Sunday, October 11, 2020

Welcome To The Throb Of Life

Welcome to The Throb of Life where you will find my latest thoughts on everything non-technology. Wine, philosophy, personal epiphanies, social discoveries all infused with elements of anosognosia combined with a hint of Medoc and a spritzing of Zen. Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Of Artists and Poets

Don't discount artists, philosophers and poets.  One day you might need them to teach you how to live.

-- C  --

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

You don't need to die to go to heaven

I learned something important last weekend.  You don’t need to die to go to heaven.  I took a wine bottling class.   I was surrounded by wine, helping to move it from barrel to a vat, and finally to the bottle, as well as putting on foil, and boxing them for shipment (and doing quality control of the juice).  It’s the Zen realization that you are already in heaven, every day.  It’s everything, meetings, writing, planning, having dinner, photography, and yes, bottling wine (and juice quality control).

Friday, September 9, 2016

Bowing to others is bowing to yourself

Spend a day looking for the good in everyone you encounter as if watching a sunrise over the ocean for the first time.
You can bow to others with a smile from your eyes, holding the door for them, or giving them your undivided attention.

When you bow to others you bow to yourself... because are are all part of the same one thing, what we call "universe".

Friday, September 2, 2016

Multiple Communities

I have two pictures and two thoughts for this Friday 9/2

I’m just a few hours into my vacation at my summer home.  My neighbor, Colonel Cal Phillips Retired, stopped in to see me.  I didn’t get to see him the last time I was up so we both enjoyed catching up and making plans for a sundowner.  Before he left, he mentioned that his internet wasn’t working and would I mind if he used my WiFi connection.  Of course I wouldn’t mind, I would do anything for that guy… Then he wondered if I could come over and get it working on his laptop for him.   ?
** We belong to multiple communities, work, home, vacation, planet….  I really enjoy that.

My second story (and picture) was from my quick shopping trip to the store at the town next to me.  I was sorta stuck in line while the cashier and the customer exchanged their favorite recipes.  The conversation then turned to how good the New Mexico green chili is this year (it really is the best).  About that time, another cashier came over to get me.
** Before I got too perturbed (I wanted to get home), I realized that this is really the way things are supposed to be.  We rush from meeting to meeting, then soccer, then dinner, then to the store…

Enjoy your weekend, immerse yourself in your community, and slow down.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

“Enjoy the Process” -- What I Learned From an Urban Sketcher

Some of my creative outlets are photography, writing, researching, and ideation.  Sometimes, in photography, or when writing, I can be in too much of a hurry to reach the end result.  The same goes for technical work, projects etc.

All the while, forgetting to “enjoy the process”.

I was out photographing a barn a few weeks ago in the high country of Arizona with an “Urban Sketcher”.  I’ve photographed it several times over the years but had a different vision of the outcome for this trip.  She relayed that she often needs to coach herself to “enjoy the process” when she’s doing something that isn’t as much fun while sketching.  I think we also need to combine this with patience.

How often do we forget to “enjoy the process” at work?  Whether it’s project management, working through a difficult meeting or creating a presentation.  If you pause and remind yourself to “enjoy the process” (and I hope you do), you’ll achieve better results and go home with a smile.

The first photo (click on them for a larger version) at the beginning is the subject of the article as well as a work in progress, the b&w shows how is how patience is rewarded by just letting the sun set and enjoying the moment.

Chris Claborne

Saturday, May 14, 2016

On impermanence

Teilhard de Chardin had this to say about Dave Rahm's aerobatic performances in his biplane.

"Rahm’s plane shed a ribbon in space, a ribbon whose end unraveled in memory while its beginning unfurled as surprise. "

I don't think there's any better example of him per minutes then an air show.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Feeling Small

I attended a presentation  by Bill Nye (the science guy) last night and it was a lot of fun.  I rank Bill up there with Neil Degrasse Tyson who is my rock star.  Bill covered a lot of topics ranging from funny to serious.  I’ve never seen Bill Nye speak before, but if you ever get a chance, TV or otherwise, do it!

