his early emphasis on the imorality of the war on drugs.

The “war on drugs” has been lost and should never have been waged. I can think of no right more fundamental than the right to peacefully steward the contents of one’s own consciousness. The fact that we pointlessly ruin the lives of nonviolent drug users by incarcerating them, at enormous expense, constitutes one of the great moral failures of our time. (And the fact that we make room for them in our prisons by paroling murderers, rapists, and child molesters makes one wonder whether civilization isn’t simply doomed.)

6-10-14 - Alexander Shulgin, Psychedelia Researcher, Dies at 88 - NY Times

“I understood that our entire universe is contained in the mind and the spirit. We may choose not to find access to it, we may even deny its existence, but it is indeed there inside us, and there are chemicals that can catalyze its availability” 

4-12-14 - A bus to nowhere, suggested by M Katz who writes: Heard this on my car radio and thought it the best description of Zen I've ever heard. It's about a 15-minute sound clip.I 'm building a bus stop for myself. 

4-02-14 - THIS OLD MAN - Life in the nineties BY  in the New Yorker

3-12-14 - From NBC Dateline - My brief Rendezvous with the Guru - creepy

2-15-14 - A critical look at AA and addiction treatment. - thanks Kat who got it from Jeffrey

2-14-14 - Animal Whisperer Calms An Angry Panther

Her name Anna Breytenbach is and here's her site - Animal Spirit

2-08-14 - Get a lot of stuff sent my way, more than I have time to deal with. Thought I'd share this one:

A 240 year old doll that can write - thanks Jim McIver

1-30-14 - Received this important bit of news from an old friend in Fort Worth.

Washington State just passed two laws -   legalized gay marriage and legalized marijuana. Makes perfect biblical sense.


    Leviticus 20:13 says: "If a man lies with another man they should be


---thanks Susan McDonald

1-09-14 - 20 Scientific Reasons to Start Meditating Today - thanks Ron Browning

10-20-13 - Pseudo Dionysius Mystical Theology - from Pseudo Dionysius: The Complete Works (Classics of Western Spirituality). This is the 1988 translation which I prefer over the one found on the Internet though I have no criticism of, nor am qualified to criticize, the latter which I have posted a link to a few times over the years. Jim Wilson of Many Rivers Books and Tea in Sebastopol CA turned me on to Pseudo Dionysius, calling his Mystical Theology the Heart Sutra of Christianity. The pseudo in his name means that the Dionysius was a pseudonym, a common practice for monks. - DC

10-15-13 - Two articles from local paper report what we already know and were always told

You can always eat more fruits and veggies

Eating fruits and vegetables tied to longer life

10-14-13 - A Bridge Between Western Science and Eastern Faith - NY Times article on joint study of science and Buddhism involving Dalai Lama, Tibetan monks, and Emory U. - thanks JR

9-23-12 - In answer to JW's question -

Is there such a thing as a "Zen card."?

Someone wrote "How many Jokers have answered, A Joker?" - sorry, lost name

JW wondered about a wild eyed Samurai then he sent this Zen Card.

9=07-13 - The Truth about Exercise


A haiku about aging from today's Marin IJ.(Independent Journal)

Roses are so red!
Violets are so - what's the word?
Look, dear, a bluebird!
---Martin Bernbaum

5-29-12 - Local guy, David Lee Hoffman, in a fight with authorities over worms and moats

Hoffman's Phoenix Collection of the finest teas in the world

3-29-11 - When I want some diversion, I sometimes tune into the mildly demented humor of Cracked. I love their lists such as

5 Important People Who Were Screwed Out of History Books

6 Important Things You Didn't Know We're Running Out Of

11-13-09 -Getting Celsius and Fahrenheit straight

10-31-11 - the Nun and the Cabbie

7-25-08 - Willam Malten sends a report from the Amazon rainforest - videos

Darlene Cohen's brother David's strange website - the Limping Gazelle.

11-18-09 - Was reading about Christian communities. Here are a few. But first a relevant quote.

11-13-09 - Getting Celsius and Fahrenheit straight

4-09-09 - "Who am I?" we often ask. Look at it from a bacterial point of view and ask, "Who are we?" Thanks JR.

12-23-07 - Exposed: the seven great medical myths - thanks to Kelly

10-18-07 - THE HEART SUTRA AND COMPASSIONATE COMMUNICATION With Paul Shippee November 9 / 7:00 pm - November 11 / 5:00 pm Madison Shambhala Center Madison, Wisconson

10-14-07 - The guys who do South Park (recipients of the prestigious High Lords of Cultural Commentary Award) did this animated video called Life and Music to some wise words from Alan Watts.- Thanks to E. Sawyer. Filed in Misc.

10-10-07 - New paths to enlightenment through advertising - in the SF Chron today - in which meditator and yoga teacher Mark Morford ponders whether Zen can withstand so much association with random consumer products.

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