Gracelyn & her new kitten Pearl

Gracelyn & her new kitten Pearl

Everyone’s heard the old saying “You don’t know your ass from a hole in the ground.” Well, when we were kids, one of the ringleaders of our gang would say to one of our young initiates, “I don’t think you don’t know your ass from a hole in the ground.” “Do too,” was the likely response from the youngster.

Then the leader would take a stick and draw a hole in the dirt saying, “This is your ass” and then draw another hole beside it saying, “This is a hole in the ground.” Next he’d ask the kid, “OK, so which one’s your ass?” Inevitably youngster point to the hole in the ground that had been designated as his/her ass. And we’d all laugh raucously, “Ha, ha, don’t know your ass from a hole in the ground!”

Pretty funny, huh? Well, I tried it with my 3.5 year old daughter Gracelyn tonight (using “butt” instead of “ass”), and when I got to the part about asking her “Which one’s your butt?” she immediately pointed to her actual bottom. :-)

“To forge an untouchable, invulnerable identity is actually a sign of retreat from this world; of weakness, a sign of fear rather than strength and betrays a strange misunderstanding of an abiding, foundational and necessary reality: that untouched, we disappear.” –David Whyte

There’s challenge going around on Facebook that requires the person tagged to list the ten books that have had the greatest influence on them. Well, given my anarchistic tendencies, my list contains 16 books.

On the Road, Jack Kerouac
Catch-22, Joseph Heller
Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream, Hunter S. Thompson
Another Roadside Attraction, Tom Robbins
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present, Howard Zinn
Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela
The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
Waking Up: Overcoming the Obstacles to Human Potential, Charles Tart
The Way of the Superior Man: A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Women, Work, and Sexual Desire, David Deida
Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life, Gregg Levoy
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, Don Miguel Ruiz
Radical Parenting: Seven Steps to a Functional Family in a Dysfunctional World, Brad Blanton
Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting, Myla Kabat-Zinn and Jon Kabat-Zinn

So what books are on your list? You’re welcome to include them in the comments section.

It’s that time of year again! Bob Rivers’ hilarious parody of “Winter Wonderland.”

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