August 22nd, 2010

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QotD: Buddha on Body-Centered Mindfulness

There is one thing that, when cultivated and regularly practiced,
leads to deep spiritual intention, to peace,
to mindfulness and clear comprehension, to vision and knowledge,
to a happy life here and now,
and to the culmination of wisdom and awakening.
And what is that one thing? It is mindfulness centered on the body.
-- The Buddha, from the Satipatthana Sutta
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Top Ten Spices for Anti-Aging Cusine

The top 10 most potent herbs and spices for blood sugar control:
1. Cloves (ground)
2. Cinnamon (ground)
3. Jamaican allspice (ground)
4. Apple pie spice (mixture)(has lots of cinnamon in it)
5. Oregano (ground)
6. Pumpkin pie spice (mixture)(has lots of cinnamon in it)
7. Marjoram
8. Sage
9. Thyme
10. Gourmet Italian spice
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Trip Report: Klickitat

I was just on a lovely glistening rushing river, the Klickitat in south central Washington. It is a 75 mile long river that drains the east side of the Cascades, running across a plateau at the foot of Mount Adams. We ran 35 miles of it in four easy days. Putin: old gage just below Yakama Reservation. Takeout: shuttle driver's house in Klickitat. Whitewater: too easy to be a destination for today's up and coming boaters, this is a classic playful river run for those who simply love rivers, and wilderness. Obviously the fishermen know about it, though according the the locals it is much harder to catch a steelhead or a chinook salmon here than it used to be. My companions: D and K. D is a retired chemical engineer and beginning Buddhist. He's the one with the GPS and a list of river landmarks including possible camps from his google earth explorations. K is an accountant who I know from boating back in NC. Pictures taken by D are here.
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