Purposeful Wanderings

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Aug2021: Thinking: It’s Not WHAT; It’s HOW

July 26, 2021

to SAVE: August2021 pdf version to LISTEN: August2021 audio version “If one person tells you it’s raining, then another tells you it’s not, your job isn’t to quote them both, but to go look out the window and figure it out for yourself.” A friend told me recently that I represented a threat to her […]

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Jul2021: The Deceptive Lure of Being Good at Something

June 30, 2021

to SAVE: July2021 pdf version to LISTEN: July 2021 audio version “Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.” – Aldous Huxley   I recall as a youngster helping my dad clean out my grandmother’s house after she passed away. Among the findings was a little tin […]

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June2021: Setting Life’s Table

May 31, 2021

to SAVE: June2021 pdf version to LISTEN: June 2021 audio version “Start where you are; use what you have; do what you can.”– variously attributed to both Teddy Roosevelt and Arthur Ashe   Are you one with the courage to take to take 100% personal responsibility for how your life goes? Or are you one […]

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May2021: When Did You Stop Dreaming?

April 30, 2021

to SAVE: May2021 pdf version to LISTEN: May2021 audio version   “A something in a summer’s noon, — An azure depth, a wordless tune, transcending ecstasy.” – Emily Dickenson   Have you had the privilege lately to share the experience of life with a child? A young child’s curiosity and wonder are contagious. Children instinctively […]

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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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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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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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