FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2011 file photo, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama gestures as he addresses the Mumbai University students in Mumbai, India. The Dalai Lama said Thursday, March 10, 2011, that he will give up his political role in Tibet's government-in-exile, shifting that power to an elected representative. The Tibetan spiritual leader, speaking on the anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese control, said the time has come "to devolve my formal authority to the elected leader." (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)

The bean pole person was strolling Trader Joe’s aisles, just ahead of me and my cart, head wheeling around like a tourist.

At the end of the aisle she turned, and I realized that the bean pole was a female, not a man. Previously I’d only observed a closely shaved head atop a plain blanket with sandals on the bare feet. She was swathed in the faded burgundy of a Dalia Lama acolyte.

Sucking on a vanilla frozen yogurt cone –

That’s what peace and joy advocates do in free time. Simple, adorable pleasures to pass the time. There must not be any Trader Joe stores in Tibet. No Golden Spoon franchises to dole out sweet treats.

I wondered what the woman’s role had been: front row, back stage, or on the stage, for she was clearly close to the man…

Who had just ended an enormous event at the Bren Center.

Two miles from my house, where peace and joy also reside.

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1 Comment on “Pastime

  1. There’s a first for everything – the first Monday in 2 1/2 years without an early am post cached…I’ve been working mightily on the sequel novel, Hashes and Bashes. Half-done with SFD. Wanna be a reader

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