Bill talked about his experience in a semi-debate with a creationist who think’s Bill’s science is all wrong and the earth is only 6000 years old (among other things).  When someone asked Bill what would change his mind, he listed several scientific facts, that if proved wrong, might convince him to change his mind.  The creationist’s answer “nothing would change my mind”.   I’ll go back to my “people are like a large pack of dogs” example.  It reminded me that there are chihuahuas, labradors, and more.... and a chihuahua only knows how to be a chihuahua.  You can’t teach a chihuahua to be a lab, it just wouldn’t work and why would you even try.    We have both on the planet and that’s what makes it interesting.  Chihuahuas are nice dogs for some, just not my cup of tea by the way.

Bill went on to discuss global warming as a connecting topic and as part of that discussion, showed the picture that I’ve posted in the upper right.  (Click on the photo to enlarge).  Its a photo taken from the cassini spacecraft from what we might call the south side of the planet.  There is an arrow below the rings of Saturn that points at a little blue spec.  That’s us, or more accurately, the planet that we live on.  And us? We are the spec on that spec.  The earth is among a number of other specs in the universe as you know.  The number of said specs is in the range of something like 100 times the number of sand grains on earth.... (Mind = BLOWN!)

Think about it.  That tiny spec holds everything that we know.  It holds all of the worries, all of the stress, all of the wine that I’ve consumed, wars that we have, disagreements, soccer games, and all the cups of coffee that we will ever enjoy. We seem hellbent  on destroying our little spec with war, pollution, planet warming and more.  That little spec, as insignificant as it is, is the only thing keeping us alive, all of us chihuahuas and labradors.  Feeling small and insignificant yet?  (It’s even home to Sir. Benjamin, the deaf white boxer also pictured,  and cats riding roombas).

Wouldn’t it be cool if we had a space probe fly through the water geysers on Saturn’s moon (Enceladus) and find life?  If life were discovered there, what would it change?  I’m sure the labrador’s would rejoice, re-examine our place in the Universe (OK, multiverse now), and contemplate the magnifisense of it all.  My guess is that the chihuahua would keep barking that science is a big lie and the test results were just a spoof used to scare the chihuahuas.  

I hope the mission gets off the ground If life were found on Enceladus, how much smaller will we feel?  Smaller than a spec?

- Chris Claborne

Monday, June 30, 2014

That Peaceful Moment Is Always There

When meditating today, I found that very peaceful calm quiet moment when the calm is brought into strong relief against  the sound of birds, my wood floor, and the wind chimes below the window.  Just as I was finding that moment, my timer signaled that it was time to get up and move on to getting ready for work.   

As many people do, I wanted to stay just a bit longer, not wanting to detach.  Then a vibrant thought occurred.  I realized that this moment is always there for me.  It's not a onetime thing, or require that I experience it during my daily meditation.  It's always there, waiting for me to just realize its presence.

-- Chris Claborne

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Charting a Course

You can't change the past, but you can change what you are about to do. 

-- Chris Claborne

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Propelled by the vestiges of the Big Bang

Did you ever contemplate where the energy that propels you over the soccer pitch, or allows you to reproduce and live life comes from?  What about the explosive energy used by the jaguar to chase down it prey?

I submit it's the energy of the "big bang".   Like a giant rocket on the fourth of July, sparks flying, smaller explosions, and light streaming from all over. We use some of that energy and exist as the residual energy of the “big bang”.

The "big bang" released massive amounts of energy, which formed into base elements, which formed stars that forged the rest of the elements in our universe.  Those stars photons hit an assembly of elements that kick off photosynthesis and grow stuff that we eat (or in the case of bacon that I eat, pigs eat the stuff that grows).  All of this filters down to the baby to have energy to cry, or the dad to propel himself to the pantry to get milk (and wine).  All of the energy that propels us is the residual of something that happened billions of years ago.  We are the universe that is still bubbling, changing, and cooling.

-- Chris Claborne
March 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014


Meditation is the act of listening to the universe.
- Chris Claborne

Monday, April 1, 2013

Captain's BLOG 2013.03.30. RAC Wrap

RAC Summary

Overall the Ride Across California 2013 was a lot of fun.  It was a test for the parents as well as the kids on how to keep their kids hydrated, motivated, and allow them to have fun.  It also was put together in a way that would challenge but not destroy kids and it was an adventure, not a destination objective.  The trip included things that the kids would enjoy doing and wasn’t focused on just getting to the ocean.