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Riverpedia archive - 09/20/2020

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Dear Diary

[Written by my mom]

" From journal, 3-12-77 (don’t know where we were living – Woodstock? Liver flush reference lets me know that I was likely in the early days of working at Integral Health Services)

Dear diary,

Well, tonight is tonight, I am tired. Where is ambition, spiritual or otherwise? What is the goal upon which to fasten one’s life’s energies? 1) Take care of the children. 2) Do regular sadhana. 3) Flow with all changes regardless. Is 2 or 3 the highest? Don’t know. But I know I’m radiantly happy when I’m doing the regular sadhana! Maybe I’ll try to get up early tomorrow morning. For sure I want to get up before Lord Rama. He feels I haven’t been giving him enough love. I told him he had to give me more room. Well. I guess I’m wrong. I am the parent, so I just have to give him more love. It will help to get up earlier. I really love him. They are just well from high fevers. Divya and Kumar might move in.


I have been awake since 5:45. Now it is 7 and I’m sleepier than at the earlier time. I have had my eyes open for ½ hour and can find no reason strong enough to get me out of bed. I am fairly happy but feel my back like sponge and a certain amount of energy being lost by my gyrating mind and prone position. Mainly I want to be good to the kids this morning, and if I am carrying the worrisome burden of not having done my sadhana it is difficult. At the Zen Center I used to set my alarm far away and then get up to turn it off without thinking of “reasons.” – Stumble into my clothes and into the bathroom, down the street into my robes and into the zendo. Oh well. Om shanti. Time to meet the new day head on. Liver flush today.


I watched my mind tonight. Steve has been helping me meditate morning and evening since 4 days and helping me not drink coffee since March 1. Tonight I went to Hatha class and meditation. Felt so good. Amidst all the thoughts – leaving Zen Center, etc, the center became a little more clear and I felt again the value of meditating in a group and alone both as really adequate means of awakening oneself from tamasic slumber. "

Further Reading:
Steve Kitts
Beverly Shoenberger
Rivers Cuomo

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June 13, 1970

My date of birth. I was born a Cornell lying-in hospital in Manhattan. We lived in Brooklyn at the time. My mom chose that hospital because it was one of the only places that allowed the baby to stay in the same room as the mom.

   Any funny or interesting birth stories like did her water break or she was right in the middle of eating breakfast, etc.?

Further Reading:

Further Reading:
Beverly Shoenberger

( Last edited by Julit375 at 2020-09-20 02:21 AM utc )


Kyoko Ito. My wife. Met her at The Middle East Downstairs then at TT & The Bears in Cambridge, Massachusetts in November, 1997.

Her father is Harutoshi. Mother is Kimiko. Sister is Yoriko.

She's from Kumamoto, Japan. About a 2 hour flight from Tokyo.

She went to Junior College in Nagasaki. Santa Monica College. Then graduated from UCLA with a degree in design.

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Rivers Cuomo

From 1976-1981 My name was Rama. Given to me by Swami Satchidananda. From 1982-1988 My name was Peter. I picked it.

The name on my birth certificate is "Rivers Cuomo".

( Last edited by Rivers at 2020-09-20 09:06 AM utc )