Apr2021: Who Do You Choose to Be?

March 29, 2021

to SAVE: Apr2021 pdf version to LISTEN: Apr2021 audio version   “We have to decide what kind of difference we’re going to make.” – Jane Goodall We humans have a basic need for an identity – a sense of self. Without it, we’re neither grounded on this earth nor able to connect with others. Yet […]

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Blog: When We THINK We’re Thinking

March 18, 2021

I know I’m not alone in being affected by the divisiveness in our world these past few years. And while it would be easy to let that drag me down or ruin my day, I’ve chosen instead to see it more as an object of curiosity, perhaps even entertainment at times. I really want to […]

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Mar2021: A Cause to Pause

March 1, 2021

to SAVE: Mar2021 pdf version to LISTEN: Mar2021 audio version “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”    – Rumi The authors of the U.S. Constitution were a brilliant lot. The result of their labors has guided this nation for 230 years. That it has been amended only […]

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Feb2021: The Problem with Reality

February 1, 2021

“The world is his who can see through its pretension. See it to be a lie, and you have already dealt it its mortal blow.”             – Ralph Waldo Emerson Did you ever see yourself in one of those amusement park mirrors, the kind that distorts your body, making you look odd? As you stare, you […]

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Jan2021: Separating Fact from Fiction

January 1, 2021

“It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.”         – St. Francis of Assisi 2020 has been a year like no other. Much of what we rely on has changed. Much of what we’ve come to trust has changed. As I write these words, I’m (coincidentally) hearing the same message […]

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A Podcast: A Field Guide to Life

December 9, 2020

A PODCAST: I was recently invited to return as a guest on The Living Alive Show, a podcast hosted by Autumn Shields. I know Autumn, so it was a fun exploration into my upcoming [second] book, “A Field Guide to Life: Navigating the Challenges of Our Lives and Times.”   If you’d like to listen, here’s a link. […]

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Dec2020: The Problem with Cause-and-Effect

November 30, 2020

“To pay attention. That is our endless and proper work.” – Mary Oliver One of the principles that frames our lives and thought processes is that of cause-and-effect. Things happen for reasons; results have causes. Flip a switch; a light goes on. Go out in the rain; you get wet. Stepping back a bit … […]

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Nov2020: Belonging … from the Edge, not the Center

October 30, 2020

If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much room. The desire to belong is part of what it means to be human. Connectedness and community run as deep as our roots, even for strong introverts and staunch individualists. As our world becomes more uncertain, chaotic and complex, it seems we’re “longing for […]

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Oct2020: Opinion vs. Belief vs. Truth

September 30, 2020

“I would rather have questions that cannot be answered than answers that cannot be questioned.”  – Carl Sagan Curiously, although perhaps not unexpectedly, I’ve received many “invitations” lately – to join conversations, to read articles, to watch videos – all with strongly political or religious themes, all very assertive on the “truth” of their message, […]

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Sep2020: Over the Load Limit

August 31, 2020

“If you don’t know where you’re going, you might end up someplace else.”  – Yogi Berra        .  Is your life on overload? Too much to do; not enough time to do it, uncooperative others, dysfunction, conflict, drama. Of course we’re on overload. In evolutionary terms, we’re adapted to handle overload; it’s a […]

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