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A Truly Good Life

May 23rd, 2012
This is the third part in a series on living a good, true and beautiful life. What is goodness? Is it separate from truth and beauty? Is it just good for you or others as well?  MLK put it like this- I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you […]

Kindness by Naomi Shihab Nye

February 16th, 2012
  Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you held in your hand, what you counted and carefully saved, all this must go so you know how desolate the landscape can be between the regions of kindness. […]
This is the fourth part in a series on taking the masks off and living authentically. The first article is about the power of authenticity. The second is about authenticity’s payoff. The third offers practical steps to live more authentically. This fourth piece is about the connection between living authentically and the needs of the […]
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” — Dalai Lama We learn to deepen our compassion through understanding that we are all here doing the best with the tools and skills we have at the time. Most of us handle life much differently than we […]

Bring It Forth by Alan Cohen

September 15th, 2011
Do you have any doubt that you can be everything you want to be?  Do you believe you are limited by your history, genetics, karma, or any other factor?  If so, take heart. Your destiny far outshines your history. Scientists tell us that dogs evolved from the wolf. About ten thousand years ago people began […]

More than Two.

August 30th, 2011
One child holds the misspelled sign One child holds a big glass jar One child encourages the other One child sits to rest a while. Two children and a simple idea. Two children on a street corner. Two children believe they can make a difference. Two children do. Many days standing out there Many pedestrians […]
Racism isn’t born, folks, it’s taught. I have a two-year-old son. You know what he hates? Naps! End of list. –Dennis Leary Our 8 year old wanted to know what would happen if we went back to the olden days, “You know, when white people hated black people. Would that mean I’d have to hate […]

Finders Givers

October 18th, 2010
They gather things. Together, separately. Bits. Pieces. All very important. Often a precious rock (broken asphalt), or a note (on scrap paper). Sometimes a rainbow (piece of string), or a piece of gold (yellow button). Now and then, a valuable coin (found in a dusty corner) But always love. Right there on my bedside table. […]