My Blog

Chasing Inspiration

Chasing Inspiration

A woman was walking through a forest when she saw a man sitting in a small clearing, playing the flute. A group of people sat in a semi-circle around him and when he was finished, they all clapped and cheered, begging for more. He smiled and kept playing. “Your music...

read more
The Runaway Mind

The Runaway Mind

MY WEEKLY BLOG The Runaway Mind The mind can be a powerful and splendid ally. It can be a motivator, a planner and a supreme puzzle solver. But all too often, it’s not your friend. I was walking down Melrose Avenue one afternoon (when we could do such things) and I...

read more
IT IS

IT IS

A Zen meditation student didn't like the sound the water made when it rushed over the rocks. It drove him crazy so he decided to rearrange the rocks. But when he did, the water made a louder sound that was much worse. When he eventually accepted the sound for what it...

read more
Meeting Heart to Heart

Meeting Heart to Heart

I attended a social distancing gathering on July 4th at a friend’s house who has a swimming pool in his backyard. There were five of us and while one person sat in a chair poolside, the rest of us each took a corner of the pool, talking and relaxing. We rotated...

read more
ENNUI

ENNUI

I love the word “ennui.” It comes from the French and it sounds like what it means. I can best describe it as “world weariness,” succumbing to boredom, feeling uninspired and uninterested in doing much of anything. A lot of us are feeling like...

read more
Blind Faith

Blind Faith

We’re still here. We're mostly staying home but we’re starting to venture out into what I’ve come to call “the fray,” doing what we hope will keep us safe. We’re running on blind faith which means believing in something without evidence or proof. Believing in...

read more
TRIBUTE TO MY FATHER

TRIBUTE TO MY FATHER

The following is a true story. It was 1957, I was eight,when my father showed me a rectangular card with blue and silver graphics of two astronauts in spacesuits and helmets. They were holding oxygen tanks, walking on a white surface in boxy-looking yellow boots....

read more
THE BIG WHINE

THE BIG WHINE

MY WEEKLY BLOG THE BIG WHINE I woke up yesterday filled with dread. Maybe it was a bad dream. I shouldn't have watched Queen of the South before bed. Too violent. Or maybe it was just everything that’s going on. A virus. Protests. Innocent people dying and horrendous...

read more
Changing Forward

Changing Forward

Life feels like it has no beginning, middle or end these days. It’s more like a steady stream of strange events, one bleeding into the other, with no indication of what's coming next. I keep wondering when things will change back, but maybe that’s the wrong question....

read more
What’s Happening?

What’s Happening?

WHAT’S HAPPENING I sat down a few minutes ago to write my blog and I feel tongue tied. Or should I say finger tied? What can I possibly write about the enormity of what’s going on? I see people holding up signs that say, “I can't breathe,” in honor of the brutal...

read more

© Copyright 2015 Andrea Cagan. All Rights Reserved.