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Eric O'Rafferty
The great state of Advaita
The art of nurturing: Nurturer/Teacher. Dad. Husband. Writer. Yogi. Climber. Runner. ExNeXT. Customer Therapist. 2e Advocate. Helper of all creatures, great & small.
Interests: Kids, Twice-Exceptional Beings, Climbing, Mountaineering, Outdoors, Backpacking, Camping, Bouldering, Sport Climbing, Travel, Food, Spirits (multiple kinds!) Expats, and lots more.
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A poem from Rumi, resonating on multiple levels in this season of renewal and rebirth. You just can't go wrong with Rumi. The Guest House This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at The Dirtbag Dad
These symptoms (distress and impairment) are a critical element to a mental health diagnosis. Not only is this aspect misunderstood with regards to the President, but for those who suffer from mental health ailments in general (perhaps more importantly). Dr. Frances eloquently (and succinctly) clarifies this in his letter to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at The Dirtbag Dad
A highly worthy repost (re-poem?) from Dr. R. Scott Colglazier: The Bible as Haiku (1) The sun begins to shine. Large dark clouds gather in our hearts. The sun keeps shining. The Bible as Haiku (2) Paradise is lost. We never stop looking for it. Paradise finds us. The Bible... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at The Dirtbag Dad
Dear Dr. Scott*, The act of not-writing a poem/script/song, in this instance, is a clever means of doing just that. Evocative. Mysterious. My prayers and blessings to you and yours. Not sure which of the two is more needed, so covering all bases. All my best regards, Eric * Dr.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at The Dirtbag Dad
This is the third in a series of reflections on significant people in my life during my formative years. I think I may still working through those formative years! The first two are about my dad and my mom. I've known Irving for over 40 years now. He's married to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at The Dirtbag Dad
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The following are thoughts I shared with my family today during Thanksgiving dinner here on Whidbey Island: Dugualla Bay from Uncle Bob's Sportsman's Lodge On this Thanksgiving, we are blessed with gratitude in abundance. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s for quiet reflection and raucous discussion. Above all, for me... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at The Dirtbag Dad
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Beauty 1 Cone from Coulter Pine. About 9" tall. Really cool. Hurts when dropped on head. #nottoofarfromdirtbagdadsneighborhood Beauty 2 "God is in the roses and the thorns" Soulful, wise, and thoughtful lyrics from the amazing Rosanne Cash. Let us not forget the incredible and largely unknowable machinations and/or randomness born... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at The Dirtbag Dad
How's that for a long title? I just finished listening to an episode of one of my top, go-to podcasts: the Enormocast. The Enormocast is focused on climbing. It definitely covers areas most non-climbers won't have any clue as to what being discussed. Yet, to paraphrase its host Chris Kalous,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at The Dirtbag Dad
Today is my mom's 75th birthday. Happy birthday Mom! A month ago, I wrote about my dad on his 75th birthday (Oh Father Wither Thou Goest). Unlike him, I do know where my mom is. And not only do we know how to find each other, we regularly and deeply... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2016 at The Dirtbag Dad
Today is my Dad's 75th birthday. Wishing him the very best. I just don't know where he is. He does know how to find me. And the door is open. It has been for a long time. I don't bite. And you are welcome here. It can't hurt to try...... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2016 at The Dirtbag Dad
The most brave are the most vulnerable. The general leading the very front of the charge. Black folks sitting at an all white lunch counter in the 1950's. An Afghani girl getting an education. Understanding that your anxiety is both a challenge and a gift. Being brave = being vulnerable.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at The Dirtbag Dad
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"The unexamined life is not worth living." So said my old drinking buddy Socrates. But the examined life is still fucking hard. And completely worth it. Without a doubt. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at The Dirtbag Dad
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Worlds changing. A convergence in progress. Droplets of connective ideas begin to rapidly coalesce. So fiercely they arrive in a cascading deluge. It's all good. It's better. It's great. No more wanting to do. Just doing. Sunset from Maiden Lane, February 18, 2016 Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2016 at The Dirtbag Dad
This piece is worth repeating in full on the cusp of the new year. Seth Godin often succinctly puts forth superb ideas: From his blog: I'm betting on the following happening in 2016: An event will happen that will surprise, confound and ultimately bore the pundits. Out of the corner... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2016 at The Dirtbag Dad
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Jan 1, 2016
Eric O'Rafferty added a favorite at Seth's Blog
Jan 1, 2016
This piece is worth repeating in full on the cusp of the new year. Seth Godin often succinctly puts forth superb ideas: From his blog: I'm betting on the following happening in 2016: An event will happen that will surprise, confound and ultimately bore the pundits. Out of the corner... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at The Dirtbag Dad
A prelude to a bigger piece: remembering the lessons Marc Canter taught me when I was just starting out in the working world (at MacroMind in Chicago and then San Francisco). Words by the perennially wise Seth Godin: Living in a High Stakes Universe Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at The Dirtbag Dad
In the meantime, here's something to think about: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." —Maya Angelou More to come, stay tuned... same dirtbag time, same dirtbag channel! Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2015 at The Dirtbag Dad
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Principal of Willard Elementary for the day! Leading morning assembly for 700 students and 30 staff. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at The Dirtbag Dad
The balance between helicopter and free-range parenting: fresh-air style! Fresh-Air Parenting Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at The Dirtbag Dad
I'm definitely Cat Dad! Tiger Mum or Cat Dad? Claws out over parenting styles Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at The Dirtbag Dad
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As an eleven year old in New England, I read Colin Fletcher's The Complete Walker and dreamed of wandering the wide open spaces of the west as he did. I set off on excursions into rainy and dense local woods that are littered about Massachusetts's small cities and small towns.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2015 at The Dirtbag Dad
This is all I have to say: the word "comply" and its variations should not ever be uttered in a kindergarten setting. I might make an exception for a matter of international importance, but it had better be good! This is all in good humor, of course! Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at The Dirtbag Dad
Dropping the kids off at school on time is one of our family challenges. Getting everyone out the door (including me), resolving on-the-fly crises, and whatever else randomly comes up can be a challenge. But we are getting better. Jennifer and I do a tightly improvised dance (is such a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at The Dirtbag Dad