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some squiggly lines from a straw dog

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Once upon a time a fellow poster on a message board accused me of being 'some new age Taoist.' I had to look it up before I could respond that maybe I was.

I then aquired many Taoist texts, and started hanging out at Taoist message boards. I discovered I'm much more practical philosopher than practioner. I found contentment in being a straw dog. At some point all the squiggly lines in the books, and even more so the forums, just got to be more time consuming than I would have liked, and I wandered away for a decade.

I have forgotten many of the words, but recently had cause to search them out for a friend.

My favorite haunt has gone largely quiet, save for one individual who posts angry self righteous squiggly lines that confuse me, and another who posts esoteric stuff that seems to just muddy the waters.

I'm looking for straightforward applicable simplicity, and hoping I can find some of that here. I'm also looking for answers to some strange questions regarding attachment to unattachment, and perceptions and applications of wu wei.

Warning, I am a middle aged gardener with a penchant for using gardening metaphors. If that is tolerable to you I'd like to hang out and wander your gardens for a bit.

Thanks for your time.

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Hello and welcome. You are accepted. Glad to have you as a member and thank you for the interesting introduction.

 

Please take the time to read the two posts pinned at the top of this Welcome page and take a look at the forum terms and rules. This covers all you need to know when getting started.

 

For the first week you will be restricted to ten posts per day but after that you can post as much as you like. Also, until you’ve posted fifteen times in the forums, you’ll be a “Junior Bum” with somewhat restricted access and will be allowed only two private messages per day.

 

Good luck in your pursuits and best wishes to you,

 

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Warning, I am a middle aged gardener with a penchant for using gardening metaphors. If that is tolerable to you I'd like to hang out and wander your gardens for a bit.

 

 

More than tolerable, gardening metaphors are excellent. Welcome! 

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Thank you for the warm welcome Yueya and soaring crane.

 

I work in a place where people are overly concerned about others. So I like to remember that it isn't my place to tend other's gardens. It can, of course get much wordier than that, but the pithy version seems more appropriate for an intro thread. :-)

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The Dao Bums is a communal garden. What you plant here is up to you.

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Just as it is up to others what they wish to plant. If they like showy dahlias, I'm content to let them plant and cultivate dahlias - even if I personally prefer the carefree ease of zinnias.

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