I ‘get’ wanting to be the first — but what’s the point if you aren’t right?

Seattle Times link: UW Researcher faked AIDS data

“Investigators found that Brodie falsified data in 15 instances — in published and unpublished journal articles, and grant proposals. The research in question included cellular responses to the HIV virus. . .

“The problem with things like this is that people build on someone else’s knowledge. It wastes money, it wastes time and it can lead science in a wrong direction,” Liggitt said. “Even the smallest misguidance can cripple a very large investigation.”

sad, sad, sad.

I found this in a planner I’ve used since 1994. I have no idea where I found it — but I know I didn’t write it originally. What an interesting thing I told myself, back then.

Zen Fool:  A Fool is one who goes on trusting;  A Fool is one who goes on trusting against all his experience.  You deceive him, and he trusts you; and you deceive him again, and he trusts you. Then you will say he is a Fool, he does not learn. His trust is tremendous; his trust is so pure that nobody can corrupt it.

Be a Fool in the Taoist sense, in the Zeb sense. Don’t try to create a wall of knowledge around you. Whatsoever experience comes to you, let it happen, and then go on dropping it. Go on cleaning your mind continuously;  go on dying to the past so you remain in the present, here-now, as if just born, just a babe.

In the beginning it is going to be difficult. The World will start taking advantage of you…let them.  They are poor fellows. Even if you are cheated and deceived and robbed, let it happen, because that which is really yours cannot be robbed from you. And each time you do not allow situations to corrupt you, that opportunity will become an integration inside.  Your Soul will become more Crystallized.

It’s a new year, and we decided to celebrate by taking in a puppy. Everyone, meet Sasha.

She's always in motion

As you can see, she’s always in motion. Except when the puppy energy runs out and she falls asleep.

sleeping Sasha

Sasha is a pure-bred (but not registered) black Lab (Labrador Retriever). Born on September 9, she is just under 8 weeks old, and a Virgo. To give you an idea of her size, the ‘Kong’ chewtoy in this next picture is about 3 inches long.

She was very quiet the first night, and seems content to sleep in her crate (which is big enough for the dog she will eventually become) and chew on her toys. She seems to be teething and so we’re really having to stay on top of the ‘don’t bite’ lessons. Her grasp of potty training is . . . variable. Ah well — we humans don’t do as well when we’re her age either.

It’s very exciting, and overwhelmingly cute.

About a month ago I submitted a story Dan Myers and I wrote several years ago — Persephone Reborn — to the Spirit One Writers Contest. Yesterday, I received this:

First of all congratulations and thank you for your submissions.  Go here to read the entire Spirit One WebZine V 100

http://www.paganshopping.com/spiritone/

FIRST PRIZE

Persephone Reborn by Lisa Mc Sherry and Daniel Myers
“Kore, my child so tender and mild,dance while flowers sing praises to you . . .” And dance Kore did. Spinning to the beat of springtime. The springtime of the year and of her life.
http://www.earthspirits.org/xoops/modules/zmagazine/article.php?articleid=18

*happy dancing*

Go read the story — feedback and comments are welcomed!