On Contrast

At one time I held a rather rigid expectation that my life would proceed along a straight and narrow road that would lead me to what common measure considers success in relationship, in business, and in material existence. Laughable conveys only a tiny fraction of my current sentiments regarding this expectation. During a recent period  […]

Mother Earth’s Love Language

We often speak of the golden rule: treat others as we wish to be treated.  But have you heard of the platinum rule: treat others as they wish to be treated? Both are hard, the second is harder.   Understanding what others want can be challenging because we tend to conflate our own needs and wishes with that […]

What Doesn’t Kill You During Pandemic

Most would call 2020 a disastrous year, with no real end in sight even now that we’re in 2021. I’m counting my blessings and challenges, and feeling so grateful. I don’t mean to diminish the bona-fide pain and suffering that is occurring around us. I too have had my share given I’ve lost 3 immediate family […]

Hidden Abundance

Did you know that only 40% of your happiness is genetic? That means that 60% is within your control. That 60% is determined by your habits and perspective, both of which are choices. For example, according to Martin Seligman, the author of the theory of learned helplessness as the root of depression, pessimism is a habitual perspective […]

Thanksgiving And Lovegiving To Earth

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”  ― Mark Twain Twain’s wisdom resonates because it strikes such a chord of […]

When Bad Things Happen

Adversity, suffering, loss, worry, a sense of failure, mistakes galore. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, depressed, and hopeless right now. Dwelling and ruminating on these feelings makes them worse, then even harder to bounce back. Feeling and naming our grief, despair, and other feelings is the first step to healing, coping, then moving forward with […]

The Chrysalis of Grief

Imagine your most beloved family member is ill and no one came to her aid. No one is there to hold her hand when she is scared. No one to talk to the experts about ensuring her best care. No one to watch to make sure everything is done on time and in the proper […]

Ways to Care for Earth

We’re all busy.  We don’t have time to add anything, and certainly not things we hate to do or don’t understand.  I get it.  I’m with you on that.  And for so many of us, climate change seems like this insurmountable problem that we’re powerless to contribute to or affect.  We believe that changing all our elected officials […]

The Meaning of Christmas

I’m probably the last one on Earth who should be writing about the meaning of Christmas given my lack of experience and education in anything related to Christianity.  Growing up in the US but not within a church means I consider myself culturally Christian.  Being culturally Christian means living in a nation where the Christian principles are […]

For the Sake of Earth

We’re more powerful than we know. Together we can collectively create a miracle to reverse climate change and help provide the conditions for Earth to heal. I’m hopeful, because even though I may be completely wrong, it’s a strategy we have not fully explored. Let’s explore it. What would it involve? It would involve us […]