Category Archives: Meaning Making

Passings and Epilogues

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Yet again, death has struck a member of my family — my cousin Amy, at 46. Death has visited our family all too frequently and all too early. My father died at 45, brother Steve at 59, brother Kevin at 62.  We are a family of unfinished stories. Death leaves its mark when it comes unexpected and early. So many unspoken … Continue reading Passings and Epilogues »

A Mutt Named America

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn   The recent public conversation on immigrants and immigration has had a tearing effect on the American psyche.  It seems for many Americans the memory of how we came to be American people has been forgotten.  For most of us, America is not our native land.  We, too, are foreigners, descended of refugees from an earlier time.  Many of our ancestors … Continue reading A Mutt Named America »

Tending to Your Own Business

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Forty years ago I met a “good one”: an old gentleman who ran a shoeshine stand in the Eastern Airlines Shuttle Terminal at LaGuardia Airport.  I was never sure of his name but most people called him Pete. At the time the hourly shuttle between New York, Boston and Washington was among the busiest in the nation. Everyone was guaranteed a … Continue reading Tending to Your Own Business »

When Doubt is an Ally

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn “Doubt grows with knowledge.”  ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Today we hear many voices speak with the ring of dogmatic certainty, where the ugliest of ugly thoughts are hurled out to every time zone.  I find myself asking, how can so many be so sure of so much? Socrates once observed, “I know that I don’t know.  But you don’t know what … Continue reading When Doubt is an Ally »

Of Dogs and Babies

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn   This is a picture of our 15-month-old grandson Sam attempting to saddle his dog Patches in hopes of catching a ride up to his crib. Isn’t it delightful? Can’t you just feel the connection? The peaceful accord between a baby and a dog. When Sam’s mom Kelly sent the picture we shook our heads in wonderment.  How could two different … Continue reading Of Dogs and Babies »