Thoughts, thanks, reflections and the way forward…

…at least for me.

As I sit here, in the woods in the town of Wellfleet, making sure a generator keeps running to power part of our cable system, it got me thinking and reflecting on the past year of my life, both in the “real” world and in the internet world.

In the “real” world life was somewhat of a whirlwind. It seems this year was busier than usual. I guess with three children that is somewhat normal, so I expected nothing less. There are (were) times when I am (was) down on myself, and think I could be a better father. Sometimes, to often, I get frustrated and have a hard time coping. I know it is selfish to think these little people should behave the way I want them to. It is humbling for me to come to that realization, and I know it is something I need to work on. Not only for the sake of my children, but for the sanity of our household.

My wife Leah and I hit our 7th year mark as a married couple, although we’ve been together for 11 years. Time definitely does test a relationship, but with love, and the resolve to make it work, our relationship seems to grow stronger when ever there is a bump or scrape. I love my wife with everything that I have, and am working on being a better husband. We all have our inadequacies, I know and realize that, but I refuse to just accept them as they are. I made a vow to be with her through it all, and to assist her in any way possible. That resolve grows stronger by the moment, and I am happy to be able to share this life with such an amazing woman. Where my inadequacies come up short, she is always there to pick up the pieces and work it out. Without her I do not know where I’d be, and I am so grateful to have her in my life. I love her with all of my heart, and always will.

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Blogisattva Awards 2010 Winners Announced!

Head on over to blogisattva.org to see if the blogger you nominated made it to the end.

I want to take this time to thank Kyle, Anoki and ALL of the judges for their hard word and for helping to re-invent the Blogisattva Awards. A big thanks to Tom Armstrong for allowing us to bring back the Blogisattvas with his blessing.

Congratulations to all of the nominees and the “winners”. The buddho-blogosphere is a tight knit community and I am excited to share this space with you all. All the best to everyone of you, keep up the hard work. This path is not an easy one, but with the support of those we are contact with, our online sangha, it is a bit easier.

Blogisattva Award Finalists to be announced TOMORROW!

That’s right, tomorrow all of the waiting is over, well not completely as we’ll only be announcing the finalists tomorrow.

The 2010 Blogisattva Awards finalists list can be viewed, tomorrow, at http://www.blogisattva.org

We hope you’ll join us in congratulating the finalists and wait patiently for the winners to be announced this weekend!

A big thanks to all the judges, my co-admin and to our graphic designer for bringing the Blogisattvas back to life. A big thanks to Tom Armstrong for giving us his best wishes in rekindling his baby, the Blogisattva Awards!

Blogisattva Awards: Nominations are Now Closed!

From the Blogissattva Award website:

It’s been a wonderful last six months since we announced the return of the Blogisattvas. The nominations are now closed for the 2010 Blogisattva awards, many thanks for all those who nominated their favorite Buddhist bloggers. There have been tons of great nominees in all the categories, and I certainly don’t envy the work our wonderful judges will be doing in the next week or so. So much excellence to choose from.

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Open for Requests and or Questions

Earlier today, I had read something, not sure what it was, but I wanted to write about it. Absentmindedly, rather than writing it down, I told myself I could remember it, no problem. So here I am, and I got nothing!

This blog has been around for 3 years now. I receive comments on many of the posts, and I greatly appreciate the interaction. I am going to try to open things up a bit more.

What I’d love to do is this, have you comment on this post with what you’d like to see written about here. You can either come up with a topic, or ask a question. I’m open to just about anything and will be truthful with any answer. Got anything for me?