David Johnson

What a wonderful cacophony of sound the dawn chorus of was this morning. If you listen carefully you might even hear the ocean in the distance, and it is in the distance. Maybe a mile as the crow flies.

I see that with my new iPhone 13 Mini, alongside the eSim that it came with, the phone can also carry a physical Sim card, ie have two lines in one phone. What I am wondering, and cannot find a clear answer to, is if it is possible to completely turn off one card while keeping the other active, so …

After a couple of days struggling to find the correct word, today was a welcome success. Wordle 257 3/6 β¬›πŸŸ¨β¬›β¬›πŸŸ¨ πŸŸ©πŸŸ©πŸŸ¨β¬›β¬› 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

His Holiness the Dalai Lama's message for Tibetan New Year

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s message for Tibetan New Year (Losar) - Water Tiger, 2149.

Another migraine. I have been suffering with them for over forty years, though their frequency and severity have varied greatly in that time. I have never found out what has caused them or a cure to rid myself of them. I can sometimes lessen the pain by drinking copious amounts of black coffee as …

I wish that I could fast forward to six months to a year from now, to a time when all that I am dealing with today is behind me and resolved in whatever way it is resolved - while realizing that I might not like the outcome. In fact it is one way I deal with difficulties in life, telling myself that …

There was a lot of trial and error in solving this one. I wasn’t even sure if the final answer was a recognized word or just slang? Wordle 250 6/6 ⬜⬜🟨⬜⬜ 🟨🟨⬜⬜⬜ ⬜🟨🟨⬜🟨 ⬜🟨⬜⬜⬜ 🟩🟩⬜⬜⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

This morning’s new arrival, an iPhone 13 Mini (PRODUCT)RED. This will be my first new phone for 5Β½ years. I’ll be saying goodbye to my trusted iPhone 7 Plus. The battery on the 7 is not holding its charge as well, and the charging cable is not connecting reliably to the phone. In getting a new …

Belfast

Minimal spoilers here. Less than you would get in a theatrical preview. We watched the movie Belfast a few weeks or so ago. My appreciation of the movie has increased since then. I thought that it was beautifully filmed in black and white with a wonderful performance from all the cast. A special …

I spent a lot of time today going through files and paperwork, ripping up and throwing away what I no longer need. I don’t know if I feel lighter for having done so, but I do have a sense of staring down and getting a job done that I have been looking at for too long. For that I feel much …

Well yesterday’s concern over spending an afternoon and evening with the grandchildren was completely unfounded. They couldn’t have been better behaved, even while having a long wait for a table and dinner at a local cafΓ© that they like. Their mom couldn’t believe what we reported back on our …

Currently reading: Reconciliation by Thich Nhat Hanh πŸ“š

Finished reading: The Bells of Old Tokyo by Anna Sherman πŸ“š

We’ll be (my wife and I) looking after the grandchildren this afternoon and evening while their parents head off to a friend’s wedding. I believe common expectations says that I should be looking forward to this time with the youngsters. Instead my mind is gasping for air already. I’m …

Earthy smells of mushroom dashi and Japanese curry roux fill the kitchen. I wrote this on Monday evening but was then distracted and did not have time to finish my writing. I was cooking dinner for Valentines Day, a Japanese curry ramen. According to the cookery book Vegan Japaneasy this is not a …

Currently reading: The Bells of Old Tokyo by Anna Sherman πŸ“š

I’ve noticed this before. I have had a headache building all afternoon. In the last half hour big dark rain clouds have been building in the east and the wind has significantly picked up. A big storm builds, headache increases. The storm breaks, the pressure in my head releases.

The Kindness of Strangers

Sitting on the beach this afternoon an incident popped into my mind from over three decades ago. Why I thought of this I don’t know, but here is what happened. I was in Australia. I spent a year traveling around the country, mainly hitchhiking. I was somewhere south of Sidney, heading south. It was …

Driving home from town, the highway (rather a grand identification for an ordinary road) curves round the coast. The afternoon is beautifully clear and the ocean has barely a ripple on it. Out of the corner of my eye I catch a big splash out to sea, and quickly find a place to pull over. It’s …

That was some work. What I find interesting for myself is that words that look obvious once they are written in front of me, I cannot see initially. Wordle 236 6/6 ⬜⬜🟨🟨⬜ ⬜⬜🟨🟨⬜ ⬜🟨🟨⬜⬜ ⬜🟩⬜🟨⬜ 🟨🟩🟩⬜🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

I love the smell of freshly picked lemons, and am grateful that I have them growing in my back yard.

Well my usual starting word, DREAM was a good choice this morning. Wordle 234 2/6. β¬›πŸŸ©πŸŸ¨πŸŸ¨πŸŸ¨ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

I was recently interviewed my Naomi Harrington for her That’s Deep Podcast. The subject of the interview was meditation. A very short clip from the podcast is below. Naomi is coach with the mission to, ”empower humans from the inside out, through inner and outer exploration. She can be found at …

A Sunday adventure to the South East side of Maui

The south east side of Maui is a place of the elements. Wind, sun and ocean meet in strong presence at that place where the vast flanks of Haleakala descend from its 10,000 feet summit to meet the Pacific Ocean at the Κ»Alenuihāhā Channel, meaning aptly “great billows smashing.” A 30 mile …

I’ve just set up a Subscribe page for a monthly newsletter. I have chosen monthly for now as I feel as though that will fit in best with my current blogging and I will not be putting undue pressure on myself. Currently I look to include long form posts, essays, that I put up through the month. …