Life Commentary

Thoughts and observations on the everyday challenges of what it means to be a human on planet Earth.

Blog: Tricked into Believing We’re Thinking

May 31, 2021

to SAVE: “Tricked into Believing We’re Thinking” pdf to LISTEN: “Tricked into Believing We’re Thinking” audio My mind is full.   It’s filled with thoughts.   Obviously, they’re my thoughts.   Therefore, I must be thinking. Oh, how often I hear this story line. Yet (and as a way to set the stage here) research shows that while […]

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Blog: Case Study – Critical Thinking

May 27, 2021

We marvel at those, past or present, who helped change history. To name a few: Jesus, the Buddha, Galileo, Gandhi, Thomas Jefferson, Thoreau, Einstein, M. L. King, Mother Teresa, Steve Jobs. What made them stand out (and their contribution matter) wasn’t their money, intellect, luck or charisma. It was how they stayed deeply connected with […]

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Blog: The Dog Park

May 27, 2021

I live in a “planned town center.” It’s basically an outdoor shopping center, with upscale shops both national and local, restaurants, a theater, post office, etc., with residences above many of the shops. I live above the bookstore, with a view of the town square – a lovely space with trees, benches and large fountain. […]

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Blog: Easter is Canceled

May 27, 2021

Earlier this spring, I ended up in a conversation that began by my saying “Happy Easter” to someone. I was quickly ‘corrected,’ however, that it was “Happy Resurrection Day” instead. I asked for help in clarifying the distinction, and was met with this: Easter is a Pagan notion; Pagans are bad because they’re non-believers; therefore […]

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Blog: Are We Even THINKING?

July 8, 2020

Are We Even THINKING? There’s an awful lot of activity these days, some of it even violent, directed at “righting the wrongs” of both the past and the present. Change names of military bases. Remove statues. Defund police. It’s easy (when you’re not thinking) to see all this as well-intentioned … and perhaps even effective. […]

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A Podcast: Living Authentically

April 26, 2020

A PODCAST: I was recently invited to be a guest on The Living Alive Show, a podcast hosted by Autumn Shields. I know Autumn, so it was a fun and easy exploration into “living authentically … in a world that would rather you didn’t.” If you’d like to listen, here’s a link. It’s 35 minutes […]

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Blog: A Sustainable Earth

April 26, 2020

A Sustainable Earth New learning always used to be fun. But it seems we’ve become more resistant to it than ever before.  Learning means stepping into the unknown (if it’s already known, we don’t need to learn it, right?). But these days we’ve come to dislike, and often fear, the unknown. It’s as if we […]

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This I Believe

August 23, 2018

I’ve long been a subscriber to NPR’s “This I Believe” podcast. It’s a program modeled after the radio series of the same name, done by Edward R. Murrow in the 1950s. (I remember that one.) In its daily postings, people from all walks of life speak to a powerfully-held personal belief, and offer a story […]

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Drama, Hype and Irresponsible Reporting

June 4, 2018

I saw a headline in USA Today (June 4) that read: “Hawaii Volcano Sparks Irrational Travel Fears.” I think the writer left out one (important) word. It could, more accurately, have read: “Hawaii Volcano REPORTING Sparks Irrational Travel Fears.” It seems that what’s missing for almost all the reporting on Kilauea’s most recent eruptions is any sense […]

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The Way It Was … Still Is

December 9, 2012

Amidst the fast pace, the bureaucracy, the superficiality of it all, I find comfort when “they way it was … still is.” Not that this should be out of the ordinary, but it seems we’ve redefined “ordinary” in our world to include the stress, overwhelm and distraction we all experience as everyday life. This one […]

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