Archives for December, 2007

I want to be this lady when I grow up. She is 60, and she has fibromyalgia and a blue belt in Karate. Is that cool or what?

Under the Bush administration, the FCC has decided to correct a horrible oversight. See, up to now, the Hearst Corporation (run by descendants of William Randolf Hearst) and poor Rupert Murdoch has been prevented, by government interference, from owning a few straggling newspapers and television stations. Now, thank goodness, action is being taken to correct […]

Taisen Deshimaru Roshi has said that in the martial arts these three things are needed: shin (mind-spirit), wasa (technique), and tai (body-strength), and that they must be in perfect balance. But he has also said that “in a young person the body is the fundamental element, whereas in an older man technique and spirit predominate.” […]

I have heard people tell me that they don’t want to study Karate (or any martial art) because, they say, it’s not practical, or it’s too structured, too choreographed to be worthwhile. I’ve even heard students complain that endless punches and blocks will not help them to become… whatever it is they hope to become. […]

People need unconditional love. I instantly recognized the truth of that idea when I ran across the work of Carl Rogers in college.  But that creates a dilemma for me. Either it’s actually possible to love unconditionally, or it’s not. If it’s not, then something is required for the full expression of humanity that we […]