Meditation in Ruism (Confucianism) by J.D. Meyer

Meditation in Ruism is analyzed as a component of three major concepts. It’s (1) the attention aspect of Reverence, (2) the empathy aspect of Benevolence, and (3) the perspective aspect of Pattern-Principle.

Reverence= 敬  Jìng

Benevolence= 仁 Rén

Principle= 理  Lǐ


Attention= 注意 Zhùyì

Empathy=  同情  Tóngqíng

Perspective= 透視 Tòushì


Slice of Life: A Word Game with the Writers Club of Tyler, TX by J.D. Meyer

The writer took the new Dash SALT-free Southwest Chipotle seasoning shaker and shook some in his beer. Not being AMBIDEXTROUS, I used my right HAND. The seasoning isn’t FIERY, just mildly spicy. ….I’ve let my gray hair grow over my EARS during the pandemic, or is it the pantheist epidemic? I have a relatively new black leather BELT with two metal hooks. …..My apartment complex is VOID of women wearing BIKINIS since the pool is closed. I’ve heard rumors that big snakes and alligators, if not CROCODILES, can be found in the woods around here…… My favorite all-cyberspace ALLIANCE is “Friends from afar: A Confucianism Group.” Ir’s great to read articles written or found from your Pan-Chinese Ru CONTEMPORARIES and know them. I posted what I did for the Birthday of Confucius yesterday. I’m glad we Writers Club folks still communicate, albeit ABSENTLY.

My Return to Slice of Life (SOL): The Welcome Dog Figurine–A Present from a Student, by J.D. Meyer

I am returning to Slice of Life (SOL) Tuesdays, for I ran across some old posts on my main Word Press site and became nostalgic–such fine feedback from other participants. I’m going to start with the tale of my dog figurine with a “Welcome” sign; the sign dangles from a chain in his mouth. A student gave me the coffee mug-sized doggie as a present, back when I was a full-time Developmental English instructor at Texas College (2001-06)–the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) of Tyler, TX.

I tutored Spanish for free–not part of my job description–chiefly because our Spanish instructor–Mr. Idrogo–was an adjunct, who taught a couple of nights per week while he taught Spanish full-time for one of Tyler’s two public high schools. We met a few times, and I found him to be likeable, and he approved of my tutoring efforts. I was the main translator for our classroom building’s custodian also; she was basically “Spanish Only.” I also developed a website through McGraw-Hill Pageout with a major Spanish section, but that company ended this program many years ago.

That dog sculpture is white with black spots and is sitting on his /her back legs with the front legs straight. Recently that “Welcome Dog” has been sitting on round table between my futon sofa and the TV. Right now, that doggie is on my desk-top computer desk and may stay there–less crowded furniture. Viewing that dog brings back great memories. I won a few formal teaching awards that normally ended up being a certificate pinned to the wall. Strathmore’s Who’s Who was an entry in a giant book. But that dog figurine from my student is really special. Here’s my current Spanish tutorial website, and it includes links to my main website at