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    From: Life as a lab, 2008, May 22  

    Selected by Caledonia.

    Why did I include this excerpt?

    skeep-beep de bop-bop beep bop bo-dope skeetle-at-de-op-de-day!

    It was fun, it was now, it was play

    skeep-beep de bop-bop beep bop bo-dope skeetle-at-de-op-de-day!

    (Thanks CabC.)  

    Pema Pera: really beginning to drop time and identity — but that sounds too philosophical — let me try more directly . . . .
    Pema Pera: I asked Maxine to image a world without beings
    Pema Pera: without beings that are needy and feel they have to worry . . . .
    Pema Pera: and without time
    Pema Pera: enclosing you in a small present in between past and future
    Pema Pera: so imagine
    Pema Pera: no worries
    Pema Pera: no possibility for worries!
    Pema Pera: only celebration
    Pema Pera: continuous play continous festival of celebration . . .
    Pema Pera: . . . only responsibility to celebrate
    Pema Pera: everything else a play/joke/game, albeit quite serious in a way
    Caledonia Heron: gosh, you’ll thing this silly - it sounds like the life of a well loved dog
    Pema Pera has no idea whether anything like that makes any sense
    Pema Pera: hahaha
    Pema Pera: you know, Cal, haha
    Maxine Walden: everything else to be more lightly taken, perhaps? Love the image of the well-loved dog!
    Pema Pera: that reminds me of a fun exchange I had a few years ago
    Caledonia Heron: all they have to do is show up to eat, lay around, chase squizzles, get loved
    Pema Pera: I wrote a manuscript called Life as a Lab
    Maxine Walden: lol
    Pema Pera: I meant Laboratory
    Maxine Walden: not Labrador
    Pema Pera: but a friend thought I meant Life as a
    Pema Pera: yes
    Pema Pera: you guessed it!
    Maxine Walden: (laughs)

    We each filled in part of `life as a lab’.

    Caledonia Heron: Life as a Labrador - love it….it’s full of zzzz’s and chomp chomp chomp
    Pema Pera: the circle is closed
    Maxine Walden: tail wags
    Caledonia Heron: woof
    Maxine Walden: ball chasing
    Pema Pera: laying on your back and being scratched to your heart’s content
    Maxine Walden: slurps of a loving tongue
    Caledonia Heron: chasing your tail…over and over…like it’s the first time
    Maxine Walden: ball play forever…
    Pema Pera: looking out of big brown eyes
    Maxine Walden: three balls in the mouth at a time, if possible
    Caledonia Heron: button nose
    Maxine Walden: yes, those seductive eyes
    Maxine Walden: cold button nose
    Caledonia Heron: one ear up, one ear down
    Pema Pera: walking into the sprinlers on the lawn, then shaking it all off
    Caledonia Heron: yes, I get the celebration of no worries….
    Caledonia Heron: lol
    Pema Pera: hahaha
    Maxine Walden: yes, and when you are a kid, you put both ears of the Lab up so he/she can ‘go to the opera’ and the Lab puts up with it patiently
    Pema Pera: what fun
    Caledonia Heron: ha! biting the spray from the hose
    Caledonia Heron: lol - dogs love opera!
    Maxine Walden: oh, yes, they really do

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