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Mean, nice-? SHINE ON!

Years ago I was teaching the Intensive Learning Community and thought to divide the group into those who were MEAN and those who were NICE. No problem–people knew exactly what I meant, and had strong reactions to those who were in the other group. Since then I’ve wondered about that energetic dichotomy. What is it […]

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What if we’re all doing the best we can?

When was the last time you judged? Yourself, someone else? 5 seconds ago? 5 minutes? Maybe you made it a whole hour without comparing, sizing up, declaring the worth of you or those around you. Judging is part of how we make sense of the world. Our brains are programmed to predict (“what will happen

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“It’s time for leaders to lead” (and by leader, I mean you)

On Sunday we were nourished in every way at our favorite breakfast spot, the Walnut Cafe. Owned and run by the inexhaustible Dana Derichsweiller since 1984, I feel washed by the love of great food and strong community when I sit down to eat at the Walnut. On this sun-drenched morning, at our spacious table

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Playing Your Own Game

When I was little, I started out by fighting dirty. In our household (I was the youngest of four in the 1960s) the siblings fought a lot. I’ve since wondered about that culture, where punching, pushing, and brawling was the order of the day, but it definitely prepared me to stand my ground. And, over

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CALL TO ACTION– Be an Activist: Choose to Live Above the Line

Are you feeling stressed out about the current political landscape? Want to have a flowing, maybe even an enjoyable experience of the US election? Here’s an invitation: Below is a reprise of a post I wrote in 2017. It will give you the context for what I’m up to. I’m bringing together anyone who commits

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THIS IS WHAT WE’RE HERE FOR

Wild fires. Scorching heat, suffocating smoke. The slow unspooling of the pandemic, with its high mortality rate, long-term physical damage, wide-spread economic and educational ramifications. Racial and class inequities coming to the fore; marchers in the street. An ever-widening political chasm encouraged by our highest leaders. How in the world is any individual supposed to

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GO TEAM HUMAN!

I have a coach named Gail whom I love. She congratulates me on what I’m doing right; when she notices something I could improve on, she calmly tells me what I did, then how I could do it better. Here I am, 62 years old, and just this summer, I’ve refined my throwing style, can

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Choose your story wisely

We both stood there astride our bikes, our voices choking with grief. Kath pointed at the green foliage surrounding us and said, “Can you imagine if all of this was on fire?” No, I couldn’t. It’s unimaginable. And yet the Amazon rainforest burns. Here we are again, facing a calamity many miles from us, and

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