I recently found myself in a Starbucks seated next to two guys engaged in an animated political argument. As I eavesdropped on their exchange I was taken aback by the intensity of the rhetoric, how feelings were being treated as facts, opinions as reality and how vitriol was being cast back and forth. I felt myself becoming increasingly disturbed by the escalating conflict and … Continue reading Finding Common Ground
The weekly blog has been quiet for a couple of weeks as we move into our new home. (No, that’s not me moving furniture in heels!) We wanted you to know that regular posts will resume soon. Our big takeaway from the move: you don’t need as much stuff as you’ve got. We donated at least 10 carloads and sold or gave away lots … Continue reading We’ve Been Moving! (by Marsha)
[The following is an edited version of a post originally published June 25, 2016.] We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.” ― Konstantin Jireček Carl Rogers, an American psychologist, developed a form of individual therapy embracing this strange and paradoxical truth: … Continue reading Living in an Upside Down World
This post was originally published on April 1, 2017. We hope you enjoy it on this Mother’s Day. Our mothers often are the ones who teach us to guard the access to our souls. My mother was born in the early part of the last century. She, like many in her generation, was a distant parent, not overly demonstrative in expressing emotion. Mom was loving, … Continue reading Living As a Solitary Soul
I discovered my grandson Sam has the spirit of a caterpillar. Just as a caterpillar is transformed into a beautiful butterfly, little Sam is on his journey toward being transformed into a mighty man. Wow! It’s an amazing process to witness, impossible to understand, and endlessly fascinating. I find myself hoping Sam might have an easy time finding his wings. But all indications are Mother … Continue reading Why the Heck Do We Have to Struggle?