a needed reminder

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”– Helen Keller Whether I'm reading the news, worrying about loved ones, smelling nearby fires,…

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a new approach to fishing

"You can give a man a fish and THEN teach him to fish, you know. And it's a lot easier to learn how to fish when you're not starving.”– Lore…

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school supplies

At the end of summer, when I was a kid, I'd keep my eye on the Sunday newspaper. It had ads for great sales on school supplies. I'd coax my…

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on the look-out

"Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging." – Joseph Campbell Each of us is having an individual, distinct experience of this pandemic, depending on…

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rekindling

Like most everyone, I have moments of feeling stir-crazy during this time of "sheltering in place". One evening, I was reading a history book for a new writing project. The…

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guessing what

As a kid, whenever I shared really cool information, I prefaced it with "guess what". It may be a juvenile colloquialism, but it still comes out of my mouth on…

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sweet as candy

As a kid raised on Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, I had respect and fascination for the postal worker who delivered our mail. We had a ritual whenever I'd see him. I…

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unlearning

I wonder if unlearning is a whole lot harder than learning. I suppose it all depends on one's willingness to change and one's access to a compassionate teacher. What have…

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time travel

There was a rare airing of a Prince concert on YouTube recently, only made available for a few days, from his Purple Rain heyday in 1985. I watched it gleefully.…

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