David Johnson

The aloneness of early morning. Sitting and reflecting on what is important, what resides in the heart , however deep While the rest of the world sleeps.

I step outside this morning to drink my coffee, a US Citizen. More later...

Sometimes I come across a quote, a few words in a book or online, that are just what I need to hear in that moment. I came across these words today, When we make it safe to fail, We make it safe to succeed. ~ Kobi Yamada They struck me, struck a cord, and a single read through is not enough. I am …

This was not a large puzzle, both in physical size and in terms of number of pieces - one hundred - and subsequently did not take long to finish. The puzzle was not a big challenge. No, what drew me to it was the striking depiction of a Japanese Macaque. 🧩

Very early hours at the airport. My Uber ride drops me off and I walk into a checkin hall unusually quiet. People sleep across chairs. People sit quietly. Lights are dimmed. Officials arrive at the checkin desk, passengers jump up and hover, waiting for desk to open. I am quickly checked in and it …

Deja vu of Britain on the back streets of Porto.

Well we just experienced our first meal delivered by Uber Eats. Living on Maui, if such exists, I am unaware of it. But on a wet night in Porto we canceled our dinner reservation and had the meal delivered to us. Much gratitude to the motorcyclist out on this very damp night.

Another beautiful sunset over Porto this evening.

The Sahara’s presence was still felt here in Porto today at the Cemitério do Prado do Repouo. The Carmelite Church in Vitória, Porto. And a side wall of that same church. This evening a fierce red sunset over the Atlantic ocean courtesy of a dance between the sun, Sahara and the atmosphere! …

This morning’s view, the Ponte Dom Luís bridge from over the rooftops in Porto, Portugal.

Honey on a Razor's Edge

Mindfulness is available to us at all times. I say that to myself - and then I forget. The opportunity is there, and then it is gone. Too late. Feels like too much effort. Or something puts in an appearance that has more icing on the top, or at least appears to and feels easier to consume - but …

I’m sad to be missing most of Micro Camp over the next two days. Important family commitments will be pulling me elsewhere. Thank you to @manton, @jean and all the presenters for making this year’s Micro Camp happen. I’ll look to check out the videos later.

Currently reading: Silence by Thich Nhat Hanh 📚

A friend sent this video taken from her house in a remote part of West Maui. The house is on a cliff that surrounds a bay and at this time of year whales come into the bay with their young. The sound like a fog horn that can be heard in the video, is from the whales. You can also make out where some …

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 ⬛🟨⬛⬛🟨 🟩🟩🟨⬛⬛ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

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 5½ 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 café that they like. Their mom couldn’t believe what we reported back on our …