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Mike Oliver's Journal – December 2012 Archive (3)

Worrying Trend of Sacramento Armed Robberies Continues

I've been researching the recent upsurge in armed robberies in Downtown Sacramento over the past two weekends. I wanted to share what I've learned with everyone associated with our dojo.

There are some common themes in the nature of the robbery and in the chosen victims. Most, but not all, of the robberies are targeting female…

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Added by Mike Oliver on December 24, 2012 at 12:17pm — No Comments

Talking to Children About the School Shooting

From Susan Stiffelman at the Huffington Post (original article)
What can you say when there are now words?


We are all reeling today in the aftermath of the school shootings in Connecticut. I, for one, feel leveled and heartbroken; it is impossible to imagine the impact on the families who lost children, those…
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Added by Mike Oliver on December 14, 2012 at 2:21pm — 3 Comments

A Cup of Tea

I first heard this story from Kyoshi Joslin. It is a very common Zen story and it is often told in class. There is value in emptying our cup, both in the dojo and out.

A Cup of Tea

Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.

Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring.

The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could…

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Added by Mike Oliver on December 12, 2012 at 11:31pm — No Comments

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