Modified December, 2010
This site may seem an odd
mixture of the challenges of life, the fear of death, the myths of
religion, and bread recipes; but that is our life. It is our hope that
through the coincidence of our meeting "out here" we will discover how
important we can be to one another, and also share a laugh or two along
the way to the great "perhaps!"
Zensquared represents people and thoughts in transition. In the future we hope to have the written communications between mother and daughter over 20 years time (Barbara is working on this right now). It will be your story as much as it was and is ours.
Some of the events we have
written about took place years ago. We are no longer the same people in
those stories. I am now an agnostic who no longer needs to see the
evidence of my worth or goodness. I involve myself in nothing beyond
the moment to moment living out of my life. (The Waiting Place). Mike
refers to himself as a 'Naturalist' who survived a triple bypass
without the help of God, but thanks to a roster of incredibly skilled
and caring people (A Heartbreaking Story with a Happy Ending).
Hearts, hearts hearts...that
seems to be a pet theme of ours. Fifteen years ago, however, we were
referring to the fact that AIDS was scaring the life (and compassion)
out of all of us who were healthy and wanted to stay that way. "Hearts of Stone, the
Journey from Fear to Compassion" documents our experiences with this
disease, both personal and as a couple, and the people who were living
with it. Some of the people in this story still pop in and out of my
daily routines. Darrell's mother, Mary, has been faithful in her
appreciation of what we did for her son and sends me cards and notes
testifying to that fact.
In 1996, our "Heart Breaking Story with a Happy Ending" was as real as it gets: a triple bypass for Mike. In both stories Mike and I give our account and the writing reflects the two different perspectives on the same event.
The newest addition to our site, The Heart of a Family, may sound a bit tragic and sad but it is not offered in that light. These days when everywhere I look I see people with a phone in their hand (connected to only one person while they are surrounded by many) or a walkman strapped to their head (connected to no one at all) I feel more and more as if we are losing the ability to be a community. This is the story of my Uncle Jim who was a servant and shepherd of our family. He died two years ago but left behind a family who would miss him, and honored him as he spent his last days in our home. It is a story about Family Values. "(The Heart of a Family).
Barbara has authored several books which are offered here as shareware:
Precious Jewel Person is a collection of published articles chronicling the times of her life. Each piece strums a chord in the human heart...many with laughter, some with tears, some with anger, and all with insight.
The Waiting Place gives readers the courage to look into the "place" of their past and sort the facts and emotions into a solid foundation upon which to build a deliberate life.
Breads by Barbara is a collection of original bread recipes that evolved from Barbara's Bread Delivery business. The romance of bread-making is clearly demonstrated in the review entitled the Zen of Bread Baking.
The Times of my Life contains articles ...sometimes humorous, often provoking... about real things happening to real people.
Video reviews: A collection of commentaries and observations from members of "the club" resulting from their serious study (library and video rentals) of various works of film.
[ All About Eve, ] [ Fargo, ] [ Grand Canyon, ] [ Harold and Maude, ] [ The Lion in Winter, ]
[ Sling Blade, ] [ Win7Gear, ] [ AndroidCharm, ] [Snow White, a tale of terror,] [ A Thousand Acres. ]