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Travel Magic

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

I’m still at home, rocking back and forth and biting my thumbs in anticipation, leaving tomorrow if tomorrow will ever come. Basho has decided to nest in my open carryon bag, perhaps imagining that by anchoring the bag with his body, he can keep me from going anywhere. Cats hate change. And he doesn’t even know what it means to spend nearly three weeks in a cattery–but he’ll start finding out tomorrow. Manko spent the day with me today, and I delivered her to several places where she applied for a job. And there was a last-minute change in one piece of my travel plan as a result of a stunning bit of timing. Travel magic has already started. [read on]

Portland: what’s not to love?

Sunday, July 1st, 2007

Since I started dreaming of moving to Portland, Oregon and settling into a little studio apartment of my own, with Basho, and connecting with the local Zen center there as a “lay practitioner,” I’ve received heaps of emails and several phone calls from friends saying, “Oh yes! Much better plan!” It turns out my idea of living in a Zen center was a source of nattering worry to those who care about me but are kind enough to hold their tongues and let me do whatever the hell it is that I’m going to do. This is not to say that I won’t still do the worrying thing. Green Gulch Farm is probably the single most beautiful place in this country. Upaya Zen Center also occupies some gorgeous land and does good work. I’m still going spend a week at each of those centers, doing whatever they ask me to do. But this Portland idea is growing on me. [read on]

Portland, here I come!

Friday, June 29th, 2007

I remain fascinated by the possibility of moving to Portland, Oregon either AFTER a spell of living at a Zen center, or INSTEAD of living at a Zen center. There are three apartment complexes–well, be honest–old folks’ homes (you have to be 62 or older to be considered): run by an association of labor unions, in three different parts of Portland, Oregon. Those who know me well will be screaming NO! You’re not THAT old! But wait. Drop the stereotypes. These places offer nice little apartment-type living spaces (all utilities included) for 1/3 of whatever a person’s monthly income is, with preference given to low income people. I love the politics of that. This could be very good. Fuddy-duddy old rich people would be screened out. Progressive labor union types, rabble-rousers and old hippies could be in. Of course I need to take a look. It’s a shock to my system to think about this option, but it might be the best thing out there. [read on]