Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones

While I’m always aware of the power of language, frequently—mostly—I’m aware of it conceptually. But now and again, it hits me upside the head and I see it in technicolor—a pervasive force to be reckoned with everywhere. Yesterday was such a time when a friend called...
Being Complete (A Present to Yourself)

Being Complete (A Present to Yourself)

”We cannot put off living until we are ready. The most salient characteristic of life is its coerciveness: it is always urgent, “here and now” without any possible postponement. Life is fired at us point-blank.” ~ José Ortega y Gasset Being complete (as...

Happy Birthday Doug!

Happy birthday, Doug! May this year be one of wonderful surprises and delights! My life was altered forever in a moment of listening. My friend in the hospital was telling me about her visitors—not just family but also the doctors, nurses and med students who come...
What else?

What else?

Gratitude does not automatically spring to mind when things don’t go my way. I can be willing, however, to look, to appraise the situation and at least inquire into “the full worth of” something. If it all looks horrible, I find it useful to take the case that maybe...
Being Right vs. Taking a Stand

Being Right vs. Taking a Stand

I went to the March for Our Lives, my first march since Vietnam. I went because my friend Mary was going. If she hadn’t come to pick me up, even though I said two weeks ago that I’d go “to support the kids,” I know I would have decided it was too much trouble and...