How holding space is more supportive than blind loyalty

July 27, 2021
In all the years I've lived in California--some 36 years--I can't remember anyone bringing up the subject of loyalty. But since I've been spending time in my hometown, it's come up twice. So what does it really mean? The dictionary calls loyalty a strong showing of support or allegiance. But the...

I am not writing about you. Or I am.

October 16, 2020
“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.” Every writer I know...

How the threat of fascism was the root of one man’s p...

October 12, 2020
What kind of world do we want to leave our children and grandchildren? And how do we communicate our values to them? What are we teaching our children when there are...

What is the best sympathy gift for the loss of a loved one?

October 7, 2020
When someone I care about has lost a loved one I want to honor them with a thoughtful and unique sympathy gift. Something more than flowers or a charitable donation. A...

Why you should respect but not fear looking within

October 5, 2020
If you had asked me months ago if I thought looking within was challenging I'd have said "absolutely not!" Well, not so damn fast. I'm in my hometown, 2,500+ miles...

Connecting with the origins of cruelty

September 28, 2020
The cruelty in the world is unbearable to those of us who feel things deeply. Personal and societal, it's all the same. Cruelty is cruelty. More often than not, cruelty...

What if you lost your life’s work?

September 21, 2020
What if you'd spent 20 years as an artist and writer whose evocative words and accompanying art touched such a chord they brought you an international following? What...

The river in us all

September 14, 2020
The river that flows in you also flows in me. ~Kabir While I understand the politics of fear intellectually, it is very hard to understand how many in our country have...

The one, the only, the amazing…

September 4, 2020
Let me introduce you to an amazing guy. This man provides the foundation for my life. He is, to cut to the chase, amazing. I have known him since he was 21 years old...

My life in quarantine

August 31, 2020
This has been my view from my life in quarantine, from my seat at the desk in my two-room accommodations at a Residence Inn in Rochester, NY. That's my car, at which I...

Why we should ban tackle football

August 24, 2020
This is another post written BC--Before Covid. But with so much time on our hands, why not talk about something other than our situation. And of course, it's unlikely...

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