Incredible Sufi Lecture in English

This is a really interesting lecture on Sufism given by Pia Zia Inayat.  I particularly like his tracing of the etymology of “saracene,” and well as his discussion off Islamic futuwa.

As MSNBC today wrings its hands over the favoritism by Governor DeSantis re the dispensation of vaccines to rich Floridians, I chuckled and maybe even pushed un soupir before turning towards things that are of import to me.

Certainly Sufism has become quite central to my thoughts of late, as I approach 70, and my mind stop paying attention to all that is non-essential to me at this age.

I truly do live the life of a hermit now.  I visit no one; I barely speak with anyone outside of my immediate family; I go to great lengths not to be distracted or sucked into the strange madness that is the United States, even though — for the time being — I remain in America.

Yesterday my Dell tower XPS arrived.  I spent the day get my study ready for it; I have swept and cleaned the floor and the carpet and washed the walls and got rid of the dust in on my books (I have several bookcases in my study).

I often sleep in the study, on the floor in fact, on a couple of yoga mats over which I place several blankets and a fake goose down pillow.  Very effective for bad backs; and quite cheap too — no need to spend thousands on a bed and fancy mattress when the floor will do just as well.

Back pain started up a bit this morning, from all the exertions with the dog yesterday at Sugar Beach (see previous post), and I felt tired suddenly.  Then I weighed myself, and made note of the fact that I have lost 7 pounds in the last 9 days.  Good.  I hope to keep up the good work in that regard, and perhaps one days be as thin as I was at nineteen.

Once I set up the comp — this is a very high end machine actually — I shall resume programming the Islamic geometry design tool that I’m building.  I am doing this as a form of spiritual meditation, and hope that I can create something that will enable others one day to create beautiful Islamic patterns on their computers as a way to get closer to Allah.

Peace.

The best way to travel

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Sugar Beach on the Intercoastal Waterway

This is a blog about a hermit who loves to travel, but, alas seldom does of late.

For many reasons — Covid-19, of course, but also, a feeling of maybe trying to work it out in post-Trump America (turns out to be a hopeless case, alas), and also a sense of loyalty to a young GSD bitch who has done nothing but love me.

I took her for a walk at a secluded place I call Sugar Beach this morning, early.  It was empty for quite a while, and when people (aka “the covidians”) finally showed up, I immediately left.

Geeva had a lovely time.

She has liked coming here since she was a puppy, and it pleases me to make her happy.  It is also good for my back pain rehab:  after all, I was in the ER room but nine days ago.

Things are now quite different.

A sense of epicurean calm and purpose has descended on me.

I shall do the epicurean things that old men like myself are wise to do — detach from politics, think about death as nothing more than the cessation of being, attempt not to bargain with absent deities for some mythical afterlife, work on regaining and staying healthy and fit, pursue a hobby (my programming project), read widely (from my eclectic library), enjoy memories of the past, but savor the present, every deliberately slowed-down moment of it, and plan for future travels this Fall (I am dreaming of Istanbul and Alghero), after various things have settled down.

Here are some pics I took of Geeva at Sugar Beach this morning.

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After we returned home, she plopped down next to me on the hermit’s bed I sleep on, and we listened to Mike Pinder’s Thinking is the Best Way to Travel.

Indeed, for now, that will have to do,

My back is (almost) back!

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a stretch of beach near my house….

Great progress today.

I was able to take poochie to the beach.  She loved it, and is now sleeping contentedly on the couch beside me as I type this post.

A week ago Monday, I was in the ER, unable to sit up straight or walk due to back pain.

ER doc prescribed me a cocktail of pain killers (trammies plus OTC Tylenol and script ibuprofen) and anti inflammatory steroids (prednisone) that actually worked — though I am still experiencing variable discomfort on my lower right rib cage.

Some opium based nasal spray would have been nice, too, at the height of the screaming in bloody agony pain  — but… no such luck.

Been off the Tramadol for days now, but still am taking (reduced) doses of Tylenol , ibuprofen and prednisone – once or twice a day, as needed.

I take the muscle relaxer (Cyclobenzaprine) at night, and that helps me sleep all the way through till dawn.

3 chi

In a few days, I should be getting a Delta 8 THC delivery via Fedex from 3 Chi.

I hope this works better than the CDB gummies I purchased on Sunday from a local head shop.

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Scam product — do not buy this crap — contains NICOTINE!!!

What a waste of 60 dollars that was.

It would be nice to soon be free of all remaining discomfort, and maybe slip into a nice relaxed state of mind so I can start my Yoga with Adrienne for back pain exercises.

If this encouraging progress continues, I’ll be taking my paddle board out the intercoastal soon enough — can’t wait for all the snowbies to leave already, and walk or swim on empty beaches again.

Easy does it, though.  I was unable to walk without my homemade Shillelagh only a week ago or so!

My new Dell arrives in a couple of days.  Once I set that up, I was will be able to plunge back into my programming hobby project.

What else?

I am no longer following the cable news political shows on MSNBC or CNN.  My blood pressure thanks me for that.

Instead, I read books from my rather arcane personal library or watch foreign movies on Amazon prime when I just want to chill out and vegetate in the is-ness of it all.

Last night I watched this French one.

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They spoke standard 1930s French, so I understood the dialog without subtitles!

I absolutely loved it!

So life is good, there’s money in the bank, and my wife does not hate me this week.

Who could ask for anything more?