Aging & Dying, Karmic Economics, Life of Carmen, Uncategorized, Zen & Dharma

Get rid of that shit

I just spent the day on a team mercy mission, mucking out a four-bedroom bungalow full of some poor guy’s shit. Good god…thirty years of clothes and products and papers and porn mags and obsolete electronic equipment, plates, pots crockpots and twist ties and on and on and on…three of everything. Apparently the house was …

Aging & Dying, Karmic Economics, Life of Carmen, Uncategorized

The white-belt-and-shoes gene

My dad carried the white-belt-and-shoes gene: the stamp of the salesman. He passed it on to my brother and me. He started out in the ’60s selling encyclopedias — for real! He was good at it so they sent him to Australia to open a sales office in Sydney. He took my mother and two …