The Enneagram

During the past few months I've devoured several books on the Enneagram, an ancient spiritual road map that helps a person grow lighter and gain clarity once they've owned their lingering darkness and confusion. As I've read, I've captured dozens of pages of insights in my...

I'm captivated these days by the book Becoming Wise, published in April by the host of the weekly radio program "On Being," Krista Tippett. Tippett's prose comes across just like her interview voice: gentle, thoughtful, patient, loving, listening...

I've been captivated by the classic Lynyrd Skynyrd song "Simple Man" for much of the past year. The singer reflects on his mother sitting him down when he was a boy, and offering pearls of wisdom intended to guide him across his life. Among her words...

This is my first online journal entry since Oct. 4 of last year. That's a long silence for me, and it's been a busy one. I wrote then, "Less, but quality. Simple, yet meaningful. Accessible, but transcendent. Present, yet emergent." Since then, I've sold a house that...

My late father, Frank N. De Marco, was born 90 years ago today. We lost him just shy of 10 years ago, but only after he had touched countless lives for the better and left a lasting legacy of love within the hearts of his...

In the aftermath of Robin Williams' tragic death, there is fresh conversation on the importance of seeing depression as a medical issue and not a stigma that necessitates silent suffering. I'll be transparent here: I have a depression diagnosis, and have dealt with this unwelcome friend...

My smart phone cracks me up sometimes when I use the "speech to text" feature. Message intended would definitely not be "message received" were I not to employ some careful editing before hitting the "send' function. >We say one thing, but our technology hears another. In...

As the U.S. federal government "partial shutdown" continues, there's a lot of heated rhetoric about what's wrong with people. This morning I revisited a helpful tool that explores what's already working well: a person's "character strengths." The Values in Action (VIA) assessment can be accessed for...