Finding Common Ground

  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 »

Living in an Upside Down World

[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 »

Why the Heck Do We Have to Struggle?

  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? »