Tag: happiness


10 Ways to Make Traveling with a Companion Companionable

I’ve always thought that renovating a house or traveling together are true tests of compatibility. We’ve done a lot of house renovation, and now we’ve been traveling together for over a year. That means spending time together 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Here are some suggestions that […]


Silently Serving Up Happiness

Ivan and I attended a Vipassana 10-day silent meditation retreat March 12-23 in Kaufman Texas. On the first day, I volunteered to become a Server, sensing somehow that help was needed. This totally altered the dynamic of my experience of the retreat compared to Ivan’s. Vipassana means seeing things as they […]


Waking Dreams of Death and Dying

Deena and I have just finished the Vipassana, ten-day, silent meditation course. One is completely off the communications grid, without phones and computers. All participants are silent, including even gestures to each other or making eye contact. One practises the meditation technique almost the entire day, from the wake-up gong […]


Do Costa Ricans Know Something We Don’t?

 “The Gross National Product measures everything except that which makes life worthwhile” Robert F. Kennedy My brother, who has been reading the blog, wondered why we didn’t write about our upcoming travels. Aside from the fact that it is effort enough to keep up with travels just completed and myriad […]

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