5 Ways to Prevent Psychological and Emotional Trauma

What Buddhism has given me is boundless and priceless. It has awakened me to reality, true reality. I know that nothing is permanent and that everything changes. I know that everyone in my life will experience illness, aging, loneliness, and death. I reckon that life likely has no cosmic meaning, that once we die, it’s […]

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The Gifts of COVID-19 (Podcast Transcript)

Hello Everyone, Welcome to the podcast “Close to the Bone.” I’m Carl Vreeland.   At last, I’m back. Months in the making, I’m finally settling into my newly renovated home. I’ve really missed having a home and an office/studio space. But such is life, things crop up, and we must roll with the changes, and […]

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Are You Awake? 5 Traits of Awake-ness

I thought I was awake. I thought I was wise. But I was wrong. I was ignorant (in the sense of being blind to reality/truth), only I didn’t know it. Sure, I was an honest person, open-minded and intelligent, but nevertheless I wasn’t awake. How did I not know this? I suppose that question is […]

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Life and Death

Imagine walking alone in the park on a quiet Fall day, the sun mildly warming your skin, the crisp air reminding you of your aliveness. Suddenly you get sense of time standing still. You pause, noticing a silence, a hush, a peacefulness. An ease envelopes your body, a knowing, a feeling of having been in […]

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Stop Waiting

We’re always waiting . . . waiting for that job promotion and pay raise, waiting for that big break, waiting for the weekend to come, waiting for the summer weather to arrive, waiting for the test results from doctor, waiting for our divorce to go through, waiting in line at the supermarket, patiently waiting to […]

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Addicted to Anger (Podcast Transcript)

Greetings Everyone, I’m Carl Vreeland, and this is the podcast “Close to the Bone.”   Before I start, I want to apologize for the lapse of time between episodes. As I mentioned in the last episode, I’m moving to another location, only it’s taking much longer than I anticipated. I still haven’t moved, and because […]

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You Are Loved (Podcast Transcript)

Greetings Everyone, I’m Carl Vreeland, and this is the podcast “Close to the Bone.”   Before I begin, I want to mention that there’s a strong likelihood I will be unable to published any podcast episodes in August. I’m in the midst of moving into another home. We’ll see how it goes, but either way, […]

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Satire, Sarcasm, and All That Jazz (Podcast Transcript)

Hello Everyone, Welcome to the podcast “Close to the Bone.” My name is Carl Vreeland.   This is episode #31, entitled, Satire, Sarcasm, and All That Jazz.   Merriam Webster defines satire as:   A literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn. trenchant wit, irony, or sarcasm used to expose […]

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Nostalgia and Sentimentality (Podcast Transcript)

Hello Everyone, Welcome to the podcast “Close to the Bone.” I’m Carl Vreeland. This is episode #25, entitled, Nostalgia and Sentimentality.   Life is in the now, nostalgia is not. Before I continue, let me read three definitions of nostalgia provided by Merriam-Webster:   pleasure or sadness that is caused by remembering something from the […]

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I Am Right and You Are Wrong (Podcast Transcript)

{Note: This podcast episode was published June 18, 2020. It’s still being listened to and has turned into the most downloaded episode to date. I thought I’d post the transcript. Thanks for listening} Hello Everyone, welcome to “Close to the Bone.” I’m Carl Vreeland.   This is episode #6, entitled, I Am Right and You […]

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