Thursday, April 14, 2011

Please add your blessing to a peaceful outreach

Dear Classmates,

I ask you to bless a new weekly Samyama mindfulness meditation call that began Tuesday, April 5th. While it is 2:00-3:00pm in our U.S. Eastern zone, it begins at four hourly times, 7:00 through 10:00pm, from London to Moscow, as well as across Africa. The 'stats' area of my site shows folks from a growing number of countries are looking at the Meditation tele-circle info, and I want to help them feel welcomed.

Another way you can support the nurturing and expansion of inner peace is to share this with family, friends, and colleagues you know anywhere in the global community (including locally). I am most appreciative. [You can copy-&-paste this entry into an email.]

Everyone ~ To see the April-May calendars for all Samyama Meditation tele-circles, please visit and click on the link found on the "Meditation by telephone" page. Secure registration/payment can be made there.

The $65-a-month-to-attend-as-many-sessions-as-you-wish option has turned into an even bigger bargain. Any month $65 is paid, you are welcome to come to tele-circles on Mondays, Tuesdays, and/or Wednesdays whenever you like (different start times each day) - - attending as many as 12+ in a month.

Breathing deeply together, with gratitude,

~ Dena

Saturday, January 29, 2011

An update -- and an apology -- on "64"

I wanted to update all of you on the progress of our book, but I need to combine the update with an apology.

I had been hoping to finish "When I'm 64" by the end of the year, which is what I told Dale Morgan when I saw her in Northern Virginia in early November, but a combination of our move from California to Georgia, some health problems for my wife and the first real case of writer's block I've ever had has brought me to almost a dead stop for the last couple of months.

It's strange. I have 12 of what I expect to be 24 chapters completely finished, and a number of others partially written. I've been bouncing back and forth between three or four chapters, with a couple that are almost done, but for the moment, I don't seem to be getting anywhere.

I'll say that come Tuesday, with the beginning of a new month, I'm going to chain myself to my keyboard and just start slogging ahead. I'll follow some great advice I got once from the late Mike Royko. When there's no wind and the sails won't fill, row.

I'm not Shakespeare or Bill Faulkner. Just trying to write a nice little non-fiction book.

So bear with me and accept my apology. We'll get there.

Sad News About One of Our Classmates


On Monday, January 25, 2011, son of Jean Dunham and nephew of Carol Caviston peacefully passed away. Memorial services will be Tuesday, February 1, 5 to 7 p.m. at American Legion Local Post 177, 3939 Oak St., Fairfax, VA. Memorial contributions may be made to Medi Home Health and Hospice, 9625 Superior Ct., Manassas, VA 20110.

Published in The Washington Post on January 29, 2011