Learning

Several months after my forty-fourth birthday, I purchased a battered and abused 1982 Yamaha XJ Five-fifty Maxim. While I had previously owned and enjoyed many different cars and trucks, the Maxim was my first motorcycle. So far, it has been my only motorcycle. In part, I acquired the Maxim to fulfill a long-deferred curiosity and ambition. That being, of course, to learn how to ride … Continue reading Learning

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Welcome To Zensylvania

Welcome to Zensylvania. My name is Eric Adriaans and I’ll be your host, tour-guide or master of ceremonies. You decide which. In Zensylvania, I explore zen, meditation, tai chi, motorcycles and a variety of other obsessions which continue to provide me with meaningful and sometimes unexpected insight into living the kind of life I want to live and being the kind of person I want … Continue reading Welcome To Zensylvania

Footnotes to Niksen: An Inquiry into Doing Nothing

I began this inquiry as a response to a book that I found at the local public library in my community. I read the book over the course of a few days, expecting to find little other than a standard, light-reading, member of the trendy “wellness” self-help genre. My expectations were mostly fulfilled. But the book managed to extend slightly beyond those expectations, occasionally, to … Continue reading Footnotes to Niksen: An Inquiry into Doing Nothing

Footnotes to Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (One: Title and the “Author’s Note”)

I’m no longer completely certain when or how I first became aware of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance By Robert Pirsig. I do know that it was never on the reading list for any high-school or university courses that I took during my academic days in the 1980’s and early 90’s. It seems probable that I came across references to it in some … Continue reading Footnotes to Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (One: Title and the “Author’s Note”)