Author Archives: Anthony

Ode to the piano god

When I first began tuning pianos by ear (with only a single tuning fork for reference) in 1970, each piano would take about 4 hours for me to tune the 225 strings. I would listen and get lost in it- … Continue reading

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The Social Contract

I sit alone tonight, thinking about what has happened in the election. I haven’t tuned in to right-wing radio or TV yet; it’s too early for that. At the university today, the atmosphere was somber. My class of freshmen were … Continue reading

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Kintsugi 金継ぎ

There is an old story I dimly remember, perhaps it was a story told by Alan Watts; where there was once a Zen master who loved ceramics, and tea bowls in particular. The story goes that there was a man … Continue reading

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Making the Invisible Beautiful

For most of my professional life, my passion has been to make the invisible beautiful. To practice the art of developing, structuring, and minutely adjusting relationships. Sometimes these relationships are under great tension, and my art is to help make … Continue reading

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Men in the forest

There are these men in the forest. They have been called by the landlord to cut down tall trees that would fall across the road in a high wind storm after or during rain. They sing in a lilting Spanish … Continue reading

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Tiny Lights of Being

The other night I decided to take a walk on a beach. It was quite dark, and I didn’t know if I would be able to see where I was going so I brought a flashlight. Curiously, even though there … Continue reading

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Parts of Ourselves: talking

From here, we look so small. While those who have made different choices, about truthfulness, and ethics, and valuing, have found the center values of human culture that seem to allow them to be supported in high style, by what … Continue reading

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Quidditch and Learning

I saw an attractive young woman, trotting about the Memorial Glade on the campus of  University of California at Berkeley this afternoon, holding with what seemed to be fierce concentration,  a two and a half foot dowel protruding upward from … Continue reading

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The most well-spent

I heard earlier tonight a commentary about how trees have a molecule in their sap that is nearly the same as our hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the molecule that helps us bind the oxygen out of the air to vitalize our … Continue reading

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None-the-less True

I was with a good and trusted friend tonight, who said: “is there anything I fear, or anything I desire?” If there were, my friend would discard them, and be free. We talked about being in the present moment, moment … Continue reading

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