Keeping the Faith

It was a little tough believing in spring this year.  It’s been way below normal for a month and an half and it snowed on 17th April, long past the usual end of snow season here. It can be even tougher to keep the faith when it comes to our personal lives. …

Keeping the Meaning Alive

Have you ever done something for someone that you were so excited about?  You thought of something you could spend your time or money or other resources on that would delight them, and you were delighted?  And then they didn’t even acknowledge what you’d done? It’s a letdown, isn’t it?  It was…

Bridging the Differences

Our posture and carriage say so much about who we are. We tend to think of that as something that’s completely up to us.  All those folks who told us to stop slouching and stand up/sit up straight sure seemed to think so. But we don’t live in a vacuum (yay, because,…

Engaging with Quality

‘Tis the season for gift-giving frenzy. Or something like that. How did our highest aspirations for the bright evolution of the human soul get translated into a desire for more stuff? I’m going to say that a good deal of it has to do with the way we experience our world. If…

Gratitude from the heart, not the habit

‘Tis the season again – that time when giving thanks comes up for reevaluation.  (Thanksgiving again in the United States, my non-US subscribers.  For those of you who don’t know, the traditional meal for the holiday is turkey.  That’ll be important later on.) I was going to talk about a specific aspect of…

When Nature Gets Too Real (yes this is a rerun)

If you feel like you’ve seen this before, you’re not dreaming or hallucinating or being delusional.  Since we’ve got déjà vu on flooding around the Gulf, I’m rerunning an earlier post.  The information below the line will all be new. Sometimes Nature gets really overwhelming and it’s really hard to stay connected. …

Finding the New

Beginning something new is a thing, isn’t it?   Sometimes it’s something simple and exciting, like picking up a new book or trying that new restaurant in town. Other times it’s more like that blank piece of paper waiting for the first brilliant word or the desire for that first note to break…

Supporting Your Resolutions

Making a resolution really winds up being making a series of mini-resolutions.  The problem is, we usually miss the little ones with our focus on the big end-game.  And that’s why so many of us “fail” at our new year resolutions. By now, you’ve probably had plenty of time to find “failure”. …

Community or Commodity?

Have you ever met someone who refers to herself with the royal “we”?  Actually, he’s not so far off the truth. All of us together are a community, yes, but each of us individually is a community.  Just try digesting your last pizza and beer without a balance of the trillions of…

When Nature Gets Too Real

We’ve been talking about nature – Nature – for the past few newsletters.  Okay, I’ve been talking and you’ve, presumably, been listening.  (Remember, that comment space down there is to establish a dialog.) Sometimes Nature gets really overwhelming and it’s really hard to stay connected.  We’ve had a lot of that lately…