“What to expect when you’re expecting.” That was the name of the go-to pregnancy book back in the day. The title has always stuck with me. What is it we expect of our expectations? Or to use a current phrase, how do we manage our expectations? Just in case you have great expectations that this ... Continue Reading »
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We have a saying in our family, “fair, fair, fair, fair.” If someone is feeling a little hard-done-by and making comparisons, a light hearted “fair, fair, fair, fair” will usually get them back on track. Expecting life to be fair is something most of us never grow out of. “It’s not fair. So and so ... Continue Reading »
“Rainy, gloomy, drab, sunless day. There are times when hope seems entirely clouded over; when looking for the blessings in your circumstances feels like trying to catch a ray of sunshine from six feet under.” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich I don’t know about you, but the news has been really getting me down this week. ... Continue Reading »
Two elderly ladies were enjoying the sunshine on a park bench. They had been meeting at the same park every sunny day for over 12 years… chatting, and enjoying each other’s company. One day, the younger of the two ladies, turns to the other and says, “Please don’t be angry with me, but I am ... Continue Reading »
“Man’s memory shapes its own Eden within.” ~ Jorge Luis Borges A guy named Jack had an awful memory. One day he ran into a friend he hadn’t seen in a long time. They got to reminiscing and joking about Jack’s poor memory. Jack told him he’d gone to a seminar which had improved his ... Continue Reading »
“When you’re depressed, nothing matters. When you’re sad, everything does.” ~ Gloria Steinem I guess its a fine line, because sadness doesn’t explain itself along the way. Its only after a bout of sadness, when the fog lifts, that you gain the perspective that everything matters. When you’re sad, you’re just sad. Maybe the distinction ... Continue Reading »
I’m a pretty mild mannered person, but do something to threaten my kids and you will unleash a lion. Among all the different motivations for living sustainably, thinking about what sort of world I’m leaving for my kids and their kids is the one that moves me most. Any action I take now to live ... Continue Reading »
Awful things happen for no apparent reason. Keep believing in goodness, no matter what. Unstable, crazed, even evil people will continue to perpetrate violence. Refuse to let them infect your mind, no matter what. Our kids are not truly safe anywhere, not even in school. Do ALL you can to protect kids, no matter what. ... Continue Reading »
One of my favorite authors, Barbara Kingsolver, said The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. I love that. Know what you ... Continue Reading »
Cateura, Paraguay is a town essentially built on top of a landfill. Garbage collectors browse the trash for sellable goods, and children are often at risk of getting involved with drugs and gangs. When orchestra director Szaran and music teacher Favio set up a music program for the kids of Cateura, they soon have more ... Continue Reading »
1500 people died in the Titanic disaster. Every one of those people had a story; a history, grieving family and friends, and lost potential. There were tragic stories, and there were also incredible stories of survival, sometimes against incredible odds. This is part three in a series on lessons from the Titanic. The first lesson ... Continue Reading »
I woke up with a sinking feeling on the day of the 100 year commemoration of the Titanic tragedy. When I checked my tweet stream, I found the History Channel’s real time Titanic tweets. The tweets followed the fateful steps leading up to and including the sinking of the Titanic. It was powerful to follow ... Continue Reading »
In the movie Hannah and Her Sisters, Woody Allen is obsessing about Nietzsche’s theory of eternal recurrence, which says that we’re doomed to repeat the past over and over again. “Great,” Allen moans, “that means I’ll have to sit through the Ice Capades again. It’s not worth it.” In Nietzsche’s, more serious, words, If given ... Continue Reading »
Dear God, In this one moment I recognize that there is within me a perfect Self: A Self that is not dysfunctional; A Self that is not weak but strong; That is not limited, but unlimited; That is not small, but huge; That is not in pain but in peace; That is not faithless and ... Continue Reading »