Listening, Not Listening

What gets in the way of my ability to be a good listener?  I am taking another go at this timeless question.  I am relating to this question as an exploration, an inquiry,  a wondering, an opportunity to confess, or complete not listening, an opportunity to get to...
Errol Garner and Willie Nelson

Errol Garner and Willie Nelson

The next session for Writing to be Fully Alive is Wednesday, September 20th. In our May session, the assignment was to write an essay that included a place you lived, a season, 2 colors, something you learned to do, and a regret.  A teaching I got from Stuart...
Persistance or Insanity

Persistance or Insanity

Already at the end of the first quarter of 2023, president of Dorrier Underwood for seven years (!) and after all this time (66 years and 4 months, my exact age for Social Security eligibility) I find myself arguing with Rita Mae Brown. One of her characters famously...

Fact vs Interpretation

I think I know the difference: Facts are what happens, and interpretations are the meanings I give to what happens. Except interpretations are not the meanings I give to what happens. The meanings simply arise. They exist automatically, with no effort—or...
Miracles!

Miracles!

I am peaceful. I am grounded. I am not caught up in my circumstances. My circumstances are what they are; they are not who I am.  Circumstances are a part of being a human being. We can’t get rid of them. We all have them. I desire to be the best version of myself....
No Blaming Allowed

No Blaming Allowed

Love is the greatest gift we can give to others.    On one hand it seems easy and on the other, we as humans make it harder than it should be. I am calling myself out on this one! Sometimes it ain’t easy to love…   Love our enemies, What?!?!   Love our...