Life Commentary

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

This I Believe

June 9, 2012

I’m in the process of creating a welcome video for my website, and doing so has led me to explore more deeply who I am and what I do. Embracing this primal energy fueling my life is a continuing source of both clarity and freedom for me – clarity, from a sense of knowing far […]

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Noise-Canceling Headsets for Our Listening

May 6, 2012

  Do you find that some people just rub you the wrong way, regardless of what they’re talking about, even if it’s a topic that matters to you? If so, you may experience only their “difficult presence,” missing the message entirely, taking things personally, or both. Why? When we speak, we don’t just say what […]

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Personal Clarity Leads to Freedom

April 23, 2012

 Do you find yourself stressing through your day, perhaps with the hope that if you get enough done, you’ll feel more at peace? Even if only unconsciously, most people seem to relate a sense of accomplishment to the experience of peace and freedom. The way I see it, however, the best you get after a […]

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Who Says There’s No Cooperation in Government

November 27, 2011

Most days, I walk 3 or 4 miles somewhere in nature. It’s exercise, it’s quiet time, and it reconnects me with the mystery and unity of all life. One of my local favorites here on Cape Cod is the Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge. It’s rather ordinary in some respects, but it’s also part of the […]

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Celebrate What’s Right

November 14, 2011

Dewitt Jones is perhaps my favorite nature photographer. It’s not just because his images are spectacular, which they are. It’s more because he brings to his images a deep insight about life, and about how our ways of seeing impact our experience of life. His words are simple, yet they touch me deeply. Each week […]

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On Human Control of Nature

May 14, 2011

On more than one occasion over the years, I’ve written about man’s attempts at controlling nature. Perhaps there’s no better (worse?) example than the decades-long battle being waged by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers against the course of the Mississippi River. I got a few snide comments about my early writings, about how I […]

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“It is what it is”

January 24, 2011

“It is what it is.” To some, it’s a brilliant and freeing perspective on life. To others, it’s new-age denial of life’s “obvious difficulty.” To nature, it’s all there is. Nature has been a powerful, in-your-face, yet compassionate, teacher throughout my life. Being fully present in nature allows me to listen clearly to her lessons. […]

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The Charles River

January 7, 2011

As rivers go, the Charles doesn’t count for much. Flowing from Hopkinton to Boston, it’s only 80 miles long – 26 as the crow flies, (or as the runner runs, for it is the same 26 miles as the course of the Boston Marathon). It’s only a few hundred feet across at its widest point, […]

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