Hi.  I’m Michael.  You may be wondering about the name of this blog, “doodahbuddha.”  People have had lots of fun with my last name, which is Polish.  All sorts of nicknames have been coined from it:  Doodie, Doo-dick, Doo-dickles, Dorkle, etc.  One that stuck from back when I used to skydive was “Doodah.”  I’d show up at the drop zone and people would start singing “Camptown Races.”  Even though I don’t jump anymore, I’m still called that by a number of friends.  And it sorta seemed to rhyme with Buddha, so that’s about as creative as I could get when I needed to name this thing.  So there you have it.

I’m a middle-aged father of six.  I’ve been married for almost twenty years.  We live on a small hobby farm in the mid-west where we have horses, cows, chickens, and a host of other wild animals that visit us throughout the year, such as foxes, quail, deer, pheasant, and more.  I was raised Catholic and am now, through a string of events and a lot of soul searching, a practicing Buddhist.  However, I’m trying to get away from labels.  I’m really just me.  And you are you.  There is so much more to us than what we do for a living (I work in the drug research industry and am a former psychotherapist, FWIW), what faith we belong to, who we’re married to, what we own, etc.  But anyway, there’s a bit about who I am.

Some fine print:  I appreciate, encourage and respond to most comments. While I respect most points of view, I will edit or delete disrespectful comments, SPAM, or personal attacks on myself or other commenters. This is *my* blog which I am writing for me.  It’s my way of journalling, and I’m allowing you to see it, to be a part of it, because I believe we are all interconnected.  I believe we can all learn from each other and that we should all love and support each other.   So please, be respectful.  You’ll receive my respect in kind. I respect your privacy; I do not track my visitors, nor do I divulge any of your personal information. I do not advertise or accept free merchandise or books for review or endorsement, nor do I accept unsolicited guest postings. Any links provided by me are a courtesy only and only for entertainment and education.   OK, so there’s that, I guess.  I love you, and thanks for stopping by.



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