“I believe in the sun even when it is not shining And I believe in love, even when there’s no one there. And I believe in God, even when he is silent.” -Found on the wall of a German concentration camp I went hiking in the rainforest recently, and what I learned is that the … More Is Hope Absurd?
when Jimmy Kimmel stood in front of his audience and tearfully lamented the Las Vegas Massacre, he was doing something very significant in keeping the world a humane place. … More A World Made Numb
What seems clearest to me in recent weeks is that telling the story (or perhaps yelling the story) of climate change and the peril of our planet is not producing the needed results. And by that I mean, it’s not just convincing the aggressive deniers like Donald Trump, it’s also failing to change in deeply meaningful ways, ordinary folk like you and I who drag our recycling bins to the curb each week but still have an awfully large carbon footprint. … More Why Hurricanes Don’t Change People’s Minds
Your exhaustion is not the enemy. Being tired is not a failure on your part. Fatigue, in spite of the fact that your “to-do” list got longer rather than shorter today, is not proof of your insufficiency. It may sound a little crazy, but exhaustion can be a really good thing. … More Your Exhaustion Is Not The Enemy
I’m sure I’m not the only one that wants to cry at the end of a vacation. Sometimes it feels like you’re literally leaving happiness behind you. As you drive away, you think you can see bliss disappearing in the rear-view mirror. For me, ecstasy seems to be located at the beach. As we soak … More Good News! Happiness is Portable
Once upon a time there was a smug graduate student in psychology who decided to rid himself of the word “lazy”. Not by refraining from being lazy mind you, just by getting rid of the word. If it was 1985 and we still were using paper dictionaries, I would have cut that page out. At … More Mis-using “Lazy”
An unintended side effect of the rise of preventative medicine, is that we now view ourselves as being in control of our health. Which is at best a half-truth. … More Are you to blame for your illness?
Not long ago I was sitting on my porch and saw my neighbour drive off with a cup of coffee on his roof. It was actually surprising how far he made it before it slid off and hit the road. Watching it slide around and knowing what was coming pulled something from deep within me. … More Glass Vase on the Roof Rack
Hatred corrodes the container it is carried in – Ancient Proverb I hated reading Curious George books to my kids when they were younger. Oddly enough I found myself humming the theme song from the TV show the other day when I was buttering toast…which is a tribute to how utterly strange the cerebral cortex … More Why hate the monkey?
Welcome anger when it arrives. It can be a most helpful visitor. You may even give it safe harbour in your life for a time. Perhaps a season. Let anger instruct you a little. It might tell you about those disappointments and hurts you’ve overlooked for too long. It might remind you of what’s really … More Visits with Anger