“…Although there may be no danger of our killing someone else, there is a chance we may rejoice in someone else having been killed. We must be very careful about this, since it is actually breaking the vow (of not killing). For example, when our nation is in conflict with another and we hear that someone from that other country has been killed, our hatred toward the other nation may cause us to think, ‘Oh, that’s great.’

From the Mahayana perspective we do not only practice compassion for the oppressed, but for the oppressor as well. Hatred causes great suffering. We practice compassion for those who suffer because of their hatred, whether they kill many or just rejoice in the killing of one.”

~ Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

A Native American Tale

Often anger, jealously, rage, vengeance and more get the better of us. Pema Chodron, American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun, has written many books on the subject of accepting what is. In Taking The Leap, she recounts a well-known American Indian tale:

A Native American grandfather was speaking to his grandson about violence and cruelty in the world and how it comes about. He said it was as if two wolves were fighting in his heart. One wolf was vengeful and angry, and the other wolf was understanding and kind. The young man asked his grandfather which wolf would win the fight in his heart. And the grandfather answered, “The one that wins will be the one I choose to feed.”

Pema continues to explain that we all have a choice of which wolf we are going to feed when faced with life’s unfairness. This is the fork in the road moment for all of us. Will we let the aggressive dark wolf lead us down the path of spiraling suffering, feeding it with stories of blame and self-righteousness? Or will we follow the light wolf of compassion and wise understanding of what can and cannot be changed?

We all know what it feels like when you feed the dark wolf. Rarely, if ever, do you ultimately feel better from being sucked into suffering, negativity and making everyone around you suffer. There may be a momentary high of dark victory after your initial punches are thrown but the lasting effect is never a good feeling.

The goal is to feed the light wolf. This may not be possible in the short-term upon first hearing upsetting news. Initial reactions should be honest, emotional and even raw. Post initial reaction, however, is the critical turning point where you actually have a choice of what your long-term mindset and focus will be on. The takeaway story line you create will be will be up to you. ****** It feels best to move forward with effort and grace to seek out rays of positively and gratitude in even the darkest moments.

When faced with life’s unfairness, take a moment and carefully examine the fork in the road ahead. Gather patience and empowerment. Say to yourself, “It’s up to me to choose which wolf to feed.” Making the right choice will get easier every time.

English cucumber Sandwich


1 thin cucumber
1 loaf brown bread, sliced
1 stick sweet butter
salt and pepper to taste

Peel cucumber and slice in paper-thin rounds. Salt rounds lightly and place in colander for 15 minutes to drain. Press to release water; pat dry with paper towels.

Spread sliced bread (bakery whole wheat is closest to English Hovis) with softened sweet butter. Put 2 layers of cucumber slices on bottom slice, salt and pepper to taste, and top with another buttered slice. Press lightly with palm of hand. Cut all crusts off with a sharp knife. Cut sandwiches in half diagonally.

Mom’s Shortcut Lasagne, from what I remember…

Ground beef
spaghetti sauce
cottage cheese
black pepper
lasagna noodles
shredded mozzarella cheese
grated Parmesan cheese

Brown Beef Add spaghetti sauce and water. Combine cottage cheese and black pepper. Arrange half the lasagna noodles over sauce and spread with cottage cheese mixture. Repeat in Layers

Cover or not, I’ll let you know, and bake 45 to an hour at 350 degrees uncover for last 15 minutes to allow top to brown a little.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and allow lasagna to rest for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.


Apple Photos

Apple’s Photos app on the Mac can identify thousands of different objects in your photos, so it’s easy to find photos based on their content. You can find objects (cars and trains), scenery (beaches and forests), and even some events (weddings and parades). This is both big fun and useful for those times when you can’t remember when you took a photo, but do remember what’s in it, like a cat, camera, or carousel. To carry out a search like this, type the search term into the Search field on the right side of the Photos toolbar. From the list that appears, choose the Category result. In macOS 10.13 High Sierra’s version of Photos, you can filter your results from the Showing menu at the upper right of the window. The feature isn’t perfect, so you may see some odd results or miss some photos, but it’s way faster than browsing manually!

