Am I good for you?

I had a chance to watch Jack Goes Boating this week – a fascinating portrayal of how people respond, react, and transform within relationships. The movie follows two couples. Clyde and Lucy are a seasoned, unhappily married couple whose relationship spirals downward in the course of the film. They have affairs, talk disrespectfully to each […]

Friday Gratitude

Today I am grateful for the refresher course in Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements. These simple statements create a ripple effect of understanding, compassion and grace, both internally and externally, as we lead by example. Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak […]

Mea Culpa

I’m sorry. I should know better than to meddle, to question, to interrupt your flow. Who am I to second-guess your intentions? Every time I do — every time — I end up in tangles, somewhere I’m not supposed to be, like stepping in chewing gum. All I can do now is let go of […]

Standing on Common Ground

J. Krishnamurti and I have gingerly stepped around each other for more than 10 years, since my friend and mentor Dale Carlson began writing about him in her series of psychology and philosophy books for teens. For many of those 10 years, I found Krishnamurti to be too esoteric for me. I understood his words, […]

Of Mice, Men and Snakes

As I stepped into the woods yesterday I realized, with great disappointment, that I had forgotten my camera. Should I drive back across town to retrieve it? Should I just start walking and see what happens? The late spring heat wave that had settled in for the weekend and the bumper-to-bumper traffic on the main […]

[Primate Philosophy]

• • • It had taken the pastry chef eight hours to construct and decorate her four-foot, three-tiered cake for the competition. The final step was to sit a 12-inch high monkey, intricately detailed with cake and fondant, at the very top of her creation. But, the monkey teetered and wobbled precariously, about to fall […]