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Making America Eight Again

January 14th, 2017
Donald Trump; name calling, tantrums and policies with the substance of a fourth grade school project. He is making America eight again. This may actually be unfair to eight year olds, but it’s the only number that rhymes with great. It’s easy to laugh. A Chinese factory has even produced some Trump-alike inflatables for the ... Continue Reading »
“When ‘I’ is replaced by ‘We’ even illness becomes wellness.” I never really understood that saying until Mum died. But now it makes all the sense in the world to me. I’ve always been someone who tries to live a healthy life. I’ve fasted and exercised to the point of pain. But every now and ... Continue Reading »

Grace To Greece

July 6th, 2015
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 »

Love Wins in Ireland

May 24th, 2015
I haven’t tallied them, but suspect I’ve married near a thousand couples  in my time. I think I’ve pretty much seen it all. I’ve had weddings interrupted by angry parents, dogs in wedding parties and one bride who turned up the day after the wedding to tell me she’d fallen in love with me. (I ... Continue Reading »

Fierce Love Rules

February 12th, 2015
My daughter reminded me of the unruly nature of fierce love when she was much younger. In our home, we have one of those Ruggles (heart shapes in nature) poster with the words “Love is where you find it.” It’s a constant reminder to find love wherever you are and part of the spirit we ... Continue Reading »
Some people want legal protection  if they choose not to do business with members of the LGBT community. Or as comedian Seth Myers said, “Nice shirt, nice shoes, no service.” The bill in Arizona (Religious Freedom Bill) was vetoed, but similar moves are being discussed in other states of America. I believe the bill was ... Continue Reading »
“Everybody wants to get enlightened but nobody wants to change.” ~ Andrew Cohen Everybody wants to get enlightened but nobody wants to change. It’s a profound truth that ALL you need to do to realize enlightenment is to breathe in and out. It’s equally true that if you forget to do this, enlightenment will be ... Continue Reading »
An open letter to my 14yr old Son. Dear son. Being a boy sucks. Especially when your mother is a man-hater. So lucky for you, your mother isn’t. But, I think I may have given you the impression I am and feel the need to explain. Although I do happen to believe that many of ... Continue Reading »

Violent Force and Non Violence

September 11th, 2013
I’m not a pacifist. I wish I lived in a world where being a pacifist was an option; a world where everyone was kind and reasonable and all problems could be solved creatively and peacefully. But I don’t, and they can’t. I like the idea of being different; of refusing to play power games and ... Continue Reading »

Breaking the Cycle of Violence

September 10th, 2013
Conflict escalates because we think we need the upper hand to be secure. If someone shouts, we need to shout back even louder. If someone hits, we need to hit back harder. It’s a cycle that never ends well. So how do we break it? Sarah MacDonald, Australian journalist and author of Holy Cow An ... Continue Reading »
One of my favorite escapist action movies is Sword Fish. John Travolta (Gabriel) is the good baddie, the villain on a mission to change the world. Hugh Jackman (Stanley) is the bad goodie, the lovable rogue caught up in Travolta’s schemes. At one point Gabriel saves Stanley’s life but wants to keep him under his ... Continue Reading »

Loving It Forward

April 29th, 2013
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 »
The rise of social media is every bit as important as the invention of the printing press. JFK said this about the printing press and if he was alive today I’m sure he would feel the same way about social media, And so it is to the printing press–to the recorder of man’s deeds, the ... Continue Reading »
The story of Shin Dong-Hyuk is amazing and inspirational. He was born in a prison camp in North Korea, punished for the “crime” of his uncle as part of the 3 generation “justice” system.  He knew nothing of the world outside the camp. All he knew was what he was taught in the camp. He ... Continue Reading »
In the movie The Interpreter, the character played by Nicole Kidman says, “Vengeance is a lazy form of grief.” If we’re honest, most of us have moments where we caste a silent hex on our ex, wishing them a head full of lice or that all their teeth will fall out except the one with ... Continue Reading »