Linux installs to revive older computers and make new computers better!

I believe I am the only person in this area [Rapid City and surrounding] offering installation of Linux Mint or any other Linux operating system on older [or new] laptop and desktop computers.
Some utilities of Windows 7 are out of date and will no longer be updated. Earlier versions of Windows are out of date completely and are actually dangerous to use because of outdated security. Hackers love to find computers with the Vista operating system still loaded. Below is a list from Microsoft’s website that shows even some releases of Win 10 are not being supported anymore!

Instead of Windows 10 try Linux! Windows is still subject to many threats online and packed full of features that only clog up the works for most people. Linux is clean, free and simple, user-friendly – and very important no advertising!

Linux operating systems are great for computers that have an outdated Windows installed and can no longer upgrade to Win 10 due to the older hardware. It is great for people who have a lot of trouble with malware and scams.

Linux operating systems, like Linux Mint, are distributed for free!

I charge $45 for installation and basic training for the Linux OS,
*AND transfer documents [photos, and other user files]*
*AND include an hour lesson to get familiar with Linux as well as set up the web browser for use with email, Facebook, etc. * All for $45.00.

If after using it, and you’ve already tried my assistance – if you still don’t like it we can put Windows back on the computer. I will charge only $40 to restore your computer back to Windows. *I do not recommend ever putting an older version of Windows back on your computer, but if you really want to revert back, you can or it would be a good time to buy an upgrade license. Did you know if you buy a license for windows 10 – you can use it on your next computer if you need to. Only one at a time, but it is transferable.

Please call with any questions or to set up an appointment to learn more.

I recommend Linux Mint for first time Linux users, it is similar in appearance to Windows, with a start [menu] button, icons and shortcuts. Installing a printer on Windows takes 20 to 40 minutes. Installing on Linux Mint takes 7 minutes. We do have to check and be sure your printer is compatible.

A wonderful feature of Linux is you can try it out without actually changing anything. You can try it to see how it looks and if it will work for you – before you make up your mind.

For more information please call or email me or send me a message on Facebook.

Mia Koenig

Windows 10 version history Date of availability End of service
Windows 10, version 1803 April 30, 2018 November 12, 2019
Windows 10, version 1709 October 17, 2017 April 9, 2019
Windows 10, version 1703 April 5, 2017 October 9, 2018
*******Windows 10, version 1607 August 2, 2016 April 10, 2018
*******Windows 10, version 1511 November 10, 2015 October 10, 2017
*******Windows 10, released July 2015 (version 1507) July 29, 2015

Schedule from the website:



Prep: 15 min, cook: 50 min, plus refrigeration time.
2 cups bananas, mashed
1 tbs. Lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk baking mix
2 tbs. Unsalted butter
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
2 eggs
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
1-1/2 cups whipped cream
1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350°f. Combine bananas and lemon juice in a bowl and set aside. Combine remaining ingredients, except whipped topping and walnuts, in a bowl. Beat on medium speed until smooth. Add banana mixture and beat on high speed until smooth. Pour into a greased 10 inch pie plate. Bake 50-55 minutes, until golden brown and a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool. Refrigerate until chilled. Spread top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with walnuts. This recipe serves 8 people. Because this recipe is for a particular size pan, it adjusts the number of servings only in multiples of 8.

pretending to be YouTube

Here’s a fun attempt at scamming. Do not click – Use web mail – not a mail program such as outlook and laugh at the bad grammar, spelling and other clues that this is a scam. If you do click on any link in these messages – you will not be taken to youtube. Check out the email that shows – “wanadoo?” Lol. That’s not very professional – unless the ‘company’ name is ‘wanadoo.’ It gave me a laugh this morning. youtube