Monthly Archives: February 2016

A Thoughtful Heart

   L “A heart weary of hate cannot learn to love.” I came upon this quote, credited to a Russian poet, in a New York Times article written by Mikhail Shishkin, “How Russians Lost the War.”  He was decrying the manner in which the Russian authorities were ratcheting up old animosities toward fascism and love of the motherland to fire up patriotic support for the … Continue reading A Thoughtful Heart »


  “Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” ― C.S. Lewis A parent’s relationship to pain cannot help but be passed on to their children.  Like many of you, my mother’s complicated relationship with pain was passed on to me. Here … Continue reading Pain »

The Virtuous Life (plus 300)

“The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.”  – Aristotle Words tend to lose their meaning over time.  When Donald Trump describes himself as “hugely successful,” I walk away shaking my head muttering, “not by my definition.” So I’ve been reminded that the word virtue has been redefined for me in sobriety.  There was a sobriety meeting at the Washington State Prison at … Continue reading The Virtuous Life (plus 300) »